Doctor At Large

Even though they've now qualified, Doctors Sparrow, Evans and Benskin's medical mishaps just go on and on - With Richard Briers, Geoffrey Sumner and Peter Jones.

Episodes

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01The Deep End1969061020040930 (BBC7)
20041001 (BBC7)
20060430 (BBC7)
20060501 (BBC7)
20080228 (BBC7)
20080229 (BBC7)
20090319 (BBC7)
20090320 (BBC7)
20110831 (BBC7)
20110903 (BBC7)
20130127 (BBC7)
20130128 (BBC7)
20141021 (BBC7)
20141025 (BBC7)
20170512 (BBC7)

Freshly qualified doctors Sparrow, Evans and Benskin's medical mishaps go on and on.

The medical mishaps of freshly qualified doctors Simon Sparrow, Taffy Evans and Tony Benskin go on and on...

The misadventures of newly qualified doctor, Simon Sparrow - adapted for radio by Ray Cooney from Richard Gordon's 'Doctor at Large' published in 1955.

Starring Richard Briers as Simon Sparrow, Geoffrey Sumner as Sir Lancelot Spratt, Ray Cooney as Tony Benskin and Edward Cast as Taffy Evans.

Special guest stars: Dandy Nichols as the Old Lady and Bill Fraser as Mr Smith.

Producer: David Hatch

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1969.

Freshly qualified doctors Sparrow, Evans and Benskin's medical mishaps go on and on.

Freshly qualified doctors Sparrow, Evans and Benskin's medical mishaps go on and on. Starring Richard Briers. From June 1969.

Even though they've now qualified, Doctors Sparrow, Evans and Benskin's medical mishaps go on and on.

Starring Richard Briers.

From June 1969.

02The S S Lotus1969061720041007 (BBC7)
20041008 (BBC7)
20060507 (BBC7)
20060508 (BBC7)
20080306 (BBC7)
20080307 (BBC7)
20090326 (BBC7)
20090327 (BBC7)
20110907 (BBC7)
20130203 (BBC7)
20130204 (BBC7)
20141028 (BBC7)
20170519 (BBC7)

Simon Sparrow soon realises that life as a ship's doctor is far from plain sailing.

Simon Sparrow soon realises that life as a ship's doctor is far from plain sailing.

The misadventures of newly qualified doctor, Simon Sparrow - adapted for radio by Ray Cooney from Richard Gordon's 'Doctor at Large' published in 1955.

Starring Richard Briers as Simon Sparrow, Geoffrey Sumner as Sir Lancelot Spratt, Ray Cooney as Jock Hornby, Edward Cast as Taffy Evans and Peter Jones as Easter.

Producer: David Hatch

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1969.

Simon Sparrow soon realises that life as a ship's doctor is far from plain sailing. Starring Richard Briers. From June 1969.

Simon Sparrow finds his new job as ship's doctor far from plain sailing.

Simon Sparrow realises that life as ship's doctor is set to be far from plain sailing.

Starring Richard Briers.

From June 1969.

03Women On Board1969062420041014 (BBC7)
20041015 (BBC7)
20060514 (BBC7)
20060515 (BBC7)
20080313 (BBC7)
20080314 (BBC7)
20090402 (BBC7)
20090403 (BBC7)
20110914 (BBC7)
20130210 (BBC7)
20130211 (BBC7)
20141104 (BBC7)
20170526 (BBC7)

Seasick ship's doctor Simon Sparrow takes a shine to the company chairman's daughter.

Seasick ship's doctor Simon Sparrow takes a shine to the company chairman's daughter...

The misadventures of newly qualified doctor, Simon Sparrow - adapted for radio by Ray Cooney from Richard Gordon's 'Doctor at Large' published in 1955.

Starring Richard Briers as Simon Sparrow, Geoffrey Sumner as Sir Lancelot Spratt, Ray Cooney as Jock Hornby, Peter Jones as Easter, Joan Sanderson as Edna Swithenbank and Norma Ronald as Wendy Swithenbank.

