Synopsis by Mark Deming
A doctor still dealing with the aftermath of war discovers the toll the war has taken at home in this miniseries based on the novel by A.J. Cronin. Dr. John Finlay (David Rintoul) is a physician who returns to the small Scottish town of Tannochbrae after serving in the Army as a medical officer during World War II. Finlay is still attempting to readjust to civilian life after witnessing the horrors of war as he goes back to his medical practice with his elderly colleague Dr. Alexander Cameron (Ian Bannen). While the irascible Cameron is the same as he's always been, Finlay soon discovers Tannochbrae is a very different place, as poverty and the hardships of the war have left their mark, and his fiancée opted to break off their engagement while he was away. As Finlay attempts to put his life back together, he also struggles to help rebuild his hometown while he treats the physical end emotional maladies of the people of Tannochbrae. Originally produced for British television, Dr. Finlay was first seen in America as part of the acclaimed PBS anthology series Masterpiece Theatre; Cronin's novel was also the basis of a British television series in the mid-'60s.