Doctor in the House (TV series)

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Doctor in the House
Directed by
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes26
Running time25 minutes
Production companyLondon Weekend
Original release
Release12 July 1969 (1969-07-12) –
3 July 1970 (1970-07-03)

Doctor in the House is a British television comedy series based on a set of books and a film of the same name by Richard Gordon about the misadventures of a group of medical students.[1] It was produced by London Weekend Television from 1969 to 1970.[2]

Writers for the Doctor in the House episodes were Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie and Bernard McKenna.[2] The series was directed by David Askey and Maurice Murphy among others and the producer was Humphrey Barclay.[3][4] The external establishing shots were of Wanstead Hospital, London (now Clock Court).[5]


The plot revolved around the trials of medical students at St Swithin's hospital in London.


Well-known actors David Jason (Only Fools and Horses), and James Beck (Dad's Army), both appeared in the 1970 Series 2 episode: "What Seems to be the Trouble?".[3]


Series 1 (1969)[edit]

No. in
TitleWritten byOriginal air date
11"Why Do You Want to be a Doctor?[6]"John Cleese and Graham Chapman12 July 1969 (1969-07-12)
22"Settling In"Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie19 July 1969 (1969-07-19)
33"It's All Go..."Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie26 July 1969 (1969-07-26)
44"Peace and Quiet"Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie2 August 1969 (1969-08-02)
55"The Students Are Revolting!"Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie9 August 1969 (1969-08-09)
66"Rallying Round..."Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie16 August 1969 (1969-08-16)
77"If in Doubt – Cut it Out!"Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie23 August 1969 (1969-08-23)
88"The War of the Mascots"Graham Chapman and Barry Cryer30 August 1969 (1969-08-30)
99"Getting the Bird"Graham Chapman and Barry Cryer6 September 1969 (1969-09-06)
1010"The Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Casino"Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie13 September 1969 (1969-09-13)
1111"Keep It Clean!"Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie19 September 1969 (1969-09-19)
1212"All for Love..."Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie26 September 1969 (1969-09-26)
1313"Pass or Fail"Graham Chapman and Barry Cryer3 October 1969 (1969-10-03)

Series 2 (1970)[edit]

No. in
TitleWritten byOriginal air date
141"It's All in the Little Blue Book[7]"Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie10 April 1970 (1970-04-10)
152"What Seems to be the Trouble?"Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie17 April 1970 (1970-04-17)
163"Take Off Your Clothes... and Hide"Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie24 April 1970 (1970-04-24)
174"Nice Bodywork – Lovely Finish"Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie1 May 1970 (1970-05-01)
185"Look Into My Eyes"Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie8 May 1970 (1970-05-08)
196"Put Your Hand on That"Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie15 May 1970 (1970-05-15)
207"The Royal Visit"Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie22 May 1970 (1970-05-22)
218"If You Can Help Somebody...Don't!"Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie29 May 1970 (1970-05-29)
229"Hot Off the Presses"Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie5 June 1970 (1970-06-05)
2310"A Stitch in Time"Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie12 June 1970 (1970-06-12)
2411"May the Best Man..."Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie19 June 1970 (1970-06-19)
2512"Doctor on the Box"Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie26 June 1970 (1970-06-26)
2613"Finals"Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie3 July 1970 (1970-07-03)


  1. ^ Barker, Dennis (15 August 2017). "Richard Gordon obituary". The Guardian – via
  2. ^ a b "Doctor in the House | Nostalgia Central". 27 June 2014.
  3. ^ a b "What Seems to Be the Trouble? (1970)". BFI. Archived from the original on 27 November 2020.
  4. ^ "The Students Are Revolting (1969)". BFI. Archived from the original on 28 January 2021.
  5. ^ Marcus, Laurence. "Doctor In The House". Television Heaven.
  6. ^ "Why Do You Want to Be a Doctor? (1969)". BFI. Archived from the original on 29 October 2020.
  7. ^ "It's all in the Little Blue Book (1970)". BFI. Archived from the original on 15 May 2019.

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