David Owen Cosgrove, “Doc” to his friends, was born in Nairobi, Kenya, the son of Alfred Owen Cosgrove and Kathleen Mary Cosgrove (née Carlisle). He graduated from high school in 1955 with A levels, ready for university entrance. His parents had the foresight to understand that David was exceptionally gifted and they supported his wish to apply to Oxford University, with his mother working to pay for his fees, which were then as now considerable for an overseas student.
"I like ordinary people," says Brenda Blethyn. "I think they're as fascinating as extraordinary people – and probably harder to play, actually." Blethyn has built a career making ordinary characters feel extraordinarily alive, from suburban housewife Cynthia in Mike Leigh's Secrets and Lies to crotchety, unglamorous Vera in the eponymous ITV detective drama. She's still most recognised, though, she says, for playing long-suffering lovebird Alison in 1980s sitcom Chance in a Million.
It’s not that hard to fake it as a doctor if you have some qualification, particularly if you’re a nurse or a pharmacist,” says Dan Sefton, the writer of Trust Me. And he should know – because when he’s not writing television dramas, Sefton is a practising doctor. His thriller stars Jodie Whittaker as a nurse and single parent, unfairly suspended by a hospital trust, who steals the identity of a colleague and lands a job as a doctor at an Edinburgh hospital.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".