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Sky1 has confirmed the launch date for new series Critical. The medical drama will premiere on the channel on Tuesday, February 24.
The 13-part series is told in real-time like 24 and focuses on a hospital’s trauma unit. The series is written by Line of Duty’s Jed Mercurio and reunites him with actor Lennie James, who stars as trauma consultant Glen Boyle.
The show also stars Catherine Walker (Strike Back), Claire Skinner (Outnumbered) and Kimberley Nixon (Fresh Meat). The Critical cast is completed by Neve McIntosh, Prasanna Puwanarajah, John MacMillan, Ellen Thomas, Mali Harries, Paul Bazely, Danny Kirrane, Peter Sullivan, Emma Fryer, Orion Lee and Juliet Oldfield.
Multi-talented Pontypridd actress Kimberley Nixon has swapped comedy for casualty thanks to her new role in medical drama Critical, which comes to Sky 1 this winter.
Created by Line of Duty’s Jed Mercurio, Critical documents the vital “golden hour” where a team of trauma doctors fight to save the life of their patients during the most vital moment of their treatment.
The 29 year-old is famous for her roles in Channel 4 comedy Fresh Meat, and the under-appreciated BBC comedy Hebburn.
The real-time drama boasts a stellar cast which includes Lennie James (The Walking Dead), Claire Skinner (Outnumbered) and fellow Welsh actress, Mali Harries from Y Gwyll/Hinterland.
The Hunky Dory star spoke about her new role – as Doctor Angharad “Harry” Bennett-Edwardes in Critical. We have also added x5 episode stills of Kim to the gallery …
How would you characterise your time on Critical?
It’s been amazing. This job has been like no other. It’s been intense, but so enjoyable. You feel like you have to perform at the top of your game all the time and live up to this incredible set.
The other day we shot a scene that was 23 minutes long. Ten people were all running round the operating theatre being ridiculously busy. By the end of it, you felt like you’d run a marathon. It’s been a huge challenge, but a wonderful experience.
How would you describe your character?
Harry is very book-smart. She really knows her stuff and is top of the class. But when she starts working in the hospital, she suddenly finds that things in real life aren’t as clear they were in books. Glen and Fiona are her mentors.
They are great teachers, and she doesn’t want to let them down. From them she learns that things aren’t always clear-cut or black-and-white.
She realises she has to stick by her decisions and stand up for herself. She makes mistakes, but they turn her into a better doctor.
We joked that by season 15, Harry will be a completely hardened trauma surgeon!
What sort of mistakes does Harry make?
All the surgeons hit on her, and she’s very wide-eyed. But she has to learn not to get involved with anyone at work. She gets involved with a colleague, and they bring their personal life into the trauma unit, which you just can’t do.
When you’re literally holding someone’s heart in your hand, you can’t be giving your boyfriend daggers for something he did earlier.
So they don’t handle it very well, but she learns from it.
Is Harry our way in to this world?
Yes. The audience follow Harry a lot of the time because she’s new and, like the viewers, has been thrust into this environment without knowing very much about it.
She’s a good doctor, but the pace of the work doesn’t allow her time to think.
Everybody’s running around, but she’s scared to make decisions because you could kill someone if you get it wrong. But the viewers are with her all the way because she doesn’t know what’s going on, and they don’t, either!
Some of the scenes in the operating theatre are pretty full-on. Did they ever make you feel queasy?
No, I’m not at all squeamish. My character ends up with her hands inside people’s bodies. I’m a tomboy, and I love blood and guts! Also the prosthetics are amazing, they really help you get into a scene.
The hardest thing is that you have to learn how to do several things at the same time, like talk to a patient while opening a packet of syringes without looking. It makes me really admire what real doctors do.
Why do you think that using the real-time format makes such an impact?
Because it’s so intense. Nothing gets left out. You see the patient come in, and you find out all their problems at the same time as the medical staff do.
Then you watch the doctors make decisions about how to try to save their lives.
You see every single part of the procedure right to the very end of the golden hour.
So all in all, has it been a positive experience?
Definitely. I’ve had the most brilliant time with this wonderful group of actors, and I’ve learned so much about what it takes to be a doctor.
If the acting all goes wrong, I think I’ll go to medical school!
As previously reported by BCG, Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong are working on a fourth series of university-based comedy drama Fresh Meat.
Channel 4 have now confirmed they have ordered eight more episodes, however the bad news for fans is this looks set to be the final series of the hit show.
BroadcastNow reports: “Fresh Meat’s students are to graduate in a fourth and final series this autumn.”
Channel 4’s Piers Wenger has told the trade magazine that he has indeed ordered another eight episodes from Objective Productions and that the series “will wrap up the university lives of the six main protagonists”.
Series 3 of Fresh Meat aired in November and December 2013. It focused on the second year of the Manchester-based students, with Jack Whitehall’s character of JP now acting as their landlord.
The concluding episode saw Oregon going head to head against Vod in the Student Union elections, Josie and Kingsley trying to sort out their relationship, and Howard building up the courage to ask Candice out. Series 4 is expected to re-join the action at the start of the students’ final year of study.
Since the end of Series 3, Jack Whitehall has starred in the third and final series of his BBC sitcom, Bad Education and can now be seen in Backchat and Cockroaches; Charlotte Ritchie has taken a lead role in BBC Three’s Siblings; Joe Thomas starred in The Inbetweeners 2; Kimberley Nixon appeared in Sky Arts’ The Dog Thrower; and Zawe Ashton has filmed forthcoming new comedy drama Cut. Meanwhile Greg McHugh has taken on various roles, including a part in the 2015 football film Kicking Off.
Writers Bain & Armstrong will act as showrunners on Series 4 of Fresh Meat, however many of the episodes will be written by other writers. The writing duo, having recently completed work on Babylon; are scripting a final series of Peep Show, which is due to be filmed later this year.
Jesse Armstrong’s debut comic novel – Love, Sex and Other Foreign Policy Goals – is released in April. Set in 1994, the book is about a gang of ‘good-hearted young people’ who set off for Bosnia in a Ford Transit van with ‘a sack of rice and a half-written play to try to stop the war’.
Fresh Meat Series 4 is expected on TV in late 2015.
The 13-part series is told in real time like 24 and focuses on a hospital’s trauma unit.
The show also stars Catherine Walker (Strike Back), who plays trauma registrar Fiona Lomas, with Claire Skinner (Outnumbered) as trauma consultant Lorraine Rappaport and junior doctor Harry Bennett-Edwardes played by Kimberley Nixon from Fresh Meat.
Production on the show began in February, with the series set to air in 2015.
Check out the teaser trailer from the writer of Line of Duty comes the brand new Sky drama Critical starring Lennie James, Claire Skinner and Kimberley Nixon. Critical will be one story, in one place, in one hour – a real-time medical and emotional roller-coaster ride in which every second counts during the most life-threatening hour of a patient’s treatment. Official Website : www.sky.com/tv/show/critical
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