A Country Practice

A Country Practice

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A Country Practice is an Australia
Australia
Australia , officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area...

n television
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 drama
Drama
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 series. One of the longest-running of its kind, produced by James Davern of JNP Productions, it ran on the Seven Network
Seven Network
The Seven Network is an Australian television network owned by Seven West Media Limited. It dates back to 4 November 1956, when the first stations on the VHF7 frequency were established in Melbourne and Sydney.It is currently the second largest network in the country in terms of population reach...

 for 1,058 episodes from 18 November 1981 to 22 November 1993. It was produced in ATN-7
ATN-7
ATN is the Sydney flagship television station of the Seven Network in Australia. The licence, issued to a company named Amalgamated Television Services, a subsidiary of Fairfax, was one of the first four licences to be issued for commercial television stations in Australia...

's production facility at Epping
Epping, New South Wales
Epping is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Epping is located 18 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district in the local government areas of the City of Ryde, the City of Parramatta and Hornsby Shire and is located in the Northern...

, Sydney
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Sydney is the most populous city in Australia and the state capital of New South Wales. Sydney is located on Australia's south-east coast of the Tasman Sea. As of June 2010, the greater metropolitan area had an approximate population of 4.6 million people...

. It also ran from April to November 1994 for 30 episodes on Network Ten
Network Ten
Network Ten , is one of Australia's three major commercial television networks. Owned-and-operated stations can be found in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, while affiliates extend the network to cover most of the country...

. The Channel Seven
Seven Network
The Seven Network is an Australian television network owned by Seven West Media Limited. It dates back to 4 November 1956, when the first stations on the VHF7 frequency were established in Melbourne and Sydney.It is currently the second largest network in the country in terms of population reach...

 series was also filmed on location in Pitt Town (outskirts of Northwest Sydney), while, the Channel Ten series was filmed on location in Emerald, Victoria
Emerald, Victoria
Emerald is a town and semi-rural locality in the Greater Melbourne area, Victoria, Australia, 44 km south-east from Melbourne's central business district, outside the urban area. Its Local Government Area are the Shires of Cardinia and Yarra Ranges...

.

Though, sometimes considered a soap opera
Soap opera
A soap opera, sometimes called "soap" for short, is an ongoing, episodic work of dramatic fiction presented in serial format on radio or as television programming. The name soap opera stems from the original dramatic serials broadcast on radio that had soap manufacturers, such as Procter & Gamble,...

, the storylines of the show's two one-hour episodes screened over any one week formed a self-contained narrative block.
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A Country Practice is an Australia
Australia
Australia , officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area...

n television
Television
Television is a telecommunication medium for transmitting and receiving moving images that can be monochrome or colored, with accompanying sound...

 drama
Drama
Drama is the specific mode of fiction represented in performance. The term comes from a Greek word meaning "action" , which is derived from "to do","to act" . The enactment of drama in theatre, performed by actors on a stage before an audience, presupposes collaborative modes of production and a...

 series. One of the longest-running of its kind, produced by James Davern of JNP Productions, it ran on the Seven Network
Seven Network
The Seven Network is an Australian television network owned by Seven West Media Limited. It dates back to 4 November 1956, when the first stations on the VHF7 frequency were established in Melbourne and Sydney.It is currently the second largest network in the country in terms of population reach...

 for 1,058 episodes from 18 November 1981 to 22 November 1993. It was produced in ATN-7
ATN-7
ATN is the Sydney flagship television station of the Seven Network in Australia. The licence, issued to a company named Amalgamated Television Services, a subsidiary of Fairfax, was one of the first four licences to be issued for commercial television stations in Australia...

's production facility at Epping
Epping, New South Wales
Epping is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Epping is located 18 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district in the local government areas of the City of Ryde, the City of Parramatta and Hornsby Shire and is located in the Northern...

, Sydney
Sydney
Sydney is the most populous city in Australia and the state capital of New South Wales. Sydney is located on Australia's south-east coast of the Tasman Sea. As of June 2010, the greater metropolitan area had an approximate population of 4.6 million people...

. It also ran from April to November 1994 for 30 episodes on Network Ten
Network Ten
Network Ten , is one of Australia's three major commercial television networks. Owned-and-operated stations can be found in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, while affiliates extend the network to cover most of the country...

. The Channel Seven
Seven Network
The Seven Network is an Australian television network owned by Seven West Media Limited. It dates back to 4 November 1956, when the first stations on the VHF7 frequency were established in Melbourne and Sydney.It is currently the second largest network in the country in terms of population reach...

 series was also filmed on location in Pitt Town (outskirts of Northwest Sydney), while, the Channel Ten series was filmed on location in Emerald, Victoria
Emerald, Victoria
Emerald is a town and semi-rural locality in the Greater Melbourne area, Victoria, Australia, 44 km south-east from Melbourne's central business district, outside the urban area. Its Local Government Area are the Shires of Cardinia and Yarra Ranges...

