Doctor Down Under

Doctor Down Under is an Australian television comedy series based on a set of books by Richard Gordon about the misadventures of a group of doctors. The series follows directly from its predecessor Doctor on the Go, and was produced by the Seven Network in association with the Paul Dainty organization and broadcast in 1979.[1]

Doctor Down Under
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes13
Running time25 minutes
Original networkSeven Network
Original release12 February 1979 (1979-02-12) 
10 May 1980 (1980-05-10)
Preceded byDoctor on the Go
Followed byDoctor at the Top

Writers for the Doctor Down Under episodes were Bernard McKenna, Jon Watkins and Bernie Sharp. The episodes were directed by William G. Stewart and John Eastway; all episodes were produced by Stewart.


When Dr Duncan Waring and Dr Dick Stuart-Clark take up positions at St. Barnabas hospital in Sydney, they wreak havoc for the local medical staff, especially for Professor Beaumont, who is Professor of Surgery, and Dr Maurice Griffin, a surgeon with whom they share their office. The nurses at the hospital, however, find Dr Waring and Dr Stuart-Clark charming, as the two English doctors continue their pursuit of women.


Guest stars

Episode list

  1. Thanks for the Memory written by Bernard McKenna and Jon Watkins
  2. If a Job's Worth Doing written by Bernard McKenna
  3. A Bird in the Hand written by Jon Watkins
  4. I Gotta Horse written by Bernie Sharp
  5. The Hawaiian Operation written by Jon Watkins
  6. The More We Are Together written by Jon Watkins
  7. It's All in the Mind written by Bernie Sharp
  8. If You Can't Beat Em... written by Jon Watkins
  9. Alias Clark and Waring written by Jon Watkins
  10. Impatients written by Bernard McKenna
  11. The Sydney Surprise written by Jon Watkins
  12. The Name of the Game written by Bernard McKenna
  13. Identity Crisis written by Bernard McKenna

Location of St Barnabas Hospital

The building used as the fictional St Barnabas Hospital is Hornsby Hospital, in Hornsby, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

UK broadcast

Doctor Down Under was first aired in the United Kingdom on ITV in 1980. Granada TV was the first ITV Station to broadcast the series on Saturday 5 January. Southern TV, was the second to start the series from Tuesday 12 February 1980. Anglia started the series from April broadcasting at 15.15 slot. Nearly all the other ITV Stations pick up the series during between June and July 1980, but was not fully networked: ATV and Westward broadcast it 17.15, Yorkshire broadcast it 10.30, Border, Grampian, Granada, HTV, STV, and Southern broadcast it 19.30.

Last ITV area to broadcast the series was London. Thames Television did not broadcast the series but LWT started the series from January 1981.

DVD Release

Doctor Down Under, all 13 episodes have been released as a two Disc DVD set by Umbrella Entertainment in Australia (2007).


  1. Albert Moran, Moran's Guide to Australian TV Series, AFTRS 1993 p 149
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