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Bodies : The Complete BBC Collection Box Set [2004] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Max Beesley, Neve McIntosh, Patrick Baladi, Keith Allen, Tamzin Malleson
  • Directors: Jed Mercurio, John Strickland, Richard Laxton, Jon East
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Oct. 2007
  • Run Time: 1014 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GUJZR8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,690 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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When Rob Lake (Max Beesley) begins work in a maternity unit, he soon comes to suspect that his new boss, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Roger Hurley, may be incompetent. He tries to turn a blind eye, but one of Hurley's blunders leads to a young mother being left brain-damaged and her baby stillborn. Rob watches a fellow doctor being hounded for attempting to bring the incompetence to light, seeing the ranks of the establishment join together to protect one of their own. He realizes he must risk his career to put a stop to Hurley's negligence. Meanwhile, his passionate affair with colleague Donna leaves him alternately confused and hungry for more.

This riveting medical drama series, starring Max Beesley, Keith Allen and Patrick Baladi developed a cult following with its gritty storylines and gruesome theatre scenes, during its two series on BBC.

The box set brings together all the episodes of this highly regarded BBC drama series.

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This box set gives you all of seasons one and two plus the movie length finale. The complex story lines are absorbing and this is much a drama about work politics as it is about tough medical cases. Every character is finely shaded so that even the villains are sympathetic at times and the supposed heroes as almost as flawed. Max Beeseley excels as the young registrar while Keith Allen almost steals the show as the cynical Dr Whitman - he certainly has the funniest lines, and provides some memorable comis moments. Some of the medical procedures are filmed in a very graphic style but this just adds to realism of the whole serial which only very rarely leaves the work place. There is hardly an unnecessary minute in all of the episodes - this is one to be watched closely and savoured! Overall, it's compelling, claustrophobic and extremely tense.
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A wonderful dark, funny, intelligent, thought provoking series. One moment you're horrified, the next you're laughing. The script is flawless and the acting exceptional. It is a total disgrace that this series wasn't continued. Instead the BBC churn out endless derivative detective mysteries and 'escape to the country' comedy dramas. No effort was made to publicise it and then they were surprised that it didn't rate. I only found it by chance and everyone I know who also discovered it was hooked and now raves about it. You must WATCH THIS SERIES then write to the BBC to say how disgusted you are they stopped making it!
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I have to be honest on this one I would love to work as a high up tv executive because if the job is to scrap brilliant programmes and commission "and they all lived happily ever after" dramas then pay me to make those decisions.

I have watched all the usual tosh and as a previous review I found this gem by pure luck. I was hooked on this from the first episode, absoloutely brilliant. This series shows the blood and guts of being a doctor etc with the politics involved. Where mistakes can literaly kill and they frequestly get made. Max Beesley and Neve Mcintosh for me absoultely steal this series, I have never known anything like this where one second you are shocked and the next you are laughing hysterically. All I can say to anybody who is considering buying this collection is you will not be dissapointed at all but please be prepared to be shocked and possibly offened at some of the contents.

Also apologies if I waffle a touch but this is my first review.
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I bought this product because of good reveiws and the fact my best friend is a midwife adn I thought it would be interesting.
I learned a lot not only about the operations and daily running of the hospital and its politics, but also got totally sucked into the characters and the drama of it all!
Brilliant show, convincing diologue, characters and situations, I got totally engrossed. I say not for the feint hearted as the effects can at times be a tad disturbing, more so in the second series as the budget obviously got bigger and they could afford more, whereas in the first series they did a lot of cut away shots and hid the action.
Max Beasley is a treat in this, as is Keith Allen. I whole heartedly recommend this to anyone, it blows ER out of the water.
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I purchased this DVD set, because I really liked Max Beesley's other shows (Hotel Babylon, Survivors, and Mad Dogs), and I love medical dramas.

This show isn't your typical hospital soap opera, like "Grey's Anatomy" (garbage). The storyline addresses a very real problem within hospitals and amongst doctors - a system of "covering up" each other's wrong doings to protect themselves when uncharacteristic, one-off mistakes are made and a patient's life is affected or lost as a result. For one doctor, it's more than a few mistakes. He is blatantly incompetent. However, management refuse to accept reports of his incapabilities, because he brings in large grants for his past research and his name. Max Beesley plays a new registrar doctor in obstetrics who tries to corroborate with a colleague who blows the whistle, but ends up suffering the consequences, while the dangerous doctor continues bringing harm to hi patients.

Some of the episodes are quite visually graphic. The acting is quite good, although sometimes I found the story a bit far off from what one would expect. This aside, the overall plot was really good. The show reminded me somewhat of the RTE show, "The Clinic", but more intense and dramatic.

I recommend it to anyone who likes medical dramas and a gritty, darker story.
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This show was so compelling with great acting from Max Beesley and the sinister Keith Allen. It looks really different from most TV series and is shot in a really fast paced and stylish way.

It really shows the darker sider of working in the NHS and the drama and characters are great. A real landmark series.

Can't wait for the DVD!!
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I am a big fan of all Jed Mecurio's work and having read all his books as well as watched all his drama this was the one show I had never seen.

I was not quite prepared for how graphic the episodes would be, both the medical procedures and the scenes with the relationship between the main character and his lover. I would seriously not recommend this to an expectant mother or any woman who has had a difficult birth experience.

That said it is a tour de force of both script, direction, image and acting. None of the actors in the series have gone on to be major television stars which I find quite surprising. They do turn up from time to time and Max Beesley was of course one of the actors in the very popular Mad Dogs series - although an unmemorable character by my reckoning. What underlines the quality of the acting is that one is wholly convinced at all times that these are doctors. They training they must have been through to be able to confidently do the medical tasks so convincingly must have been tremendous.

Bottom line, it is trite to say they don't make 'em like this any more when reviewing old series from the 60s, 70s and 80s but here is proof that indeed good British drama can and is still made in this country. Highly recommended unless you are afraid of the sight of blood.
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