.

History


Though, sometimes considered a soap opera
Soap opera
A soap opera, sometimes called "soap" for short, is an ongoing, episodic work of dramatic fiction presented in serial format on radio or as television programming. The name soap opera stems from the original dramatic serials broadcast on radio that had soap manufacturers, such as Procter & Gamble,...

, the storylines of the show's two one-hour episodes screened over any one week formed a self-contained narrative block. The storylines were meant to have a primary appeal to adult and older youthful audiences, and in particular they had greater appeal to children from middle class backgrounds. As it did not have the open ended narrative of a traditional soap opera, it was technically a series. Nevertheless, many storylines were developed as sub plots for several episodes before becoming the focus of a particular week's narrative block. Overall, the programme "so emphasised the ongoing storylines of its major characters as to make the distinction between series and serial more or less meaningless".

In addition to being broadcast in Australia, it also ran on the ITV
ITV
ITV is the major commercial public service TV network in the United Kingdom. Launched in 1955 under the auspices of the Independent Television Authority to provide competition to the BBC, it is also the oldest commercial network in the UK...

 network in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...

, as well as in many Europe
Europe
Europe is, by convention, one of the world's seven continents. Comprising the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, Europe is generally 'divided' from Asia to its east by the watershed divides of the Ural and Caucasus Mountains, the Ural River, the Caspian and Black Seas, and the waterways connecting...

an countries and Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Hong Kong is one of two Special Administrative Regions of the People's Republic of China , the other being Macau. A city-state situated on China's south coast and enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea, it is renowned for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbour...

. It was also carried on a variety of Canadian stations, both during the show's lifetime and after. It was estimated that at its height, the show received a worldwide audience of five to six million each week.

Setting and stories


The show followed a medical practice in the small fictional New South Wales
New South Wales
New South Wales is a state of :Australia, located in the east of the country. It is bordered by Queensland, Victoria and South Australia to the north, south and west respectively. To the east, the state is bordered by the Tasman Sea, which forms part of the Pacific Ocean. New South Wales...

 country town of Wandin Valley. The show's stories focused on the staff of the practice and the hospital and their families, and through weekly guest characters - frequently patients served by the practice - various social and medical problems were explored. The series examined such topical issues as youth unemployment
Unemployment
Unemployment , as defined by the International Labour Organization, occurs when people are without jobs and they have actively sought work within the past four weeks...

, suicide
Suicide
Suicide is the act of intentionally causing one's own death. Suicide is often committed out of despair or attributed to some underlying mental disorder, such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, alcoholism, or drug abuse...

, drug addiction, HIV/AIDS and terminal illness
Terminal illness
Terminal illness is a medical term popularized in the 20th century to describe a disease that cannot be cured or adequately treated and that is reasonably expected to result in the death of the patient within a short period of time. This term is more commonly used for progressive diseases such as...

, as well as Aborigines and their place in modern Australian society. Apart from its regular rotating cast of characters, mainly among the younger personnel, A Country Practice also had a cast of semi-regulars who would make appearances as the storylines permitted.

A Country Practice has also become well-known for its number of guest stars appearances, including Baz Luhrmann
Baz Luhrmann
Mark Anthony "Baz" Luhrmann is an Australian film director, screenwriter, and producer best known for The Red Curtain Trilogy, which includes his films Strictly Ballroom, William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge!...

, Smokey Dawson, John Meillon
John Meillon
John Meillon was an Australian actor, most widely known outside Australia for his role as Walter Reilly in the films "Crocodile" Dundee and "Crocodile" Dundee II. He also voiced Victoria Bitter beer commercials until his death.-Biography:Meillon was born in Mosman, Sydney...

, Sir Robert Helpmann
Robert Helpmann
Sir Robert Helpmann CBE was an Australian dancer, actor, theatre director and choreographer.-Early years:He was born Robert Murray Helpman in Mount Gambier, South Australia and also boarded at Prince Alfred College in Adelaide. From childhood, Helpman had a strong desire to be a dancer...

 and even Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke
Bob Hawke
Robert James Lee "Bob" Hawke AC GCL was the 23rd Prime Minister of Australia from March 1983 to December 1991 and therefore longest serving Australian Labor Party Prime Minister....

 made a cameo appearance in 1986. Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman
Nicole Mary Kidman, AC is an American-born Australian actress, singer, film producer, spokesmodel, and humanitarian. After starring in a number of small Australian films and TV shows, Kidman's breakthrough was in the 1989 thriller Dead Calm...

