Doctor Down Under
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|Doctor Down Under|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Running time||25 minutes|
|Original network||Seven Network|
|Original release||12 February 1979 –|
10 May 1980
|Preceded by||Doctor on the Go|
|Followed by||Doctor at the Top|
Doctor Down Under is an Australian television comedy series based on a set of books by Richard Gordon about the misadventures of a group of doctors. The series follows directly from its predecessor Doctor on the Go, and was produced by the Seven Network in association with the Paul Dainty organization and broadcast in 1979.
Writers for the Doctor Down Under episodes were Bernard McKenna, Jon Watkins and Bernie Sharp. The episodes were directed by William G. Stewart and John Eastway; all episodes were produced by Stewart.
When Dr Duncan Waring and Dr Dick Stuart-Clark take up positions at St. Barnabas hospital in Sydney, they wreak havoc for the local medical staff, especially for Professor Beaumont, who is Professor of Surgery, and Dr Maurice Griffin, a surgeon with whom they share their office. The nurses at the hospital, however, find Dr Waring and Dr Stuart-Clark charming, as the two English doctors continue their pursuit of women.
- Robin Nedwell as Dr Duncan Waring
- Geoffrey Davies as Dr Dick Stuart-Clark
- Frank Wilson as Dr Beaumont
- John Derum as Dr Maurice Griffin
- Jennifer Mellet as Linda Franklin, Duncan's medical secretary
- Joan Bruce as Sister Cummings
- Ken Wayne as Professor Wilkinson, Professor of Anaesthesia
- John Bluthal, who guest-starred in the episode "I Gotta Horse"
- David Foster as Dr Travers
- Roger Ward as Mr Phillips
- Sheila Kennelly as Mrs Ellis
- Thanks for the Memory — written by Bernard McKenna and Jon Watkins
- If a Job's Worth Doing — written by Bernard McKenna
- A Bird in the Hand — written by Jon Watkins
- I Gotta Horse — written by Bernie Sharp
- The Hawaiian Operation — written by Jon Watkins
- The More We Are Together — written by Jon Watkins
- It's All in the Mind — written by Bernie Sharp
- If You Can't Beat Em... — written by Jon Watkins
- Alias Clark and Waring — written by Jon Watkins
- Impatients — written by Bernard McKenna
- The Sydney Surprise — written by Jon Watkins
- The Name of the Game — written by Bernard McKenna
- Identity Crisis — written by Bernard McKenna
Location of St Barnabas Hospital
Doctor Down Under was first aired in the United Kingdom on ITV in 1980. Granada TV was the first ITV Station to broadcast the series on Saturday 5 January. Southern TV, was the second to start the series from Tuesday 12 February 1980. Anglia started the series from April broadcasting at 15.15 slot. Nearly all the other ITV Stations pick up the series during between June and July 1980, but was not fully networked: ATV and Westward broadcast it 17.15, Yorkshire broadcast it 10.30, Border, Grampian, Granada, HTV, STV, and Southern broadcast it 19.30.
Doctor Down Under, all 13 episodes have been released as a two Disc DVD set by Umbrella Entertainment in Australia (2007).
- Albert Moran, Moran's Guide to Australian TV Series, AFTRS 1993 p 149