Rigor Mortis

Laurence Howarth's dark sitcom about the attempts of three pathologists to live happy, normal and well-adjusted lives in an atmosphere of death, decay and genuinely unpleasant smells.

Sitcom set in the fascinating but misunderstood world of the pathology lab.

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20040907

Sitcom by Laurence Howarth, set in the fascinating but misunderstood world of the pathology lab.

3/6. When a new coroner is appointed, Ruth sets out to persuade him that he should send the most interesting autopsy cases her way.

Dr Anthony Webster....Peter Davison

Dr Ruth Anderson....Tracy-Ann Oberman

Prof Donaldson....Geoffrey Whitehead

Gordon....Tom Price

Chloe....Marianne Levy

Simon....Gus Brown

Daniel Kasper....Laurence Howarth

With Stephen Critchlow and Beth Chalmers

Produced by Dawn Ellis.

20040914

Sitcom by Laurence Howarth, set in the fascinating but misunderstood world of the pathology lab.

4/6. The pathologists are presented with a challenge when they are asked to perform an holistic, non-invasive autopsy.

Dr Anthony Webster....Peter Davison

Dr Ruth Anderson....Tracy-Ann Oberman

Prof Donaldson....Geoffrey Whitehead

Gordon....Tom Price

Chloe....Marianne Levy

Simon....Gus Brown

Mrs Fitzherbert....Beth Chalmers

Produced by Dawn Ellis.

20040928

Sitcom by Laurence Howarth, set in a pathology lab. The team are invited to assist celebrated Dutch anatomist Prof Raymond van den Hoogenband in the first ever live radio autopsy. Last in the series.

20041111

A return of Laurence Howarth's black comedy set in the fascinating but misunderstood world of the pathology lab.

Dr Webster gets a little carried away when Prof. Donaldson suggests that the team get to know the people they're autopsying, and Gordon spots a remarkable resemblance between a liver and a biosterous hurdler.

Dr Anthony Webster....Peter Davison

Dr Ruth Anderson....Matilda Ziegler

Prof Donaldson....Geoffrey Whitehead

Gordon....Tom Price

Chloe....Marianne Levy

Simon....Gus Brown

Mr Reeve....Nicholas Boulton

Written by Laurence Howarth

Music by Paul Mottram with voice by Stephanie Benuvente

Produced by Dawn Ellis

20041118

Sitcom by Laurence Howarth, set in a pathology lab. A lack of dead bodies brings crisis to the department, causing patience to stretch and tempers to fray.

20041125

Laurence Howarth's black comedy set in the fascinating but misunderstood world of the pathology lab.

Dr Anderson tries to convince her mother that she's the most successful and admired pathologist in Britain, while Dr Webster tries to extol the glory of pathology to an eight year old, with the aid of Mr Spoony McSpoon.

Dr Anthony Webster....Peter Davison

Dr Ruth Anderson....Matilda Ziegler

Prof Donaldson....Geoffrey Whitehead

Gordon....Tom Price

Chloe....Marianne Levy

Simon....Gus Brown

Mrs Anderson....Paula Wilcox

Norman Pace....Lewis Aaltonen

Written by Laurence Howarth

Music by Paul Mottram with voice by Stephanie Benuvente

Produced by Dawn Ellis

0120040824

First of a six part sitcom by Laurence Howarth, set in the fascinating but misunderstood world of the pathology lab.

1/6. Dr Webster realises that he recognises the man he has just performed a routine autopsy on, but can't for the life of him think where from. Professor Donaldson is aghast at the medical ethics of the situation whilst Dr Anderson is convinced that there's some kind of conspiracy going on. Dr Webster however just can't understand what all the fuss is about.

Dr Anthony Webster....Peter Davison

Dr Ruth Anderson....Tracy-Ann Oberman

Prof Donaldson....Geoffrey Whitehead

Gordon....Tom Price

Chloe....Marianne Levy

Simon....Gus Brown

David/Patient....Stephen Critchlow

Elaine....Beth Chalmers

Produced by Dawn Ellis.

