Surgical Spirit (TV series)

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Surgical spirit
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Genre Situation comedy
Created by Peter Learmouth
Written by Annie Bruce
Raymond Dixon
Graeme Garden
Peter Learmouth
Paul McKenzie
Annie Wood
Directed by David Askey
John Kaye Cooper
Starring Marji Campi
Heather Chasen
David Conville
Lyndam Gregory
Andrew Groves
Simon Harrison
Beresford le Roy
Suzette Llewellyn
Nichola McAuliffe
Duncan Preston
Emlyn Price
Theme music composer David Cullen
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 7
No. of episodes 50
Production
Executive producer(s) Humphrey Barclay
Andy Harries
David Liddiment
Al Mitchell
David Shanks
Antony Wood
Producer(s) Humphrey Barclay
Location(s) Lister Hospital,
Stevenage, Hertfordshire
Running time 30 minutes
(including commercials)
Production company(s) Humphrey Barclay Productions
Granada Television
Distributor ITV Studios
Release
Original network ITV
Picture format 4:3
Original release 14 April 1989 (1989-04-14) – 7 July 1995 (1995-07-07)

Surgical Spirit is a British situation-comedy television series starring Nichola McAuliffe and Duncan Preston that was broadcast from 14 April 1989 through to 7 July 1995. It was written by Annie Bruce, Raymond Dixon, Graeme Garden, Peter Learmouth, Paul McKenzie and Annie Wood. It was made for the ITV network by Humphrey Barclay Productions for Granada Television.

Cast[edit]

Plot[edit]

The series was based around Sheila Sabatini, a senior surgeon at the Gillies Hospital, whose verbal skills have most people running for cover. She dominated the operating theatre, while at home she was divorcing her Italian husband, Remo, with whom she had a son, Daniel. Sheila was also a gossip, often gossiping with her best friend, theatre administrator Joyce Watson.

One of the major themes in the programme was her developing relationship with Jonathan Haslam, the anaesthetist. At the end of the sixth series, they married and she had become director of surgery, while her son had become a medical student at the hospital, much to her annoyance.

Trivia[edit]

Beresford le Roy, who played theatre technician Michael Sampson, was in fact a qualified theatre technician (correct title is in fact operating department practitioner) in real life and later became a medical advisor on the series.

In accordance with UK medical practice, surgeons are referred to as "Mr" or "Mrs". Only physicians are called "doctor" in the UK.

Production[edit]

Granada Television decided to decommission the programme after the seventh series.

The outside shots were of Lister Hospital in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

Episodes[edit]

DVD releases[edit]

All seven series of Surgical Spirit have now been released on DVD. An 8-disc set of the complete series has also been released.

DVD Year(s) Release date
The complete series 1
1989
28 May 2007
The complete series 2
1990
4 May 2009
The complete series 3
1991
17 August 2009
The complete series 4
1992
18 January 2010
The complete series 5
1993
19 April 2010
The complete series 6
1994
5 July 2010
The complete series 7
1995
23 August 2010
The complete series 1 to 7
box set
1989-1995
4 October 2010

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