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Young Doctors, The

NOT THAT there was anything very young about them. Possibly the foundation stone of the now omnipresent, scary Masonic-style icosahedron logo-bearing Grundy empire, this budgetarily-challenged Aussie medsoap found its way into many an early 80s ITV afternoon line-up, in lieu of anything else that wasn’t GIVE US A CLUE or TROPIC. Most famous graduate was a pre-NEIGHBOURS ALAN DALE, distinguished by a superb Afro haircut. Precious few sets: hospital lobby, minuscule ward (not that they ever got many patients), and a couple of multi-purpose offices a la ARE YOU BEING SERVED. Possibly a corridor for the evil Dr Steele and that white-haired bloke who ran the hospital to stomp down. Lots of “plain” nurses in thick glasses: “Just take those off for a moment…why, has anyone ever told you you’re beautiful?”. There for the course were hospital kiosk matriarch turned TV cookery celebrity Ada, and oft-engaged orderly Dennis.



  1. Andrew

    April 20, 2016 at 2:20 am

    A hilariously young Russell Crowe appeared in an episode of this show playing a character”Russell”.

  2. David

    June 13, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Also stars Morag from home and away

    • Joanne Gray

      March 2, 2017 at 6:39 pm

      Whose character died by falling down a lift shaft, I seem to recall?

      The Young Doctors was the main inspiration for the Aussie comedy Let The Blood Run Free, which was shown in the early hours of the morning on Channel 4 in the early to mid 1990s and really deserved a better time and a bigger audience than insomniacs and the midweek post-nightclub crowd.

  3. Richard16378

    May 2, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Chatchy synth & guitar heady theme IIRC.

    Alexi Sayle did a good spoof of it set in a mental hospital.

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