The small screen isn’t short of surgeons with patients to cure, and with that in mind, the addition of another, Monroe
, isn’t much to raise your eyebrows at. But then, consider that Monroe is played by James Nesbitt, and that the writing is really quite sharp and, all of a sudden, there becomes a reason to give it a try.
You’ll be rewarded if you do, too. Monroe is the adventures of the title character, who is a brain surgeon by day, and a man with his life in turmoil at night. If you’re thinking this sounds like a British take on House, then you’re not a million miles away, but there’s enough in the tank to give Monroe an identity of its own.
Much of that is down to the work of James Nesbitt. He’s excellent in the lead role, and he makes the most of the pacey script to ensure that Monroe is always worth watching. But there’s an interesting underlying narrative, too, and across the six episodes we get in the show’s maiden run, it’s hard not to be drawn in. There are things that can be improved for the future, certainly, but Monroe is off to notable start. --Jon Foster
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: New medical drama series about brilliant neurosurgeon Gabriel Monroe. At work, Monroe has the courage to perform cutting-edge brain surgery but at home, he is afraid to admit that his life is falling apart. When Alison Bannister is admitted with a brain tumour, Monroe has to help her make a frightening decision. To go ahead with an operation could leave Alison paralysed or unable to speak, yet without surgery, she is likely to die within a few years. Does she want to survive if surgery might change who she is? And can Monroe get her through this crisis as his own life starts to spiral out of control? ...Monroe - Season 1 - 2-DVD Set ( Monroe ) ( Monroe - Season One )