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Genre: Television - Green Wing / Theatrical Release: 2004 / Director: Dominic Brigstocke, Tristram Shapeero / Actors: Tamsin Greig, Stephen Mangan ... / DVD released 03 April, 2006 at Channel 4 DVD / Features of the DVD: PAL

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      25.10.2011 00:55
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      Comedy gem!

      In the world of Green Wing it is perfectly acceptable to ride a camel in the corridors, to fly around your office on a piece of wire and to dress as a squirrel.
      Welcome to the wonderful world of Green Wing.

      This television sitcom is based in an English hospital populated by several surreal characters, that all possess dysfunctional characteristics. The first series follows Dr Caroline Todd played by Tamsin Greig, starting her new job at the hospital. Almost instantly we are introduced to the cocky, egotistic Dr. Guy Secretan played by Stephen Mangan; the sarcastic, heartthrob, Dr. Macartney (known as Mac) played by Julian Rhind-Tutt and the juvenile Dr. Martin Dear played by Karl Theobald.

      The real aspect that sets Green Wing apart from other sitcoms is the use of improvisation used throughout the show. The actors are simply superb creating some amazing one liners and really getting you involved in the essence of the plot and subplots.

      Despite the show being a comedy, it is balanced by dealing with some more "serious" issues in its subplots such as the love triangle between Caroline, Mac and Guy.

      Other characters around the hospital also play a large role within the story lines and are interweaved into the episodes by the main characters visiting them. Such as the loony scottish, Staff Liason Officer: Sue White played by Michelle Gomez, who usually solves problems by telling them to "F*ck off" or by trying to attract the attention of Mac who she is madly in unrequited love with.

      Dr Statham played by Mark Heap; a bumbling and stuttering consultant radiologist is devoted to the head of human resources Joanna Clore played by Pippa Haywood. Joanna, however, doesn't want anyone to know about their sexual antics and lusts over the younger, attractive Lyndon; head of IT played by Paterson Joseph.

      The human resources department made up of four quirky workers: Harriet Schulenburg a cuddly absent-minded mother of three played by Olivia Colman, Karen Ball, a frizzy haired, shy woman played by Lucinda Raikes. Curvaceous, "Naughty" Rachel known for her sexual attitude and Kim Albaster played by Sally Bretton, a confident blonde who later has a relationship with trainee doctor Boyce, played by Oliver Chris. Boyce, finds it essential to torment Dr. Statham in any way possible.

      All of these characters and fantastic acting talents make this show truly wonderful.
      Each episode follows on from the previous which makes it brilliant, compelling viewing when you watch the whole series through. Each episode runs for around 50 minutes and there are 9 episodes on this series, assorted with an alternate ending, outtakes, deleted scenes and other assortments of extras all contained on 3 disks.

      This is a stunning series, that is a real comedy gem within British comedy, with actors that have gone on to star in films, television series and win awards.

      I would wholeheartedly recommend this series to anyone!

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      26.03.2010 15:04
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      A crazy trip to a place where anything can happen.

      I normally start my reviews with a description of the show. How do you describe Green Wing? A few descriptive words I could use might be- insane... ludicrous... and hilarious. It's one of the most innovative and funny shows that's been on tv in recent years.

      It is set in a hospital, and follows the doctors and staff that work there. Don't think ER, it's not full of proffesional doctors whose patients are the main priority. In fact you hardly see the patients at all, unless the anesthetist happens to be using their arm as a prop in an air drum solo. Instead, it depicts how they relate to each other and the insecurites that they have.

      There is a huge ensemble cast, featuring some of the best british talent around today. The main characters are the ditzy Dr Caroline Todd (rember the posh bird from Black Books?) Guy Secretan, a self obessed and misogynistic anesthetist and his mate, the cool Dr Mac. There is a kind of love triangle storyline to keep you interested, but that was not the most involving relationship for me.

      The one that did keep me interested was the one between the hilariously uptight Dr Statham, played by the *brilliant* Mark Heap and sexaholic Joanna Clure. They have a love hate relationship, where they argue and seem to be often repulsed by the other, but can't seem to resist romantic trysts. Dr Statham is by far and away the best character, and his ever increasing efforts to stay calm in the face of wayward student doctor Boyce, who relentlessly winds him up, is great to watch.

      The other great character in this is the utterly bonkers Sue White. She is some kind of counseller to the staff but find this incredibly tedious and finds many insane ways to amuse herself and torture her clients. Just when you think the show is calming down a bit she will conduct an interview in a squirrel suit.

