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A Very Peculiar Practice (1986)
Andrew Davies

In this television series about a medical doctor at a British university, a recurring character during the first season was a mathematician who was the doctor's roommate, Chen. Their "flat" was therefore filled with equations scribbled on blackboards, which were occasionally the subject of conversation. In one episode, the "maths" becomes more relevant when Chen's research is stolen by other mathematicians, but it generally had nothing to do with the plot.

[BTW Why does Peter Davison so frequently play "doctors" of some sort or other?!? From Doctor Who to the veterinarian in All the main role in this one, it almost seems as if he's been typecast.]

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