When Peak Practice first started appearing on Australian TV, I was pleasantly surprised at the high standard of each episode, no doubt thanks largely to Series Creator,Lucy Gannon, who wrote about life in a town in picturesque Derbyshire about real people in real lives, facing the same problems and joys that most of us can relate to. Added to this came Kevin Whatley & Amanda Burton as Drs Jack Keruse and Beth Glover, plus an excellent supporting cast, and your have the ideal recipe for success.Amongst this cast were veteran actors Sylvia Sims,Margery Mason and Maurice Denham and their contibutions cannot be underestimated
Apart from helping patients, doing house calls (I don't know any GP in Melbourne who would even KNOW what one of those was!)including going to isolated farms, Beth and Jack and their partner Will have to find a way of ensuring the long term survival of the practice, which deals with medical funding issues and (I assume) the ramifications of changes to the British Health scheme brought in by the Thatcher government.
The chemistry between Jack and Beth is fraught with passion, vunerability, a battle of wills which ensues over the way the practice should be run, and also professional respect,plus a desire from both at different times to be independant.
Woven into this is Peak Practice, the practice once owned by Beth's father,and a genuine desire by the two main partners to act with decency and with a dedication to their patients and their principles that always seems in the end to re-unite them.
A wonderful series which has made me impatient for the release of the next two series, graced as they are by the presence of both Kevin Whatley and Amanda Burton.