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Residence  U.S.
Role  Engineer
Name  G. "Bud"

Doctoral advisor  Mario Colaluca
Nationality  American
Fields  Mechanical Engineering
G. P.
Born  September 1, 1952 (age 63) Palo Alto, California (1952-09-01)
Institutions  Georgia Institute of Technology University of Colorado at Boulder Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Texas A&M University
Alma mater  Texas A&M University Kansas State University
Known for  Contributions to phase change heat transfer
Books  Microscale and Nanoscale Heat Transfer: Fundamentals and Engineering Applications
Education  Texas A&M University, Kansas State University

G.P. was an Australian television series produced by Roadshow, Coote & Carroll for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, with the series being made between 1989 and 1996.


Brief synopsis

The series, screened on the ABC, is set around a fictional general medical practice, in the vein of the Seven Network serial A Country Practice. Whereas A Country Practice, hence the title was set in a rural setting, G.P. was based in an inner-Sydney suburb, and explored both the personal and professional lives of the general practitioners working together, and the other doctors and staff who worked in the clinic.

History and popularity

The series began on-air in March 1989, and while it initially failed to attract a major audience it went on to win numerous television awards (including the first Logie Award for an ABC-TV Drama in 15 years) and became the highest rating drama series on ABC-TV. G.P. ran for 9 seasons and a book about the series was written by producer Harvey Shore.

International broadcasts

G.P. has been shown in Canada on CBC Country Canada, a digital television station; and in New Zealand (on TV One) and Ireland (on RTE1). In 2008 and 2009, ABC1 re-broadcast Series 3 onwards at 4:30am on weekdays. In the UK, Central Independent Television, Thames Television and Border Television were the only contractors among the 14 members of the ITV Network to screen the programme for a short period. Thames started the show on Thursdays 1 October 1992 Thursdays and Fridays for half hour episodes at 3.20pm until the end of the year. Central axed the show on Thursday 25 March 1993 and replaced it with Shortland Street. The programme was shown in a daily 3.20pm slot Tuesdays to Fridays and had the hour-long episodes split into two to accommodate the half hour slot. This was a popular format for screening acquired Australian material as had been used with A Country Practice, E Street, Blue Heelers and HeadLand by UK broadcasters.

Character summary

Mr. William Sharp (Michael Craig) – In the beginning of the series Mr Sharp is a part-time general surgeon with consulting rooms at the Ross St. Surgery owned by his nephew, Dr Robert Sharp. As the series progressed he bought into the surgery with and started operating again at local public hospitals. William is characterised as a part of the 'old school' style of medicine. He can be quite forthcoming and stubborn in his opinions and is often at odds with his colleagues at the surgery. William served in World War II as a doctor and was a prisoner at the infamous Changi prison. William drives a Jaguar and is very cultured with a great interest in and knowledge of music, poetry, food and wine.

Dr. Robert Sharp (John McTernan) – Originally the owner of Ross Street Surgery, Robert lives in the upstairs level of the house. The surgery was his father's and Robert took it over and raised his own family there. Robert is a widower and has a son Andrew, who makes numerous appearances in the first few series of the show. Uncle William lives with Robert and has his consulting rooms in the surgery. Like his Uncle William, Robert is very cultured but is often the more rational, liberal and socially minded of the pairing. Midway through the series, Robert develops a brain tumor. He is operated on to remove the tumor and survives, only to suffer a heart attack and die in recovery.

Awards and nominations

  • 1990 – Penguin Award Best Drama Series of the Year
  • 1990 – Penguin Award Best Juvenile Lead – Brian Rooney
  • 1990 – Penguin Award Most Outstanding Actor – Michael Craig
  • 1990 – Penguin Award Most Outstanding Actor – Nicholas Eadie
  • 1990 – Penguin Award Best Actor in a Drama Series – Melissa Jaffer
  • 1990 – Penguin Award Best Direction – Greg Shears (for the episode entitled 'Lovers').
  • 1991 – International Variety Club Best Actor of the Year – Michael Craig
  • 1991 – Logie Awards of 1991 Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Actor – Michael Craig
  • 1991 – Henry Lawson Award Best Australian Drama Series
  • 1991 – Australian Writers' Guild AWGIE Award Best Television Script of the Year
  • 1992 – Logie Awards of 1992 Most Outstanding Actor – John McTernan
  • 1992 – Logie Awards of 1992 Most Outstanding Series
  • 1992 – Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission TV Drama Award presented to the ABC TV, Bruce Best (Producer)
  • 1993 – Logie Awards of 1993 Special Recognition Award – Tracie Sammut
  • Cast

  • Dr. William Sharp – Michael Craig
  • Dr. Robert Sharp – John McTernan
  • Dr. Steve Harrison – Michael O'Neill
  • Dr. Cathy Mitchell – Sarah Chadwick
  • Dr. Chris Wright – Peter Bryant
  • Dr. Maureen Riordan – Melissa Jaffer
  • Julie Winters – Denise Roberts
  • Michael Winters – Brian Rooney
  • Dr. Nicola Tanner – Judy McIntosh
  • Dr. Tessa Korkidas – Marilynne Paspaley
  • Dr. Ian Browning – Tony Llewellyn-Jones
  • Dr. Martin Dempsey – Damian Rice
  • Dr. Sonia Kapek – Zoe Carides
  • Eva Fowler – Sue Walker
  • Dr. Henry King – Steve Bisley
  • Vesna Kapek – Lenka Kripac
  • Dr. Yasmin Richards – Leah Vandenberg
  • Andrew Sharp – David McCubbin
  • Peter Browning – Dominic Elmaloglou
  • Zoe Browning – Janelle Owen
  • Donna Browning – Tracie Sammut
  • Theresa Wong – Su-Lin Chenn
  • Sarah - Mouche Phillips
  • References

    G.P. Wikipedia

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