Twice weekly series set round a modern health centre, Granada's The Practice explored the professional lives of doctors, health visitors, district nurse, social worker and staff in the fictional Manchester inner-city area of Castlehulme. The central characters covered the spectrum of contemporary medical attitudes from the traditional family doctor to the career- conscious idealist and the warm down-to-earth district nurse to the somewhat cynical social worker. As well as exploring their professional relationships and conflicts The Practice also explored the characters personal attitudes, frienships and conflicts.
Each story was said to be based on real case history taken from actual events to provide human predicament with medical, moral and legal dilemmas. The series didn't perform particularly well during its initial 34 episode run on Friday and Sunday evenings in 1985 but returned for a second series the following year. However, it was finally struck off the schedule after another 13 episodes.
The BBC revived the format of life in and around the the staff and patients of a medical centre far more successfully with Doctors, which (at the time of writng) has been going strong since 2000.
Published on January 21st, 2019. Written by Based on article in 1986 edition of Television and Radio and adapted for Television Heaven.