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Laurence Howarth's dark sitcom about the attempts of three pathologists to live happy, normal and well-adjusted lives in an atmosphere of death, decay and genuinely unpleasant smells.

Sitcom set in the fascinating but misunderstood world of the pathology lab.Dr Webster recognises the man in his autopsy.

Pathology lab sitcom with Peter Davison and Tracy Ann Oberman.

From June 2003.

Dr Webster recognises the man in his autopsy.

Tracy Ann Oberman, Peter Davison and Geoffrey Whitehead cause chaos in this sitcom set in a pathology lab.

Tracy Ann Oberman, Peter Davison and Geoffrey Whitehead cause chaos.

Dr Webster realises that he recognises the man he has just performed a routine autopsy on, but can't for the life of him think where from.

Professor Donaldson is aghast at the medical ethics of the situation whilst Dr Anderson is convinced that there's some kind of conspiracy going on.

Dr Webster, however, just can't understand what all the fuss is about.

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The pathology lab gets a new medical empathy scheme, because 'a corpse is a person too.' Stars Peter Davison.

From June 2003.

Professor Donaldson introduces a new medical empathy scheme.

A sitcom set in the pathology lab.

Professor Donaldson introduces a new medical empathy scheme, because 'a corpse is a person too'.

Prof Donaldson introduces a new medical empathy scheme, because 'a corpse is a person too'.

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When a new coroner arrives, Ruth wants him to send her the most interesting autopsy cases.

Stars Peter Davison.

From June 2003.

When a new coroner is appointed, Ruth sets out to persuade him that he should send the most interesting autopsy cases her way.

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The pathologists face doing a holistic, non-invasive autopsy.

Stars Peter Davison and Tracy-Ann Oberman.

From June 2003.

Is Ruth about to fulfil her ambition to become a proper crime pathologist? Has Graham really lost a brain?

The pathologists are presented with a challenge when they are asked to perform an holistic, non-invasive autopsy.

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Dr Webster is puzzled when his 13-year-old daughter isn't keen on a trip to the path lab.

Stars Peter Davison.

From July 2003.

Dr Webster is looking after his 13-year-old daughter for the weekend but can't understand why she doesn't find an evening in the path lab an exciting prospect.

Dr Webster's looking after his daughter, but can't understand why she doesn't find a visit to the path lab an exciting prospect.

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The pathologists are invited to assist the celebrated Dutch anatomist Professor Raymond van den Hoogenband in the first ever live radio autopsy.

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The pathology team try to get to know the people that they're autopsying. Stars Peter Davison. From November 2004.

The pathology team try to get to know the people that they're autopsying. From 2004.

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A total lack of corpses sparks a dry spell the pathology lab. Stars Peter Davison and Geoffrey Whitehead. From November 2004.

A total lack of corpses sparks a dry spell the pathology lab. From November 2004.

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Pathologist Ruth's fibs over her career and love-life backfire when her mum arrives. Stars Matilda Ziegler. From November 2004.

Pathologist Ruth's fibs over her career and love-life backfire when her mum arrives.

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Dr Webster meets his doppelganger - entomologist Dr Betsy. Meanwhile Gordon hears voices. Stars Peter Davison. From December 2004.

Dr Webster meets his doppelganger, Dr Betsy.

Meanwhile, the bell tolls for Gordon, or is it just the microwave pinging?

When a horribly decomposed body comes into the lab, Dr Webster is faced with an entomologist who bears a rather striking personality resemblance to someone very close to himself indeed.

Laurence Howarth's black comedy set in the fascinating but misunderstood world of the pathology lab. When a horribly decomposed body comes into the lab, Dr Webster is faced with an entomologist who bears a rather striking personality resemblance to someone very close to himself indeed.

