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This series about Dr. Finlay was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in six episodes in October/November 2001.  The stories are based on the book 'Country Doctor' by A.J. Cronin.  The novella was made into a television show, Dr. Finlay's Casebook, broadcast on the BBC from 1962 - 1971.

In 1970-1978 BBC Radio 4 also broadcast Dr. Finlay's Casebook using some of the same actors as the television show.  Both the TV series and the first radio series were set in the town of Tannochbrae, but the new radio series in 2001 was set in the town of Levenford, which was Cronin's original location in the books.

The new series was produced in Bristol by Jeremy Howe and dramatised by Sue Rodwell.  The musical director was Nicholas Skilbeck.

Jeremy Howe also directed David in the second series of Dr Finlay and in the Strangers and Brothers episode The Affair.

David Tennant appeared in two* of the six 30 minute episodes in 2001 and he also appeared in one of the episodes in the 2002 series Dr. Finlay: Further Adventures of a Black Bag.  

The 2001 series episode list:

The Resolution That Went Wrong

Who Laughs Last

The Day Dandini Came To Town*

Wee Robinson*

The Wife Of A Hero

The Sisters Scobie

On November 18, 2002 the BBC released six episodes on cassette including both of David's episodes. The series was re-released as an audio dowload from AudioGo on April 6, 2012.


This episode was originally broadcast on October 22, 2001 at 11:30 am.

Synopsis: The GP finds a touring Cinderella is more like La Traviata than a pantomime.

Additional material written by Michael Winter and Brian Parr.



John Gordan Sinclair - Dr. Finlay

Brian Pettifer* - Dr. Cameron

Katy Murphy** - Janet

Beverley Kline - Lettie Lebrune

Shaun Scott - Samuels

David Bannerman*** - Doggie

David Tennant - Jackson

*appeared in the Rab C. Nesbitt episode Touch' with David

**appeared with David Takin' Over the Asylum, The Brown Man and the play The Slab Boys Trilogy

***appeared in The Bill episode 'Deadline' with David


This episode was broadcast on October 29, 2001 at 11:30 am.

Synopsis: A routine call to a teacher sparks an unexpected search of the Isle of Bute.



John Gordan Sinclair (pictured above) - Dr. Finlay           

Brian Pettifer* - Dr. Cameron

David McKail - Robert Robinson

Phyllis Logan - Mrs. Robinson 

Aline Mowat - Landlady

David Tennant - Jackson

Harry Ward - Ticket Collector

*appeared in the Rab C. Nesbitt episode Touch with David

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