Out of Practice

out of practice doctor of the year (20/22) 18.30–19.00

This US comedy series centres around a family of physicians who, although they share a profession, have little else in common. Ben Barnes (Christopher Gorham, ‘Medical Investigation’) is an earnest young couples’ counsellor whose own marriage is falling apart.

His family doesn’t consider him a ‘real’ doctor, yet they regularly call on him for professional advice. Ben’s brother, Oliver, is a goodlooking, self-centred plastic surgeon who enjoys dating the prettiest women in town – some of whom he helped make that way. Sister Regina is an ER doctor who is hooked on the job’s non-stop action.

The siblings’ divorcing parents are Stewart (Henry Winkler), a gastroenterologist who is glad to be free from his controlling wife, and Lydia (Stockard Channing, ‘The West Wing’), a driven, status-conscious cardiologist whose career eclipsed Stewart’s many years ago.

The week’s episodes kick off today with ‘Doctor of the Year’. Stewart is named one of the city’s top doctors in a Manhattan magazine, but finds himself less than impressed by his rival’s date at the celebration party. In ‘Breaking Up is Hard to Do. And Do. And Do’ on Tuesday, Stewart learns that the surgeon for his hernia operation is Lydia’s boyfriend, with whom she is fighting; and Oliver, Ben and Regina each meet someone new.

Wednesday’s episode, ‘You Win Some, You Use Some’, is the last in the series. Oliver, Regina and Lydia all decide to use a family member for their own personal gain, while Stewart tries to get Ben to take on his lazy housekeeper.

out of practice: the lady doth protest too much
Feb 26 – Mar 2 18.30–19.00

This US comedy series centres around a family of physicians who, although they share a profession, have little else in common. Ben Barnes (Christopher Gorham, ‘Medical Investigation’) is an earnest young couples’ counsellor whose own marriage is falling apart. His family doesn’t consider him a ‘real’ doctor, yet they regularly call on him for professional advice. Ben’s brother, Oliver is a goodlooking, self-centred plastic surgeon who enjoys dating the prettiest women in town – some of whom he helped make that way. Sister Regina is an ER doctor who is hooked on the job’s non-stop action. The siblings’ divorcing parents are Stewart (Henry Winkler), a gastroenterologist who is glad to be free from his controlling wife, and Lydia (Stockard Channing, ‘The West Wing’), a driven, status-conscious cardiologist whose career eclipsed Stewart’s many years ago.

The week’s episodes kick off today with ‘The Lady Doth Protest Too Much’, in which Ben’s estranged wife, Naomi, returns in order to discuss their relationship. This is great news for Ben, but his family don’t seem as excited…

In ‘ If Floors could Talk’ on Tuesday, Ben and Oliver try to prevent Regina from learning they were the perpetrators of a theft she was blamed for 25 years ago.

‘Restaurant Row’ is Wednesday’s episode. Ben and Oliver run into an old crush from their childhood and both try to impress her, while Lydia and Stewart eagerly await to learn what Lydia’s late uncle left her in his will.

On Thursday, in ‘Doctors without Bidders’, Oliver turns to Botox to dispel his fears of receiving a low number of bids at the hospital’s bachelor auction, Stewart and Crystal go to Ben for counselling and Lydia tries to set Regina up with a date.

Rounding off the week’s episodes on Friday is ‘Losing Patients’, in which Ben, believing that Oliver stole one of his patients, sets out to get even. Meanwhile, Stewart and Lydia are surprised by their audit report.

Weekdays (19 – 23 February) 18.30–19.00 on FIVE

This US comedy series centres around a family of physicians who, although they share a profession, have little else in common. Ben Barnes (Christopher Gorham, ‘Medical Investigation’) is an earnest young couples’ counsellor whose own marriage is falling apart. His family doesn’t consider him a ‘real’ doctor, yet they regularly call on him for professional advice. Ben’s brother, Oliver (Ty Burrell, ‘In Good Company’) is a good-looking, selfcentred plastic surgeon who enjoys dating the prettiest women in town – some of whom he helped make that way. Sister Regina (Paula Marshall, ‘Veronica Mars’, ‘Spin City’) is an ER doctor who is hooked on the job’s non-stop action.

The siblings’ divorcing parents are Stewart (Henry Winkler, ‘Happy Days’), a gastroenterologist who is glad to be free from his controlling wife, and Lydia (Stockard Channing, ‘The West Wing’), a driven, status-conscious cardiologist whose career eclipsed Stewart’s many years ago.

The week’s episodes kick off today with ‘Guilt Trip’, in which Lydia becomes jealous when her kids befriend Stewart’s girlfriend Crystal. Lydia then ropes them into joining her on a visit to see their former housekeeper, who is now in a nursing home.

In ‘New Year’s Eve’ on Tuesday, Ben, Oliver and Regina’s plans for a wild New Year’s Eve party are thwarted by the arrival of their parents. Lydia has invited a handsome man she met at the hospital, not realising that he is Crystal’s father.

‘Yours, Mine or His?’ is Wednesday’s episode. When the whole family gets stuck together in a snowy mountain cabin, the guys happen upon a pregnancy test. But to whom does it belong – Crystal or Oliver’s new girlfriend?

