Is there a doctor in the big House? Hugh Laurie finds himself behind bars in the latest (and possibly last) series of the show



He usually operates on the right side of the law, helping to save lives as a doctor.

But fans of the hit U.S. show, House, will be amazed to know that the new season opens with their favourite character struggling to adjust to life in prison.

A promotional video showing Dr Gregory House, who is played by English actor Hugh Laurie, struggling with life as an inmate is the first look at what's to come for fans of the American medical drama.

Locked up: Hugh Laurie's character in U.S. hit television series, House, finds himself in prison as the eighth season begins

Locked up: Hugh Laurie's character in U.S. hit television series, House, finds himself in prison as the eighth season begins

Amid rumours that this will be the final season of the award winning show, those interested in the dysfunctional life of diagnostic medicine doctor, House, will be more than excited when they watch the video. But how did a doctor end up in prison?

Although he has a career as a medical problem-solver, fans will also know that Dr House is a cranky on and off pill addict who has a rather complex relationship with his boss, Dr Lisa Cuddy.

Dr Cuddy is an endocrinologist and her scenes with Dr House often involve a high level of innuendo and sexual tension.

Prison life: Dr Gregory House struggles to make friends with his fellow inmates behind bars

Prison life: Dr Gregory House struggles to make friends with his fellow inmates behind bars

Making himself at home: Dr Gregory House settles into his cell in the eighth season of House with his less than friendly cellemate

Making himself at home: Dr Gregory House settles into his cell in the eighth season of House with his less than friendly cellemate

Throughout the series, the pair have flirted, kissed and finally agreed to become a couple which led them to season seven where House and Cuddy attempt to make their relationship wok.

The season finale in series seven saw Dr House drive his car through Cuddy's dining room, which is what ultimately puts him behind bars.

Holed up with bad mannered cellmates and nothing but a blue prisoner's uniform to wear, Dr House appears to be dealing pills in the video and is getting beaten up at any opportunity his fellow criminals can grab.

It seems that Dr House won't be making many new friends in his new home, but fans should fear not as the presence of a love story will not be absent as he eventually falls for the female prison doctor, a twist that viewers are sure to expect.

Dr Gregory House: Hugh Laurie's character when he's not behind bars

Dr Gregory House: Hugh Laurie's character when he's not behind bars

62-year-old Laurie has been playing the pompous, antagonistic character since 2004.

The show saw his already-established career expand to the other side of the pond as U.S. audiences instantly warmed to the Fox drama.

The Stuart Little actor has been praised for his portrayal of an American accent in the hit show and even adopts the twang in between takes.

The House crew: From left to right, Robert Sean Leonard as Dr. Jack Wilson, Lisa Edelstein as Dr. Lisa Cuddy, Jesse Spencer as Dr. Robert Chase, Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House, Jennifer Morrison as Dr. Allison Cameron, Omar Epps as Dr. Eric Foreman

The House crew: From left to right, Robert Sean Leonard as Dr. Jack Wilson, Lisa Edelstein as Dr. Lisa Cuddy, Jesse Spencer as Dr. Robert Chase, Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House, Jennifer Morrison as Dr. Allison Cameron, Omar Epps as Dr. Eric Foreman

Laurie, also a blues musician, recorded his audition tape for the show whilst filming Flight Of The Phoenix in Namibia. He did this in the bathroom of his hotel as it was the only place that he could get enough light.

The executive producer liked him instantly and didn't realise the actor was actually English to begin with.

But regardless of Laurie's amazing American accent and popularity with audiences.

The big question is: what will hardcore fans make of the show's dramatic turn of events and will Dr House ever make it out of prison and back into his beloved Princeton‑Plainsboro Teaching Hospital?

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