FANS OF THE YOUNG DOCTORS
Young Doctors was Australia's longest running
drama serial and was a ratings winner in the UK
as well as in other countries around the world.
The show launched with an initial hour long pilot
episode in 1976 and by the time that the Albert
Memorial Hospital closed its doors for the final
time in 1982 it had clocked up a further 1396
half hour episodes.
as far away as New Zealand, Angola, the Bahamas,
France and the Netherlands were hooked on the
romance and drama of The Young Doctors. The Albert
Memorial Hospital was run like a well oiled machine
by medical superintendent Dr Brian Denham (Michael
Beecher) and his ever efficient secretary Helen
Gordon (Lyn James). Kiosk lady Ada Simmonds (Gwen
Plumb) kept the gossip flowing, orderly Dennis
Jamison (Chris King) was the joker of the pack
and Sister Grace Scott (played by Home & Away
star Cornelia Frances) kept the flighty young
nurses in line with a rod of iron. The show was
awash with sexy young nurses and hunky doctors
including Nurse Jo Jo Adams (Delvene Delaney),
Nurse Tania Livingstone (Judy McBurney), Nurse
Sherry Andrews (Karen Pini), Nurse Maggie Gordon
(played by Neighbours regular Jackie Woodburne),
Dr Peter Holland (Peter Lochran), Dr Tony Garcia
(Tony Alvarez) and Dr Greg Mason (played by Australian
Idol judge Mark Holden). Then we had the prickly
Dr Graham Steele (Tim Page), the abrupt Dr John
Forest (played by Alan Dale of Neighbours and
Ugly Betty fame) and the suave senior surgeon
Dr Raymond Shaw (Alfred Sandor). The series also
featured a very young Russell Crowe in his television
acting debut and Joseph Furst who played the evil
Dr Metz in the James Bond movie Diamonds Are Forever.
Entertainment (www.umbrellaent.com.au) have released
two volumes of classic episodes from the show
on DVD - 'The Young Doctors - The Best Romances'
and 'The Young Doctors - Classic Cliffhangers.'
These DVD's have been selling like hot cakes and
now fans are campaigning to have the entire series
released on DVD in chronological order.
have been approached by a lot of fans asking if
the whole show will be released on DVD in chronological
order," said Darren Gray of Darren Gray Management
who represent a number of The Young Doctors cast
members and who also represent Alan Coleman who
produced, directed and wrote the series, "I
know that the programme has a strong and loyal
fan base and I'm certainly throwing my weight
behind this campaign to release every episode
of the show in regular monthly instalments.
Entertainment have recently announced that they'll
be releasing the whole of Sons & Daughters
on DVD and A Country Practice and Prisoner (Cell
Block H) are already being released in their entirety
so we know that a massive audience exists for
classic Australian drama serials.
addition with a brand new version of The Young
Doctors about to be produced in Australia I would
suggest that now is the ideal time for the release
of the original series - viewers can enjoy the
new show whilst also revisiting the classic episodes
to see where it all began."
if you are a fan of The Young Doctors and would
like to see the entire series released on DVD
you are urged to e-mail Umbrella Entertainment
to show that the demand exists for this to happen.
E-mail Andrew Mercado at email@example.com