Bodies : The Complete BBC Collection Box Set  [DVD]
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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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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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a fantastic series! BBC drama at it's best. Loved Line of Duty and Jed Mercurio's writing so I thought I'd give this a try. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Louis
I absolutely loved this box set - a little too 'realistic' in places, particularly towards the end, but a great story and well acted. A little disappointed in the ending thoughPublished 4 months ago by jenjen
Very moreish and utterly brilliant throughout. And quite close to reality, I imagine, which is why no more have been made - we can't be allowed to see what the NHS is really like. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Chris Hilton
I never saw it on TV,so decided to buy the complete series.WOW! This is by far the best medical drama I have ever seen,it makes ER look like a kiddies show. Read morePublished 5 months ago by miss marple
Eye opening, highly recommend. Can't believe this wasn't more popular at the time.Published 6 months ago by DRIVEONFATTY
A fantastic drama -- well acted and unique. So goo that I've now watched it three times, plus ordered and sent out three other sets as gifts. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Greg M