, Toni Collette
Toni Collette
Antonia "Toni" Collette is an Australian actress and musician, known for her acting work on stage, television and film as well as a secondary career as the lead singer of the band Toni Collette & the Finish....

 and Simon Baker
Simon Baker
Simon Baker is an Australian actor. Since 2008, he has starred in the CBS television series The Mentalist.-Early life:...

 also had guest-roles in the series before going on to international fame.

The series is also the third most successful series in the history of the Logie Award
Logie Award
The TV Week Logie Awards are the Australian television industry awards, which have been presented annually since 1959. Renamed by Graham Kennedy in 1960 after he won the first 'Star Of The Year' award, the name 'Logie' awards honours John Logie Baird, a Scotsman who invented the television as a...

s having won 29 times. Brian Wenzel was the first actor to win such an Honour for his role as Sergeant Frank Gilroy. By the end of the series Brian Wenzel and Shane Porteous were the only original cast members.

Seven Network series

  • Dr. Terence Elliott - Shane Porteous
    Shane Porteous
    John Shane Porteous is an Australian television character actor, TV screenplay scriptwriter, theatre actor, animation layout artist, and animation voice artist.-Biography:...

     (Original 1981-1993)
  • Dr. Simon Bowen - Grant Dodwell
    Grant Dodwell
    Grant Dodwell is an Australian producer, actor, writer and director.He has also worked as a drama teacher.Dodwell has more than 30 years' experience in the entertainment industry in theatre, film and television appearing in many of Australia's best known stage shows and television series. He is...

     (1981–1986)
  • Vicky Dean/Bowen - Penny Cook
    Penny Cook
    Penny Cook is an Australian actress. She graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1978.Cook first appeared in the 1970s Australian television soap opera The Restless Years...

     (1981–1985)
  • Frank Gilroy - Brian Wenzel
    Brian Wenzel
    Brian Wenzel is an Australian character actor, most famous for his long run as Police Sergeant Frank Gilroy on television program A Country Practice. He was an original cast member and remained along with Shane Porteous through the entire series, winning a Silver Logie for the role...

     (Original 1981-1993)
  • Shirley Dean/Gilroy - Lorrae Desmond
    Lorrae Desmond
    Lorrae Desmond, MBE is a Australian singer, entertainer, and character actress, with a career spanning over 50 years...

     (1981–1992)
  • Robert "Bob" Hatfield - Gordon Piper
    Gordon Piper
    Gordon Piper was an Australian film and television actor and theatre director. Piper was born in Sydney....

     (1981–1992)
  • Esme Watson - Joyce Jacobs
    Joyce Jacobs
    Joyce Jacobs is an English born Australia character actress adept at playing gossips and interfering busybodies....

     (1982–1993), (1993–1994, Ten Network)
  • Brendan Jones - Shane Withington
    Shane Withington
    Shane Withington is an Australian actor best known for his starring roles in the television series A Country Practice, as nurse Brendan Jones, and Willing and Abel, as Abel Moore...

     (1981–1986)
  • Molly Jones - Anne Tenney
    Anne Tenney
    Anne Tenney is an Australian film and television actress, probably best known for her role as Molly Jones in the television drama A Country Practice and as Sal Kerrigan in The Castle.-Career:...

     (1981–1985)
  • Matron Marta Kurtesz - Helen Scott
    Helen Scott
    Helen Scott is an actress best known for her work on Australian television.Her most well remembered role is as Hungarian-born, Matron Marta Kurtesz in A Country Practice, the first matron of the Wandin Valley Bush Hospital on the show. Ms. Scott left the show when her character returned to her...

     (1981–1983)
  • Vernon "Cookie" Locke - Syd Heylen
    Syd Heylen
    Syd Heylen was an Australian actor, comedian, and variety performer who often performed in a traditional vaudeville type style....

     (1982–1993)
  • Judy Loveday - Wendy Strehlow
    Wendy Strehlow
    Wendy Strehlow is an Australian actress, probably best known for her role as Sister Judy Loveday in the television soap opera A Country Practice...

     (1982–1986)
  • Chloe Jones - Emily Nicol (1983–1986)
  • Matron Margaret " Maggie" Sloan - Joan Sydney
    Joan Sydney
    Joan Sydney is a British actress best known for her work on Australian television, with more than 40 years experience mainly in the genres of soap operas and television serials, but also appearing in mini-series and theatre productions, including "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", "Talking Heads" and "Dirty...