      The style of shooting in the show is very stylish, there are speeded up sections, short skits and slowed down sections, leading to a kind of Fast Show style where often there are many different things going on in each episode.

      This series ends on an absolute stonker of an actual cliff hanger, involving the discovery of incest (!) a misadministered botox injection and a stolen ambulance.

      If you like random humour, you won't find any more random than this. There are some brilliant performances here and lots of scenes where you won't know whether to laugh, throw up or just throw your hands up and say "what????" Well worth a trip.

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        23.03.2010 18:45
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        I am officially hooked!

        Brief Overview:
        Green Wing is a surreal British comedy series which originally aired in 2004 on Channel 4. It was created by the same team of eight writers that created Smack The Pony and the first series follows Dr Caroline Todd as she begins her new job at East Hampton Hospital.

        Style:
        Green Wing lies somewhere in between being a sketch show and a sitcom; it does have an overarching plot and character development but this is interspersed with bizarre comic set pieces. It is similar in style to programmes like Smack The Pony, Spaced and No Angels. The show moves from one sketch to another in surreal ways, speeding up or slowing down the action rather than progressing as a scene would in real life.

        Humour:
        I found Green Wing very funny indeed but the weird humour many not be to everyone's tastes. The humour is certainly adult in places as many of the laughs come from characters engaging in ridiculously inappropriate behaviour in their offices. There are also a multitude of sight gags, practical jokes, joyously juvenile pratfalls as well as some very witty and some downright outrageous dialogue. One of my favourite things about this programme is that it does not rely on catchphrases to get easy laughs and the repeated jokes it does do are variations on a theme rather than the same joke repeated over and over again.

        Characters:
        The comedy acting in this show is exemplary and it is rare to find so many high quality comedy actors in one show. Moreover, these actors actually seem to have been trusted to let the comedy come out of their characterisation rather than relying on a gag-heavy script. Tamsin Greig is wonderful as Dr Todd and you cannot help but root for her as she traverses the bizarre landscape of this hospital of weirdos. Michelle Gomez is absolutely fearless in her portrayal of the near-sociopathic HR boss Sue White and delivers some of the most shocking and blisteringly funny scenes of the show. Stephen Mangan is deliciously sleazy as wannabe playboy Guy Secretan and his performance is countered perfectly by Julian Rhind Tutt as the charming Mac McCartney. Mark Heap is at his neurotic best as the deeply disturbed (and somewhat sexually deviant) Dr Statham and plays the comic fool perfectly. Not only does this show boast an excellent main cast, but the secondary characters are also brilliantly characterised and more than hold their own in the programme. I really cannot praise the performances in this enough. Green Wing has reminded me of why I want to be a comedy actress: when it works, there is nothing more satisfying than a good comedy performance.

        Summary:
        I don't really want to say too much about any of the scenes in this show which made me laugh out loud as I want you to have the same joyous experience as I did upon first watching this magnificent comedy. All I can say is: Watch it now!

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          17.02.2010 19:00
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          Buy it, watch it, love it.

          I didn't watch Green Wing when it was first aired because I thought it was going to be a little too surreal for me. Earlier this year, bored and unemployed, I was after something new to watch so I watched the series on 4OD and I'm so glad I did.

          Caroline Todd (Tamsin Greig) is starting her new job at a hospital, where she meets big-headed, slimy anaesthetist Guy Secretan (Stephen Mangan) and cool, funny surgeon Dr 'Mac' McCartney. These two will be vying for her attention throughout the series, while she swings from one to the other. She also meets the bizarre, homicidal staff liaison officer Sue White (who is infatuated with Mac), bumbling consultant Alan Statham (who is in love with Joanna), abrasive Joanna Clore who is the head of HR, underachieving house officer Martin Dear and the queen of backhanded compliments, Angela Hunter. Other characters include junior doctor Boyce and Karen, Kim, Harriet and Rachel who work in HR.

          The series consists of sitcom and soap opera style plotlines (the scenes between Mac, Guy and Caroline) and utterly surreal, sketch-style humour (particularly in scenes with Sue, or Alan and Joanna, or scenes in the operating room). Even the surreal moments somehow seem to make sense, because we come to expect bizarre behaviour from the characters in question.

          The main plot is the love triangle between Caroline, Mac and Guy, and at times, these scenes can be incredibly touching, particularly in the second series - the first is more lighthearted. Mac and Guy have a longstanding rivalry, often exchanging insults, although they often socialise together in the bar after work and somewhere deep down, they do care about each other (again, particularly evident in the second series and the Christmas special). Both men compete for the attention of Caroline, Guy wth great gusto and Mac in a more subtle way. Caroline spends a lot of time deliberating, unable to decide which one she wants to be with, although it's clear that she's really in love with Mac. Somewhere in the midst of all the laughter and insults are little heartbreaking moments (such as the look on Mac's face when Caroline and Guy kiss at the party) which really set the series apart from the standard comedy show.

