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 The Tomorrow
Peter Davison's first television appearance was in 1975 in "The Tomorrow People," in "A Man for Emily." He played "Elmer," the brother of the character played by Sandra Dickinson. The broad comedic role was played in a curly blond "Harpo Marx" wig and blue, satin cowboy suit. When asked about this, we cough politely, and express true gratefulness that Mr. Davison got another chance in televison.

Look up "The Tomorrow People" in the Internet Movie Database.
 for Lydia
In 1978, Davison was seen as the good-hearted farm boy, Tom Holland, in a 13-part adaptation of H.E. Bates' Love for Lydia. Set in the 1920s, the story was about the romantic development of a shy, young upper-class woman, through her relationships with three young men. Jeremy Irons was also featured in the miniseries.

Look up "Love for Lydia in the Internet Movie Database.
 All Creatures
 and Small
Davison's first long-term role was Tristan Farnon, the attractively irresponsible younger brother of Robert Hardy's Siegfred Farnon in "All Creatures Great and Small." He appeared in the first three series, then left the role to reprise it several times in later years. He first appeared as Tristan in 1977 and played the role continuously through 1979.

"All Creatures Great and Small" was recently named the favorite television show of all time by readers of Radio Times.

For more information visit Phil Hill's TV Comedy Index.

The first 24 episodes of "All Creatures Great and Small" are available on home video in North America, along with the 1986 reunion movie. Click here.
 or Swim
from 1980 to 1982, Davison played the sarcastic older brother, Brian, in three series of the BBC sitcom "Sink or Swim" He co-starred with Robert Glenister. He was working on two other series in approximately the same time period (Doctor Who, Holding the Fort), earning him the title "The hardest working man in British TV."

Check out "Sink or Swim" the TV Comedy Database
Check out "Sink or Swim" in the Internet Movie Database
 the Fort
During the same period, Davison was seen in three series of ITV's Holding the Fort, a comedy about Russell Millburn, a man who stays home and runs a microbrewery in his basement, while his wife is a military officer. While it predated the U.S. comedy "Major Dad" by a decade, the atmosphere and content of the series is very similar, with the gender roles reversed, of course. Patricia Hodge plays Penny Millburn.

Check out "Holding the Fort" in the Internet Movie Database.

For more information see Phil Hill's TV Comedy Database
 Guide to
 the Galaxy
In 1981, Davison appeared as the Dish of the Day in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It's his least recognizable role, as he appears in a cow suit, speaking with a thick accent.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is available on video from
 Doctor Who From 1981-1983, Davison played the Fifth Doctor in "Doctor Who" bringing a new vitality to a role played by four actors before him. The Fifth Doctor was the youngest actor to take possession the TARDIS. Peter presented a character in strong contrast to his predecessor, Tom Baker, playing the part with an earnestness never seen in the more slap-stick days of the Fourth Doctor.

For more information on Doctor Who, check out the Nitro Nine web page.

BBC Books publish a line of Doctor Who tie-in novels. So far, six have featured the Fifth Doctor. Click here for a listing.

Most of Davison's "Doctor Who" stories are available on home video in North America. Click here
 Miss Marple:
 A Pocketful
 of Rye
In 1984, Davison appeared on the "Miss Marple Mysteries," in "A Pocketful of Rye." He played Lance Fortescue, the affable and estranged younger son of tyrant Percival Fortescue.

For more information on "A Pocketful of Rye," check out the Internet Movie Database.

"A Pocketful of Rye" is available on video in North America.
 Anna of the
 Five Towns
In 1985, Davison was seen as Henry Mynors in the four-hour BBC miniseries "Anna of the Five Towns," the story of a young woman, dominated by her Scrooge-like father, who finds the will to become her own person. Davison's character is a self-made businessman who falls in love with Anna and helps her escape her past. Anna was played by Linsey Beauchamp. The program was seen in North America on the PBS Masterpiece Theatre series.