     (1983–1990), (1993–1994, Ten Network)
  • Jo Loveday - Josephine Mitchell
    Josephine Mitchell
    Josephine Mitchell is an Australian actress, best known for her role as Jo Loveday in the television soap opera A Country Practice. She has subsequently appeared in Home and Away, E Street, Neighbours and All Saints....

     (1985–1989)
  • Ben Green - Nicholas Bufalo (1985–1988)
  • Kelly Shanahan - Annie Davies (1985–1986)
  • Dr. Alex Fraser - Diane Smith (1986–1989)
  • Peter Manning - Mark Owen-Taylor (1986–1988)
  • Donna Manning - Caroline Johansson
    Caroline Johansson
    Caroline Johansson is an Australian actress. Johansson is of Swedish descent. She is probably best known for her role of Donna Manning in Australian soap opera A Country Practice.-External links:...

     (1986–1988)
  • Cathy Hayden - Kate Raison
    Kate Raison
    Kate Raison is an Australian actress, best known for her roles on television, including Cathy Hayden in A Country Practice, Sheridan Sturgess in E Street and Georgina Ellis in Pacific Drive....

     (1987–1990)
  • Michael Langley - Brett Climo
    Brett Climo
    Brett Climo is an Australian actor.His television credits include: Sons and Daughters, A Country Practice, The Flying Doctors, The Man from Snowy River, Pacific Drive, Murder Call, Water Rats, Blue Heelers, Stingers, All Saints and The Elephant Princess.-External links:...

     (1987–1989)
  • Emily Leiding - Penny Richards (1986–1988)
  • Matthew Tyler - John Tarrant (1988–1992)
  • Lucy Gardiner - Georgie Parker
    Georgie Parker
    Georgina "Georgie" Parker is an Australian television actress. She grew up in the suburb of St. Ives.-Personal life:...

     (1989–1992)
  • Dr. Cris Kouros - Michael Muntz (1989–1991)
  • Jessie Kouros - Georgina Fisher (1989–1991)
  • Luke Ross - Matt Day
    Matt Day
    Matthew "Matt" Day is an Australian actor best known for his film and television roles.-Early life and career:Matt Day was born in Melbourne in 1971...

     (1989–1991)
  • Stephanie "Steve" Brennan - Sophie Heathcote
    Sophie Heathcote
    Sophie Heathcote was an Australian actress.Heathcote was born in Melbourne. She began her acting career with a role in medical drama series A Country Practice as Stephanie "Steve" Brennan from 1990 to 1991...

     (1990–1991)
  • Matron Ann Brennan - Mary Regan (1990–1991)
  • Matron Rosemary Prior - Maureen Edwards
    Maureen Edwards
    Maureen Edwards is an Australian actress, who remains best known for her role as Matron Rosemary Prior in the television series A Country Practice....

     (1991–1993)
  • Dr. Harry Morrison - Andrew Blackman
    Andrew Blackman
    Andrew Blackman is an Australian actor.Andrew Blackman graduated Kelvin Grove College of Advance Education in 1984 with an Associate Diploma in Performing Arts and was granted the Elizabeth Bequest Scholarship with T.N...

     (1991–1993), (1993–1994, Ten Network)
  • Kate Bryant - Michelle Pettigrove
    Michelle Pettigrove
    Michelle Pettigrove is an Australian actress, well known for her role as Kate Bryant in the long-running rural soap opera A Country Practice.She has also appeared in several other series, including Blue Heelers and Home and Away....

     (1991–1993)
  • Percy Hudson - Allan Penney (1991–1993)
  • Darcy Hudson - Kym Wilson
    Kym Wilson
    Kym Wilson is an Australian actress.Wilson was born in Brisbane, Australia. She completed her secondary education at Stella Maris College, Manly. Her first major role was in the television mini-series Brides of Christ and she remains best known for playing Darcy Hudson in A Country Practice...

     (1991–1993)
  • Hugo Strzelecki - Gavin Harrison (1992–1993)
  • Anna Lacey - Anne Looby
    Anne Looby
    Anne Looby is an Australian actress best known for her role as Anna Lacey in the television series A Country Practice and her recurring appearances in All Saints as Julia Archer....

     (1992–1993)
  • Billy Moss - Jamie Croft
    Jamie Croft
    Jamie Croft is an Australian actor.Croft began his career in the television soap opera A Country Practice. Subsequent credits include: Police Rescue, Water Rats, Above the Law, Sun on the Stubble and Farscape.He has also appeared in many movies and mini-series including, That Eye, The Sky, Mighty...

     (1992–1993)
  • Bernice Hudson - Judith McGrath
    Judith McGrath
    Judith McGrath is an Australian actress. She spent many of her formative years training at Brisbane Arts Theatre and was a company member of Twelfth Night Theatre under theatre director, Joan Whalley....