Producer: David Hatch

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1969.

Seasick ship's doctor Simon Sparrow takes a shine to the company chairman's daughter. Stars Richard Briers. From June 1969.

Stars Richard Briers.

From June 1969.

04The Doctor's Dilemma1969070120041021 (BBC7)
20041022 (BBC7)
20060521 (BBC7)
20060522 (BBC7)
20080320 (BBC7)
20080321 (BBC7)
20090409 (BBC7)
20110921 (BBC7)
20130217 (BBC7)
20130218 (BBC7)
20141111 (BBC7)
20170602 (BBC7)

Seasick ship's doctor Simon Sparrow attempts emergency surgery using cutlery and brandy.

Seasick ship's doctor Simon Sparrow attempts emergency surgery using cutlery and brandy...

The misadventures of newly qualified doctor, Simon Sparrow - adapted for radio by Ray Cooney from Richard Gordon's 'Doctor at Large' published in 1955.

Starring Richard Briers as Simon Sparrow, Geoffrey Sumner as Sir Lancelot Spratt, Ray Cooney as Jock Hornby, Peter Jones as Easter and Norma Ronald as Wendy Swithenbank.

Producer: David Hatch

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1969.

Seasick ship's doctor Simon Sparrow attempts emergency surgery using cutlery and brandy. Stars Richard Briers. From July 1969.

Can a seasick Doctor Sparrow perform an emergency operation using cutlery for instruments and brandy for anaesthetic?

Stars Richard Briers.

From July 1969.

05Farewell Las Palmas1969070820041028 (BBC7)
20041029 (BBC7)
20060528 (BBC7)
20060529 (BBC7)
20080327 (BBC7)
20080328 (BBC7)
20090416 (BBC7)
20110928 (BBC7)
20130224 (BBC7)
20130225 (BBC7)
20141118 (BBC7)
20170609 (BBC7)

When Simon Sparrow is caught in a compromising position, twice, only Easter can save him.

When ship's doctor Simon Sparrow is caught in a compromising position - twice! - only Easter can save him.

The misadventures of newly qualified doctor, Simon Sparrow - adapted for radio by Ray Cooney from Richard Gordon's 'Doctor at Large' published in 1955.

Starring Richard Briers as Simon Sparrow, Geoffrey Sumner as Sir Lancelot Spratt, Ray Cooney as First Mate Jock Hornbeam, Patsy Rowlands as Miss Bottomley, Dennis Ramsden as Colonel Swithinbank, Peter Jones as Easter and Norma Ronald as Wendy Swithenbank.

Producer: David Hatch

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1969.

When Simon Sparrow is caught in a compromising position - twice - only Easter can save him. Stars Richard Briers. From July 1969.

Dr Sparrow is caught in a compromising position with a young lady - twice.

Only Easter's 'pep pills' can save him now.

When Simon Sparrow's caught in a compromising position - twice - only Easter can save him.

Stars Richard Briers.

From July 1969.

06The Captain's Problem1969071520041104 (BBC7)
20041105 (BBC7)
20060604 (BBC7)
20060605 (BBC7)
20080403 (BBC7)
20080404 (BBC7)
20090423 (BBC7)
20111005 (BBC7)
20130303 (BBC7)
20130304 (BBC7)
20141125 (BBC7)
20170616 (BBC7)

More chaos afloat as Simon Sparrow tries to diagnose a particular patient's ailments.

Ship's doctor Simon Sparrow diagnoses trouble ahead with Captain Spratt!

The misadventures of newly qualified doctor, Simon Sparrow - adapted for radio by Ray Cooney from Richard Gordon's 'Doctor at Large' published in 1955.

Starring Richard Briers as Simon Sparrow, Geoffrey Sumner as Captain Spratt, Ray Cooney as First Mate Jock Hornbeam, Edward Cast as Colonel Smith and Peter Jones as Easter.

