Frankie Series 1 Episode 1 (BBC) Review

BBC4’s Getting On (which will soon be remade for the US by HBO) and the ever-popular Call the Midwife have already made the lives of nurses a very viable topic for successful telly, and this new mid-brow drama, Frankie chooses to focus on one in particular. Eve Myles fills the titular role as a thirtysomething district nurse so committed to her job that her personal life all too often takes a back seat. What we see across this first hour might not be the experience of most district nurses over the last couple of years – Frankie is seen to have all the time in the world for those in need – but I’m not entirely sure the point of this drama is to comment on the state of the NHS. Cuts and dwindling resources are mentioned, but never truly get in the way of what has to be done. As the title suggests, this is solely about one woman’s experience in a demanding job, and what job that is doesn’t really matter. This is a good thing, since by far the strongest part of the show is Eve Myles’ heroine. READ MORE...

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