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5.0 out of 5 stars Still a Sunday Night Missed, 21 Feb. 2012
This review is from: The Royal, Complete Series Two [2004] [DVD] (DVD)
Picking up on a coach-hanger, we have series 2. Without going into too much detail, this is marvellous. Sit back and enjoy the entertainment. Like 'Heartbeat', the realism is not the key. It is the satisfaction of just taking it in. Another six episodes following on from series 1. Now we know the scenario and personalities. More expected,hopefully.
The titles of the episodes are scene setters. They are meaningless in terms of following on and looking forward to the next. Read into what you wish.Memories are made of these. Now we have the record.
1)All At Sea: Dr Cheriton and Taylor go to a fishing boat. Family scuppers.The Weatherills are in an awkward situation to say the least.Ken gets more than hot fat from his chips.
2)Snakes and Ladders:Ian Carmichael ( Middleditch) goes to be replaced by Nigel Harper (John Axon). Hypochondriacs and snake bites take place on the board, but the Ormerod's have to take on depressive suicides.
3)Thicker Than Water: Dedicated Sister Brigid has a moral and faith crisis. The humour is provided by the laundry fiasco by Ken. Not appreciated by Matron.
4)Wishing and Hoping: Whooping cough (prevalent then withought vaccination). Tragic consequences. Mr Rose continues to diagnose everything and anything. Throw your medical dictionary away. Self-operating is not recommended unless you have a pipe to assist (I assume Old Shag has an antiseptic property) plus an ego. Cheriton and Meryl have an excursion. No more said.- until later.
5) One of Those Days. Boating accident? Dr Ormerod is off, as usual, faster than knots at sea. Not a good result. Mr Rose transforms himself into a master of everything again and performs feats seen in the circus. Brilliant. Matched by Sister Brigid. Staff Nurse Meryl Taylor has personal worries.
6)The Last Waltz. Hopefully not. Ken gets the ball going at the end. Moral dilemmas otherwise predominate. Emotional relationships, revelation or not of staff and patients keep the attention (not that it has been lost).

These synopses are not, of course, the be-all and end.The major players are the cast. The superb matron (Wendy Craig), the multi-talented superhuman Mr Rose, the long-suffering (always pretty, I've noticed) nurses, Lizzie, plus the harmless scallywag porters. Also script writers and dirctors. Put belief and a touch of fairy dust into your cup of tea and scone (or whatever) and enjoy replaying Sunday nights in front of the fire as they were intended. More series to come (on DVD) but we never know. Surely. Keep up the support.
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Initial post: 22 Feb 2012 06:10:34 GMT
Errol Meyer says:
can anyone tell me when this series was made or first screened?

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Feb 2012 09:46:22 GMT
ACB(swansea) says:
First episode 19/01.2003.Ran for 8 series. Last episode 31/7/2011. Killed off by TV finances.

Posted on 24 Feb 2012 20:45:42 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Mar 2012 08:03:56 GMT
andyg says:
HERE!!! HERE!!!
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