The Young Doctors

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The Young Doctors
GenreSoap opera
Created byAlan Coleman
Developed byReg Watson
Written byAlan Coleman
Reg Watson
Betty Quin
Ian Coughlan
Ian Bradley
Patrea Smallacombe
Tom MacLennen
Michael Laurence
Brenda Little
Tony Morphett
Peter Connah
Cheryl McLennand
Ron McLean
Julian Halls
Richard Lane
Jeff Ashby
Rick Maier
John Misto
Cheridith Mok
Roger Hudson
Ben Mitchell
Helen Carmichael
John Paramor
Sue Smith
Sue Masters
David Phillips
Craig Wilkins
Brian Faull
Margaret Hilton-Blundell
Directed byAlan Coleman
Reg Watson
Ian Coughlan
Max Varnel
David C. Wilson
Brian Faull
Peita Letchford
Kendal Flanagan
Chris Adshead
Mike Murphy
Chris Connelly
Michael Pattinson
Phillip Bowman
Rusty Buckley
Denny Lawrence
Wayne Cameron
Starring(see detailed cast and character list below)
Theme music composerAlan Olivan / Brian King
Opening themeThe Young Doctors, performed by The Executives
Ending themeThe Young Doctors, performed by The Executives
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes1,397 (60 minute pilot episode and 1,396 30-minute episodes)
Executive producerReg Watson
ProducersAlan Coleman
Sue Masters
Peter Pinne (associate producer 1980–1981)
Production locationsThe Film Centre, North Sydney[1]
Running time25 minutes
Production companyReg Grundy Organisation
Original networkNine Network
Picture format4.3 PAL
Audio formatStereo
Original release8 November 1976 (1976-11-08) –
30 March 1983 (1983-03-30)
Starting Out

The Young Doctors is an Australian early-evening soap opera originally broadcast on the Nine Network and produced by the Reg Grundy Organisation, it aired from Monday 8 November 1976 until Wednesday 30 March 1983. The series is primarily set in the fictional Albert Memorial Hospital, as well as the restaurant/nightclub Bunny's Place, and is fundamentally concerned with the romances and relations between younger members of the hospital staff, rather than typical medical issues and procedures.

The program was shown in exported internationally including throughout North America and Canada and Europe including the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France and Spain.[2]

Series history[edit]

Early years[edit]

The series produced by the Grundy Organisation was created and devised by Alan Coleman with Reg Watson acting as Executive Producer.

Watson had been the Producer of the British TV soap opera Crossroads from 1964 to 1973 and he moved back to Australia to help set up a new drama department within the Reg Grundy Organisation, which at the time, was better known for its game and quiz shows. With Coleman producing, as well as Watson's experience of making fast-turnaround, five-days a week serial drama, The Young Doctors became the third soap opera produced by the Reg Grundy Organisation following the Seven Network's serials Class of 74 / 75, and Until Tomorrow, which screened briefly in 1975.

The Young Doctors began in November 1976, a week earlier than another new soap opera on Network Nine, The Sullivans, which was produced by Crawford Productions. The Nine Network made it clear only one of the series would be commissioned beyond the initial 13-week production run (approximately 65 episodes).

The Sullivans, which had a three times greater budget, after the trial period emerged as the critical success, so The Young Doctors was cancelled.

Fans however lobbied the Nine Network, who then reversed their decision and by popular demand The Young Doctors continued in its daily 6.00 pm slot and had a successful run of six and a half years, making it one of Australia's longest running and popular serials of the time.

Later years[edit]

The Young Doctors long-serving cast members began to leave, so during the final season in 1982–83, many new characters were added in an attempt to modernise and refresh the long-running serial.[3]

Producer and co-creator Alan Coleman also left in early 1982, and was replaced by Sue Masters twelve months before the series finished production in late November 1982. Masters went on to produce Grundy's replacement medical soap, Starting Out, for Nine, and then Grundy's stablemate, Prisoner, from 1983.

Several cast members after the series ended production went on to have leading roles in cult series Prisoner including Judy McBurney, Genevieve Lemon, Babs McMillan, Tottie Goldsmith and Peter Bensley.

