The Clinic (TV series)
|Created by||Orla Bleahen-Melvin
|Country of origin||Ireland|
|No. of series||7|
|No. of episodes||66|
|Running time||52 mins. approx.|
|Original network||RTÉ One|
|Picture format||16:9 widescreen|
|Audio format||Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original release||12 October 2003 – 15 November 2009|
The Clinic is a multi award-winning Irish primetime television medical drama series produced by Parallel Film Productions for RTÉ. It debuted on RTÉ One in 2003 to positive reviews and proved to be one of the network's most popular shows. The drama ran for seven seasons between September 2003 to November 2007. The last ever episode aired on RTÉ One on Sunday 15 November 2009 and on YLE1 in Finland on Wednesday 25 November 2009. The complete series (Seasons 1–7) of The Clinic was released on DVD in November 2010 by RTÉ.
About the show
The drama centred on the staff of the Clarence Street Clinic in the affluent Dublin 4 area of Dublin, Ireland. Clarence Street Clinic is a multi-disciplinary health centre which allows for an equally diverse cast. The last season, season 7 began airing on Irish television from on 27 September 2009.
Cancellation and future
On 21 November 2009 on the Facebook Appreciation site it was stated that the show was axed.
Media reports speculated that the cancellation was due to the high costs producing the hit series.
Such claims were later denied by RTÉ, instead blame was placed on low viewing figures It is claimed that the show lost 70,000 viewers in the Season 7, though the show still received over 400,000 viewers per episode and still rated in the top 10 most watched shows on RTÉ One.
Season 7 ended with a cliffhanger, leaving many plot-lines open and the opportunity for further development of key characters. This left many viewers confused as to what future direction the show would take as it ended abruptly. RTÉ's Steve Carson Director of Programmes claims RTÉ are committed to producing further Irish dramas in  and a new show is currently in development to air in the same timeslot as The Clinic from September 2010.
Cast and characters
The first two seasons consist of eight episodes; all subsequent seasons run for ten episodes.
Season 1 and Seasons 2
In a Clinic where the healers often need healing more than the patients themselves. resident owners Cathy and Ed Costello try to patch up their troubled marriage while working side by side. Dan Woodhouse, the slick plastic surgeon with a shadowy past, struggles with his addictions to women and drugs. Physiotherapist Keelin Geraghty is tormented by her one-night stand with a married man. Long serving receptionist Fiona develops an obsession with her boss that seems to be leading her to ruination. Resident counsellor, Patrick, is struggling to stay off the booze as his interests in Cathy extend beyond the professional.
As tensions run high, can Cathy and Ed’s marriage survive the pressures of running the Clinic? And will the professional and personal frailties of their staff endanger their happiness and their success?
Tensions between Cathy and Ed culminated at the end of series 2 when Cathy discovered Ed’s infidelity with Physiotherapist Keelin. When Ed found out that Cathy was thinking of doing business with Plastic Surgeon, Dan Woodhouse behind his back, he decided their marriage was over and left.
Dan is delighted that Ed is now gone and the way is clear for him to move in on the Clinic. Cathy is heart broken but picks herself back up starting a burgeoning relationship with Dan. It takes a personal tragedy and a discovery that Dan is back to his old ways to make Cathy wake up and fight for control of the Clinic. Brendan decides to pursue his dreams of travelling leaving Clodagh who is shocked to discover her life is a lie. Richard the new GP finds it difficult to cope with his tragic personal life as Daisy’s partying finally catches up with her. To top it all off the Clinic is put in peril when they discover that Alex isn’t really who he said he was.
Cathy and Dan are at a stand off at the end of the series with Cathy hoping to push Dan out of the Clinic. Will Dan resort to anything to keep hold of his addiction, the Clinic, even if it means blackmailing Cathy?