          Other plots include Martin sitting (and failing) his exams again, Joanna and Alan's completely bizarre relationship, the increasingly strange antics of the office girls and Sue's jealousy of Caroline (because of her relationship with Mac) that eventually leads to murder attempts. Each hour-long episode features all of the main characters, so whatever you prefer, there's something for you.

          The show is partly improvised and it's a real credit to both the actors and writers - the writers for writing the script in the first place and the actors for carrying it so well and inserting their own brand of humour into it.

          Series one ends, quite literally, on a cliffhanger after drunken Guy steals an ambulance and takes Mac and Martin on a crazed rampage, so even if (and this is unlikely) you're not so desperate for more that you go out and buy series two immediately, you'll be so curious about what happens that you won't be able to resist!

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            05.12.2009 14:05
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            Laugh till you cry materia. I recommend everyone watches it.

            Green Wing is a sitcom like no other. It's set in a hospital somewhere in London and this first Series charts the progress of new the new doctor, Caroline Todd (Tamsin Greig; Black Books) into the loony hospital. The set up sounds fairly sane but the way the writers appear to work is by writing the actors a rough plotline and then have them improvise insanely. It feels like immature Python humour restrained within plot. Dr Todd finds herself surrounded by her workmates, hit on by seedy, sexist anaethatist Guy Secretan (Stephen Mangan), the charming yet distant surgeon Mac McCartney (Julian Rhind-Tutt), made green with jealousy by the untouchable Angela and doted on by awkward junior doctor Martin Dear (Karl Theobald).

            The level of improvisation is incredible, you'll be driven to tear by laughter with some of the amazing one liners some of the actors come out with, 'You may be thinking I'm comparing my penis to that of a corpse', 'I may be many things, but not being indiscreet isn't one of them' and even more incredible is the skits between them. Guy on the phone pretending to be from Derbyshire is great and Mac and Caroline have some great scenes where he knows she likes him and takes every oppurtunity to play off of this.

            There are no huge twists or turns in the series as plot is very much a secondary feature to creating really hilarious comedy. Dr Statham still continues his one and off phsical affair with Joanna, Mac and Caroline show obvious tension, Guy continues to be immature and irritating and Sue continues to be unhelpful. The last episode however yeilds some big surprises.... I won't ruin it for you but it will make you want to see the next series and if you watch it on tv when it was on it will have driven you up the wall to wonder what happens.

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            30.06.2009 00:09
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            Not the easiest show to summarise. Give it a go and see what you think I guess.

            OK I'll admit, this is likely to be biased because I'm a huge fan of the series! I won't give you a plot overview because that's already been done many times but I just wanted to really recommend you give this program a try. I guess it's a bit of an aquired taste in someways as it's pretty weird but if you like things like Black Books or Smack the Pony then I'm confident you'll love it.

            It's massively off the wall but manages to mix this with overarching plot themes and sometimes suprisingly tender moments that catch you by surprise. Importantly though it doesn't do this like Scrubs which, though I like it too, feels the need to rub your face in a moral or make every poignant moment blindingly obvious. I think this is mainly a British/American difference. The best bit about it though are the characters and how they interact. They might seem extreme when you first watch but then, if you're anything like me, you start seeing a worrying number of similarities to people you know! One warning, probably don't watch it with children/parents/easily offended elderly relatives etc. as some scenes are hilariously funny but a little on the .....er..... interesting side. Also, don't expect much medicine, in many ways the hospital is just an excuse for a cool backdrop and a place you could conceivably get so many oddballs stuck together.

            The DVD's got a few extra features though mainly the usual deleted scenes, behind the scenes stuff. I have to admit, I'm geeky enough to have watched the episodes with commentary and in some cases this is almost as funny as the episode if you get Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Grieg talking.

            So yeah, give it a try and when you realise you love it as much as me, get the DVD and watch it all over again!

