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Publisher's Summary

Ready with his black bag, Dr Finlay sets out to remedy all manner of ailments suffered by his patients in the Scottish Highland town of Levenford.

In this complete BBC Radio collection, we meet the surprising Dr Finlay as he is welcomed to the practise with a black eye. Over the course of these series the early years of Dr Finlay are explored, as he gets to grips with the locals in the Scottish Highland town of Levenford. His patients range from the stingiest and most cunning widow in Scotland to a pantomime actress, and from a hen-pecked husband who disappears to the wife of a football hero. Then there are the Scobie sisters, who have managed to live together for 15 years without speaking. Finlay tackles them all with compassion and his trademark Scottish humour.

Starring John Gordon Sinclair as Scotland's most celebrated doctor, along with Brian Pettifer, Celia Imrie, David Tennant and Stella Gonet. 

Produced by Jeremy Howe and Vic Beeby.

©2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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British nostalgia from a respected period writer

If this were a mystery, it would encapsulate the cozy genre. It has everything: small Scottish town, faithful servants, local characters and a wry observation of the quirks of the human condition. Beautifully broadcast, it is a gem of the BBC storytelling, revealing the events in the life of a idealistic Scottish country doctor.

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An inviting and engrossing radio program.

At last the complete collection is available. The characters and vignettes in this series are always full of old-fashioned charm, humor, and sometimes sadness. I grew to really love the various characters (brought to life by a fabulous cast) and found myself invested in their lives and stories. Well worth the listen!

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  • Victoria Walker
  • 12-30-19

chapters with titled

At last a series of stories with chapter names. If only all drama episodes were named. Great characters and enjoyable stories.

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  • 08-05-20

Brilliant

Brilliant performance, by a fabulous cast. Great script. Awesome production. Highly recommend, especially to anyone studying 20th century social history. I remember reading Cronin, as my grandparents had all his books, when I was in my early teens. I loved them then and still love them now. They offer a fascinating insight into a world pre-NHS, when so many diseases, now treatable, often led to death 75+ years ago. Cronin was up there, with the many medics of his time, who pushed incredibly hard for a health service that was available to all, and to reduce suffering. He and is ilk still deserve our thanks, that we have what we have today.

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  • ChrisH
  • 05-22-20

a good listen

a good old fashioned radio series, easy to listen too and very enjoyable.

wish there were more like this

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  • 05-16-20

Lovely

Absolutely loved this audiobook - the cast was fantastic & the storylines were great. Wish there were more!

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  • 05-11-20

Ahhhhhhhh....

A welcome chance of escape into another era... When life seemed more simple, more innocent. Of course, for full enjoyment, a pair of rose tinted specs should be worn . Of the James Herriot genre.

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  • 01-01-22

Good stories

That key ingredient of wanting to know what happens was present in every 30 minute story. Great insight into pre war, pre antibiotics general practice. Good characters. Slight difficulty in differentiation of voices (Dr Cameron/Dr Finlay).

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  • dp litchfield
  • 11-18-21

a nice radio drama

got this after falling in love with the citadel dramatisation. it fell a little bit short but an enjoyable amble through the medical world of rural Scotland. give it a go.

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  • 11-08-20

An enjoyable romp with the famous Scottish Doctor

Thought I would give this a shot and glad I did, enjoyed every episode from start to finish.
Well scripted with full cast.

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  • 09-05-20

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  • 05-12-20

disappointing

Not sure Celia Imrie appeared. Lacked the warmth of the original BBC and ITV television adaptations.

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  • 03-31-22

great bed in collection of stories

loved it. was transported to Scotland
we listened to it at bedtime.its really well done 👏