The first time I watched House with my co-editor, he made the diagnosis before Dr House did. That about ended medical TV for me.
Actor Hugh Laurie plays House, an elusive man who does not suffer fools and who dismisses tenderness in a doctor as an emotion that hinders the cure and healing of patients. So just the kind of doctor Americans want - I'm joking - which is why House is so popular.
As the show enters its fifth series, Laurie is interviewed by the Telegraph. He remains elusive.