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            04.06.2009 23:22
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            Highly recommended

            Green wing is a slightly strange comedy set in a very badly run hospital. It is set around the new arrival to the hospital staff in the form of a very clumsy and somewhat eccentric Dr.Caroline Todd played by Tamsin Greig. When Dr.Todd arrives for her first day at East Hampton hospital and meets all her new work colleagues you realise she is going to fit in well as they are all odd balls in there own right. With Dr. Guy Secretan (Stephen Mangan) who is an anesthetist and fancies himself as a ladies man and believes he is quite irresistible and Dr. Macartney (Julian Rhind-Tutt) who comes across as very abrupt and quite sarcastic. Then there's Martin Dear who is under confident and child like in approach whilst trying to become a doctor and failing at every turn. Over seeing all the hospital staff is the very mental Sue White who gets stranger and stranger as time goes on and has all the makings of a psychopath. Then there is my favorite character and in my opinion the funniest Dr Alan Statham who is a stuttering radiologist who is quite perverse and madly in love with Joanna Claw the foul mouthed head of human resources, who as had an hard life and smokes like a chimney and has defiantly been around the block a few times. It is a very funny take on the day to day running of an NHS hospital and although all the characters seem far fetched most of them strongly remind me of people I have met. I would strongly recommend this to all.

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              20.05.2009 09:39
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              a graet comedy not to be missed

              Green wing is a bafta award winning comedy. I dont think I have seen a comedy so expertly put together. The cast is fantastic with obvious chemestry. Green wing follows several off the wall characters dr todd (tasmin grieg- from black books and the mother from the recent adaptation of ann frank) dr guy secretan (stephen mangan-from confetti/jane hall and loads others) and the ever dreamy dr mac macarhthy ( julian rudd tutt- from stardust and recent adaptation of scrooge) these three characters lives inter twine in a hysterical tale of love, friendship and un requited love. With superb comic timing from all characters this show is a guarenteed laugh a mi with story lines that leave you shouting at the screen or hiding behind your pillow (with embarresment for the clumsy, love struck and awkward dr todd) the show is litered with several other smaller characters that every inch as funny and in many cases more off the wall than the main characters. Well worth a watch!!!!

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                26.02.2009 22:26
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                A must see, even if it's not your kind of humour, you would appreciate the acting.

                One of the FUNNIEST things I have ever seen. It's definately only for those who have a wacky sense of humour and who love the British sense of sarcasm. I think it is for a select audience, one that can laugh at invisible hangover hats and the most pompous, pedantic man on the planet. It is a series that exxagerates the atributes of typical people, such as the 'real' doctor, the 40 something whose narcissistic attitude gets them nowhere with men, mainly because her smoking and peroxide blonde hair wouldn't attract a raccoon, never mind a human male, and the secretary with so many children to look after, that she doesn't notice the fact that a dead hamster resides in her shoe. Of course, you can't forget the couple in unrequited love but who don't realise that the unrequited love is actually very much requited. The characters are so real and are slightly over the top, making it all the more funny, and the ending is very energetic and leaves you (literally) on a cliff hanger. The writers are very witty and the actors are so in tune, you get drawn into the story, and you will very likely shed tears by the end. A must have.

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                  29.10.2008 17:23
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                  Fantastic British comedy

                  Green Wing is a hospital based comedy, following the stories of a group of doctors and other hospital workers. The first series aired in the UK on Channel 4 in 2004, and quickly picked up a cult following.

                  Having never watched Scrubs, I cannot answer the accusation that I have sometimes heard, that this is a poorer, English version of the US hospital comedy. I have however watched Green Wing, and I absolutely love it.

                  The first series focuses mainly on seven characters: Dr Caroline Todd (played by Tamsin Grieg), Dr 'Mac' Macartney (Julian Rhind Tutt), Guy Secretan (Stephen Mangan), Dr Martin Dear (Karl Theobald), Dr Alan Statham (Mark Heap), Joanna Clore (Pippa Haywood) and Sue White (Michelle Gomez). There are more characters, but the series concentrates mainly on these seven.

                  Set in East Hampton hospital, the first episode sets the scene for much of the series, Dr Caroline Todd, on her first day in her new job, comes up against various disasters, and meets her colleagues for the first time. Guy, an aneasthetist, is all charm but is really just interested in getting Caroline into bed. Mac, the good looking, funny doctor, provides, along with Caroline, the love story for the series, as it becomes ever apparent that Caroline has a huge crush on him. Martin Dear, the hapless loser who can't pass his medical exams to become a real doctor, falls hopelessly in love with Caroline. Joanna, HR manager is way past her prime but doesn't want anyone to realise, likewise she is having a secret affair with consultant radiologist Alan Statham, but doesn't want anyone to know that either!

                  In conclusion, I would say it's jolly good fun. However, I have to say that it's not everyone's cup of tea, the humour can be quite rude sometimes, and the editing has been known to annoy people. However, if you are a fan of British comedy, this should appeal to you.