     (1992–1993)
  • Tom Newman - Jon Concannon (1992–1993)
  • Ian McIntyre - Paul Gleeson (1993)
  • Claire Bonacci - Claudia Black
    Claudia Black
    Claudia Lee Black is an Australian actress and voice actor, known for her portrayals of Aeryn Sun in the science fiction television series Farscape, Vala Mal Doran in the science fiction series Stargate SG-1, Chloe Frazer in the Uncharted series, the witch Morrigan in Dragon Age: Origins and...

     (1993)
  • Fatso the Wombat - Wombats used from Featherdale Wildlife Park in Doonside
    Doonside, New South Wales
    Doonside is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Doonside is located 40 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Blacktown and is part of the Greater Western Sydney region. Featherdale Wildlife Park and the...


Logie Awards


A Country Practice is the third most successful television program in the history of the Logie Awards having won 29 awards during its twelve years of production.
  • 1983
  • Best Supporting Actor In A Series: Brian Wenzel (A Country Practice, Seven Network)
  • Best Juvenile Performance: Jeremy Shadlow (A Country Practice, Seven Network)

  • 1984
  • Most Popular Actor: Grant Dodwell (Seven Network)
  • NSW Most Popular Female: Penny Cook (Seven Network)
  • NSW Most Popular Show: A Country Practice (Seven Network)
  • Most Popular Drama Series: A Country Practice (Seven Network)
  • Best Supporting Actress In A Series: Lorrae Desmond (A Country Practice, Seven Network)

  • 1985
  • Most Popular Lead Actor: Grant Dodwell (A Country Practice, Seven Network)
  • Most Popular Lead Actress: Anne Tenney (A Country Practice, Seven Network)
  • NSW Most Popular Male: Grant Dodwell (Seven Network)
  • NSW Most Popular Female: Penny Cook (Seven Network)
  • NSW Most Popular Show: A Country Practice (Seven Network)
  • Most Popular Drama Program: A Country Practice (Seven Network)
  • Best Lead Actor In A Series: Shane Withington (A Country Practice, Seven Network)
  • Best Supporting Actress In A Series: Wendy Strehlow (A Country Practice, Seven Network)

  • 1986
  • Most Popular Australian Actor: Grant Dodwell (A Country Practice, Seven Network)
  • Most Popular Australian Actress: Anne Tenney (A Country Practice, Seven Network)
  • NSW Most Popular Female: Anne Tenney (Seven Network)
  • NSW Most Popular Program: A Country Practice (Seven Network)
  • Most Popular Australian Drama: A Country Practice (Seven Network)

  • 1987
  • NSW Most Popular Program: A Country Practice (Seven Network)

  • 1988
  • NSW Most Popular Program: A Country Practice (Seven Network)

  • 1989
  • Most Outstanding Actress: Joan Sydney (A Country Practice, Seven Network)
  • NSW Most Popular Program: A Country Practice (Seven Network)

  • 1990
  • Most Outstanding Actor: Shane Porteous (A Country Practice, Seven Network)
  • Most Popular New Talent: Georgie Parker (A Country Practice, Seven Network)

  • 1991
  • Most Popular Actress: Georgie Parker (A Country Practice, Seven Network)

  • 1992
  • Most Popular Actress: Georgie Parker (A Country Practice, Seven Network)

  • 1993
  • Most Popular Actress: Georgie Parker (A Country Practice, Seven Network)

DVD releases


A Country Practice is available on DVD (Region 4, Australia).

Series One (containing all 14 1981 episodes) and "Series Two" (containing only the first 30 1982 episodes) were released on 3 April 2006 by MRA Entertainment. Two 12-disc box sets featuring the remainder of the 1982 episodes and the first part of the 1983 episodes were released 11 April 2007. Later, the second part of Season Three was released in a 12-disc set featuring the remaining episodes 149–190.
Season 4 was released on 8 November 2007 in a two-part set each containing 12 discs for all 1984 episodes 191–280.
Season 5 was released on 23 April 2008 and comprised two 12-disc sets containing 1985 episodes.
Season 1-5 'Unforgettable Moments' (5 disc set) was released 9 December 2009.
Season 6: Part 1 (11 Disc Box Set) was released on 7 April 2010. Season 6: Part 2 (11 Disc Box Set) released on 9 June 2010.
Series 7: Part 1 (11 Disc Box Set) was released on 5 October 2011.

DVD rights for the series are currently held by Melbourne based independent DVD distributor Beyond Home Entertainment.

Current repeat broadcasts


From 2002 to 2010, Foxtel's Hallmark channel showed the complete series twice. (This included the short lived channel 10 series.) The series was shown in blocks of episodes which were then repeated once. The final repeat was broadcast on 30 June 2010.

