The District Nurse

The District Nurse
Genre Drama
Created by Tony Holland
Julia Smith
Written by William Ingram
Juliet Ace
Directed by Peter Edwards
Mary Ridge
Starring Nerys Hughes
John Ogwen
Margaret John
Rio Fanning
Beth Morris
Composer(s) David Mindel
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 36
Executive producer(s) Julia Smith
Producer(s) Brian Spiby
Editor(s) John Beattie
Running time 30 min (24 episodes)
50 min (12 episodes)
Production company(s) BBC Wales
Original network BBC1
Original release 10 January 1984 – 24 May 1987

The District Nurse is a British television series, produced by BBC Wales and shown on BBC One between 1984 and 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).

International sales

The District Nurse was shown by TV2 in New Zealand. It was also dubbed and aired in Iran between 1984 and 1987.

Major cast

DVD release

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.

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