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                    17.09.2008 15:22
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                    Hospital based fun

                    Created by Victoria Pile, 'Green Wing' is a very unusual hospital based comedy.

                    I hadn't previously watched any of the episodes in their entirety, but had stumbled across clips and various extracts whilst channel hopping.

                    From what I saw, I found certain bit to be funny, whilst other bits looked to me as if they could become annoying quickly. However, above all else, I noted that the show had a surreal air about it. Therefore I decided to buy the box set of Season 1 - thinking I would probably sell it on eBay afterwards if it was no good.

                    I got into the style of the comedy pretty quickly, and realised that as a whole, there is both traditional and - as I mentioned earlier, surreal humour on display.

                    The central character is Dr Caroline Todd (played by Tamsin Grieg), who, compared to those around her, is fairly normal.
                    She soon realises that the hospital she works in is filled with some bizarre exponents of humanity...

                    Bringing in the biggest laughs is Dr Alan Statham (Mark Heap), the quirky Consultant Radiologist who has a passion for human resources director Joanna Clore (Pippa Haywood).

                    The style of the editing throughout the show is quite unusual, with sped-up and slowed don cut scenes creating some visual intrigue. I can understand why some viewers find this annoying however, as it is used frequently.

                    On the whole I enjoyed watching both the first and second series of Green Wing. I suppose you could say that it's the UK's answer to 'Scrubs' - but in an even more surreal way.

                    Most of the stories are well crafted and the characters have something for everyone - albeit in a dysfunctional manner.

                    You can obtain season 1 from Amazon for £9.98.

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                      08.08.2008 17:22
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                      best comedy ive seen in ages

                      Well im watching this one as i write to you,and i love it.Basicly its a comedy about a female doctor who starts a new job at a hospital and every one is completley whacky.Its extremley funny and rude,its definatley not for the weak hearted and the comedy is for a required taste often about sex and totally random:)the women end up behaving worse thanthe men !There where 2 series made both excellent and a special which finshes them both off, you probably recognise the main charecters from the new barclys adverts too.You have to admire the whole cast for the bizzare stunts they all get up to.If you need a little cheering up give this one a go it wont dissapoint and youll be running out to get the second series,this is the first thing ive rated a 5 i think,also if you decide to watch this one dont forget the special which comes after season too that one definatley should not be missed either

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                        Great to watch, can be addictive, what a cliff-hanger!

                        ______ What's it about? ______

                        Green Wing focuses on the day to day workings of various 'professionals' in East Hampton Hospital. I say 'professionals' as you'll rarely see them do any work and the actions of some staff will leave you praying that those people don't really exist (one example, the Staff Liaison Officer Sue White gets all her clothes from the 'dead' box. It took her 4 days to get her boots from a stroke victim.) You won't see any patients in this hospital, apart from the random child used to pick up women. We follow the lives and foibles of the HR girls, surgeons, neurologists, students and more.


                        ______ Who makes it? ______

                        The show is broadcast by Talkback Thames which also air other shows such as 'The Apprentice', 'The Bill' and 'X-factor' **shudder**. The company is linked with Fremantle Media and on a larger scale the RTL Group which broadcast radio and television shows throughout Europe.

                        It is co-directed by Dominic Brigstocke which means if you've ever seen Alan Partridge you'll love this, as he also directed the Alan Partridge series' 'Knowing me Knowing You' and 'I'm Alan Partridge'. Of course all of you that hate Alan will love this too, it's just when I found out the whole programme made so much more sense!

                        The other director is Tristram Shapeero, whose other works include 'Gimme Gimme Gimme', 'Smack the Pony' and Alan Partridge.

                        ______ Who's in it? ______

                        The series, as mentioned earlier features hospital staff on all levels of the scum pool.

                        Tamsin Greig
                        … Caroline Todd, Surgical Registrar.
                        …… The newbie of the hospital. She turns up at her new job smelly, dishevelled and guilty of breaking a mans arm as she was locked out of her house the night before. She stays the night at a strange mans house, kisses 4 people (including one woman!) at her party and is torn between 2 doctors! She's a very sweet natured woman that has bad hair days and embarrasses herself infront of cute guys, as we all do, but with her 'conquests' the hot topic of conversation, will she fit is as one of them?

                        Julian Rhind-Tutt
                        … Dr 'Mac' Macartney, Surgeon
                        …… Best friends with Guy and Martin, and possible love interest of more than one lady in the hospital, he seems like the perfect guy: clever, gifted, and sensitive (don't mention Holly) But what's up with the hair? He says it's 'fraise blonde' but we all know its ginger. He loves betting with guy and you'll laugh at some of the things they'll do just so one of them can be the 'winner' (yep, they don't even do it for money!)

