Reviews TV

Losing It

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7568.607-a (Published 14 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:607
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner (destwo@yahoo.co.uk)
  1. Glasgow

    Actor Martin Clunes is Phil Mac-Naughtan, an advertising executive who discovers he has testicular cancer, and we're supposed to see the funny side? Well, yes. The essence of Britishness is the stiff upper lip—Churchill, Dunkirk, and the rest. There is deep humour in adversity, even with cancer. Humour sidesteps sentimentality to address difficult issues, especially with emotionally dim men types.

    After discovering a lump Clunes visits his general practitioner, who spends most of the time gazing at his computer screen—no doubt looking up …

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