Dr Anthony Webster....Peter Davison

Dr Ruth Anderson....Matilda Ziegler

Prof Donaldson....Geoffrey Whitehead

Gordon....Tom Price

Chloe....Marianne Levy

Simon....Gus Brown

Dr Betzatzoglu....Alex Lowe

Written by Laurence Howarth

Music by Paul Mottram, with voice by Stephanie Benuvente

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St Luke's Hospital Pathology holds its first 'scratch night' for work in progress. Stars Peter Davison. From December 2004.

St Luke's Hospital Pathology holds its first 'scratch night' for work in progress.

Stars Peter Davison.

From December 2004.

Graham organises a 'scratch night' for work-in-progress, and Anthony finds his 'constipation' work highly anticipated.

In an effort to encourage Doctors Webster and Anderson to publish, Professor Donaldson hosts the first St Luke's hospital Pathology Scratch Night.

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A department store drama means the mortuary team must work on Christmas Day. Stars Geoffrey Whitehead. From December 2004.

A department store drama means the mortuary team must work on Christmas Day.

Stars Geoffrey Whitehead.

From December 2004.

After an unfortunate 'crushing' incident in a department store, the team find themselves in the mortuary on Christmas Day.

Dr Webster points out that post mortems are not just for every other day except Christmas, they're also for Christmas.

It's 'Noele', as Graham insists on calling it.

Will the lab be a haven of peace and goodwill to all men? No, it won't.

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It's New Year in the mortuary and the pathologists must tackle a befuddled mother. Stars Peter Davison. From January 2006.

It's New Year in the mortuary and the pathologists must tackle a befuddled mother.

The first working day of New Year, and the team tackle a suicide.

It's a new year in the mortuary and Doctors Anderson and Webster have decided to have a baby together - strictly non-sexually conceived of course, but can these two labourers of death turn their hands to life?

1/6. A new series of the dark sitcom about the attempts of three pathologists to live happy, normal and well-adjusted lives in an atmosphere of death, decay and genuinely unpleasant smells.

Dr Anthony Webster....Peter Davison

Dr Ruth Anderson....Matilda Ziegler

Prof Donaldson....Geoffrey Whitehead

Gordon....Tom Price

Chloe....Marianne Levy

Simon....Gus Brown

Mrs Wantage....Felicity Montagu

Mr Wantage....Kim Wall

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Ruth's keen to get pregnant, but Anthony's distracted by a potential patient. Stars Peter Davison. From February 2006.

Ruth's keen to get pregnant, but Anthony's distracted by a potential patient.

Stars Peter Davison.

From February 2006.

Ruth's keen to get pregnant, but Anthony's distracted by a patient who's still alive.

Ruth's keen to get pregnant, but Anthony's distracted by an interesting patient.

Pathologist comedy starring Peter Davison.

Dr Anderson is anxious for Dr Webster to begin the impregnation process, but his attention is taken by the admittance to the hospital of a woman who suffers from many of his favourite diseases.

Even better - she's alive.

Laurence Howarth's dark sitcom about the attempts of three pathologists to live happy, normal and well-adjusted lives in an atmosphere of death, decay and genuinely unpleasant smells.

2/6. Dr Anderson is anxious for Dr Webster to begin the impregnation process, but his attention is taken by the admittance to the hospital of a woman who suffers from many of his favourite diseases. Even better - she's alive.

Dr Anthony Webster....Peter Davison

Dr Ruth Anderson....Matilda Ziegler

Prof Donaldson....Geoffrey Whitehead

Gordon....Tom Price

Chloe....Marianne Levy

Simon....Gus Brown

Dorothy....Joanne Brookes

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Trying to guard his legacy, the professor lets Anthony and Ruth run the path lab.

Stars Geoffrey Whitehead.

From February 2006.

The Professor decides to leave Anthony and Ruth in charge of the mortuary.

Starring Peter Davison and Geoffrey Whitehead.

The professor decides to guard his legacy by adopting the role of unseen observer to the department, but is hiding in the laundry basket the best form of disguise, and will Anthony and Ruth's glee at his absence soon turn to dismay?

