Call Oxbridge 2000 (1961– )

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18 October 2005 | Lolmarcus
Spin-Off series from the hugely popular Emergency-Ward 10
An extension of the formula which made 'Emergency-Ward 10' Britain's most popular medical soap opera of the 1950s and 60s was foremost in the minds of those who planned Call Oxbridge 2000 and bought it into being, although their resulting efforts failed to capture the hearts of the Sunday afternoon viewing audience and after just one year the surgery at Oxbridge closed its doors for the final time.

Central figure in the programme was Dr. John Rennie who, as a Casualty Officer in the Oxbridge Hospital of the 'Ward 10' programme, had been a household favourite since he was first seen in the programme in September, 1959. As played by Richard Thorp, Dr. Rennie had left the hospital and gone to work in private practise with an uncle, working from a surgery on the outskirts of town. But he had not severed entirely his connections with the Ward 10 programme or it's mythical Oxbridge hospital.

Many of the established members of the 'Ward 10' cast played important parts in the story Call Oxbridge 2000 told, meeting patients whom Dr. Rennie and his uncle think need hospitalisation, or discussing with them the care of patients once they had left hospital. So the thread of hospital and family doctor relationship was maintained as was the continuity between the two series much like it was many years later when the BBC's highly successful 'Casualty' series spun off into 'Holby City.'

Such was the determination to keep the two programmes together that the first scripts for 'Call Oxbridge 2000' were written by one of the four scriptwriters who worked on 'Emergency-Ward 10.' The small core of professional medical advisers, producers and artistes who worked on 'E-W10' were made available for 'Call Oxbridge 2000' in order to add the authenticity of medical techniques and equipment that had been so successfully employed on its well tried stablemate.

The medical advisers, mindful of the great job which 'Ward 10' had done to give a better understanding in the minds of the general public of hospitals, what they do and who work in them, attempted to explain the work and lives of the great army of General Practitioners who had surgery's in almost any street or road in the towns and villages of the UK. And there were high hopes for the series. Not least in casting handsome Richard Thorp as the bachelor doctor who causes not a few flutters in the hearts of the more eligible of Oxbridge's young girls. However, in spite of an initial healthy viewing audience for 'Call Oxbridge 2000' within a year the series was beginning to run out of steam. And whilst 'Emergency-Ward 10' would continue until 1967, Dr Rennie was given an early retirement.


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24 September 1961

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