The advent of one-day cricket led to the Nine Network moving the show around the schedules. The loss of several popular cast members also contributed to a sharp decline in ratings, and as a consequence of this, the series was moved to a mid-afternoon timeslot and then cancelled in late 1982.[4]

When the series ended after 1397 episodes, it held the record of Australia's longest-running commercial television drama serial. This was later surpassed by A Country Practice and then Neighbours, which is currently the longest-running Australian drama serial. The Young Doctors also holds the distinction, rare among long-running Australian dramas, of having never won any sort of television award.

The Young Doctors final episode aired on 30 March 1983 at 14:30[citation needed], and, coincidentally, The Sullivans had also ended just two weeks earlier.

Stories and settings[edit]

Albert Memorial Hospital[edit]

Despite the hospital setting, medical procedures rarely featured in storylines, with the majority of the stories and plots focusing more on the personal lives, romances and dramas of the staff. All scenes were played out in the various sets forming the Albert Memorial Hospital. A memorial plaque situated on the wall of the studio set of the hospital's exterior stated the hospital opened in 1889 and it is also established early in the series that the fictional Albert Memorial is located in a Sydney district, with Sydney generically referred to as 'the City'.

A "real life" Albert Memorial Hospital, commonly referred to as the A. M. Hospital[5] was located in Wollongong, and commenced operation in 1864, however closed when the Wollongong Hospital opened in 1907.[6]

The most regularly seen set was the large hospital's entrance lobby containing a reception desk, refreshments kiosk, a lift and stairs to the upper floors, and swinging double-doors that led into the casualty department. Various wards, offices, theatres and small medicine labs all saw an equal amount of romantic and dramatic action over the years. Alan Coleman revealed on a DVD release of the series that the various 'flats' used as sets were simply re-dressed with different hospital equipment and furniture giving the Albert Memorial a sense of monotony often associated with clinical, hospital environments.

Later in The Young Doctors run, location shooting became more frequent and viewers saw more of the hospital's exterior and grounds. Scenes filmed outside the hospital now showed modern, 1960s era buildings, presumably extensions to the original Victorian hospital. Exterior shots were filmed at the real life Royal North Shore Hospital and the former Greenwich Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales, which was used for later exterior shots. There was also a Chapel located in the hospital grounds which was filmed on a few occasions, most notably when Julie Holland was shot at the altar on her Wedding day to Doctor. Russell Edwards. With location shooting so rare, a trip to Melbourne for a travelogue-style Wedding and tour of the city was an extravagant way to celebrate Liz Kennedy's marriage to Doctor John Forrest in 1981.

Bunny's Place[edit]

There was also a local bar Bunny's Place which was another venue for the staff to mingle. The bar was originally owned by, and named after, Bunny Howard, played by comedian, Ugly Dave Gray, who was killed off in an early episode. Bunny's Place was said to be situated on the opposite side of the busy main road to the hospital. After Bunny died, Edna Curtis (Vivienne Benson-Young) ran the bar for a while, until Anne-Marie Austin (Judi Connelli) took over a year later. Although the bar's exterior was never shown on-screen, its interior regularly featured in every episode for the duration of the 6 and a half-year series, appearing in both the first and final episodes.

Cast and characters[edit]

Early characters[edit]

The Young Doctors had a relatively high turnover of young cast playing the doctors and nurses who featured alongside a more stable roster of longer-running elder cast members. The serial also featured many well-known Australian actors appearing in their earliest roles.[7]

Cultural impact[edit]

Although The Young Doctors was obviously low-budget and the limitations of the fast-turnaround production schedule sometimes crept into the programme, it was immensely popular during the late 1970s in Australia. One highlight episode of this period was the Wedding Day of Tania (Judy McBurney) to Tony Garcia (Tony Alvarez) in March 1978. The producers splashed out on an OB unit, and a rare church wedding took place with the wedding photos gracing all of the week's TV magazine covers.[8] In a 2006 interview, Judy McBurney, who played Tania, commented; "I thought Young Doctors was a beautiful show. I felt it was innocent, sweet, and a good show...and I think that's why people remember it".[9]

One of the programmes most popular doctors was Ben Fielding, played by Eric Oldfield. He was also Male Model of the Year in 1977 and became the second man to appear naked in a centre spread for Cleo magazine whilst appearing in the show. The actor fondly recalls the photo shoot on a reunion documentary available on both the Umbrella and ViaVision DVD releases, where he describes the pictures as "taboo" because "it wasn't acceptable back then for men to be taking all their clothes off". Oldfield also commented that the pictures have since garnered a popular cult following amongst gay men.[10]

Another notable actor, a very young Russell Crowe, appeared in his first acting role in The Young Doctors. In an episode originally aired in 1977, appropriately, he played a young boy called Russell.

