Doctor Finlay

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Doctor Finlay
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Created by A. J. Cronin
Starring David Rintoul
Ian Bannen
Annette Crosbie
Jason Flemyng
Jessica Turner
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series4
No. of episodes27
Production
Executive producersRobert Love
Bernard Krichefski
Bill Clark
Running time60 minutes
(including adverts)
Production companies STV Productions
(Scottish Television)
Release
Original network ITV
Original release5 March 1993 (1993-03-05) 
20 December 1996 (1996-12-20)

Doctor Finlay is a British television series based on A. J. Cronin's stories about the fictional medical hero, Dr. Finlay.

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It was first broadcast on 5 March 1993 on ITV.

It is a follow-up to Dr. Finlay's Casebook , the successful BBC series and takes place in the 1940s after John Finlay returns from war service. Early storylines include the setting up of the new National Health Service and the modernisation of the medical practice at Arden House, Tannochbrae, Scotland.

The show stars David Rintoul as Dr. Finlay, Ian Bannen as his semi-retired practice partner, Dr. Cameron, and Annette Crosbie as his housekeeper, Janet. Other central characters include Finlay's assistant, Dr. Neil, played by Jason Flemyng and Finlay's new partner, Dr. Napier, played by Jessica Turner.

The series was a Scottish Television production (now known as STV Productions) that was filmed in Auchtermuchty, Fife, Scotland. It also used the Dumgoyne Peak and Loch Lomond as supposedly local backdrops although these are not close to Auchtermuchty. It aired in the U.S. on PBS' Masterpiece Theatre .

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