A doctor is brought back from retirement but is so absent-minded he causes more problems than he cures.




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Series cast summary:
Derek Royle Derek Royle ...  Dr. Hogg 19 episodes, 1975-1976
Robert Dorning Robert Dorning ...  General Balding 8 episodes, 1975-1976


A doctor is brought back from retirement but is so absent-minded he causes more problems than he cures.

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Family | Comedy







Release Date:

8 September 1975 (UK) See more »

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Southern Television See more »
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(19 episodes)


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Did You Know?


Dr Hogg's original secretary, Pearl (Jacki Piper), left at the end of episode Hogg's Back: Episode #1.7 (1975) to get married and live in Hong Kong. A new secretary, Colette (Wendy Richard), started in Hogg's Back: Episode #1.8 (1975), but Dr Hogg was so absent-minded that he still called her Pearl, and this is how she was listed in the credits for all the remaining episodes. See more »

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[Disclaimer by Talking Pictures TV when series was repeated in 2016] Please note the stunts you are about to see are being performed by trained actors. Please do not try and replicate any of the stunts or gags at home. See more »

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All that glitters is not gold ...
21 November 2016 | by dragothicSee all my reviews

I Love much of the 1970s TV, that being the decade of my childhood, so it was quite a nice surprise to see something from that era that i'd somehow i'd managed to miss. Maybe i made myself forget it on purpose.

Sadly, the 'main' actors display little comic ability or timing, and they struggle to do even the slight humour that's presumably expected, and i find watching this quickly tiring, The acting is wooden, which combined with the bland script, and dull characters all make it this a disappointment, maybe it'll improve as the series progresses and cameo actors come and go, but i doubt it, even as a child i doubt that i would bother with this.

Maybe stronger leads actors would help, these kind of shows need strong leads, and although the main actors were reasonably well known at their time, they certainly weren't 'A' list, or even 'B' list, so they weren't confident enough as leads to carry the viewers attention, which is where this show fails, if a stronger central character was available, maybe then, it would be fun watching the maelstrom ensue around him, but here, it's hard to tell the difference between the scenery and actors.

The talented Michael Pertwee however has brought several staples to our screens, so I imagine he was able to get more well known names (at that time) to sign up for this show than what the poor script actually deserves. The production seems nice enough, and looks remarkably well for it's vintage, but as a hardcore UK 70s TV fan, even i would call this a Christmas turkey.

I do like the fact that it's a little time capsule of a TV era that i (wrongly) thought i had a reasonably decent knowledge of, and i just found myself waiting for familiar actors of my childhood to appear, but i won't be bothering watching for them. Conclusion, very poor indeed.

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