Public Service Announcement 64 of 2019: The Heart Guy (Doctor Doctor)

When I first saw reports that season 4 of The Heart Guy (Doctor Doctor) was about to start in the UK, I’ll admit I was dismissive of them: I’m a big enough fan of this medical drama to be keeping tabs on where it’s at in its native Australia, and I was aware that it wasn’t going to be shown there before 2020. Hey-ho, I thought; someone’s got confused about a season 3 repeat, or something, and we probably won’t see any new episodes for at least a year.

Well, I was wrong about all of that. All of it. It turns out that we in Britain are getting a world premiere of season 4 right here and now, and Australian audiences will still have to wait until next year. The reason given by its native broadcaster, Nine, for this is less than convincing to me – something to do with funding and its alleged popularity in the UK – but as I’ve said before I don’t need to be an expert on the business of TV to be a viewer, and anyway I don’t care.

Much as I love this show, mind you, I had two problems with the third season. The first was that I simply didn’t believe in the way that independent, single parent career woman Dr Penny Cartwright (the refulgent Hayley McElhinney) fell to pieces because of her foundering romance with reformed-bad-boy Dr Hugh Knight (Rodger Corser). But that might just be because Hugh isn’t my type; I’d probably fall to pieces if the possibility of a relationship with Dr Cartwright were snatched away from me. Secondly, I’m afraid that I was quite unable to get to grips with the detectably pregnant Nicole da Silva playing a character who was quite insistent that she didn’t ever want to have kids. Da Silva is an excellent actor, but she couldn’t square that circle. Or maybe that one, too, is on me.

Anyway. Bottom line is that the Whyhope crew is BACK with a double-bill at 10pm NEXT SATURDAY, on Drama, and I am both surprised and delighted. I might even review a few episodes this time, given that we’re not months behind everyone else. And, for the avoidance of doubt, I am still RIDE-OR-DIE for the Penny/Hugh ship.

4 thoughts on “Public Service Announcement 64 of 2019: The Heart Guy (Doctor Doctor)

  1. Traxy November 9, 2019 / 6:09 pm

    OMFG!!!!! Why have I not had my one-week reminder from Sky Never Miss about this?! Thank you so much!

    And also: oh gods, yes, the irony of the character saying “kids?! No bloody way, mate!” with the actor being visibly pregnant. Like … Yeah, I buy that, sure. 😏

    • Traxy November 9, 2019 / 6:13 pm

      … Drama? It’s not on the Sky TV guide for Drama this evening, or any other this coming week. 😦

      (Incidentally, other countries got a new season of Midsomer Murders before the UK did, so not unheard of, btw. Bit odd, though.)

      • Jed Bartlet November 9, 2019 / 6:15 pm

        Next Saturday. I got the date wrong earlier. Just corrected it before you commented. It’s on my TiVo.

    • Jed Bartlet November 9, 2019 / 6:14 pm

      I could have lived with her playing a character who wasn’t pregnant. We’ve seen that before. But given how vociferous Charlie was about never having children… it took me out of the moment.

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