Producer: David Hatch

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1969.

More chaos afloat as Simon Sparrow tries to diagnose a particular patient's ailments. Stars Richard Briers. From July 1969.

Sparrow is concerned about the Captain's state of mind, but his 'madness' is not quite what it seems.

Stars Richard Briers.

From July 1969.

07Mozambique1969072220041111 (BBC7)
20041112 (BBC7)
20060611 (BBC7)
20060612 (BBC7)
20080410 (BBC7)
20080411 (BBC7)
20090430 (BBC7)
20111012 (BBC7)
20130310 (BBC7)
20130311 (BBC7)
20141202 (BBC7)
20170623 (BBC7)

A trip ashore for ship's medic Simon Sparrow leads to some local linguistic mishaps.

A trip ashore for ship's medic Simon Sparrow leads to some local linguistic mishaps

The misadventures of newly qualified doctor, Simon Sparrow - adapted for radio by Ray Cooney from Richard Gordon's 'Doctor at Large' published in 1955.

Starring Richard Briers as Simon Sparrow, Geoffrey Sumner as Captain Spratt, Ray Cooney as First Mate Jock Hornbeam, Marjorie Westbury as Maria, Miriam Margolyes as Matilde, Ann Murray as Mrs Hawkins, Madi Hedd as Rosa and Peter Jones as Easter.

Producer: David Hatch

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1969.

A trip ashore for ship's medic Simon Sparrow leads to some local linguistic mishaps. Stars Richard Briers. From July 1969.

Sparrow is introduced to the delights of Mozambique and encounters a little local linguistic difficulty.

Stars Richard Briers.

From July 1969.

08In General Practice1969072920041118 (BBC7)
20041119 (BBC7)
20060618 (BBC7)
20060619 (BBC7)
20080417 (BBC7)
20080418 (BBC7)
20090507 (BBC7)
20111019 (BBC7)
20130317 (BBC7)
20130318 (BBC7)
20141209 (BBC7)
20170630 (BBC7)

Sparrow lands a job in Aberdeen, where he is forced to tackle a pepped-up port-loving lady

Simon Sparrow lands a job in Aberdeen, where he's forced to tackle a pepped-up port loving lady.

The misadventures of newly qualified doctor, Simon Sparrow - adapted for radio by Ray Cooney from Richard Gordon's 'Doctor at Large' published in 1955.

Starring Richard Briers as Simon Sparrow, Geoffrey Sumner as Captain Spratt, Ray Cooney as Tony Benskin, Joan Sanderson as Mrs Russell, Stanley Baxter as Dr Hockett and Joan Sims as Dora.

Producer: David Hatch

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1969.

Sparrow lands a job in Aberdeen, where he is forced to tackle a pepped-up port-loving lady. With Richard Briers. From July 1969.

Sparrow lands a job in Aberdeen, where he's forced to tackle a pepped-up port-loving lady.

Sparrow lands a job in Aberdeen, where he's forced to tackle a pepped-up port-loving lady. With Richard Briers. From July 1969.

Sparrow heads to Aberdeen for a job, but his brilliant career is undermined by a lady with a penchant for pepped-up port.

With Richard Briers.

From July 1969.

09To Bed Or Not To Bed1969080520041125 (BBC7)
20041126 (BBC7)
20060625 (BBC7)
20060626 (BBC7)
20080424 (BBC7)
20080425 (BBC7)
20090514 (BBC7)
20111026 (BBC7)
20111029 (BBC7)
20130324 (BBC7)
20130325 (BBC7)
20141216 (BBC7)
20170707 (BBC7)

Simon Sparrow takes Wendy off for a naughty weekend, but events don't quite go to plan.

Simon Sparrow takes Wendy off for a naughty weekend, but events don't quite go to plan...

The misadventures of newly qualified doctor, Simon Sparrow - adapted for radio by Ray Cooney from Richard Gordon's 'Doctor at Large' published in 1955.

