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This series about Dr. Finlay was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in six episodes in October/November 2002.  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 and dramatised by Sue Rodwell.

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

The 2002 series episode list:

The Catch

The Fever

Miracle by Lestrange

Birth and Death

The Golden Fishbone*

The Match


On June 2, 2003 the BBC released six episodes on cassette including David's episode. The series was re-released as an audio dowload from AudioGo on June 1, 2012.


This episode, which was broadcast originally on December 23, 2002 at 11:30 am, was the only one that David was in this series.

This episode was produced and directed by Jeremy Howe and Viv Beeby in Bristol.

Synopsis: The doctor is distracted by the stock market and the promise of a fast fortune.


John Gordan Sinclair - Dr. Finlay           Brian Pettifer* - Dr. Cameron

Celia Imrie** - Janet
Stella Gonet
- Nurse Angus
David Tennant
- McKellar
Maureen Beattie
*** - Mrs. Dallas

*appeared in the Rab C. Nesbitt episode Touch with David.
**appeared in St. Trinian's II and the 'River Rage' episode of Duck Patrol, The Brown Man  and the radio play Facade with David

***appeared in the film Decoy Bride

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