MONROE, SERIES 1
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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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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.Read more ›
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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SDH SUBTITLES on 6 episodes, about 46 min ea.
____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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was an extremely funny series that was easy to watch and enjoy.Published 19 months ago by Jean Gibson
I always like James Nesbitt in everything he does, but his charming manner and acting ability is only as good as the material. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Bun
While there are some gory scenes of operations, this show is smart, witty and engaging. James Nesbitt is wonderful and believable in the role of Gabriel Monroe, a neurosurgeon and... Read morePublished on May 7, 2014 by Eileen
Love it! Started watching the first series on Acorn--they don't have the second one yet. Did not know anything about this show other than it was British. It is a refreshing series. Read morePublished on May 5, 2014 by S. Yoder
Inevitably, the new British medical series MONROE will be compared to the American hit “House”. There, now that that is over with, MONROE can be discussed on its own merits and not... Read morePublished on April 14, 2014 by Jon Wynne
There was a second season shown in the UK with six more episodes. Hope it is released on DVD in the US.Published on March 10, 2014 by Library Lil
This series can't seem to figure out whether it wants to be serious or a dramedy or some type of medical soap opera; whatever it is, I don't like it and won't be viewing any other... Read morePublished on January 19, 2013 by BKR
We're both avid fans of James Nesbitt but this series just didn't do it for us. Murphy's Law, is our all time favorite of his works that we've seen.Published on November 1, 2012 by Fred