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A Life Less Ordinary

Series 30 - Episode 17 A Life Less Ordinary



Calamity Cal mopes around the hospital wet-eyed and distracted after last week’s bombshell about his parentage. His unhappiness blinds him to the problems of others (never a good thing in a doctor), so he’s brusque to an ailing elderly lady and her partner (Sheila Hancock).

When someone says “with respect”, you know what they really mean is “with no respect whatsoever, you peasant”, and even the couple’s touching story (which is, incidentally, tenderly done) fails to have an impact on his solipsistic hide.

What Cal really needs is some perspective, and what better way to achieve this than a disastrous liaison with a prostitute, and a car crash?


In a special episode, Cal struggles with his recent terrifying discovery and, on the morning after the night before, is involved in a car crash, and recognises that he could still be over the limit. Ethan, Charlie and Connie all pull together to help him in his hour of need, especially when the police come to investigate the accident, and as he sees how much people care about him, he tries to find the bravery needed to cope with the situation.

Cast & Crew

Caleb Knight Richard Winsor
Charlie Fairhead Derek Thompson
Ethan Hardy George Rainsford
Ben `Lofty' Chiltern Lee Mead
Robyn Miller Amanda Henderson
Connie Beauchamp Amanda Mealing
Jacob Masters Charles Venn
Kathleen `Dixie' Dixon Jane Hazlegrove
Iain Dean Michael Stevenson
Hester Price Sheila Hancock
Evelyn Thompson Carol MacReady
Katya Veselo Vsky Marta Kielkowicz
Nikolai Kuklev Daniel Donskoy
Director Steve Brett
Producer Roxanne Harvey
Writer Barbara Machin
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