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
Kelly Harrison
Donald Gee
Ross Little
Polly Thompson
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
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 British comedy drama series aired on BBC One from 21 April 2002 to 3 August 2005. It was created by Chris Chibnall and Nigel McCrery. Initially the cast was led by James Bolam and Michael French as a father and son who run a cottage hospital in Ormston, a fictional village in Lancashire, in the 1950s. Bolam's and French's characters were later replaced by characters played by Richard Wilson and Oliver Milburn.



Born and Bred is set in 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 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 Horace Boynton. Other characters include the station master, Wilf Bradshaw; his daughter, Jean, who owns a scrapyard and later marries Eddie Mills, a mechanic; and the vicar, the Reverend Eustacius Brewer. Arthur and Tom leave the series in the third season, 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 8 p.m. on Sunday. 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 primarily in and around East Lancashire, mainly in the village of Downham, but some scenes were shot in Helmshore and others in Settle, North Yorkshire. Two railway scenes were filmed on the East Lancashire Railway, but the main railway scenes were shot on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway.[1]

Home releases[edit]

In March 2012 the entire series was re-released March 2012 on DVD in the UK (Region 2) 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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