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Born and Bred

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Born and Bred

Born and Bred
Genre Drama
Created by Chris Chibnall
Nigel McCrery
Starring James Bolam
Michael French
Richard Wilson
Jenna Russell
Maggie Steed
Clive Swift
John Henshaw
Naomi Radcliffe
Charlotte Salt
Oliver Milburn
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 36 (List of episodes)
Running time 60 minutes
Original channel BBC One
Original run 21 April 2002 (2002-04-21) – 3 August 2005 (2005-08-03)
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Born and Bred is a light-hearted British drama series that aired on BBC One from 2002 to 2005. Created by Chris Chibnall and Nigel McCrery, Born and Bred's cast was led by James Bolam and Michael French, who play a father and son who run a cottage hospital in Ormston, a fictional Lancashire village in the 1950s. Bolam and French's characters are later replaced by characters played by Richard Wilson and Oliver Milburn.


  • Cast 1
  • Plot 2
  • Episodes 3
  • Locations 4
  • DVD releases 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


  • James Bolam – Dr. Arthur Gilder (series 1 to 3)
  • Michael French – Dr. Tom Gilder (series 1 to 3)
  • Jenna Russell – Parish Council Chairman Deborah Gilder
  • Charlotte Salt – Helen Gilder
  • Ross Little – Michael Gilder
  • Polly Thompson – Catherine Gilder
  • Cameron and Jacub Earley (2002–03) & Evan Fortescue (2003–05) – Philip "Pip" Gilder
  • Peter Gunn – Constable Len Cosgrove
  • Tracey Childs – Nurse Linda Cosgrove
  • Maggie Steed – Publican Phyllis Woolf
  • John Henshaw – Stationmaster Wilf Bradshaw
  • Naomi Radcliffe – Jean Bradshaw (later Mills)
  • Samuel J. Hudson – Mechanic Eddie Mills
  • Donald Gee – Shopkeeper Horace Boynton
  • Clive Swift – The Reverend Eustacius Brewer
  • Shirley White and Joan Worswick – The Matthews Sisters
  • Richard Wilson – Dr. Donald Newman (series 3 to 4)
  • Oliver Milburn – Dr. Nick Logan (series 4)
  • Kelly Harrison – Nancy Brisley (series 4)


Born and Bred is based around the fictional village of Ormston in Lancashire during the 1950s. The lead characters are Dr Arthur Gilder and his son Tom, who together run the cottage hospital under the new National Health Service. Tom is married to Deborah, who is chairman of the Parish Council, and they have four children, Helen, Michael, Catherine and Philip. The hospital's nurse is Linda Cosgrove, who is married to the village policeman, Len. The local pub is run by Phyllis Woolf and the village shop by Mr Horace Boynton. Other characters include station master Wilf Bradshaw. His daughter, Jean, owns the scrapyard and later marries Eddie Mills, a mechanic. The local vicar is the Reverend Eustacius Brewer. Arthur and Tom leave the series and are replaced by Dr Donald Newman and Dr Nick Logan.


Born and Bred first aired on 21 April 2002. After four series, a Christmas special and 36 episodes it ended on 3 August 2005. Each episode is 60 minutes long and aired on BBC One at the 8pm Sunday slot. ITV3 began broadcasting Born and Bred from April 2010. It was being broadcast on ITV3 and is currently being shown on the UK Free to Air TV Channel "Drama". The series last aired in Australia on 7TWO late 2011, Weekdays at 1:15pm,


The exterior shots of the early series were filmed in and around East Lancashire, predominantly in the village of Downham, with some at Helmshore. Two railway scenes were filmed on the East Lancashire Railway and the main railway scenes at Yorkshire's Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.[1]

DVD releases

All episodes of Born and Bred have been re-released March 2012 on DVD in the UK on Region 2, issued by Acorn Media UK.


  1. ^ KWVR TV & Film Page

External links

  • Born and Bred at the Internet Movie Database
  • Born and Bred at
  • Born and Bred, Press Releases & Press Packs, BBC, 25 March 2002
  • Born and Bred fan and information site
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