Europe

A Country Practice was broadcast on the ITV
ITV
ITV is the major commercial public service TV network in the United Kingdom. Launched in 1955 under the auspices of the Independent Television Authority to provide competition to the BBC, it is also the oldest commercial network in the UK...

 network and was screened at different times, on different days, by all 14 regional companies. Originally the series was partly networked by Thames Television
Thames Television
Thames Television was a licensee of the British ITV television network, covering London and parts of the surrounding counties on weekdays from 30 July 1968 until 31 December 1992....

 and began October 20, 1982 airing on Wednesdays at 14:45 in the original hour-long format. All regions (except Scottish Television) eventually adopted Yorkshire Television's method of editing each episode into two half-hour episodes which allowed the series to be stripped Monday to Friday in a daytime slot, and also resulted in curtailment of the full closing credits in certain regions. Due to the content of some episodes, a substantial amount were withdrawn from transmission by some regions as the content was considered unsuitable for daytime viewing and this inevitably led to considerable chunks of the story being skipped.
  • From October 1988 to mid-1989, A Country Practice was put on hiatus in a handful of regions as ITV networked a new Australian series, Richmond Hill
    Richmond Hill (TV series)
    Richmond Hill was an Australian television soap opera made in 1988 by the Reg Grundy Organisation for the Ten Network. It was devised by Reg Watson who also created Neighbours...

    , which took the Wednesday and Thursday afternoon 14:00 slot. When that series failed, A Country Practice was resumed as its replacement (although some regions, such as Central, had continued to show the serial at 14:00 on Fridays).

  • Yorkshire Television
    Yorkshire Television
    Yorkshire Television, now officially known as ITV Yorkshire and sometimes unofficially abbreviated to YTV, is a British television broadcaster and the contractor for the Yorkshire franchise area on the ITV network...

     started A Country Practice in October 1982 but broke away from the main Network transmission in 1984 and was the first television station in the world to break the programme into two half-hour episodes, screening on Mondays and Tuesdays at 15:30. This did lead to continuity problems as whenever a public holiday occurred (usually on Monday), the 15:30 slot would be unavailable. This led to Part one of an episode starting on a Tuesday with viewers having to wait until the following Monday to conclude it. On one occasion, due a fire alarm which resulted in the building being evacuated, the feed to the Yorkshire region was switched to Thames Television and resulted in Yorkshire viewers seeing an episode which was considerably ahead (1991) of where Yorkshire were up to. The series was moved to back to an early afternoon hour-long format in 1988 when Sons and Daughters was stripped five afternoons a week at 15:30. ACP replaced Sons and Daughters in March 1989, being again split into half-hour episodes and shown five afternoons a week. It was moved to an early afternoon slot, and eventually hour-long episodes were reinstated, and the series concluded in March 1998. The Network Ten series was not shown. When Tyne Tees Television
    Tyne Tees Television
    Tyne Tees Television is the ITV television franchise for North East England and parts of North Yorkshire. As of 2009, it forms part of a non-franchise ITV Tyne Tees & Border region, shared with the ITV Border region...

     merged with Yorkshire, a number of episodes were skipped. This was to allow an alignment of schedules for the two regions.

  • Central Television first broadcast A Country Practice on Tuesdays, 11:10, during summer 1983, but by September, the series had been shelved. Five years later in October 1988, it was re-launched and shown in its original hourly format, initially on Fridays at 14:00, with an additional Thursday episode added a few months later, until December 1989. From January 1990, the series was stripped into edited half-hour editions, airing Monday to Friday at lunchtime. Central concluded the original series in September 1998 and immediately commenced the short-lived Network 10 series of A Country Practice. The network had shown the entire 12 year series in 10 years, considerably less than the rest of the ITV network, even though it was the last region to start showing it.

  • Scottish Television
    Scottish Television
    Scottish Television is Scotland's largest ITV franchisee, and has held the ITV franchise for Central Scotland since 31 August 1957. It is the second oldest ITV franchisee still active...

     started broadcasting the series in 1983 and always aired A Country Practice as hour-long episodes. Throughout the 1980's the programme moved about in time and day but was generally broadcast once a week in an afternoon slot. In January 1994, after (episode #486), it was dropped from the schedules for about 4 months until June. From episode 491 screened every weekday morning at 10:55 for the duration of the summer school holidays (around 6 weeks) until 2 September. It reverted back to its old weekly Tuesday slot the following week. It was the dropped completely after episode #588, during 1996. Although the company took over Grampian Television
    Grampian Television
    Grampian Television is the ITV franchisee for the North and North East of Scotland. Its coverage area includes the Scottish Highlands , Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee and parts of north Fife...