During the 1970s, a number of actors appearing in the show also had singing careers, preempting a similar fad for "singing soap stars" a decade later with another Grundy soap opera, Neighbours. Early episodes featured singers including Jewel Blanch, Mark Hembrow, Bartholomew John, Mark Holden and Judi Connelli. Possibly due to the fast production schedule, and filming six months in advance of transmission dates, contemporary cultural references are rare in The Young Doctors, however, in a very early 1977 episode, Sister Gibbs briskly remarks; "...casualty is busier than an ABBA concert today". The reference to ABBA is likely due to the fact that their 1977 film, Abba: The Movie, was at the same time being produced by Reg Grundy Productions.[11]

Also extremely popular in the United Kingdom, the success of The Young Doctors here is notable because it didn't air in Britain contemporaneously with Australian broadcasts. Most ITV regions did not start showing it until after it had ended in Australia in March 1983. It therefore looked somewhat dated compared with more recent Australian serials that were airing at the same time (namely, Sons and Daughters), nevertheless, it became so popular, a fan club was formed, which was active for several years well into the 1990s.


Organisation Category Year Results
Australian Film and Television Awards Best Drama Award 1978 Nominated
Australian Film and Television Awards Best Actor in a TV Series 1978 Nominated Tim Page for portrayal of Dr. Graham Steele
Australian Film and Television Awards Best Actress in a TV series 1978 Nominated Joanne Samuel for portrayal of Jill Gordon
Sammy Awards Gold Sammy 1978 Nominated Cornelia Frances for portrayal of Sister/Matron Grace Scott
Sammy Awards Gold Sammy 1978 Nominated Delvene Delaney for portrayal of Jo Jo Adams
Australian Film and Television Awards Best Drama 1979 Nominated
Australian Film and Television Awards Best Actor in a TV Series 1979 Nominated Peter Lochran for portrayal of Dr. Peter Holland
Sammy Awards Golden Sammy 1979 Nominated Diana McLean
Sammy Awards Golden Sammy 1979 Nominated Peter Lochran
Sammy Awards Golden Sammy 1979 Nominated Joanne Samuel
Australian Film and TV Awards Best Drama Series 1980 Nominated


Cornelia Frances on the DVD release audio commentary for episode 325 titled, Classic Cliffhangers, that she lost out on the Logie Award for Best Actress for two consecutive years to Lorraine Bayly, who played Grace Sullivan in The Sullivans, which also beat The Young Doctors as Best Drama in 1978, 1979 and 1980.

Regular cast[edit]

There was consistently a core cast of 16 regular characters in The Young Doctors, with all cast members contracted to appear in three out of a block of five episodes each week. Sometimes, a regular character would not be seen on-screen for several weeks and there is an obvious rotation of recurring characters whom came and went as script requirements permitted. More often than not, a departing regular character would simply disappear from the screen, but their presence in the serial would be maintained by regular scripted references to the character being elsewhere in the hospital, or, as Cornelia Frances described it, "stuck in a cupboard for weeks", but, always off screen.


