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Frankie: A character with her own soundtrack

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I've had Frankie battering around in my head for some time now - a passionate, strong woman, a competent professional who acts impulsively and not always wisely, and can be exasperating but is always well meaning.

What to do with her? She was a character in search of a role.

“Frankie Maddox. Everyone else knows where to draw the line”

And then BBC One asked me to write a drama series about district nurses and bingo! There she was, ready made, in her uniform, just raring to go.

I realised she was working as a character when the producer and script editors said they wanted to be a part of her team, to spend time with her at the pub, to share a pizza and a bottle of wine with her at the end of a long week.

She felt real. Now we had to find someone who understood her as much as we did.

The casting director, Andy Morgan, brought us some very talented people for the part and we were excited to see Frankie going in this direction and then in that... and then Eve Myles walked in and we were bowled over. She was Frankie!

Before starting her busy day Frankie checks in with her favourite man, Ken Bruce

She completely understood Frankie's love of life, music and dancing and she was delighted by the Ken Bruce strand which weaves through the series.

I like including radio in my dramas and it had to be Ken Bruce because my husband was a Scot, and when he died Ken's voice on Radio 2 reminded me every day that it was ok to laugh, to grin, to groan at bad jokes, to shimmy in the kitchen, to ease off a bit with the grief.

Ken Bruce has recorded voiceovers for previous dramas written by Lucy

I know I'm not alone in this - radio is the soundtrack to life, and when you're going through hard times it can be an encouragement, whether it's a local station, Classic FM or hospital radio.

Frankie's a fast living, fast driving, singing, dancing, radio gal.

So, we have a busy, modern professional woman with an independent streak and her own soundtrack. Sounds perfect.

Ian (Dean Lennox Kelly) and Frankie have been together four years

But like many millions of busy, happy, successful women, her personal life can be a bit complicated. She has high standards.

Sometimes men don't quite live up to them... who'd have thought it?

I hope you like her as much as I do, and that you enjoy spending time with her and her lovely blokes.

Lucy Gannon is the writer and creator of Frankie.

Frankie begins on Tuesday, 14 May at 9pm on BBC One and BBC One HD. For further programme times, please see the episode guide.

More on Frankie
Watch Eve Myles talk about playing Frankie
Watch Lucy Gannon explain her writing process

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  • Comment number 78. Posted by Pedromick

    on 26 Jul 2013 09:00

    My wife and I absolutely loved this drama, it was extremely funny at times and Eve Myles was fantastic, what an actress she is. We very much hope that the BBC use our TV license money to make another series of Frankie. 10/10 for this Drama

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  • Comment number 77. Posted by jellibaby

    on 1 Jul 2013 23:06

    If this programme is not just filmed but actually set in Bristol, then why haven't we heard a single Bristolian accent?

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  • Comment number 76. Posted by kim

    on 26 Jun 2013 20:15

    I thought it was fantastic!! More please!!

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  • Comment number 75. Posted by kim

    on 26 Jun 2013 20:11

    I thought it was bloody fantastic... u lot are just plain miserable!! Eve myles was brilliant...

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  • Comment number 74. Posted by Dr MRT

    on 24 Jun 2013 19:52

    Poetic licence is one thing - gross inaccuracy is another. While her appeal against the DWP decision was on-going she would continue in benefit not forced to take a job to survive. Frankie's attitude to a qualified doctor was also appalling but probably more realistic of what the current generation of nurses have been conned into believing that despite not being able to get a real medical qualification they know more than those that can.

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  • Comment number 73. Posted by Chris_Page

    on 22 Jun 2013 11:42

    Lucy

    Thanks for showing ATOS up for who they really are in the last episode. You've done more for Disabled people facing a Work Capability Assessment in one hour than any of the media outlets have done since this Government came to power.

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  • Comment number 72. Posted by Mmanni

    on 22 Jun 2013 01:19

    OMG! Just watched episode 6 and it was as good as the other 5! An amazing programme. People who take the 'professional' line need to realise there is poetic licence in this - no, its not going to be clinically accurate - its not meant to be for goodness sake! I am a nurse of 30+ years and the series made me laugh, cry in places and made me feel good too! I for one am a massive fan of this - it is genius and 'real'!

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  • Comment number 71. Posted by looloo

    on 21 Jun 2013 16:11

    I am a community nurse working in a busy London borough, and I have to say I loved it .It was a little far fetched, it would be great to spend the amount of time that Frankie does with each patient, but having 15 a day or more would be difficult. The majority of nurses at our health centre thought it was a good drama, including the sister ( who is very much like Frankie)...

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  • Comment number 70. Posted by MagsReid

    on 20 Jun 2013 08:46

    I LOVE this series and hope there's another on its way. What make/model of car does Frankie drive BTW?

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  • Comment number 69. Posted by karen

    on 19 Jun 2013 21:59

    I have never felt inclined to make any comments about a programme before but i just had to say that i LOVED Frankie.... i dont know if it was correct but "Frankie" i dont care
    Eve Myles was brilliant
    i hope there is more to come

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