    , the series continued until the end, doing so by airing daily episodes during the summer of 1998.

  • Some regions showed later episodes in an early evening timeslot of 17:10, such as HTV
    HTV
    HTV, now legally known as ITV Wales & West, is the ITV contractor for Wales and the West of England, which operated from studios in Cardiff and Bristol. The company provided commercial television for the dual-region 'Wales and West' franchise, which it won from TWW in 1968...

     from 1995, the region concluding the series on 5 March 1999 (the last ITV region to complete the series), and also Granada Television
    Granada Television
    Granada Television is the ITV contractor for North West England. Based in Manchester since its inception, it is the only surviving original ITA franchisee from 1954 and is ITV's most successful....

     from 1994 until they aired the last episode during the autumn of 1996.

  • Carlton Television
    Carlton Television
    Carlton Television was the ITV franchise holder for London and the surrounding counties including the cities of Solihull and Coventry of the West Midlands, south Suffolk, middle and east Hampshire, Oxfordshire, south Bedfordshire, south Northamptonshire, parts of Herefordshire & Worcestershire,...

    , who superseded Thames Television, became the first region to conclude the series, followed closely by Anglia Television
    Anglia Television
    Anglia Television is the ITV franchise holder for the East Anglia franchise region. Although Anglia Television takes its name from East Anglia, its transmission coverage extends beyond the generally accepted boundaries of that region. The station is based at Anglia House in Norwich, with regional...

     in the daily 13:50 half-hour slot in April 1996. Anglia Television then commenced a short repeat of the first 40 episodes shortly after reaching the end.

  • In the mid-1980s, A Country Practice also became a prime-time series on Sky Channel
    Sky Channel (Australia)
    Sky Channel is an Australian broadcaster specialising in live thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing. It is owned by Tabcorp Holdings. Sky Channel launched Australia's first ever satellite in 1985.- Channels :...

    , airing twice a week at 21:00 from at least 1985. During August 1985, the series was screened at 19:20 and 20:10 on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in hour-long episodes. The channel also screened The Sullivans
    The Sullivans
    The Sullivans is an Australian drama television series produced by Crawford Productions which ran from 1976 until 1983. The series told the story of an average middle-classMelbourne family and the effect World War II had on their lives...

     and The Young Doctors
    The Young Doctors
    The Young Doctors is an Australian early evening soap opera. The series was set in the fictional Albert Memorial hospital and primarily concerned with romances between younger members of the hospital staff, screened on the Nine Network from Monday, 8 November 1976 until Wednesday, 30 March...

    . When the Sky Channel was launched on the new Astra 1A
    Astra 1A
    Astra 1A was the first satellite launched and operated by SES . During its early days, it was often referred to as the Astra Satellite, as SES only operated one satellite originally....

     satellite in January 1989, it became Sky1 and A Country Practice was dropped from the schedule. For a brief period, later episodes were shown in 1997 on the cable channel Carlton Select
    Carlton Select
    Carlton Select was a British digital television channel, owned by Carlton Television. It was launched in February 1997, and closed down in March 2000. Its sister channels were Carlton Cinema, Carlton Food Network, Carlton Kids and Carlton World....

    .

A Country Practice was broadcast on RTÉ Two
RTÉ Two
RTÉ Two is a free-to-air general entertainment channel operated by Irish state broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann. RTÉ Two is available throughout the island of Ireland through digital terrestrial service Saorview, VHF and UHF bands, and is also available via satellite to Irish subscribers of...

 until 1988 weekdays at 18:00 when it was replaced with the youth ordinated Home and Away
Home and Away
Home and Away is an Australian soap opera that has been produced in Sydney since July 1987 and is airing on the Seven Network since 17 January 1988. It is the second-longest-running drama and most popular soap opera on Australian television...

 as RTÉ Two re-branded to Network 2. In 1988, it moved to Network 2's sister channel RTÉ One
RTÉ One
RTÉ One is the flagship television channel of Raidió Teilifís Éireann , and it is the most popular and most watched television channel in Ireland. It was launched as Telefís Éireann on 31 December 1961, it was renamed RTÉ Television in 1966, and it was renamed as RTÉ One upon the launch of RTÉ...

 until its end in the mid-1990s weekdays at 17:30. RTE
Raidió Teilifís Éireann
Raidió Teilifís Éireann is a semi-state company and the public service broadcaster of Ireland. It both produces programmes and broadcasts them on television, radio and the Internet. The radio service began on January 1, 1926, while regular television broadcasts began on December 31, 1961, making...

 re-ran the series in 1998 commencing with season 8 (1988) in a morning slot.
A Country Practice was Named: À Coeur Ouvert
'A Country Practice was Named Das Buschkrankenhaus
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A Country Practice (no: Hverdagsliv) was broadcast on TV 2
TV 2 (Norway)
TV 2 is the largest commercial television station in Norway. Over 30% of the time Norwegians spend watching TV is spent watching TV 2. The station has 65% of the market for TV commercials in Norway....

 during the 1990s.
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was also transmitted on Kenyan Television (VoK now KBC) during the 1980s.
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was broadcast on ZBC state television in the 1980s.