Actor Doctor Duration
Tim Page Dr. Graham Steele 1976–83 Original cast
Alfred Sandor Dr. Raymond Shaw 1976–82 Original cast
Michael Beecher Dr. Brian Denham 1976–82 Original cast
John Dommett Dr. Jim Howard 1976–79 Original cast
Mark Holden Dr. Greg Mason 1976–77 Original cast
John Walton Dr. Craig Rothwell 1976–77 Original cast
Peta Toppano Dr. Gail Henderson 1976–77 Original cast
Robert Coleby Dr. Paul Barratt 1977
Judy Lynne Dr. Susan Richards 1977–80
Barry Creyton Dr. John Somerville 1977
Brian Moll Dr. Vincent Snape 1977–79
Tony Alvarez Dr. Tony Garcia 1977–79
Bartholomew John Dr. Chris Piper 1977–79
Paul Mason Dr. Mike Neilson 1977
Andrew Sharp Dr. Andrew Baxter 1977–78
Veronica Lang Dr. Lesley Collins 1978
Gordon McDougall Dr. Crew 1978
Tim Elliot Professor William Hume 1978
Kevin Wilson Dr. David Meredith 1978
Eric Oldfield Dr. Ben Fielding 1978–82
Peter Lochran Dr. Peter Holland 1978–82
Chris Orchard Dr. Rod Langley 1978–80
Rebecca Gilling Dr. Liz Kennedy 1979–82
Alan Dale Dr. John Forrest 1979–83
Serge Lazareff Dr. Ian Parrish 1979
Peter Bensley Dr. Mike Newman 1979–83
Eileen Colcott Dr. Marion Stoddard 1979
Mike Dorsey Dr. Clifford Langley 1979
John Hamblin Dr. Dan Wheatley 1979, 1981
Peter Cousens Dr. Russell Edwards 1980–81
Joy Chambers Dr. Robyn Porter 1980–81
Carole Skinner Dr. Judith Ann Napier (aka Dr. Hall) 1980
Vince Martin Dr. Richard Quinlen 1981–82
Raina McKeon Dr. Martha Ahmed 1981–82
Adrian Van Den Bok Dr. Nick Barratt 1982–83
Michael Gow Dr. Lance Wilkinson 1982–83
Nick Holland Dr. Matt Burke 1982
Graham Harvey Dr. David Henderson 1982–83
Sally Tayler Dr Vicki Daniels 1982–83


Actor Sister Duration
Cornelia Frances Sister/Matron Grace Scott 1976–79 Original cast
Susanne Stuart Sister Suzanne Gibbs 1976 extra 1977–83 regular
Jeannie Drynan Sister Margaret Evans 1977
Judy McBurney Sister/Nurse Tania Livingstone 1977–83
Anne Lucas Sister Eve Turner 1977-80
Sheila D'Union Spinal Unit Sister 1977
Diana McLean Sister Vivienne Jeffreys 1978–82
Babs McMillan Sister Erin Cosgrove 1982–83
Helen Scott Sister Norma Campbell 1981
Actor Nurse Duration
Delvene Delaney Jo Jo Adams 1976–77 Original cast
Margaret Nelson Julie Warner 1976–77 Original cast
Joanne Samuel Jill Gordon 1976–79 Original cast
Kathryn Dagher Kelly Jones 1977
Gregory Apps Martin Price 1977, 1978–79
Paula Duncan Lisa Brooks 1977
Louise Howitt Deborah Kendall 1977
Ros Wood Kate Rhodes 1977–82
Lynda Stoner Kim Barrington 1977–79
Lisa Aldenhoven Julie Holland 1978–81
Rosie Bailey Virginia Mason 1978–80
Debbie Baile Vicki Rainer 1978–79
Robyn Gibbes Angela Parry 1978
Kim Krejus Sally Brown 1978
Carla Hoogeveen Jeanette Palmer 1978
Karen Pini Sherry Andrews 1979–82
Margaret Laurence Yvonne Davies 1979
Julie Wilson Jodie Carter 1980–81
Jackie Woodburne Maggie Gordon 1981–82
Christine Harris Dolly Davis 1982–83
Julie Nihill Linda Wilson 1982–83
Susan Stenmark Genevieve Ridgeway 1982–83
Genevieve Lemon Zelda Baker 1983
Julianne White Diane Trent 1983

Hospital staff[edit]

Actor Role Duration
Gwen Plumb Ada Simmonds 1976–83 Original cast
Lyn James Helen Gordon 1976–83 Original cast
Chris King Dennis Jamison 1976–82 Original cast
Kim Wran Caroline Fielding 1977, 1978–82
Robert Leys Mark Holland 1978–80
Harold Hopkins Terry Cooper 1978
Kent Strickland Damian Swift 1979
Robert Korosy Flint Stone 1981–83
Tottie Goldsmith Toni Sheffield 1982–83
Stephen McDonald Tim Jones 1982-83

Other cast and characters[edit]

[citation needed]


International broadcasts[edit]

The relatively long-running serial also achieved modest international cult success, particularly in the United Kingdom, where it was broadcast on the ITV network. It also aired in New Zealand, France and Spain.

