Pulse writer Paul Cornell brings medical horror to BBC Three
Launching our online premieres is hospital horror, Pulse, which features some great acting and will definitely have you on the edge of your seat. And there's blood. Lots of blood.
If you haven't seen it already, here's a sneak preview from the show...
So that you can get as excited as I am, here's the lead writer, Paul Cornell to tell you about the inspiration for the show....
I think there's something obvious about Pulse. It's the show that asks 'going into hospital... what's the worst that could happen?' And then it shows you. There's never really been a medical horror show on British television... and there really should be. We are the nation, after all, that's really proud of its NHS, but at the same time looks at those stern official buildings and shivers a little. So... what if there's more to it than understandable fears about what might happen to our bodies when there are scalpels and syringes and sutures about? What if someone, hidden inside that fine institution, has decided that the good of the many, the advancement of medical science, is more important than the suffering of one or two? Pulse is also, incidentally, another show that's been missing for a while: young intern doctors having relationships and messing up. Only this time their relative innocence and hope is set against deep, unseen evil.
I've been lead writer on the series for the last couple of years of its development process (it was originally the idea of the very talented Ben Teasdale and was subsequently worked on by my old mate Tom MacRae) and it's been a pleasure to work with such a brilliant team. The pilot is directed, as you'll see, as a very chilling, echoing, scary thing by the great James Hawes, and getting to watch him working with our cast was a joy. This is the show where we get beautiful, talented young actors and throw buckets of blood over them. That doesn't happen in Casualty. The cast genuinely didn't know how much was going to hit the main operation scene. A lot of the shrieking is real. I also very much like the concentration on emotion, how much story is carried by expression and subtle shots. I don't like to single out performances amongst so much great stuff, but Claire Foy (Hannah) is such a star for us, the centre of the show. Gregg Chillin (the creepy landlord from Being Human, so much sweeter for us) as Rafee is a joy to watch, and Ben Miles (Dr. Sennet) and Caroline Goodall (Ms. Randall) make a great deal out of their short screen time.
What we really hope for, of course, is that this pilot gets a positive reaction online and in the press. So please do let us know what you think once you've watched the show.
This team has been talking about the arc plot of the show for a long time: we know where it's going, we know what the conspiracy is about. We've got a big story to tell.
Paul Cornell is lead writer of Pulse.
Don't forget you can watch Pulse first right here on the BBC Three blog now. And we want you to leave comments and let us know what you think of the show as well.
Pulse will be on TV on BBC Three on Thursday 3rd June at 9pm.
You can watch the other two drama pilots that will premiere online, Dappers and Stanley Park, here on the blog next week.
- Find out about the characters in Pulse
- Watch clips from the drama pilots
- Find out more about the drama pilots
- BBC Three drama pilots scripts on the BBC Writers Room Website
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