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Cardiac Arrest - Complete Collection [DVD]
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on 18 August 2015
OH what a disappointment after Bodies and Line Of Duty which were EXCELLENT and the reason I watched in the first place...this series is AWFUL I could]t finish it stopped after the 5th episode it NEVR improved just got worse. Badly written; crappy editing; completely unrealistic hospital behavior all in all a disaster hey but two out of three ain't bad. Give this one a miss.
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on 27 July 2015
Very nostalgic rewatching the series from the start despite the terrible acting. Really excited to have been able to get the series. I have been looking out for it for a long time. Our daughter is absolutely horrified by the activities especially when we tell her it actually happens. Looking forward to watching the rest of the series.
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on 17 November 2014
This is an absolute classic series of the 1990s, and was inspired by the same original novel that later inspired the more recent medical TV series "Bodies". Author / screenwriter Jed Mercurio was once a trainee doctor himself, explaining the realism of this series compared to shows such as "Grey's Anatomy".
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on 12 January 2014
Although it was never highly rated by the press or the general public ( who wont have a bad word said about nurses, sorry angels), this series was hugely popular with the medical profession. It is very sharply observed, cynical and painfully funny. Recommended watch after reading The housemans tale as an intro.
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on 25 January 2012
No other "medical drama" captured the reality of a juniors life in the NHS in the late 80`s/early 90`s as well as this.
Lazy nurses [sadly angels were in the minority in the experience of many of us], bullying bosses more interested in their PP`s, management determined to shaft the most junior medics at every turn....

I suspect things arent quite so bleak these days , but even for anyone thinking of a career in medicine its worth watching.
There were howls from nursing bodies and politicians when this came out and you can see why.
It told it was it was.
The VT looks dated in places [lots of 90`s stuff has that odd washed out appearance], and some of the acting in places can be a little OTT, but , hey its meant to be entertainment.
Nurse whitecoat, the decent old school consultant, the bullying meglomaniac , the corrupt mamagement, the hot female reg who knew her stuff......yep, most of us can recognise elements of all of them.
Watching night staff come on, go off, day staff come on and night staff return.....yep, bought that t-shirt.

Great value for money as well.
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on 26 August 2014
This is the best ever medical drama written and televised. This is a true representation of the life of junior doctors in the UK in the mid 90s. As a medical student at the time it was prime viewing...Its clearly dated now but a nostalgia trip for those who were really there..
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on 15 May 2014
Despite being a little dated this collection still ranks as one of the best collections of hospital dramas I have seen. Characterisation is strong and the scenes seem authentic - a real look behind the scenes at what life is like for young doctors.
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on 27 August 2015
Was delighted to be able to revisit this series recently, partly because of the actors, but also the writing by Jed Mercurio who went on to write the peerless Bodies. Grab a copy if you liked that, you won't be disappointed.
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on 25 May 2014
Really enjoyed this, brought back lots of memories of how things were, well done, good cast, very real hope things have changed!
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on 28 November 2013
Apart from the smoking indoors little has changed in the years which have passed since this contentious series was made.
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