Trying to guard his legacy, the professor lets Anthony and Ruth run the path lab. Stars Geoffrey Whitehead. From February 2006.

Laurence Howarth's dark sitcom about the attempts of three pathologists to live happy, normal and well-adjusted lives in an atmosphere of death, decay and genuinely unpleasant smells.

3/6. The professor decides to guard his legacy by adopting the role of unseen observer to the department, but is hiding in the laundry basket the best form of disguise, and will Anthony and Ruth's glee at his absence soon turn to dismay?

Dr Anthony Webster....Peter Davison

Dr Ruth Anderson....Matilda Ziegler

Prof Donaldson....Geoffrey Whitehead

Gordon....Tom Price

Chloe....Marianne Levy

Simon....Gus Brown

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A torn glove sparks a health scare for the path lab team.

Stars Peter Davison and Geoffrey Whitehead.

From February 2006.

The pathology lab team suffer a bad health scare - thanks to a torn glove.

Starring Peter Davison and Geoffrey Whitehead.

The team are thrown into disarray when they discover a hole in one of the gloves that was used during an autopsy on a body with a contagious disease.

But whose glove was it?

A torn glove sparks a health scare for the path lab team. Stars Peter Davison and Geoffrey Whitehead. From February 2006.

Laurence Howarth's dark sitcom about the attempts of three pathologists to live happy, normal and well-adjusted lives in an atmosphere of death, decay and genuinely unpleasant smells.

4/6. The team are thrown into disarray when they discover a hole in one of the gloves that was used during an autopsy on a body with a contagious disease. But whose glove was it?

Dr Anthony Webster....Peter Davison

Dr Ruth Anderson....Matilda Ziegler

Prof Donaldson....Geoffrey Whitehead

Gordon....Tom Price

Chloe....Marianne Levy

Simon....Gus Brown

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Pathologist Anthony is thrilled when his former mother-in-law arrives in the mortuary.

Stars Peter Davison.

From February 2006.

Anthony gets to perform an autopsy on his dead mother-in-law.

Starring Peter Davison.

Pathologist comedy starring Peter Davison and Geoffrey Whitehead.

Dr Webster's ex-wife turns up at the mortuary with the request that he perform an autopsy on his ex mother-in-law.

Pathologist Anthony is thrilled when his former mother-in-law arrives in the mortuary. Stars Peter Davison. From February 2006.

Laurence Howarth's dark sitcom about the attempts of three pathologists to live happy, normal and well-adjusted lives in an atmosphere of death, decay and genuinely unpleasant smells.

5/6. Dr Webster's ex-wife turns up at the mortuary with the request that he perform an autopsy on his ex mother-in-law.

Dr Anthony Webster....Peter Davison

Dr Ruth Anderson....Matilda Ziegler

Prof Donaldson....Geoffrey Whitehead

Gordon....Tom Price

Chloe....Marianne Levy

Simon....Gus Brown

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Life and Death prove to be very close neighbours for the staff in the mortuary.

Stars Peter Davison.

From March 2006.

From 2006.

Life and Death prove to be very close neighbours in this comedy set in a mortuary.

With Peter Davidson and Geoffrey Whitehead.

There's a retirement, a leaving party, an overdue baby and, of course, a death.

Life and Death prove to be very close neighbours for the staff in the mortuary. Stars Peter Davison. From March 2006.

Laurence Howarth's dark sitcom about the attempts of three pathologists to live happy, normal and well-adjusted lives in an atmosphere of death, decay and genuinely unpleasant smells.

6/6. There's a retirement, a leaving party, an overdue baby and, of course, a death.

Dr Anthony Webster....Peter Davison

Dr Ruth Anderson....Matilda Ziegler

Prof Donaldson....Geoffrey Whitehead

Gordon....Tom Price

Chloe....Marianne Levy

Simon....Gus Brown