Cathy and Dan are still at loggerheads at the start of series 4 waiting for Cathy’s father, Paul O’Callaghan’s will to be read. Cathy is convinced that her father’s share of the Clinic will be left to her and with majority power she will finally be able to oust Dan. However, the late Paul O’Callaghan had other ideas and leaves his remaining share to his longtime lover, Julia Brady. Cathy and Julia are immediately pitted against each another as Cathy tries to come to terms with the legacy her father left behind. Julia’s arrival also gives Dan a second lease of life – who was close to leaving the Clinic for good. With equal power however, Dan decides he’s not going anywhere.
The Clinic also follows the lives and loves of a recently qualified GP and Acupuncturist, Clodagh Delaney, who is about to take up the new GP role, a Physiotherapist, Keelin Geraghty and a Counsellor, Patrick Murray. Our new Practice Nurse, Liam Smith, is introduced in episode 3. Other staff include Practice Manager, Aine Flanagan, as well as two receptionists Daisy O’Callaghan (Cathy’s cousin) and the new addition to the front desk, Cara Madigan.
With another year full of surprises and challenges for the practitioners in Dublin’s Clarence Street Clinic. When we last saw Dan he was being wheeled into the operating theatre for a harrowing operation while an emotional Cathy watched on helplessly. Now Dan is back with a second chance but his life is thrown into turmoil when he discovers Cathy is pregnant.
It’s a tumultuous start for the couple but they finally come together as one and looking forward to their future in the Clinic. However, their happiness is marred by the arrival of an old friend of Cathy and Ed’s who has bought half of the building from under them.
Dr. Lorcan O’Brien shakes up the Clinic by introducing a night Methodone program that brings him into conflict with the other partners, especially Dan. But despite appearances, Lorcan is hiding a devastating secret of his own that threatens to bring him undone.
Keelin returns from New York as a married woman but struggles with finding a balance between her work and personal life while Cara causes tension at the front desk with her ambitious drive that threatens her relationship with Aine who is trying to juggle the demands of being a working mother.
Julia and Cathy are now monitoring Clodagh’s every step after her potentially life-threatening diagnosis and this causes tension for Clodagh. However, the experience forces Clodagh to evaluate her priorities as a Doctor.
Blackmail, betrayal and confessions lead to a sensational finale that will promise dramatic new changes to the Clinic.
Daisy returns from her trip abroad with Conor to be by her stricken cousin’s side and to provide some comfort to Dan, who has been keeping a constant vigil by Cathy’s bedside since the accident, willing her to live. New receptionist Ruairi is introduced to us as he balances working in the Clinic with his other life as a DJ in a trendy Dublin nightclub, while Practice Manager Cara bumps up her status by overseeing the building of her new office.
Liam’s son Ian is in trouble yet again. This time he’s caught joyriding in his friend’s car and is asked to leave his school after too many warnings of bad behaviour. Liam is beside himself and now must somehow find the money to send Ian to a private school, putting a severe financial strain on the family.
Lorcan and Clodagh continue to enjoy their growing closeness as they work together to keep the Clinic afloat in the absence of two of their doctors. Everyone is under immense pressure as a result of this staff shortage, and Julia eventually agrees with Lorcan and Cara to bring in a locum to help relieve the workload.
In the seventh and last season of the Clinic it introduced new characters and which were played by some of Ireland's leading female actors this included Victoria Smurfit who played the role of a new doctor and a new love interest for Dan. Alison Doody also joined the cast, playing a middle-class woman with a seedy past.
In episode 1, Dan is released by the Gardaí after questioning for the suspected murder of Niall Boylan but returns to the Clinic only to find Daisy still angry that he ripped off the Clinic by supplying cosmetic surgery supplies at inflated price. Dan secures Lorcan's (Mark Dymond) backing against Daisy by reminding him of the trump card he now holds - Lorcan's secret HIV status. But Dan is not out of the woods yet - Boylan's brother is convinced of the doctor's guilt and is determined to make him suffer. Daisy is left smarting by Lorcan's inexplicable backing of Dan and questions his decision to allow Dave McGinn (Thomas Farrell) back into the Clinic despite the stabbing of his partner Annie Ward (Suzy Lawlor).
