I watched this on telly when it was originally shown. I don't think it has been shown since. Therefore these comments are based on what stuck in my mind from way back in 1993.
Dawn French is known for her comedy roles so this was a change of scene for her as it was for Joan Sims of "Carry On" fame. This is a serious and moving piece with both these actresses delivering a startlingly weighty performance. It stuck in my mind that when Sims died a number of years after this was made her role here was not among her tributes though it would have been a fitting memorial, the way it highlighted her dramatic range. As it did for Dawn French. This came out after the movie version of Stephen King's "Misery" received critical acclaim with its similar themes. Kathy Bates, the Oscar winning actress of that film, was interviewed on "Wogan" and said that she was shocked during her research of the role at how common a thing it is for nurses to murder those under their care.
I also recall how some distressed viewers complained to the BBC, one of which remarked how his elderly mother was due to go into hospital but was frightened to do so after watching this. I think these sorts of comments (even though viewers were warned that this marked a departure for the actresses involved) prevented it from being shown again. In saying that it sparked the idea for a number of series' of "Murder Most Horrid" showcasing the darker side of Dawn.
It is hoped that the BBC will add it to their catalogue, it is something I think deserves a second look. It is a pity that we haven't seen Dawn French in more serious roles. I often think her comedy partner Jennifer Saunders would be interesting in a serious piece too.
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