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17.02.04


TV DRAMA
BBC THREE


The ultimate antidote to hospital drama - Bodies by Jed Mercurio


Bodies is a unique new medical drama created by writer-producer Jed Mercurio.


The six part series is made by Hat Trick Productions and co-commissioned for BBC THREE and BBC TWO.


Dark and disturbing, yet rich in humour, Bodies is the ultimate antidote to mainstream medical drama.


Laced with action, scandal and sex, yet complex in its handling of moral dilemmas, this is a uniquely visceral and compelling view of hospital life inspired by former doctor Mercurio's acclaimed debut novel.


When Rob Lake (Max Beesley) begins work in a city maternity unit, he soon comes to suspect that his new boss, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Roger Hurley (Patrick Baladi), may be error-prone.


He tries to turn a blind eye, but then one of Hurley's blunders leads to a young mother being left brain-damaged and her baby stillborn. Rob must risk his career to put a stop to Hurley's negligence.


Starring alongside Beesley (Fields of Gold) and Baladi (The Office) are -


Neve McIntosh (Trial and Retribution, The Hound of the Baskervilles) as Sister Donna Rix;


Keith Allen (Loving You) as consultant Mr Tony Whitman;


Susan Lynch (Enduring Love) as anaesthetist Dr Maria Orton;


Tamzin Malleson (Teachers) as registrar Polly Grey;


Preeya Kalidas (Bombay Dreams, Bend It Like Beckham) as Dr Maya Dutta;


and Karen Bryson (Between the Sheets, Canterbury Tales) as midwife Hazel Melrose.


Executive Producer Mark Redhead said: "Bodies is a powerful and emotional drama about hospital life, in which pacy, compelling storylines are driven by fantastically vivid characters."


Head of BBC Drama Commissioning, Gareth Neame, added: "Bodies isn't a hospital drama in the usual sense.


"It's dark, adult, complex, and at times extremely funny. It also dares to go where other medical dramas haven't gone, into the culture of malpractice, whistle-blowing, cover-ups, star-ratings and government targets."


Bodies is currently filming on location near Leeds.


The series will premiere on BBC THREE later in 2004, followed by transmission on BBC TWO in the autumn.


Bodies is written and produced by Jed Mercurio with executive producers Mark Redhead (Hat Trick Productions) and Gareth Neame (BBC).


Notes to Editors


A TV tie-in edition of the original novel will be published by Vintage in April.


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