The medical drama follows neurosurgeon Gabriel Monroe (James Nesbitt) and the staff at St Matthew’s Hospital. The series was created by Peter Bowker for ITV and filmed in Leeds starting on 26 September 2010. The former Leeds Girls’ High School was used as the principal set of the series and transformed into the fictional St Matthew’s Hospital.
The main protagonist Dr Monroe is a blunt and unconventional yet brilliant surgeon who – underneath his hard shell – cares deeply for his patients, who are not only “bundles of symptoms” for him but human beings that he tries to help even beyond the operation table. This, however, does not help his strained relationship with his wife, who leaves him after their son goes to university.
At the hospital he is constantly at odds with cardiothoracic surgeon Jenny Bremner (Sarah Parish), who is usually flanked by her two trainee surgeons Sarah Witney (Christina Chong) and Andrew Mullery (Andrew Gower). Monroe’s best friend at work is anaesthetist Lawrence Shepherd (Tom Riley).
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