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Carry on Doctor

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 07 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6967
  1. Oliver Ellis, student editor, BMJ
  1. oellis{at}

Carry on Doctor is the second and, arguably, the best of four hospital based films in the long running Carry On series. Shot in eight weeks, it teams the regular cast with the superb Frankie Howerd for a rollicking romp around an NHS hospital of the late 1960s.

In the opening scene we see Howerd as the confidence artist and mind over matter healer Francis Bigger (“Think power, think positive, think Bigger!”). Promoting his healing powers on stage with his assistant, he announces, “For many years this poor creature has suffered from …

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