Surgical Spirit (TV series)
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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.
|Created by||Peter Learmouth|
|Written by||Annie Bruce|
|Directed by||David Askey|
John Kaye Cooper
Beresford le Roy
|Theme music composer||David Cullen|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||7|
|No. of episodes||50|
|Executive producer(s)||Humphrey Barclay|
|Production location(s)||Lister Hospital,|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Humphrey Barclay Productions|
|Original release||14 April 1989 –|
7 July 1995
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.
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.
Granada Television decided to decommission the programme after the seventh series.
Series one (1989)Edit
Series two (1990)Edit
Series three (1991)Edit
Series four (1992)Edit
Series five (1993)Edit
Series six (1994)Edit
Series seven (1995)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.