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4.5 out of 5 stars
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4.5 out of 5 stars
Surgical Spirit - The Complete Series [DVD]
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It is always a little bit of a worry when revisiting programmes that you have wonderfully happy memories of, as very often the distance that lent enchantment to the view disappears like a mirage in the Sahara. However, if anything, seeing this brilliant series was even better than previously and the passage of time has done nothing to spoil the relevance of the threads of humour. This is an absolute classic that had me rolling around with laughter all over again and I am so pleased that I decided to take the risk and buy it. A product of an era when writers and producers of sitcom had the golden touch, this is one series that I would have no reservations whatsoever in recommending to anyone who has a modicum of a sense of humour, an absolute utter delight.
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on 14 April 2013
Saw this on tv years ago, when I was a young anaesthetist. Laughed myself sick at the time, and wondered if it would still be funny or just seem dated. Well, it's still priceless! Nicola McAuliffe plays a blinder as Sheila Sabatini, the caustic female surgeon, and her ranting putdowns of her male colleagues are masterpieces of sarcasm. It's sobering to see the institutionalised sexism of that era - we've come a long way, but characters like Sheila helped to change perceptions. The operating theatre setting will be hugely nostalgic to medics of my age - if only the NHS was still like that! But even non medical viewers will have no trouble getting the jokes, and the scripts are wonderful. I'm only part way through series one, but can't wait to see some of my favourite episodes from later series. Lovely, light hearted feel good stuff, the sort of traditional sitcom that nobody produces any more. Enjoy!
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on 1 May 2013
This sparkling comedy series was first shown on ITV in the early '90s. It's sharply observed, exquisitely written and - as with all medical comedies - scripted intelligently. As with all UK shows, the number of episodes in each series varies: series 1 and 4 have 6 episodes, 2,3,5 & 7 each have 7 episodes whilst series 6 inexplicably has 10. The differing numbers on each disc means somewhat uneven visual quality, but you'll be hard pressed to discern the differences.

The story lines revolve around the female head of surgery - a scalpel-wielding, mayhem-creating harpy played to perfection by RSC player Nichola McAuliffe - and her long-suffering anaesthetist, played by Duncan Preston. This tormentedly becomes a romantic comedy, but not before painting some nice topical images of the NHS and satirising the sorts of stereotypical surgeons so beloved of Ealing comedies.

The cost per episode is pretty reasonable, and it'll take a churl of significant proportions not to laugh out loud at some parts. Curiously, the image of the hospital isn't a million miles away from now, and most of the jokes have worn well. Twenty-five hours of laughter; who could want more?
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on 29 November 2013
I remember seeing this years ago when I thought it was brilliant. The characters are brought to life by some of the best actors/actresses around and the story lines had me in stitches.
I think that, unlike many comedy series which lose their way after a few series, this went from strength to strength. If you saw Surgical Spirit on the telly - buy it. You will remember just how good it was. If you didn't see it on the telly - just buy it and see British comedy at it best.
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on 13 July 2016
I loved this when I first saw it in the nineties. Over time it comes over as a bit anti-man but it's still a good series and probably closer to real hospital life than anything I've seen recently.
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on 19 June 2017
This series is such good fun. The 80s fashion and hairstyles are a bit of a challenge, though!!
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on 25 November 2016
Bought as a present but have seen it all and will say that the wit is very sharp, well worth a look
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on 27 October 2016
This series is worth watching.especially keep a lookout for a young Catherine Tate in her first TV.
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on 9 February 2014
I worked in the NHS in the 80s, and well remember consultants attitude - especially to women of their own rank. I love the way Nichola McAuliffe's character fights back and reduces these male chauvinists to quivering jellies. Well written, sharp and very funny, even if it is a little dated now.

Makes me laugh every time I watch.
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on 18 June 2015
If you have never watched this and like situation/slapstick humour then this will be up your street, ignore the fact its set in a hospital. Pure genius.
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