                        Stephen Mangan
                        …Dr Guillaume 'Guy' Valerie Secretan, Anaesthetist
                        …… if any of you have seen Alan Partridge you'll get what type of a character this lad is. Quite pervy at times, he can also be seen as a bit of a womanising bully. But it's not all bad, well, actually, I can't think of anything nice to say about this bloke. His dad was a Swedish ski instructor and his favourite chat up line is waking past a girl, pretending he's on the phone saying 'I'll see you in Zurich' whilst eyeing her up. He makes bets that hurt others feelings, he always gives bad advice and has stopped the course of true love on more than one occasion, but what happens to him at the end of the series more than makes up for it! Hehe! Yes, his middle name is Valerie and many have the impression he looks like Donkey from Shrek. He does.

                        Karl Theobald
                        … Martin Dear
                        …… You have to feel sorry for Martin. He is so in love with one of the staff he spends all his time trying to woo her, missing out on the girl that actually loves him! A very impressionable, gullible chap, he turn up to a party dressed like Godzilla (no, it's not a fancy dress) and dances his way into his exams, literally. He has a 'cool' scooter and uses Mac's motorbike to pull.

                        Mark Heap
                        …Dr Alan Statham, Consultant Imaging & Radiology
                        …… A peculiar man, is absolutely infatuated with one of the senior members of staff, but does she feel the same way? Is very twitchy and nervous, he gets in a fluster easily and embarrasses himself on numerous occasions. Has an arch-enemy in the form of one of his students and those are the most hilarious bits! He has the letters O-N-S-L-T and A removed from his name badge and needs to wait 3 weeks for a new one. You wouldn't want a present from this chap that's for sure and always remember… when your kidnapping a woman to have your wicked way with her, mirror - signal - manoeuvre.

                        Sarah Alexander
                        …Dr Angela Hunter, Senior Registrar: Paediatrics.
                        ……She is pretty, funny and smart. After her circumstances change she finds herself living with Caroline in her house. One word of advice, don't go in her bedroom to offer her tea in the morning, it could get weird. She loves throwing her long blonde locks around and making poor ol' Caroline feel ugly. It's all in a good way of course!

                        Oliver Chris
                        … Boyce, Junior House Officer
                        …… The irritating fly in Dr. Statham's proverbial soup and a charmer with the ladies, have him sit under your desk and you'll know what I mean! He loves winding people up, if your car ever breaks down, don't ask him to help. Often gets slapped in the face by pointing sticks and Star of David's. You'll never guess who he ends up in bed with! Unbelievable!

                        Pippa Haywood
                        … Joanna Yardley Clore, Director of Human Resources
                        …… An ageing woman, she tries her best to woo the pants off a colleague, but fails miserable. Never mind, at least she has her back-up. Or does she? Is depressed when another birthday comes around and even more so when the Admin girls have 'Happy 50th' banners posted everywhere. She receives some 'interesting' presents and has driven men to the point of death because of her resistance. Her hair gets very light in the sun and if you ever see her in a fur coat, don't ask her what's underneath!

                        Michelle Gomez
                        … Sue White, Staff Liaison Officer
                        …… I know the Scots are crazy, but she's off the charts. Has a Dead box (as was mentioned earlier) and is in love with one of the members of staff. She isn't really discreet about it either. When she learns another co-worker likes the same man, she, disguised in a beard (dead box perhaps?), takes out a bow and arrow and tries to impale her on the notice board. She often laughs at others misfortune, sending people out of her office during their times of personal crisis. Teases children with sweet then takes them away. Wears arm stilts. Has offered to kill the consultant for the man she loves, and is next seen under the consultant's car yielding a pair of pliers. My favourite character!

                        The Admin girls: Kim Alabaster who appears to have someone living under her desk, Naughty Rachel who always sleeps with men on the first date, Karen Ball who has a furry face and no breasts and Harriet Schulenberg, the perpetually pregnant mum of 3 boys.

                        The stunts they pull on Joanna are hilarious and include:

                        • Dropping to the floor when the phone rings
                        • Crouching when in the vicinity of Joanna's window
                        • Sticking yellow post-its to their hair

                        Episode guide

                        I won't go too much into detail and I'll only highlight a few characters storylines so as not to give too much away. Here's a rough description of some of the events during the 1st season:

                        Episode 1 - Caroline's First Day

                        Caroline turns up at her new job having slept the night before in her car. She meets various members of the team including Mac and Guy and tells them the reason she reeks like a taxi is because she was locked out of her home all night and had to use a car freshener for deodorant. Guy promptly offers her the spare room in his house as it doesn't look like she's getting in hers tonight. She is very hesitant about staying the night in a bizarre mans house, however he tells her he's working nights and she can have the spare room. Later, she gets settled in only to hear someone at the front door…

                        Dr. Mac [showing him a piece of paper]: Martin, see this, is that your signature?
                        Dr. Dear: Yeah it is, yeah.
                        Dr. Mac: Can't really do smiley faces on death certificates, it does look a little bit insensitive, okay?

