Having once lived in the Rhondda Fach Valley of south Wales, I knew all too well of the abundance of Indian and Pakistani doctors whose first posts were in these deprived areas, populated by many sick residents. To many in the profession, such postings were no doubt seen as the short straws but for keen (and grateful?) immigrant doctors, it was - and is - probably the only way to reside in the U.K and practice as a GP.
I happened to chance upon it, like many, I'm sure by leaving BBC 1 on after the lunchtime news. All my misgivings and dreads that it was going to cheapen the very communities were unfounded and Sanjeev Baskar, as the doctor in question, an inspired choice, though whether his English would be THAT good is questionable. I'm sure his character wife's concerns and dreads were actually echoed from real feelings that such wives would have had.
The period detail throughout was exemplerary, though the camera was usually fairly static and so tended to just show one or two houses in a terrace, that could have been made up to look like the 1950's.
The romance side was fairly ridiculous but without wanting to be patronising, the target audience would have probably appreciated it more than I. That's probably why I've docked a star.
What was interesting and welcome, and done in an accessible way, was the scourge of Valley life for those who worked underground - coal dust in the lungs. Our good doctor starts a campaign for the screening and treatment of the disease and gently takes the side of miners' rights, rather than the rich mine-owners, whose wealth gave them unfair advantage in a pre-NHS Britain and of course, could pay the doctor for his services, whereas the poor couldn't.
I, like many, believe that the quality of these short-lived lunchtime series put many prime-time dramas to shame and should have at least been repeated in the evening, for the majority to also enjoy.