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British Comedy

BFI Panel Discussion with Graeme Garden & Humphrey Barclay on 24 May
08/04/2011 04:04 GMT

Posted by lisa

The BFI in London will be holding an event on 24 May featuring "A trio of NHS-inspired comedies, plus comedian Graeme Garden and producer Humphrey Barclay ask why we find the NHS so funny.

Here are more details about the event from the BFI website at

Doctor in the House + Q&A with Dr Graeme Garden & Humphrey Barclay

24 May 18:00 NFT3

* Doctor In Charge: In Place of Strife

When Dr Wearing gets carried away doing other people's jobs, the whole hospital grinds to a halt.

    Director Alan Wallis 
    Cast Robin Nedwell, George Layton
    Year 1973
    Running time 25min

* Only When I Laugh: Let Them Eat Cake

From the writer of Rising Damp, Eric Chappel. A superb cast excels in this story of complaints over hospital food and militant porters.

    Director Vernon Lawrence
    Cast James Bolam, Peter Bowles, Christopher Strauli
    Year 1979
    Running time 25min

* Surgical Spirit: Walk Out

Reflecting a new commercial era for the NHS - when privatisation of cleaning staff leads to a walk-out, the surgeons try to carry on, with only limited success.

    Director David Askey
    Cast Nichola McAuliffe, Duncan Preston, Marji Campi
    Year 1995
    Running time 25min

* Panel Discussion with Graeme Garden & Humphrey Barclay

Dr Graeme Garden chairs a panel including renowned comedy producer Humphrey Barclay to ask why the NHS is so intrinsically funny, and what comic representations tell us about our attitudes to the institution.

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