Surgical Spirit (1989)

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Acid-tongued comic actress Nicola McAuliffe was the star of the weekly, 30-minute British sitcom Surgical Spirit. McAuliffe was cast as Sheila Sabatini, an undeniably brilliant but irredeemably caustic surgeon. The series chronicled Sheila's trials and tribulations both on and off the job, including her ongoing war of wills with her indolent son Daniel (Andrew Groves) and her erstwhile romance with fellow doctor Jonathan Haslam (Duncan Preston), who much to the amazement of his colleagues, found something attractive and charming in the much-despised Dr. Sabatini. Created by Peter Learmouth, Surgical Spirit was produced by Granada Television and ran for 50 episodes, from April 14, 1989 to July 7, 1995.