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A Question of Psychology

Polyoaks, Series 2 Episode 1 of 6

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 09 November 2012

Have you ever wondered about the profitability of mental health? Or why your locum looks familiar? Or what's so fascinating on your doctor's computer? Or what that funny rash is? And how long he's had it? These and other questions may well be answered in this brand new series of the Radio 4 satire set in Polyoaks, that flagship of enlightened West Country General Practice at the forefront of a constantly reforming NHS.

Nigel Planer stars as Dr. Roy Thornton and Simon Greenall as his brother Dr. Hugh Thornton in a clinic always at odds with itself over diagnoses, funding, clinical commissioning groups, Jeremy Hunt and the ever more dubious commercial activities of their associate, TV's Dr. Jeremy (David Westhead), who's still diagnosing with Google, selling patent remedies and generally teetering on the brink of any number of malpractice suits.

If you want to know what it's really like to live and work in the brave new world of modern health care - or why your GP often has that confused expression on their face - visit Polyoaks and ask for a second opinion.

CAST:
Dr. Roy Thornton .................... Nigel Planer
Dr. Hugh Thornton .................. Simon Greenall
TV's Dr. Jeremy ...................... David Westhead
Betty Crossfield ...................... Jane Whittenshaw
Nurse Vera Duplessis .............. Polly Frame
Mr. Devlin ............................... Phil Cornwell
The Practice's patients and associates were played by Mel Hudson and Duncan Wisbey.

Polyoaks is written by Dr. Phil Hammond and David Spicer and directed by Frank Stirling.

Producer: Frank Stirling
A Unique production for BBC Radio 4.

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