Asia-Pacific

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The show was transmitted on TV2 on Sunday afternoons in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Amercains

The entire series was broadcast, from start to finish, by the CBC Television
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, commonly known as CBC and officially as CBC/Radio-Canada, is a Canadian crown corporation that serves as the national public radio and television broadcaster...

 affiliate in Windsor, Ontario
Windsor, Ontario
Windsor is the southernmost city in Canada and is located in Southwestern Ontario at the western end of the heavily populated Quebec City – Windsor Corridor. It is within Essex County, Ontario, although administratively separated from the county government. Separated by the Detroit River, Windsor...

, CBET
CBET
CBET, channel 9, is the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's owned-and-operated television station in Windsor, Ontario. The station's signal also covers the Detroit, Michigan area across the international border in the United States, and is counted as a Detroit station for the purposes of...

, Channel 9, which serves the Metropolitan Detroit-Windsor-Toledo area. Two episodes were broadcast daily, Monday through Friday, starting in the late 1980s, until they were caught up to contemporary episodes in the early 1990s. Detroit, Michigan
Michigan
Michigan is a U.S. state located in the Great Lakes Region of the United States of America. The name Michigan is the French form of the Ojibwa word mishigamaa, meaning "large water" or "large lake"....

 in the United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

 and Windsor, Ontario
Windsor, Ontario
Windsor is the southernmost city in Canada and is located in Southwestern Ontario at the western end of the heavily populated Quebec City – Windsor Corridor. It is within Essex County, Ontario, although administratively separated from the county government. Separated by the Detroit River, Windsor...

 in Canada
Canada
Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and northward into the Arctic Ocean...

 are twin cities on the north and south banks of the strait called the Detroit River
Detroit River
The Detroit River is a strait in the Great Lakes system. The name comes from the French Rivière du Détroit, which translates literally as "River of the Strait". The Detroit River has served an important role in the history of Detroit and is one of the busiest waterways in the world. The river...

. Because they are part of the same advertising market, they are subject to the North American Border Protection Rule, under which Detroit television stations cannot carry programming licensed for broadcast in Windsor, and Windsor stations cannot carry programming licensed for broadcast in Detroit. Historically, 40% of Canadian network programming has been American content, none of which could be broadcast in Windsor. Only so much programming can be repeated, and only so many times - and no network produces programming to air on only one station - so, most of the American programming that cannot be broadcast in Windsor is replaced by programming imported from Britain and Australia. Many Australian soap operas, A Country Practice among them, have thus found loyal audiences in the Metro Detroit area, while they otherwise remain unknown in North America.http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/C/htmlC/countrypract/countrypract.htm. From 1991 to 1994, the show also aired on ASN
Atlantic Satellite Network
CTV Two Atlantic is a Canadian English language cable television channel serving Atlantic Canada owned by Bell Media, with its studios located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It is currently part of Bell Media's secondary CTV Two television system....

 in the Canadian Atlantic provinces. Four hour-long episodes aired each week, from Monday to Thursday with Monday's and Tuesday's episodes repeated on Saturday and Wednesday's and Thursday's episodes on Sunday. The station aired the show from episode 1 to somewhere in the early 700s, stopping when Showcase Television
Showcase Television
Showcase is a Canadian English language Category A specialty channel owned by Shaw Media. Showcase is a predominantly fiction-based service centred around scripted television series and films....

 launched on 1 January 1995, and started airing the show from the start again.
The series was broadcast in the USA during the 1980s. Showcase Television began repeat airing of the show from episode 1 starting in January 1995. It broadcast one episode daily, from Monday to Friday, and completed the entire series run (including the 30-episode Network Ten series) in June 1999. It began rebroadcasting the entire series on 28 June 1999, with promises that the entire series would be broadcast for those who missed the first airing. However, a single line of text scrolling across the bottom of the screen during the 21 August 2000, episode announced that the show would be removed from the Showcase lineup as of Monday, 28 August 2000. According to the station's email autoresponse at the time, the decision was based on "declining viewership and a demand by viewers for more current programming". Sometime after that, Showcase changed their format to favour a less family-oriented and more adult-oriented viewership.

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