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  • Actors: Andrew Lancel, Helen Baxendale, Peter O'Brien, Tom Watson, Jonathan Dow
  • Directors: Audrey Cooke, Morag Fullarton, Jo Johnson, Peter Mullan, David Garnett
  • Producers: Paddy Higson, Tony Garnett, Margaret Matheson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 16 April 2007
  • Run Time: 810 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MGB0X8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,180 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All 27 episodes from seasons 1-3 of the BBC's comedy series set in and around a hospital, where the newly qualified Dr Andrew Collin (Andrew Lancel) is thrown into a world that is totally beyond him. Episodes are: 'Welcome to the House of Pain', 'Doctors and Nurses', 'The Killing Season', 'You Can't Make an Omelette Without Breaking Legs', 'Turning Out the Light', 'The Edge', 'The Shallow End', 'A Cold Heart', 'The Comfort of Strangers', 'Bad Blood', 'Factor 8', 'The Critical Hour', 'Running on Vapours', 'The Betrayed', 'The Body Electric', 'Open and Shut', 'The Practise of Privacy', 'The Red Queen', 'Trench Warfare', 'Suffer Little Children', 'The Glass Ceiling', 'The Ways of All Flesh', 'The Age of Consent', 'The Holy Triad', 'The Oedipus Effect', 'Breaking Strain' and 'Death Us Do Part'.

Synopsis

A satirical medical comedy, Cardiac Arrest follows the perils and pitfalls of the staff in an NHS hospital. Idealist and newly qualified houseman Dr Andrew Collin arrives on the wards with the best intentions, ready to put his theoretical knowledge into action. Within no time, he realises that his optimistic outlook is at odds with that of Claire Maitland, the senior house officer; someone who sets about trying to teach the young doctor a lesson. Includes all the episodes from all three series.

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By russell clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Mar. 2007
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Medical drama's generally leave me colder than a naked Jamaican on the polar plateau .... chained to a fridge but "Cardiac Arrest" which ran on B.B.C.1 from 1994-96 was something else altogether and undoubtedly led the way for programmes like "Greys Anatomy " and "House"- shows which aren't fit to lick it's blood spattered boots.

The programme was written by Dr Ged Mercurio -a junior house doctor at Drumchapel hospital on the outskirts of Glasgow - under the alias John MaCure (geddit?)and was largely based on his experiences working for the NHS. Actually filmed in Glasgow( A mate of mine living in Glasgow at the time worked as an extra on the series) Cardiac Arrest gave a less than positive slant on life within the NHS but received wide spread praise from within the medical world , well the junior ranks anyway, for it's swingeing accuracy.

This is a world of deeply cynical , often incompetent carers with a pitch black humour and caustic sensibilities that belies the propagated media view of doctors as serious conscience ridden professionals . While it would never do to claim that all doctors are as contemptuous as the ones in Cardiac Arrest you just know that people like this do exist and probably more often than you would comfortably think.

The cast are superb with Helen Baxendale in her breakthrough role as Dr Claire Maitland a vibrant, sexy and deeply misanthropic individual with a tongue as sharp as a diamond tipped scalpel and a carnal appetite that would make Paris Hilton blush. Andrew Lancel is Dr Andrew Collin, the rookie on the ward and the one who's idealistic view of medicine is gradually eroded by what he encounters- both patients and colleagues.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By R. Hook on 4 Jun. 2007
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I was a final year Medical Student when the first series was shown, and a junior doctor for series 2 and 3. Only the same writer's "Bodies" has come close to really catching the world of the newly qualified and junior medics in the NHS. At the time there was an outcry over the portrayal of disillusioned, cynical doctors and especially the bitching and moaning of the nurses (who had never been shown on TV as anything other than "angels"), and I'm sure I remember the Health Secretary being questioned about it with politicians and journalists queueing up to denounce it. This usually means (and it certainly did here) that the satire is painfully accurate. The problem was that the institutionalized stupidity, sleep-deprivation, and continual confrontation with mortality and suffering which forged our camaraderie as junior docs can't easily be compressed into half an hour - it can appear too far-fetched to be credible for anyone who has not been there. Any one of the events shown, especially the infamous filling-a-catheter-balloon-with-tea incident, would have entered the junior medical folk-lore from which Jed Mercurio must have gathered them, but they would have occurred as moments of humour in long stretches of grinding fatigue and boredom that would not make great telly, not within 30 minutes! Watching this series again, I cannot quite believe it got made, but I'm glad it did, because I cannot think how else I could explain to anyone who has not experienced what we went through. It's the details that count, all the little bits of idiotic beaurocracy and pettiness which you spent so much time banging your head against that are so faithfully reproduced. They wouldn't mean much to a non-medic, but they give the programme such authenticity, though quite often they are almost in passing.Read more ›
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Poolan on 10 Nov. 2008
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I have just finished watching this again having made a point of watching all of it the first time it was broadcast. I was delighted to find it available again as a boxset as I had seen it offered many times in home recorded form on Ebay and avoided it hoping that one day it would become available as an official release.

I was also delighted to find like other reviewers here, that it was just as good ten years on as it was when it was first shown.

Many of the other reviewers have already covered the strengths of this programme - I would like particularly to highlight the fantastic Jed Mercurio/John MacUre scripts and the uniformly excellent cast which means that there isn't a single episode that lets the series down in any way - they are all terrific.

Of course the principals - Andrew Lancel, Helen Baxendale etc. merit the praise they have received but I had fogotten how good Jo Dow was as the anaesthetist and Peter O'Brien as 'Scissors' Smedley.

I would recommend this to anyone who has seen 'Bodies' - as for me although that is very good, this is better - in fact I'd recommend it to anyone who likes high quality, superbly acted television.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Sarah Pennington on 19 April 2007
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I was a medical student when this originally came out, and thought it was great. Now I know it was actually superb. The blackest of black humour, and yet it so catches the flavour. I find myself cast back to those long weekend shifts, where the only time between Friday and Monday that you got to sit down was driving between the two hospital sites you covered, and the only food you had was a dried up sandwich you ate whilst driving. The best written medical drama ever.
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