Born and Bred

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Born and Bred
Created byChris Chibnall
Nigel McCrery
StarringJames Bolam
Michael French
Richard Wilson
Jenna Russell
Maggie Steed
Clive Swift
John Henshaw
Naomi Radcliffe
Charlotte Salt
Oliver Milburn
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series4
No. of episodes36 (list of episodes)
Running time60 minutes
Original networkBBC One
Picture format16:9 576i
Audio formatStereo
Original release21 April 2002 (2002-04-21) –
3 August 2005 (2005-08-03)
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Born and Bred was a light-hearted British comedy drama series that aired on BBC One from 21 April 2002 to 3 August 2005. Created by Chris Chibnall and Nigel McCrery, Born and Bred's cast was led by James Bolam and Michael French, who play a father and son who run a cottage hospital in Ormston, a fictional Lancashire village in the 1950s. Bolam and French's characters are later replaced by characters played by Richard Wilson and Oliver Milburn.



Born and Bred is based around the fictional village of Ormston in Lancashire during the 1950s. The lead characters are Dr Arthur Gilder and his son Tom, who together run the cottage hospital under the new National Health Service. Tom is married to Deborah, who is chairman of the Parish Council, and they have four children, Helen, Michael, Catherine and Philip. The hospital's nurse is Linda Cosgrove, who is married to the village policeman, Len. The local pub is run by Phyllis Woolf and the village shop by Mr Horace Boynton. Other characters include station master Wilf Bradshaw. His daughter, Jean, owns the scrapyard and later marries Eddie Mills, a mechanic. The local vicar is the Reverend Eustacius Brewer. Arthur and Tom leave the series and are replaced by Dr Donald Newman and Dr Nick Logan.


Born and Bred first aired on 21 April 2002. After four series, a Christmas special and 36 episodes it ended on 3 August 2005. Each episode is 60 minutes long and aired on BBC One at the 8pm Sunday slot. ITV3 began broadcasting Born and Bred from April 2010. It was being broadcast on ITV3 and is currently being shown on the UK Free to Air TV Channel "True Entertainment". The series last aired in Australia on 7TWO late 2011, Weekdays at 1:15pm,


The exterior shots of the early series were filmed in and around East Lancashire, predominantly in the village of Downham, with some at Helmshore and others in the North Yorkshire town of Settle. Two railway scenes were filmed on the East Lancashire Railway and the main railway scenes at Yorkshire's Keighley and Worth Valley Railway.[1]

Home releases[edit]

All episodes of Born and Bred have been re-released March 2012 on DVD in the UK on Region 2, issued by Acorn Media UK.


  1. ^ KWVR TV & Film Page "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 November 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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