Meanwhile Lorcan's daughter Madison (Sophie Jo Wasson) has come to live with him, and when Clodagh (Leigh Arnold) also agrees to move in, Lorcan feels a new family coalescing around him.
Towards the end of the season Lorcan's HIV positive status became public knowledge, initially staff at the Clinic believed that Dan exposed the truth. During this time Lorcan disappears and Clodagh tries to explain his disappearance to his daughter Madison. Meanwhile, Edel, Cara and Ruairi support Daisy and Dan is under pressure from Diarmaid and Lucille. Dan becomes involved with a Lucille played by Alison Doody and loses a game of cards that he plays with her. Dan losses his share in the clinic as Alison Doody' character bet him for his share of the Clinic during the game of cards. It later becomes exposed that Lucille and her husband are involved in human trafficking and the drug trade in Dublin.
By the end of the season Dan begins to pack up as he finishing up in Clarence Street. But he hasn't seen the back of Lucille (Alison Doody) and Diarmuid just yet. A scene of drama unfolds where Lucille becomes injured and is rushed to the Clinic by Diarmuid. Diarmuid holds the staff of the Clinic hostage. Ruairi becomes injured and the counsellor has a heart-attack. The season ends with great uncertainty about key characters including will Dan return to the Clinic and will Ruairi survive his injury. The season ends abruptly resulting in a cliffhanger. It was expected that the show would return for the Autumn/Winter Season in 2010, but it was later confirmed by RTÉ that the show has now been cancelled.
|Season||Season premiere||Season finale||TV Season||Viewer
|Season 1||October 2003||December 2003||2003–2004||#18||339|
|Season 2||October 2004||5 December 2004||2004–2005||#14||402|
|Season 3||October 2005||November 2005||2005–2006||#11||450|
|Season 4||October 2006||3 December 2006||2006–2007||#4||500|
|Season 5||30 September 2007||2 December 2007||2007–2008||#4||500|
|Season 6||October 2008||November 2008||2008–2009||#4||497|
|Season 7||October 2009||November 2009||2009–2010||#7||405|
The show also airs on a number of television channels in other countries:
|Country||Date of premiere||Channel|
|New Zealand||2010||TVNZ 6|
|DVD Name||Release Date|
|The Clinic - The Complete Series 1-7||November 2010|
- IFTA Awards 2007 - Best Drama Series
- IFTA Awards 2007 - Best Actor in a Supporting Role in TV - Gary Lydon
- IFTA Awards 2008 - Best Actress - Aisling O'Sullivan
- IFTA Awards 2010 - Best Drama Series
- IFTA Awards 2008 - Actress in a Supporting Role Television - Amy Huberman
- IFTA Awards 2008 - Actor in a Supporting Role Television - Gary Lydon
- IFTA Awards 2009 - Actor in a Leading Role Television - Dominic Mafham
- IFTA Awards 2009 - Best Drama Series
- IFTA Awards 2010 - Best Drama Series
- IFTA Awards 2010 - Actress in a Supporting Role Television - Amy Huberman
- The Clinic back on RTÉ One on Sunday
- "The Clinic draws to a close after 7 years". RTÉ News. 24 November 2009.
- O'Farrell, Stephen (25 November 2009). "'Clinic' axed over slump in ratings, claims RTÉ". Irish Independent.
- "RTÉ Television unveils new season". RTÉ News. 13 August 2009.
- "Alison Doody joins the 'The Clinic'". RTÉ News. 14 August 2009.
- "Monthly Review". Medialive.ie. Retrieved 2010-04-07.
- "ABC1 Programming Airdate: The Clinic (episode one)". ABC Television Publicity. Retrieved 22 December 2010.