Starring Richard Briers as Simon Sparrow, Norma Ronald as Wendy Swithenbank, Ray Cooney as Tony Benskin, Dennis Ramsden as Colonel Brown, David Jason as Harris the Receptionist and Edward Cast as the Waiter.

Producer: David Hatch

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1969.

Simon Sparrow takes Wendy off for a naughty weekend, but events don't quite go to plan. Stars Richard Briers. From August 1969.

Dr Sparrow has planned a naughty weekend away with Wendy but events appear to be conspiring against them.

10Dr Sparrow Of Harley Street1969081220041202 (BBC7)
20041203 (BBC7)
20060702 (BBC7)
20060703 (BBC7)
20080501 (BBC7)
20080502 (BBC7)
20090521 (BBC7)
20111102 (BBC7)
20130331 (BBC7)
20130401 (BBC7)
20141230 (BBC7)
20150103 (BBC7)
20170714 (BBC7)

Mayhem ensues when Simon Sparrow goes to work at Sir Lancelot's rather posh practice.

Mayhem ensues when Simon Sparrow goes to work at Sir Lancelot Spratt's rather posh practice

The misadventures of newly qualified doctor, Simon Sparrow - adapted for radio by Ray Cooney from Richard Gordon's 'Doctor at Large' published in 1955.

Starring Richard Briers as Simon Sparrow, Geoffrey Sumner as Sir Lancelot Spratt, Ray Cooney as Tony Benskin, Howard Marion Crawford as the Duke, Richard Caldicot as Sir Raymond Beecham, Garard Green as the Butler, Rosalind Adams as the Nurse and Fenella Fielding as Kitty Buckingham.

Producer: David Hatch
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1969.

Mayhem ensues when Simon Sparrow goes to work at Sir Lancelot's rather posh practice. Stars Richard Briers. From August 1969.

Simon Sparrow goes to work for Sir Lancelot for two weeks at his rather posh practice.

Of course the usual mayhem ensues.

11Disengagement1969081920041209 (BBC7)
20041210 (BBC7)
20060709 (BBC7)
20060710 (BBC7)
20080508 (BBC7)
20080509 (BBC7)
20090528 (BBC7)
20111109 (BBC7)
20130407 (BBC7)
20130408 (BBC7)
20150106 (BBC7)
20170721 (BBC7)

Sparrow gets inadvertently betrothed, so it is up to Benskin and Spratt to help him out.

Simon Sparrow gets inadvertently betrothed, so it's up to Benskin and Spratt to help him out.

The misadventures of newly qualified doctor, Simon Sparrow - adapted for radio by Ray Cooney from Richard Gordon's 'Doctor at Large' published in 1955.

Starring Richard Briers as Simon Sparrow, Geoffrey Sumner as Sir Lancelot Spratt, Ray Cooney as Tony Benskin, Alethea Charlton as Anthea de Beere-Sidebotham, Ambrosine Phillpotts as Mrs de Beere-Sidebotham and Peter Williams as Mr de Beere-Sidebotham.

Producer: David Hatch
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1969.

Sparrow gets inadvertently betrothed, so it's up to Benskin and Spratt to help him out.

Sparrow gets inadvertently betrothed, so it's up to Benskin and Spratt to help him out. Stars Richard Briers. From August 1969.

Sparrow inadvertently gets himself engaged and it's up to Benskin and Spratt to help him out.

Stars Richard Briers.

From August 1969.

12Fellowship1969082620041216 (BBC7)
20041217 (BBC7)
20060716 (BBC7)
20060717 (BBC7)
20080515 (BBC7)
20080516 (BBC7)
20090604 (BBC7)
20111116 (BBC7)
20130414 (BBC7)
20130415 (BBC7)
20150113 (BBC7)
20170728 (BBC7)

An x-ray mix-up leads Simon Sparrow's confused friends to fear his end is in sight.