Thursday’s episode is ‘Model Behaviour’. Oliver wants to dump a girl he finds annoying but feels bad because she is friends with Ben. And Stewart and Lydia pretend to still be married when Stewart’s former receptionist visits.

Concluding the week’s episodes on Friday is ‘Hot Water’, in which Stewart ends up in hospital with a backache on Valentine’s Day. Plus Ben gets locked in Crystal’s bathroom while she is taking a bath.

Monday 12 – Friday 16 February: 18.30–19.00

US comedy series centring around a family of physicians who, although they share a profession, have little else in common. Ben Barnes (Christopher Gorham, ‘Medical Investigation’) is an earnest young couples’ counsellor whose own marriage is falling apart. His family doesn’t consider him to be a ‘real’ doctor, yet they regularly call on him for professional advice. Ben’s brother, Oliver (Ty Burrell, ‘In Good Company’) is a good-looking, selfcentred plastic surgeon who enjoys dating the prettiest women in town – some of whom he helped make that way. Sister Regina (Paula Marshall, ‘Veronica Mars’, ‘Spin City’) is an ER doctor who is hooked on the job’s non-stop action.

The siblings’ divorcing parents are Stewart (Henry Winkler, ‘Happy Days’), a gastroenterologist who is glad to be free from the reins of his controlling wife, and Lydia (Stockard Channing, ‘The West Wing’), a driven, status-conscious cardiologist whose career eclipsed Stewart’s many years ago.

The week’s episodes kick off today with ‘The Heartbreak Kid’, in which Ben, tired of always being his mother’s ‘date’, tries to help improve her love life by setting her up with a widower.

On Tuesday, believing her to be a lesbian, Lydia makes a date with her cookery-class teacher in ‘Key Ingredients’. And when Crystal misunderstands a simple gesture by Stewart, he asks Ben and Oliver for advice.

Thursday’s episode is ‘The Wedding’, in which Lydia goes to the wedding of one of Oliver’s exgirlfriends and ends up feeling insecure about her status as a divorcée. Oliver, meanwhile, wants to show off by bringing a hot date to the occasion – but it does not work out as he would have liked.

Concluding the week’s episodes on Friday is ‘Thanks’. Lydia invites Regina, Ben and Oliver over for Thanksgiving, where they all reminisce about calamitous Thanksgivings gone by.

Monday 5 – Friday 9 February: 18.30–19.00

This new comedy centres around a family of physicians who, although they share a profession, have little else in common. Ben Barnes (Christopher Gorham,’Medical Investigation’) is an earnest young couples’ counsellor whose own marriage is falling apart. His family doesn’t consider him to be a ‘real’ doctor, yet they regularly call on him for professional advice. Ben’s brother, Oliver (Ty Burrell, ‘In Good Company’) is a good-looking, selfcentred plastic surgeon who enjoys dating the prettiest women in town – some of whom he helped make that way. Sister Regina (Paula Marshall, ‘Veronica Mars’, ‘Spin City’) is an ER doctor who is hooked on the job’s non-stop action.

The siblings’ divorcing parents are Stewart (Henry Winkler, ‘Happy Days’), a gastroenterologist who is glad to be free from the reins of his controlling wife, and Lydia (Stockard Channing, ‘The West Wing’), a driven, status-conscious cardiologist whose career eclipsed Stewart’s many years ago.

The week’s episodes kick off with today’s pilot, in which Ben throws himself a 30th-birthday party designed to bring his family together. Things do not go quite to plan, however, when it comes to light that his wife may be leaving him, and his father is dating a woman half his age.

In Tuesday’s episode, ‘We Wanna Hold Your Hand’, he resolves to fly to Oregon in order to save his marriage, but his family try to persuade him to stay.

Wednesday’s episode is ‘And I’ll Cry If I Want To’, in which Stewart and Crystal’s relationship becomes public knowledge, and Lydia goes to great lengths to prove she doesn’t care.

On Thursday, in ‘The Truth About Nerds and Dogs’, Regina and Oliver worry that their brother is becoming a nerd, and Lydia is distressed to find that her dog appears to prefer Stewart.

The week’s final episode is ‘Brothers Grim’ on Friday, in which Oliver lands himself in hot water when he discusses a celebrity client with his family.

Coming soon…

This new comedy centres around a family of physicians who, although they share a profession, have little else in common. Ben Barnes (Christopher Gorham,’Medical Investigation’) is an earnest young couples’ counsellor whose own marriage is falling apart and whose family doesn’t consider him to be a ‘real’ doctor – they’re the real doctors: Ben’s brother, Oliver (Ty Burrell,’In Good Company’) is a good-looking, self-centred plastic surgeon who enjoys dating the prettiest women in town – some of whom he helped make that way; and his sister Regina (Paula Marshall,’Veronica Mars’, ‘Spin City’) is an ER doctor who’s hooked on the job’s non-stop action.

The siblings’ divorcing parents are Stewart (Henry Winkler, ’Happy Days’), a gastroenterologist who is glad to be free from the reins of his controlling wife, and Lydia (Stockard Channing, ’The West Wing’), a driven, status-conscious cardiologist whose career eclipsed Stewart’s many years ago.

Even though Ben may not have the letters ‘MD’ after his name, his parents and siblings depend on his professional advice to keep them familial.

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