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Green Wing is a surreal sitcom based in a British hospital that does not feature any storylines concerning the medical careers of the staff; instead of following the careers of the staff of East Hampton Hospital the show acts as a form of soap opera detailing the personal lives of a group of doctors and administrative staff. The two seasons of Green Wing consist of 17 episodes first broadcast on the British network Channel 4; the show was created and the production overseen by Smack the Pony writer Victoria Pile. A 90 minute special episode broadcast at the end of season two acts as the conclusion of the show with the majority of plot lines tied up during the episode first broadcast in January 2007 in the U.K.

Green Wing begins with the arrival at East Hampton Hospital of surgeon Caroline Todd for her first day of work; during the first day Caroline works with two doctors, Guy Secretan and Mac Macartney falling in love with both over the course of the day. Adding to the surrealism of many of the scenes the action is often slowed down or speeded up to show how the characters are feeling about each other. Some sequences depict events that have little or no bearing on the storylines of the show and hark back to the earlier series of the creative team, such as Smack the Pony and Not the Nine o Clock News.

The main storyline of the two seasons is the decision of Caroline, played by Tamsin Greig about which of Guy and Mac she is to spend the rest of her life with. Other stories include the difficult relationship between Caroline and Sue, who despite Caroline's hatred of her becomes Caroline's lodger. In soap opera style season one ends with a cliffhanger leaving Guy and Mac stranded on the edge of a cliff in a van.

Fridays at 09:00 pm on Channel 4
2 Seasons, 19 Episodes
September 3, 2004
Drama
8.4/10
Cast: Sally Bretton, Oliver Chris, Olivia Colman, Michelle Gomez
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  • The end is nigh - Caroline is now engaged to Guy, while Mac has very little time to live. The staff of East Hampton Hospital have to suffer the emotional highs and lows of one wedding and a funeral.

  • Joanna and Statham are completely overwhelmed by paranoia, and decide there's only one way to break the cycle. Mac, Guy and Martin make Caroline an offer she can't refuse.

  • Caroline has to be cruel to be kind , while Joanna and Statham struggle to conceal the incident with the stuffed heron. Sue turns private dick and Martin comes into some money.

  • Martin enlists the help of a private detective, and Mac struggles to adjust to his new role. Meanwhile, Statham is in an unusually happy mood, Guy finds it hard to control his jealousy and Caroline prepares for a hot date.

  • Caroline begins to regret her choice of lodger, and Dr Statham decides to enter the world of politics. Martin becomes a pimp, while Mac's past finally catches up with him.

  • Guy searches for somewhere to live, and a newcomer causes problems.

  • A documentary crew begin filming at the hospital, while Martin tries to raise cash by becoming a sperm donor. Joanna and Guy suffer Sue's wrath as she resolves to make life hell for them.

  • Guy struggles to cope without a driving licence, and Statham is forced to make do in the absence of something equally vital - sex. Meanwhile, Caroline suffers a serious setback.

  • Who would have thought a trip to the seaside in a stolen ambulance would have led to this? Caroline has to come to terms with the devastating consequences, while Joanna has to come to terms with the fact that she accidentally slept with her son.

  • Caroline is left contemplating the consequences of her actions, and Joanna has to face the fact that she accidentally slept with her son.

  • After the previous night's activities resulting from the slave auction, Boyce returns the pants he borrowed from Dr. Statham, Dr. Todd researches Mac's new girlfriend's past, Mac and Guy have a bet with some detrimental concequences resulting in a a nail biting cliffhanger.

  • The hospital is hosting a charity Grand Slave Auction with Statham, Caroline, Guy and Lyndon all up for bid...

  • Statham still isn't completely over Joanna and spends all his day trying to win her back by pretending to hang...

  • Hungover and worse for wear, Caroline is feeling the effects of the party the night before, which she still...

  • Hormones are abound in the hospital with Mac the centre of both Caroline and Sue's affections, Boyce and Kim...

  • Joanna is turning 48, but her day brightens up when she mistakenly thinks she has received a locket as a...

  • Caroline looks for a lodger and doesn't exactly get who she wanted. Sue White tries to get rid of a camel as Mac deals with the realisation that his ex is getting married and is pregnant; two such things she broke up with him about. Gui's constant antagonising of the situation leads him to injury.

  • Caroline's first day gets off to a rocky start when she has to sleep in her car the night before she starts her new job. Smelling rather funky, she has to deal with the eccentric Sue White, the hospital's liason officer, and tried to stave off the advances of the horny Gui Secretan.

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