A young registrar, Rob Lake starts work under established gynecologist Roger Hurley whom he finds to be an affable man. All is not as it first appears, however, and Lake soon develops grave misgivings about his boss and his methods.

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Tamzin Malleson ...
 Dr. Polly Grey (17 episodes, 2004-2006)
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 Dr. Rob Lake (17 episodes, 2004-2006)
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 Mr. Tony Whitman (17 episodes, 2004-2006)
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 Dr. Roger Hurley / ... (17 episodes, 2004-2006)
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 Sister Donna Rix / ... (17 episodes, 2004-2006)
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 Dr. Maya Dutta (16 episodes, 2004-2005)
Simon Lowe ...
 Tim Sibley (15 episodes, 2004-2005)
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 Hazel Melrose (14 episodes, 2004-2005)
Nicholas Palliser ...
 Paul Tennant / ... (13 episodes, 2004-2006)
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 Dottie Sands (12 episodes, 2004-2005)
Vicky Hall ...
 Chrissy Farrell (9 episodes, 2005-2006)
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 Tom Gorman (9 episodes, 2004-2005)
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 Beth Lucas Hall / ... (7 episodes, 2005)
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A young registrar, Rob Lake starts work under established gynecologist Roger Hurley whom he finds to be an affable man. All is not as it first appears, however, and Lake soon develops grave misgivings about his boss and his methods.

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The character of Hospital Management figure Paul Tennant OBE, latterly Sir Paul Tennant (as he appears in the feature length finale) originally appeared in the script writer Jed Mercurio's previous medical drama Cardiac Arrest from series 2 in 1995. On both occasions he was played by Nicholas Palliser. See more »

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Outstanding, riveting stuff - a far cry from the vapid dross which often passes for drama in the UK
14 December 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The finale of Bodies has just aired in the UK and I can say without doubt that this is the most compelling and tense drama to come out of Britain for a very long time. Combining an acting and shooting style both muscular and assured in execution; a brave, gripping, convincing script and appropriately realistic prosthetics, Bodies is hard to beat in its genre. With all the colourless, vapid dross being churned out on British TV nowadays, it seems almost unbelievable that the BBC in its wisdom saw fit to axe it.

Max Beesley brings a riveting, pinched intensity in his outstanding portrayal as hard-done-to doc Rob Lake struggling in a sea of incompetence, dishonesty and sheer managerial mediocrity. His central, career-defining role in tandem with oleaginous Dr Whitman (Keith Allen), comely foils Donna Rix (Neve McIntosh), Polly Grey (Tamzin Malleson) and his nemesis, the pusillanimous, dangerous Roger Hurley (Patrick Baladi), provides the viewer with an at times uncomfortable but undeniably unmissable experience.

There is no sentiment at work here, no shirking away from numerous, unpalatable aspects of the British NHS or dilution of the viscera involved in child delivery. Bodies is destined to remain a classic TV series; a far cry from the cloying sloppiness and user-friendly mollycoddling of, say, the BBC's Casualty. Closer in concept to ER yet far superior in the sheer quality of the conflict on screen, Bodies packs a bloody punch as a tremendous watching experience which has yet to be unsurpassed in medical drama.

Highly. highly recommended.


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