United Kingdom[edit]

In the United Kingdom, the programme was acquired by 13 of the 14 weekday members of the ITV Network, while Scottish Television never purchased the series although Ulster, Grampian and Border did. Most of the ITV regions screened The Young Doctors at their own regional pace, starting in January 1982.

  • Central Television pioneered the programme in a Tuesday and Thursday 12:30 slot from Tuesday 19 January 1982, but during the year, moved to Monday and Tuesdays at 15:45, sharing the slot with the then seasonal Scottish soap opera, Take the High Road, which had started in 1980. In January 1983, episodes increased to daily at 15:30 until Sons and Daughters began in February. These two serials then shared this timeslot for well over four years, with The Young Doctors always airing on Mondays and Tuesdays. This continued until September 1987 when a revamp of ITV's daytime schedule saw Central return the programme to 12:00 noon, and then 12:35, thus allowing both The Young Doctors and Sons and Daughters to increase to four or five episodes a week in their revised respective slots. Following the end of Sons and Daughters in December 1988, The Young Doctors returned to 15:30 during Christmas week, and usually aired Tuesday to Friday until Families began in April 1990, which took the Monday and Tuesday 15:30 slot. The Young Doctors was finally moved to 14:50-15:20, Monday to Thursday later in 1990, and finished on Tuesday 18 August 1992, the first ITV region to complete all of the series.
  • HTV started the series on Tuesday 4 January 1983 and continued regularly twice weekly. Initially broadcast Mondays and Fridays at 17:15-17:45, it was soon moved to 15:30-16:00 on Mondays and Tuesdays and finished on 18 April 1994.
  • Granada Television and Border Television both broadcast daily episodes five days a week from September 1983. From January 1984, this was reduced to three weekly episodes, Wednesday to Friday where it remained until the Wednesday episode was dropped in October 1989. During the month of August on some years Granada and Border would pause the series for the summer month. Both regions overtook Central for several years, however, they ultimately finished the series after Central at Easter 1993 at 15:20.
  • Anglia Television started on 3 September 1984, going out Mondays and Tuesdays at 15:30 until 17 April 1990; then changed to Wednesdays and Thursdays from 25 April 1990. It was then moved to Thursdays and Fridays from Friday 6 July 1990 and an additional Wednesday episode returns in January 1991. Then Mondays to Fridays from January 1992 and finally, Thursdays and Fridays at 13:55 until Friday 2 June 1995.
  • Thames Television and LWT started screening the series initially at 17:15 on Thursdays and Fridays from 23 June 1983 until 1 September 1984, before switching the series to 15:30 slot, to allow Blockbusters the slot. From this point onwards, only Thames broadcast the series. When Carlton Television took over in January 1993, the series was dropped for six months to allow backlog of Blockbusters episodes to be aired, The Young Doctors returned daily on 7 June 1993 concluding the programme as an 80 minute special from 13:55 on Friday 30 December 1994.
  • Grampian Television started on Monday 14 November 1983, increased to four episodes per week by 1991, and finished on Friday 30 September 1994.
  • TVS started on Monday 9 April 1984 broadcasting Mondays and Tuesdays 15:30; In May switched; Mondays to Wednesdays 17:15 for summer 1984; then Thursdays and Fridays 15:30 from early September 1984; then Mondays to Wednesdays from January 1985 until Wednesday 2 September 1987; then Wednesdays and Thursdays at 12:00 noon; then Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays used from 4 January 1988 15.30; then Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 25 April 1990. TVS lost their franchise at the end of 1992 but their successor, Meridian continued to show the series (more information on the timeslot required) and completed the run on 8 July 1993.
  • Tyne Tees Television began the series on Monday 1 October 1984 and aired Mondays and Tuesdays 15:30 until 17 April 1990. It was then moved to Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 14:00 from 25 April 1990. From Thursday 3 January 1991 moves to 15:20 Thursdays and Fridays. A Wednesday episode was added from 23 January 1991, and then from January 1992, it is broadcast Mondays to Fridays at 15:20. From Monday 4 January 1993, Tyne Tees and Yorkshire screened the programme daily at 15:20. From January 1994 until the end in December of that year, this changed to Monday – Thursday at 14.50.