An x-ray mix-up leads Simon Sparrow's confused friends to fear his end is in sight.

The misadventures of newly qualified doctor, Simon Sparrow - adapted for radio by Ray Cooney from Richard Gordon's 'Doctor at Large' published in 1955.

Starring Richard Briers as Simon Sparrow, Geoffrey Sumner as Sir Lancelot Spratt, Ray Cooney as Tony Benskin, Norma Ronald as Wendy Swithenbank, Edward Cast as Taffy Evans, Dandy Nichols as Mrs Travers and Kathleen Helme as Sister

Producer: David Hatch
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1969.

An x-ray mix-up leads Simon Sparrow's confused friends to fear his end is in sight. Stars Richard Briers. From August 1969.

A tale of confusion as the x-ray of a dead ostrich leads Simon's friends to believe that he won't be with them for long.

Stars Richard Briers.

From August 1969.

13 LASTMarriage And Surgery1969090220041230 (BBC7)
20041231 (BBC7)
20060723 (BBC7)
20060724 (BBC7)
20080522 (BBC7)
20080523 (BBC7)
20090611 (BBC7)
20111123 (BBC7)
20130421 (BBC7)
20130422 (BBC7)
20150120 (BBC7)

Simon Sparrow must sit his surgeon's exam and get wed to Wendy all in one morning.

Simon Sparrow must sit his surgeon's exam and get wed to Wendy all in one morning. Stars Richard Briers. From September 1969.

Stars Richard Briers.

From September 1969.

0101The Deep End1969061020040930 (BBC7)
20041001 (BBC7)
20060430 (BBC7)
20060501 (BBC7)
20080228 (BBC7)
20080229 (BBC7)
20090319 (BBC7)
20090320 (BBC7)
20110831 (BBC7)
20110903 (BBC7)

Even though they've now qualified, Doctors Sparrow, Evans and Benskin's medical mishaps go on and on.

Freshly qualified doctors Sparrow, Evans and Benskin's medical mishaps go on and on.

Starring Richard Briers.

From June 1969.

0102The S S Lotus1969061720041007 (BBC7)
20041008 (BBC7)
20060507 (BBC7)
20060508 (BBC7)
20080306 (BBC7)
20080307 (BBC7)
20090326 (BBC7)
20090327 (BBC7)
20110907 (BBC7)

Simon Sparrow finds his new job as ship's doctor far from plain sailing.

Simon Sparrow realises that life as ship's doctor is set to be far from plain sailing.

Starring Richard Briers.

From June 1969.

0103Women On Board1969062420041014 (BBC7)
20041015 (BBC7)
20060514 (BBC7)
20060515 (BBC7)
20080313 (BBC7)
20080314 (BBC7)
20090402 (BBC7)
20090403 (BBC7)
20110914 (BBC7)

Seasick ship's doctor Simon Sparrow takes a shine to the company chairman's daughter.

Stars Richard Briers.

From June 1969.

0104The Doctor's Dilemma1969070120041021 (BBC7)
20041022 (BBC7)
20060521 (BBC7)
20060522 (BBC7)
20080320 (BBC7)
20080321 (BBC7)
20090409 (BBC7)
20110921 (BBC7)

Can a seasick Doctor Sparrow perform an emergency operation using cutlery for instruments and brandy for anaesthetic?

Seasick ship's doctor Simon Sparrow attempts emergency surgery using cutlery and brandy.

Stars Richard Briers.

From July 1969.

0105Farewell Las Palmas1969070820041028 (BBC7)
20041029 (BBC7)
20060528 (BBC7)
20060529 (BBC7)
20080327 (BBC7)
20080328 (BBC7)
20090416 (BBC7)
20110928 (BBC7)

Dr Sparrow is caught in a compromising position with a young lady - twice.

Only Easter's 'pep pills' can save him now.

When Simon Sparrow's caught in a compromising position - twice - only Easter can save him.

