The District Nurse
|The District Nurse|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||3|
|No. of episodes||36|
|Executive producer(s)||Julia Smith|
30 min (24 episodes)|
50 min (12 episodes)
|Production company(s)||BBC Wales|
|Original release||10 January 1984 – 24 May 1987|
The series was a period drama created by Julia Smith and Tony Holland (who both went on to create EastEnders) and starred Nerys Hughes as Megan Roberts, the titular district nurse fighting to improve living conditions for the people living in a poverty stricken mining town, Pencwm, in South Wales during the late 1920s. The School scenes were filmed at Pont-y-gof school in Ebbw Vale, shortly before the old school was demolished. The children and teachers at the school were involved in the first two series.
The outdoor school and street scenes were filmed at Troedrhiwgwair, a small village on the outskirts of Tredegar. Most of the houses used have since been demolished, however the street still remains.
In the third series, shown in 1987 and set in the early 1930s, Megan had moved on to the seaside town of Glanmor (filmed in the Ceredigion university town of Aberystwyth where she worked with a father/son pair of doctors - Emlyn Isaacs (Freddie Jones) and James Isaacs (Nicholas Jones).
- Megan Roberts - (Nerys Hughes)
- David Price - (John Ogwen) (Series 1&2 only)
- Nesta Mogg - (Deborah Manship) (Series 1&2 only)
- Gwen Harris - (Margaret John) (Series 1&2 only)
- Evalina Williams - (Beth Morris) (Series 1&2 only)
- Dr. Emlyn Isaacs - (Freddie Jones) (Series 3 only)
- Dr. James Isaacs - (Nicholas Jones) (Series 3 only)
- Ruth Jones - (Janet Aethwy) (Series 3 only)
The first series of The District Nurse is available on DVD (Region 2, UK) from DD Home Entertainment. The second series has yet to be scheduled.