Doctor in the House (TV series)

Doctor in the House is a British television comedy series based on a set of books and a film of the same name by Richard Gordon about the misadventures of a group of medical students. It was produced by London Weekend Television from 1969 to 1970.

Doctor in the House
Directed by
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes26
Running time25 minutes
Original networkITV
Original release12 July 1969 (1969-07-12) 
3 July 1970 (1970-07-03)
Followed by

Writers for the Doctor in the House episodes were Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie and Bernard McKenna. The series was directed by David Askey and Maurice Murphy among others and the producer was Humphrey Barclay. The external establishing shots were of Wanstead Hospital, London (now Clock Court).


The plot revolved around the trials of medical students at St Swithin's hospital in London.


Well-known actors David Jason (Only Fools and Horses), and James Beck (Dad's Army), both appeared in the 1970 Series 2 episode: "What Seems to be the Trouble?".


Series 1

Overall No. Title Writers Original air date
11"Why Do You Want to be a Doctor?"John Cleese and Graham Chapman11 July 1969 (1969-07-11)
22"Settling In"Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie18 July 1969 (1969-07-18)
33"It's All Go..."Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie25 July 1969 (1969-07-25)
44"Peace and Quiet"Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie1 August 1969 (1969-08-01)
55"The Students Are Revolting!"Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie8 August 1969 (1969-08-08)
66"Rallying Round..."Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie15 August 1969 (1969-08-15)
77"If in Doubt – Cut it Out!"Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie22 August 1969 (1969-08-22)
88"The War of the Mascots"Graham Chapman and Barry Cryer29 August 1969 (1969-08-29)
99"Getting the Bird"Graham Chapman and Barry Cryer5 September 1969 (1969-09-05)
1010"The Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Casino"Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie12 September 1969 (1969-09-12)
1111"Keep It Clean!"Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie19 September 1969 (1969-09-19)
1212"All for Love..."Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie26 September 1969 (1969-09-26)
1313"Pass or Fail"Graham Chapman and Barry Cryer3 October 1969 (1969-10-03)

Series 2

Overall No. Title Writers Original air date
141"It's All in the Little Blue Book"Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie10 April 1970 (1970-04-10)
152"What Seems to be the Trouble?"Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie17 April 1970 (1970-04-17)
163"Take Off Your Clothes... and Hide"Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie24 April 1970 (1970-04-24)
174"Nice Bodywork – Lovely Finish"Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie1 May 1970 (1970-05-01)
185"Look Into My Eyes"Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie8 May 1970 (1970-05-08)
196"Put Your Hand on That"Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie15 May 1970 (1970-05-15)
207"The Royal Visit"Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie22 May 1970 (1970-05-22)
218"If You Can Help Somebody...Don't!"Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie29 May 1970 (1970-05-29)
229"Hot Off the Presses"Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie5 June 1970 (1970-06-05)
2310"A Stitch in Time"Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie12 June 1970 (1970-06-12)
2411"May the Best Man..."Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie19 June 1970 (1970-06-19)
2512"Doctor on the Box"Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie26 June 1970 (1970-06-26)
2613"Finals"Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie3 July 1970 (1970-07-03)
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