                        Episode 2 - Rumours

                        Word gets out about Caroline spending the night at Guy's and she's worried about the image she's giving out. Everyone finds out that Mac's ex-girlfriend Holly aborted their child to advance her career and is now getting married. Dr Statham is getting extremely clingy to Joanna who is trying ever harder to get rid of this annoying little man.

                        Martin: "My name's Martin, as you know, and at school they used to call me Chuzzlewit because they said I looked Dickensian."

                        Episode 3 - Lodgers

                        Joanna is bored. She's getting older and her relationship with Statham is going nowhere. Recorders are introduced, but to no avail. She pursues the IT manager Lyndon, much to Statham's disgust. He's in real danger of losing the woman he loves! When Mac finds out about Holly being pregnant Guy uses this as ammunition in some banter, but is soon recoiling in the cloakroom after memories of being at boarding school are brought up. Sue White manages to get him out though and we are introduced to one of her 'friends'! Caroline needs a new lodger and much to her disgust is setting up house with Angela!

                        Guy: "I feel safe here. It reminds me of..."
                        Sue: "Being locked away as a boarding-school boy for tampering with your down-belows?"
                        Guy: "Yes.... NO! "

                        Episode 4 - Joanna's Birthday

                        Joanna is turning 42 (not 50!) and is not happy about it, but when she gets a locket as a present she assumes it to be from her new 'prey' and cheers up. We find out that Martin is actually Joanna's son, and he and Boyce use the x-ray machine to win money from bags of crisps. Guy has a rating system implemented for the female staff with categories being:

                        • Arse
                        • Easiness
                        • Kinkiness
                        • Cleanliness
                        • Personality
                        • Mental Attitude

                        Why does Joanna's locket keep leaking?

                        Rachel: "Hark at her! Who rattled your cage?"
                        Karen: "You lot, I am sick of it! Taking advantage, just cos I haven't got any breasts!"

                        Episode 5 - Housewarming party

                        We start to see some love interests begin to blossom, but who likes who? Dr Statham kidnaps Joanna in an attempt to rekindle their love and they end up having sex in a park. Caroline and Angela have a party with some interesting results: A Godzilla outfit, Goths that pretend to be ugly on purpose, a slinky to name a few. And who kisses Sue White, Martin AND Mac?

                        Joanna: Allowed, allowed! What sort of mystery kidnapper are you?
                        Statham: Well, one that is loathe to contravene the local bylaws

                        Episode 6 - Tests

                        All hungover and worse for wear (apart from Mac who knows when to stop) the staff begin another day. The kisser of the previous night is seen rummaging around the hospital searching for the people he/she kissed, apologizing and insisting it meant nothing. After their night of passion, it looks like Joanna thinks she's pregnant, and after an hour or so at work Harriet screams out because she 'just knows' she's pregnant. After some lab complications it turns out one of them is, but which one? Martin takes his test again for the hundredth time.

                        Lab Technician: I need a name for the sample.
                        Joanna: Well it's for a friend of mine who wishes to remain anonymous. Is that going to cause problems in your weird little techno brain?
                        Lab Technician: No it's just that usually we've gotta go up on the roof and shout 'pregnancy test results for the stupid lanky old bitch who's not learnt to take basic precautions in her forty-odd years on this planet.'

                        Episode 7 - Tangled Webs

                        Statham got quite excited last episode when Joanna told him he might be a daddy, and this episode see's his efforts to woo her increase all the more so. When he is rejected again and see's a cardboard cut-out of Jesus at Sue White's window, he goes to the chapel to blame God, and ask for another chance. Here he meets Cordelia, who assumes the loss he's talking about is his dead wife. Guy convinces Martin he's passed his test, but has he?

                        Sue: "What is that?"
                        Guy: "It's a kid. What do they eat?"
                        Sue: "Is it lost?"
                        Guy: "No, no. I borrowed it off someone, cos apparently women love them, and I'm trying to pull."