We've been in contact with Kate Webster (formerly Katie Carey), who played Agnes, Anna's younger sister, in the production. She has kindly shared some of her memories of the working on the production with us. Click here for the Anna of the Five Towns page.
 Magnum P.I.:
 Deja Vu
Also in 1985, Davison appeared on the American TV series, Magnum P.I. The two-part episode, "Deja Vu," was filmed in Kent, England, not Hawaii, however. Davison played the butler at millionnaire Robin Masters' English estate.

"Magnum P.I., Deja Vu" is available on video in North America.
 A Very
Following "Doctor Who," in 1986, Davison was seen as another sort of doctor, a GP, in two series of "A Very Peculiar Practice." As Stephen Daker, he navigated the murky waters of sexual discovery and career development, in the health center of the fictional Lowlands University.

For more information on "A Very Peculiar Practice" visit John Lavalie's episode guide.
Or, check out "A Very Peculiar Practice," in Phil Hill's TV Comedy Index.
 Campion In 1989 and 1990, Davison made two series of "Campion" starring as Margery Allingham's ever-so-well-bred detective. "Campion" was marked by first-class production values, and intelligent scripts,each based on one of Allingham's books. Eight two-hour episodes were made, spanning the pre-World-War II period of the novels.

Click here for a portrait of Albert Campion.
 Fiddlers Three In 1991, Davison made one series (14 episodes) of "Fiddlers Three," an office comedy. He played Ralph West, head accountant in the office. Paula Wilcox played Ralph's wife, Roz.

For more information on Fiddlers Three, check out Phil Hill's TV Comedy Index.
 Kinsey In 1992, Davison made a guest appearance on "Kinsey" a drama series about a "maverick Midlands" lawyer played by Leigh Lawson, created by Peter Gibbs. Davison played "Bob Stacey" in the episode "Heads and Tails," broadcast Nov. 17, 1992. "Kinsey" ran for two seasons of six episodes each, in 1991 and 1992.

Sincere thanks to Keith Topping for researching this item.
In 1992, Davison played Jim Huxtable, the ever-so-desirable antiques dealer and coffee expert, in the telefilm "Harnessing Peacocks." He co-starred with Serena Scott-Thomas, who played Hebe, a woman who has turned to her own form of prostitution to support her young son.

Harnessing Peacocks" is available on video in both the NTSC (North America) and PAL formats.

Find more information on "Harnessing Peacocks" in the Internet Movie Database.
 A Very
In 1992, Davison also returned to the role of Stephen Daker for the reunion movie, "A Very Polish Practice," which also featured David Troughton as Bob Buzzard, and Joanna Kanska as Stephen's wife, Grete. The film was set in Warsaw, soon after the collapse of communism.

Check out "A Very Polish Practice" in the Internet Movie Database.
 A Man
 You Don't
 Meet Everyday
In 1994 Davison played "Charlotte's husband" (the character's name is Richard) in the TVM, A Man You Don't Meet Everyday. To American sensibilities, the film is a bit of an oddity. On the surface, it seems to be a story of class conflict, as an upper-middle-class married woman carries on an affair with a very working-class Irish mechanic. But the story hides a twist that turns everything on its head. Particularly a good film to look for if you enjoy Irish pub music. Shane MacGowan appears as himself. Davison's role is one familiar to anyone who caught him on the stage in "Chicago," that of the understanding and patient, but betrayed husband.
In 1994 and 1995, Davison starred in two series of "Ain't Misbehavin'" the story of Clive Quigley, whose wife is having an affair with the husband of Sonia Drysdale (Nicola Paget). Melissa Quigley is played by Leslie Manville in the first series, and Karen Drury in the second series.

For more information on "Ain't Misbehavin' check out my review of the program.

For even more information, check out Phil Hill's TV Comedy Index.
In 1994, Davison was presenter for a BBC educational series on astronomy, "Heavenly Bodies."

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