Stars Richard Briers.

From July 1969.

0106The Captain's Problem1969071520041104 (BBC7)
20041105 (BBC7)
20060604 (BBC7)
20060605 (BBC7)
20080403 (BBC7)
20080404 (BBC7)
20090423 (BBC7)
20111005 (BBC7)

Sparrow is concerned about the Captain's state of mind, but his 'madness' is not quite what it seems.

More chaos afloat as Simon Sparrow tries to diagnose a particular patient's ailments.

Stars Richard Briers.

From July 1969.

0107Mozambique1969072220041111 (BBC7)
20041112 (BBC7)
20060611 (BBC7)
20060612 (BBC7)
20080410 (BBC7)
20080411 (BBC7)
20090430 (BBC7)
20111012 (BBC7)

Sparrow is introduced to the delights of Mozambique and encounters a little local linguistic difficulty.

A trip ashore for ship's medic Simon Sparrow leads to some local linguistic mishaps.

Stars Richard Briers.

From July 1969.

0108In General Practice1969072920041118 (BBC7)
20041119 (BBC7)
20060618 (BBC7)
20060619 (BBC7)
20080417 (BBC7)
20080418 (BBC7)
20090507 (BBC7)
20111019 (BBC7)

Sparrow heads to Aberdeen for a job, but his brilliant career is undermined by a lady with a penchant for pepped-up port.

Sparrow lands a job in Aberdeen, where he's forced to tackle a pepped-up port-loving lady.

With Richard Briers.

From July 1969.

0109To Bed Or Not To Bed1969080520041125 (BBC7)
20041126 (BBC7)
20060625 (BBC7)
20060626 (BBC7)
20080424 (BBC7)
20080425 (BBC7)
20090514 (BBC7)
20111026 (BBC7)
20111029 (BBC7)

Dr Sparrow has planned a naughty weekend away with Wendy but events appear to be conspiring against them.

Simon Sparrow takes Wendy off for a naughty weekend, but events don't quite go to plan.

0110Dr Sparrow Of Harley Street1969081220041202 (BBC7)
20041203 (BBC7)
20060702 (BBC7)
20060703 (BBC7)
20080501 (BBC7)
20080502 (BBC7)
20090521 (BBC7)
20111102 (BBC7)

Simon Sparrow goes to work for Sir Lancelot for two weeks at his rather posh practice.

Of course the usual mayhem ensues.

Mayhem ensues when Simon Sparrow goes to work at Sir Lancelot's rather posh practice.

Stars Richard Briers.

From August 1969.

0111Disengagement1969081920041209 (BBC7)
20041210 (BBC7)
20060709 (BBC7)
20060710 (BBC7)
20080508 (BBC7)
20080509 (BBC7)
20090528 (BBC7)
20111109 (BBC7)

Sparrow inadvertently gets himself engaged and it's up to Benskin and Spratt to help him out.

Sparrow gets inadvertently betrothed, so it's up to Benskin and Spratt to help him out.

Stars Richard Briers.

From August 1969.

0112Fellowship1969082620041216 (BBC7)
20041217 (BBC7)
20060716 (BBC7)
20060717 (BBC7)
20080515 (BBC7)
20080516 (BBC7)
20090604 (BBC7)
20111116 (BBC7)

A tale of confusion as the x-ray of a dead ostrich leads Simon's friends to believe that he won't be with them for long.

An X-ray mix-up leads Simon Sparrow's confused friends to fear his end is in sight.

Stars Richard Briers.

From August 1969.

0113 LASTMarriage And Surgery1969090220041230 (BBC7)
20041231 (BBC7)
20060723 (BBC7)
20060724 (BBC7)
20080522 (BBC7)
20080523 (BBC7)
20090611 (BBC7)
20111123 (BBC7)

Simon Sparrow must sit his surgeon's exam and get wed to Wendy all in one morning.

Stars Richard Briers.

From September 1969.