                        Episode 8 - Slave Auction

                        A charity slave auction is being held later that night, and its Martins job to get names. Mac pulls out after Sue says she has an unlimited budget, and we meet his posh girlfriend Emily, who is a Lady and has a horse. Mac announces he's leaving and going to Sheffield, much to the ladies' annoyance. At the charity auction, Joanna buys Lyndon for £300 and we see how he really feels about her. Sue buys Guy for £30 and makes him do strange things and Boyce buys Statham for 50, no 30 pence. They end up in bed together.

                        Charles (Auctioneer) : "He's Swiss, he's Gay Secretan."

                        Episode 9 - Emergency

                        I can't go into too much detail here, but this episode really is a cliff-hanger, literally. One of the ladies tries to kill someone so Mac will stay, the other bitches about his girlfriend and accuses her of being a murderer after she'd done some investigative work on her. Buts she's wrong! There are actually two Lady Emily Brandenburgs that are physiotherapists. Martin decides to get Guy back after he decides he's fed up with being bullied and discovers a very shocking secret in Guy's briefcase! There is one last bet between Guy and Mac before he leaves; Guy has to bed the oldest woman of Macs choosing… Joanna. Can he do it? Will he do it? And what has that got to do with what's in the briefcase?

                        Guy [to Mac]: Well, I'm Butch - that's 'Butch' Cassidy, and you're the Sundance Kid... 'Oh, look at me, dancing in the sun, like a big kid!'

                        ______ What I like ______

                        I love this series. I'm so glad I chanced upon this one rainy night. The language bothers me a little as a few characters and stories do get rude, but on the whole it's all in good fun. The filming techniques used are fantastic. The camera speeds up on pointless bits, like characters walking to other rooms (which looks really funny) and slows down on hilarious bits, the exploits of Boyce for example. It cuts the boring bits out and gets you straight in where the action is. I think they used this technique partly because by the time they had finished filming the pilot they has so much footage but not enough time! Therefore they sped pointless bits up to fit all the footage in.

                        At the beginning of every episode it shows the previous episode in super fast-motion, taking the whole 45 minutes or so and shrinking it down to two! Relevant clips of the previous show are seen normally so you know what happened last time.

                        The storyline is out of this world. At the end of each episode it leaves you wanting to know more. It proves without a doubt that TV doesn't have to be too realistic and writers can make their characters behave childishly, idiotically and eccentrically without worrying about normality.

                        The use of little-known characters (apart from Dan all you AP fans) makes viewing even funnier as you have nothing to compare them to. I remember what it was like watching Jennifer Anniston in 'Along came Polly'. She was and always will be 'Rachel'!

                        So, 'It sounds great' you're asking, 'but where can I get this fabulous series?'

                        As we have ScreenSelect Phil selected them for me on their site (www.screenselect.co.uk) and they came within a week, but you can buy it from any video store. Virgin and HMV are very reasonable price-wise. On the internet prices range from £15-29 including delivery. Shopping around is your best bet. Failing that you could try eBay.

                        ______ DVD features ______

                        They are very basic and I found it takes a while for the disk to load up and for you to be able to select an episode.

                        There isn't a play all function which is annoying as twinned with the previous comment it makes transitions from episode to episode very slow.

                        There are limited extras: Deleted scenes, a cast/crew commentary on episodes 1, 2, 5 and 9, a behind the scenes featurette and cast and crew biographies. The deleted scenes are brilliant, some of them are so long it's enough to make another episode. I haven't had a chance to sample the other features but bear with me and I'll update as I do!

                        Some tech spec now:

                        Rated: 15
                        Duration: 450 minutes
                        Region 2

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                      • Product Details

                        BAFTA award-winning comedy series Green Wing follows new surgical registrar Dr Caroline Todd (Tamsin Greig) through her first day at work and beyond, starting out as she means to go on - dishevelled and under-deodorised having spent the night in her car. Along the way she meets an assortment of bizarre and demented characters including Guy Secretan (Stephen Mangan), the smooth talking part-Swiss anaesthetist and all-round misogynist; Dr. Alan Statham (Mark Heap), one of the kinkiest doctors on the ward, a stammering eccentric radiologist who has powerful sexual feelings for Joanna Clore (Pippa Heywood) the moody age-obsessed HR Director. Then there's the high flying but effortlessly cool, Dr. 'Mac' Macartney (Julian Rhind-Tutt), whom Caroline may or may not have a big-time crush on; the sociopathic staff relations counsellor Sue White (Michelle Gomez); hapless junior doctor Martin Dear (Karl Theobald) and the irritatingly perfect Dr. Angela Hunter (Sarah Alexander). Prepare yourself for a surreal ride through the hospital corridors of Green Wing.