  • TSW started the series on 1 April 1985, Monday and Fridays at 17:15 until 8 July, when it was moved to 15.30 slot. On 17 October 1988, the series moves to 12:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays but due to TSW choosing to screen the daily afternoon repeat of Home and Away at 15:25 this resulted in the series becoming weekly during 1989/1990 at 13:30 however returned to twice a week by the end of 1990. Westcountry Television took over in 1993, and continued twice a week until early 1994 when it was increased to three times a week until 20 December 1995 when episode 1101 was broadcast. The series was not completed.
  • Years after most of the other regions Yorkshire Television started the series in June 1988, going out five times a week at 12:30, reducing to three times a week from January 1989. In September 1989, the series moved to 15:25 daily with the Wednesday episode dropped from October. In April 1990, the series output is further reduced to two episodes a week on Thursdays and Fridays before the resumption of the Wednesday episode in early 1991. During 1992, the series fluctuates between three, four and five episodes a week ending the year on episode 764. In January 1993, they had to skip 215 episodes to enable them to catch up to Tyne Tees, as from January 1993, both regions screened exactly the same material. It aired daily at 15:20, until January 1994 when the Friday episode was dropped until the series ended on Thursday 15 December 1994.
  • The Young Doctors was also aired on Sky Channel. On Monday 6 February 1989, the first episode was broadcast 17:00–17:30. From 6 July 1989, it was moved to 15.15–15.45 (to make way for Sky Star Search which took the 17:00–18:00 slot). 256 episodes were broadcast in these slots. In February 1990, now called Sky One, the channel dropped another Australian soap, The Sullivans, from their mid-morning schedule, so from 5 February 1990, The Young Doctors rewound back to the first episode (due to almost catching up with some ITV regions, and having overtaken by Yorkshire Television), and it was aired now 10:30-11:00. Sky One eventually cancelled The Young Doctors just over two years later, at episode 589, which aired on Friday 29 May 1992.
ITV region in start date order
Air dates of significant episodes
ep 40 Grace at the altar
ep 227 Graham and Eve marry
ep 251 1977 cliffhanger
ep 281 Tony and Tania marry
ep 327 Arrival of Jeffries
ep 469 1978 cliffhanger
ep 474 Raymond and Erica marry
ep 529 aftermath of Barrington shooting
episode 679 Liz and Ben wedding aftermath
ep 717 Dennis and Caroline marry
ep 872 1980 cliffhanger
episode 1000
ep 1019 John and Liz marry
ep 1077 1981 cliffhanger
Central Television Tue 15/06/82 12:30 Mon 24/06/85 15:30 Mon 15/12/86 15:30 Tue 30/12/86 15:45 Tue 28/07/87 15:30 Fri 26/01/90 15:30
HTV (Wales & West) Mon 01/08/83 17:15 Mon 16/12/85 15.30
Thames Television Thu 17/11/83 17:15 Tue 18/11/86 15:30 Mon 12/12/88 15:30 Fri 17/07/92 15:20
Granada Television Tue 01/11/83 15:30 Fri 23/08/85 15:30 Fri 12/09/86 15:30 Thu 25/09/86 15:30 Fri 06/07/90 15:25
Border Television Tue 01/11/83 15:30 Fri 23/08/85 15:30 Fri 12/09/86 15:30 Thu 25/09/86 15:30 Fri 06/07/90 15:25
Grampian Television Wed 01/02/84 15:30 Mon 30/01/89 15:30 Thu 12/11/92 15:20
Ulster Television (UTV) 1988 Mon 21/02/94 14:50 Not screened Not screened Not screened Not screened Not screened Not screened Not screened Not screened Not screened
Television South (TVS) Wed 01/08/84 15:30 Thu 12/09/91 13:50
Anglia Television Tue 05/02/85 15:30 Mon 08/02/88 15:30
Tyne Tees Television Tue 22/09/87 15:30 Mon 14/03/88 15:30 Tue 05/09/89 15:30 Mon 25/09/89 15:30 Wed 25/04/90 14:00 Mon 01/03/93 15:20
Television South West (TSW) Mon 17/10/88 12:30 Thu 01/06/95 14:25
Channel Television
Yorkshire Television (YTV) Tue 02/08/88 12:30 Mon 05/02/90 15:30 Not screened Mon 01/03/93 15:20
  • The longest amount of time that passed for an episode to be first shown and its last showing was the first half hour of the pilot. It was first screened by Central on Tuesday 19 January 1982 at 12.30 and eventually aired on YTV nearly six and a half years later on Monday 6 June 1988 at 12.30.

