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Encyclopedia > Dr. Finlay

Dr. Finlay is a fictional character, the hero of a series of stories by Scottish author A. J. Cronin. The stories were used as the basis for the long-running BBC television programme, Dr. Finlay's Casebook, screened from 1962 to 1971. Based on Cronin's novella entitled Country Doctor, the storylines centered on Dr. Finlay's general medical practice in the fictional Scottish town of Tannochbrae during the late 1920s. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Alice, a fictional character based on a real character from the work of Lewis Carroll. ... This article is about the country. ... Archibald Joseph Cronin (July 19, 1896–January 6, 1981) was a Scottish novelist, dramatist, and nonfiction writer who was one of the most renowned storytellers of the twentieth century. ... This article is an overview article about the Crown chartered British Broadcasting Corporation formed in 1927. ... Tannochbrae is a fictional town in the kingdom of Scotland which serves as the setting for A.J. Cronins Dr. Finlay stories, as well as for the television and radio series based on these short stories. ...

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Characters

The main characters were Dr. Finlay, a junior partner in the practice, played by Bill Simpson, Dr. Cameron, the craggy senior partner, played by Andrew Cruickshank, Janet, their unflappable housekeeper and receptionist at Arden House, played by Barbara Mullen, and Dr. Snoddy, Finlay's crusty detractor and Janet's admirer, played by Eric Woodburn. Gossipy Mistress Niven was played by Effie Morrison. Barbara Mullen, (9 June, 1914, Boston, Massachusetts – 9 March, 1979, London, England), was a US-born actress well known in the UK for playing the part of Janet the Housekeeper in Dr Finlays Casebook. ...


British television

Dr. Finlay returned to British Television in 1993 with a newly-scripted series titled Doctor Finlay, made by SMG Productions (Scottish Television, which is part of the ITV network.) The show starred David Rintoul as Dr. John Finlay, Annette Crosbie as his housekeeper, Janet McPherson, Ian Bannen as his semi-retired practice partner, Dr. Alexander Cameron, and Jason Flemyng as Finlay's assistant, Dr. David Neil. The storyline of Doctor Finlay picked up with John Finlay returning from the Second World War and the setup of the National Health Service. The series aired in the U.S. on PBS' Masterpiece Theatre. SMG Productions is the network television production arm of the Scottish media group SMG plc, and incorporates Ginger Productions. ... Scottish Television (now legally known as STV Central Ltd and referred to on-air as STV) is Scotlands largest ITV franchisee, and has held the ITV franchise for Central Scotland since August 31, 1957. ... Independent Television (generally known as ITV, but also as ITV Network) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV is the oldest commercial television network in the UK. Since 1990 and the Broadcasting... David Rintoul is an actor from the UK. Born David Wilson on 29 November 1948 in Aberdeen, Scotland. ... Annette Crosbie, OBE (born 12 February 1934) is a Scottish character actress, best known for her many television appearances. ... Ian Bannen (June 29, 1928 - November 3, 1999) was a Scottish character actor and occasional leading man. ... Jason Flemyng (25 September 1966) is an English actor. ... Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ... “NHS” redirects here. ... For other uses, see United States (disambiguation) and US (disambiguation). ... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... Masterpiece Theatre is a long-running anthology television series produced by WGBH which premiered on PBS on January 10, 1971. ...


Although it is widely documented that the original series was filmed in the town of Callander in Perthshire, and that the 1990s series was filmed in Auchtermuchty in Fife, the very first six episodes were filmed in Tannoch Drive, Milngavie, where the fictional Arden House was situated on the right-hand side as one approaches Tannoch Loch. It was the ducks on that loch that formed the opening sequence of the programme. In one of those first episodes, Dr. Finlay (Bill Simpson) crashed his old Bullnose Morris into the wall of Arden House - and that was not in the script. Another episode, filming at night along Mugdock Road, found the local policeman, somewhat inebriated, on his bicycle in a scene with Dr. Snoddy. Callander (Calasraid in Gaelic) is a burgh in the region of Stirling, Scotland, on the River Teith. ... Perthshire (Siorrachd Pheairt in Gaelic) was a county in central Scotland, which extended from Strathmore in the east, to the Pass of Drumochter in the north, Rannoch Moor and Ben Lui in the west, and Aberfoyle in the south. ... Auchtermuchty is a town in Fife, Scotland, situated beside Pitlour Hill nine miles north of Glenrothes. ... This article is about the area in Scotland. ... Milngavie, (pronounced /məlɡaɪ/, Mull-guy or Mill-guy, Scottish Gaelic: Muileann Dhaibhidh) is a town on the northwestern outskirts of Glasgow, Scotland. ...


Radio

From 1970 until 1978, episodes from Dr. Finlay's Casebook were broadcast on BBC Radio 4 with some of the same actors from the television programme. Twenty episodes were broadcast on BBC 7 in the fall of 2003. In 2001 and 2002, BBC Radio 4 broadcast a version of the original Cronin stories using the title, The Adventures of a Black Bag, and the role of Dr. Finlay was played by John Gordon Sinclair. Dr. Cameron was played by Brian Pettifer, and Janet was played initially by Katy Murphy, and then by Celia Imrie. Dr. Finlay is the hero of a series of stories by Scottish author A.J. Cronin. ... old Radio 4 logo BBC Radio 4 is a UK domestic radio station which broadcasts a wide variety of spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. ... The original logo of BBC 7. ... old Radio 4 logo BBC Radio 4 is a UK domestic radio station which broadcasts a wide variety of spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. ... John Gordon Sinclair (born 1962, Glasgow) is a Scottish actor most famous for playing Gregory in Gregorys Girl (1981), when he was 19 years old. ... Brian Pettifer is a Scottish actor who has appeared in many Scottish themed television shows. ... Katy Murphy is a Scottish actress who has appeared in Mike and Angelo, Spatz, The River, Takin Over The Asylum, Casualty and perhaps most memorably Tutti Frutti. ... Celie Imrie (born 15 July 1952 in Guildford England) is a British actress. ...


Music

The programme's famous theme tune was Trevor Duncan's march from "A Little Suite". The other two movements from the Suite were often used as background music. The characters from the series are also featured in a song entitled "Dr. Finlay" by Andy Stewart, which scored a minor Top 50 hit in 1965. Trevor Duncan (27th February 1924 - 17 December 2005) was an English composer, particularly noted for his light music compositions. ... Andy Stewart (1933 - 1993) was a Scottish singer and entertainer. ...


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A.J. Cronin
WORKS
Novels
Hatter's CastleThree LovesGrand CanaryThe Stars Look DownThe CitadelThe Keys of the KingdomThe Green YearsShannon's WayThe Spanish GardenerThe Valorous YearsBeyond This PlaceA Thing of Beauty/Crusader's TombThe Northern LightThe Native Doctor/An Apple in EdenThe Judas TreeA Song of SixpenceA Pocketful of RyeThe Minstrel Boy/DesmondeLady with CarnationsGracie Lindsay
Selected Short Stories & Story Collections
"Kaleidoscope in 'K'" • Country Doctor (novella) • "Vigil in the Night" • Adventures of a Black BagThe Innkeeper's WifeFurther Adventures of a Black BagDoctor Finlay of Tannochbrae
Play
Jupiter Laughs
Autobiography
Adventures in Two Worlds
UK/US Film & Television Adaptations
Once to Every WomanGrand CanaryThe Citadel (film)Vigil in the NightThe Stars Look DownShining VictoryHatter's CastleThe Keys of the KingdomThe Green YearsThe Spanish GardenerWeb of EvidenceDr. Finlay's CasebookThe Citadel (television)

 
 

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