TWO offer viewers a substantial dose of tlc
Alexander Armstrong and Reece Shearsmith head an impressive cast
in a new comedy series for BBC TWO, tlc.
by Fintan Coyle co-creator of The Weakest Link and set in a national
health hospital, tlc follows the fortunes of Junior Doctor Flynn,
a hard-pressed, stressed-out, wide-eyed, catholic junior doctor.
is his first job after qualifying and he is finding the reality
of being a doctor with the responsibility it entails a rude awakening
into his worst nightmare.
or hindering him on his way is the clued-up semi-cynical Dr. Noble,
a Registrar, who's been at the hospital longer than Flynn and is
the voice of semi-dubious wisdom.
South Middlesex Hospital in which Dr Flynn begins his professional
career is a place of perpetual night.
and crocodiles roam the wards and the only drug which matters in
this hospital is coffee.
an inhibited, uptight, insecure neurotic, constantly suffering from
lack of sleep and catholic guilt, finds his own personality problems
nothing compared to the range of personality disorders around him.
And of course the patients are sick as well.
professionals populating the hospital and the claustrophobic world
of the junior doctor include the dangerously bumptious consultant
Mr Ron; the over-protective ward sister, Sister Hope; the devastatingly
cool staff Nurse Judy, who enjoys sadistically rejecting the junior
doctor's clumsy attentions; the mad German anaesthetist, The Gasman;
the scandal-mongering gay theatre assistant, Terry; and Sid the
slowest porter in the world.
is a jet black comedy with a surreal and off beat perspective on
the state of modern medicine.
Shearsmith (League of Gentlemen) plays Flynn; Alexander Armstrong
(Armstrong and Miller) plays Noble; Georgia MacKenzie plays Nurse
Judy; Llewella Gideon plays Sister Hope; Richard Griffiths plays
Mr Ron; Tom Watt plays Sid the porter; Tim Brooke Taylor plays the
chaplain; Erich Redman plays the Gasman; Martin Trenaman plays the
man in the wheelchair; and Benedict Wong plays Terry.
is directed by Geoff Posner and the producers are David Tyler and
Geoff Posner. It is a Pozzitive production for BBC TWO.
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