New Zealand[edit]

In New Zealand, The Young Doctors was aired on TV2. On Monday 22 February 1982, the first episode was broadcast at 5.30pm. From 19 July 1982, it was moved to the 6pm slot. To make way for Sons and Daughters, the series was moved from 6pm to a 'double episode' format at 6.30pm on a Tuesday and Wednesday evening from 11 February 1986. It reverted to half hour, weekday episodes in the 5.15pm slot from 4 August until 12 December 1986, and then to double episodes in the 5.05-5.55pm slot from 15 December 1986 until 6 February 1987. From 9 February 1987, the series was moved to TV One and reverted to half hour episodes at 5.15pm. The final episode was broadcast on Wednesday 27 May 1987.


In November 2007, the Nine Network announced plans to remake the series in conjunction with FremantleMedia. Originally, it was set to be broadcast in 2008 but due to script delays, the premiere date had been pushed back to 2009. The remake was set to be named Young Doctors (minus "The"). However, at the end of 2008, the Nine Network officially passed on the idea. The network decided against the remake, instead, confirming a second series of the popular Australian drama Underbelly. FremantleMedia is currently searching for another television station to contract the programme.[15]

Home media[edit]

Selected episodes of the serial were released on DVD in October 2006, under the title of The Best Romances. A second set of selected episodes, under the title of Classic Cliffhangers, was released in February 2008. In 1994, prior to the DVDs, a VHS was edited in the UK by "NTV entertainment" collecting episodes A, B (pilots) & 1.

On 16 June 2021, ViaVision Entertainment released the first 250 episodes of the series in a 35 disc set which consisted of all episodes screened in 1976 and 1977.

Title Format Ep # Discs/Tapes Region 4 (Australia) Special Features Distributors
The Young Doctors VHS 3 1 1994 None
The Young Doctors: 30th Anniversary DVD 12 2 6 November 2006 Reunion

Audio Commentary

Stills Gallery

Umbrella Trailers

Umbrella Entertainment
The Young Doctors: Classic Cliffhangers DVD 12 2 2 February 2008 Audio Commentary

Umbrella Trailers

Umbrella Entertainment
The Young Doctors Collection 1 DVD 1-250 35 16 June 2021 Reunion; Ada's cookbook ViaVision Entertainment


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  2. ^ "Cut and thrust". 16 October 2006.
  3. ^ "TV Week: "Young Doctors Exodus!" the Young Doctors 9th January 1982". 22 July 2021.
  4. ^ "The Young Doctors - 1976 - 1983". Archived from the original on 7 August 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
  5. ^ "A. M. Hospital". Illawarra Mercury. Vol. 50, no. 97. New South Wales, Australia. 7 December 1906. p. 1. Retrieved 2 January 2022 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "Opening of the Wollongong Hospital". The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser. Vol. LXXXIV, no. 2386. New South Wales, Australia. 31 July 1907. p. 291. Retrieved 3 January 2022 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ "The Young Doctors turns 40". 8 November 2016.
  8. ^ "1978: March 11-17". 7 March 2008.
  9. ^ The Young Doctors Collection One. ViaVision Entertainment. Disc 36. Reunion Interview with Judy McBurney.
  10. ^ The Young Doctors Collection One. ViaVision Entertainment. Disc 36. Reunion Interview with Eric Oldfield.
  11. ^ "Celebrating Mr Grundy". 29 November 2008.
  12. ^ The Young Doctors has the distinction, rare among popular series, to have no award wins from any major media institutions, despite high ratings, magazine and media covers, and VHS and DVD campaigns. However, it received numerous nominations as a series, as well as nominations for its stars.
  13. ^ "1978: October 7-13". 4 October 2008.
  14. ^ "1979: October 13-19". 10 October 2009.
  15. ^ New life for Young Doctors | The Daily Telegraph

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