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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2012
  • Run Time: 274 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0079ILHV2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,095 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Dr. Gabriel Monroe (James Nesbitt, Murphy’s Law) is a neurosurgical genius with a quick wit and a heart to match his titanic ego. Following no rules but his own, Monroe infuriates colleagues and terrifies interns with his glib repartee and arrogant self-regard.

Pitting his formidable skills against high-risk medical emergencies is only one of Monroe’s challenges. He and his team must also navigate the toll that medicine takes on patients and doctors—especially when dealing with their personal lives. As slick as he is with a scalpel, Monroe struggles at home as a husband and father, and at work he clashes with brusque heart surgeon Dr. Jenny Bremner (Sarah Parish, The Pillars of the Earth).

With a dose of House’s dark humor and an infusion of humanity and warmth, Monroe is gripping medical drama at its best.

"Blessed with heart and brain" —The Sunday Times (U.K.)
"Sharply written" —The Guardian (U.K.)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Vlitch Godunov on June 18, 2012
Format: DVD
I went into 'Monroe' knowing only two (2) things: the first was that it was a British TV show of six (6) episodes set in a hospital, and secondly that it starred the brilliant James Nesbitt ('Murphy's Law'). But, after just ONE episode, what I quickly learnt was that 'Monroe' is easily the best TV show I have watched - either side of the Pond - in the past DECADE!

Honestly, it has everything a compelling TV show should and still manages to maintain a healthy balance between medical proceedures, sarcasam, tense moments, supposed lost causes, jokes, and even romance! It drives at the heart of brain surgery and heart proceedures full on, graphically most times (so beware if you intend on eating whilst this show is on!), and yet mixes personal lives, reality-based-problems, and sexual tension with equal bouts of intrigue.

Coming across as a lighter-hearted version of an overly-dark, depressing 'House,' this UK show chock full of high-risk medical emergencies - usually two an episode, one for Monroe re: brain and one for the heart surgeon Dr. Jenny Bremner (Sarah Parish - 'The Pillars of the Earth') - is fast-paced, slick, spot on with regard the feelings shown by all patients concerned, and never once tries to be something it's not ie: 'House'!

In the opening episode, we learn that Monroe (Nesbitt) lost his own teenage daughter to a brain surgery a few years back, and that once his teenage son finally leaves the house for University, that his wife follows suit - given that Monroe had had an affair around the time of their daughters death. All this and Monroe still manages to perform his medical duties to 100% perfection.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By carol irvin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 22, 2012
Format: DVD
Dr. Gabriel Monroe (James Nesbitt) is a neurosurgical doctor who is as arrogant as you might expect holding such a position. He is excellent at his job and as you might expect, much less successful on the home front. He has a falling apart marriage teetering on divorce, with the wife separated, and a very up and down relationship with his teenager. Trying to find someone new, it goes well at first for him but then flounders over the same issues. Whereas he flounders on the personal front, he brilliantly succeeds in the operating room. Naturally he has other doctors under him and another surgeon with whom he battles constantly. This all makes for a very good show.

I have watched all seasons of HOUSE MD yet find it hard to compare the two shows. One big difference is that this character is a surgeon in the UK whereas House is an internist in America. This makes for bigger differences than one might at first think. An internist is centered on diagnosis whereas a surgeon is centered on going in and cutting out the killing element. And Monroe is centered on cutting open the brain. So their cases are very different as are their jobs. Monroe is also not as cynical and jaded as House plus wouldn't dream of taking addictive drugs as they might interfere with his surgical performance. So it is best to take this show on its own merits, which are considerable.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on April 12, 2012
Format: DVD
Blunt Dr. Monroe (James Nesbitt, Murphy's Law) neurosurgeon heavy on brain, smarty humor, who cares for patients almost as much as he does for himself. But he's nasty to colleagues. He reminds me of Doc Martin clashing ways, mind of his own, but thrives on blood, unlike Doc Martin (Martin Clunes). That's a must view renewed series. Monroe is good too, expect a long run. Hospital staff wither when facing Monroe. Problems for him at home too. Home and work families are not Monroe's strong points. Dark humor, medical drama, even goose bumps along with IVs. Regular cast: Sarah Parish (The Pillars of the Earth) as Jenny; Susan Lynch (Elizabeth: the Golden Age) as Anna Monroe, Anesthesiologist Shepherd (Tom Riley).

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____1 St. Matthew's Hospital, Leeds, Northern England. Exterior hospital building and street scenes are3 glorious. Heart surgeon Jenny Bremner stands up Monroe. A brain tumor, mild but lethal, complicated by a heart issue. A battle of Docs. A bit of Monroe's past revealed as well as wife Anna surprise announcement. Jr. nero-surg Springer (Luke Allen-Gale) gets blunt treatment.
____2 Teen bros with gunshot wounds. Monroe asks why. One boy each is patient to the opposing surgeons Monroe & Bremner. Separated parents at odds throughout. Monroe's son Nick tries patching parents riff until he gets the whole story
____3 Monroe pressured to unnecessary operation on ex-soldier. Bremner surprises by operating on an old patient with uncertain outcome. Normal doc rivals join in mental struggles. Someone takes note of a sexy biochemist serving coffee (Carolin Stoltz, eps 3-5)
____4 Epileptic fits bring holy visions. Will the patient opt for the brain cure? A hospital staff relationship gets two docs on the gossip circle.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sandy on June 5, 2013
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Thanks to Amazon Prime I'm discovering many new (to me) British series and enjoying most of them. Although a short series, this one was great. I now know to look for James Nesbitt, the lead in this series. He does a marvelous job of being flip, funny but then totally human with a sadness inside. Great series. Wish there was more to it.
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