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Bodies: The Complete Collection (6 Discs)

Released on 22 October 2007

Featuring: Max Beesley, Patrick Baladi & Keith Allen

Format: DVD | Rating: 18 years & over

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When Rob Lake 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 alternatively confused and hungry for more...

Includes series 1, 2 and the series finale.
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 The BEST Drama EVER!

| | See all carefulsilly12's reviews (14)

This has to go down as one of the most neglected drama's of recent history. By far the best thing to ever grace BBC 3's screens - BODIES - demonstrates the sheer hell of working within the NHS. People snipe and back bite and destroy and cover up... But there is also humour, love, affairs of the heart and people who truly care. Wonderfully acted and fabulously written by Jed Mercurio buy this DVD boxset and get very, very angry...

 Dr Prescribes TV Pill Too Bitter for BBC & NHS to Swallow!

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I must declare a strong bias. I have worked as an NHS Finance Manager overseeing radical changes for the last 15 years. Not always for the best I must add. In many cases it is change for the sake of change, backdoor privatisation, erosion and rationing of NHS services.

Watching 'Bodies' you can understand why those who can afford it opt for Private Health Insurance. I'm paid to keep my mouth shut and just get on with it. So this series was rather cathartic. Such a crying a shame it was so overlooked and therefore under-rated. It deserved to have the same political impact as 'Cathy Come Home' in the 60's, or 'The Day After' & Threads; in the 80's.

The experiences of our hero Dr Lake, brilliantly played by Max Beesley (still his best role to date by miles) mirrored my own thwarted whistling blowing efforts, albiet in a more mundane non-clinical role.

I had wondered what former NHS doctor Jed Mercurio had been up too since penning 'Cardiac Arrest' back in the mid 90's. That was based on his experiences as an overworked junior doctor and was done in the same fly on the wall, all too real and occasionally obsidian black comedic style. I plan to get hold of that series on DVD too.

I don't really go for the usual run of the mill hospital 'soaps' clearly aimed at a female audience. They are so far-fetched what with lead cast members being admitted onto their own wards every other week following freak gardening accidents etc. But with Dr Mercurio's proven pedigree I knew this would be well worth tuning in for. The scheduling also made me curious. Late on a Saturday night on BBC3 almost as if to limit it's ratings potential. Just enough viewers to justify the reasonably high production costs and giving the BBC Execs the required kudos for meeting their 'hard-hitting' programming quota. Yet not so much attention as to have the BBC switchboard jammed by petrified expectant Mums demanding a full and immediate public enquiry. I understand Cardiac Arrest achieved this notoriety among grannies. I can only speculate that Obs & Gynae DNA (Did Not Attend) figures would have hit the stratosphere had it been repeated on BBC 2.

So it came as no real surprise that the 3rd series was canned in favour of a rather hurried, slightly unsatisfying 'loose ends tying up' one-off special. I think Jed Mercurio must have felt totally let down and hamstrung by the BBC commissioners. I suppose its kind of fitting really as many NHS Clinicians feel the same way about NHS PCT Commissioners these days.

The programmes themselves are as addictive as morphine and will appeal to anyone who enjoys well written dramas, high production values, seeringly authentic prosthetic special effects ( probably best viewed on an empty stomach and an empty womb!) and absolutely spot on acting. Keith Allen's potty mouthed but ultra-talented senior surgeon is hilarious. Patrick Baladi does a brilliant 'Management Poodle' . In fact I can't fault any of the performances. Even down to the black lady from HR who's sole role it is to silently devour biscuits at the frequent disiplinary showdowns. As for the bedroom scenes PHWOOR!!

I AGREE WITH THE 'BEST BBC DRAMA EVER' COMMENT . Obviously too close to the bone politically and in many 'extreme close up' cases literally!

 shockingly realistic: not for the faint-hearted!

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Kudos to BBC for producing a tv show that makes "ER" look like a Disney cartoon... "Bodies" is the disturbing, gruesome and often graphic depiction of the lives and deaths of staff and patients in the Obstetrics & Gynaecology wards of a big English hospital. So realistic a depiction that paradoxically it turns out to be refreshing: at last a tv show tells it like it is, which is scary and troublesome but also makes you think "I knew it all along: this is what really happens in places like this!". Excellent casting, very good script, very good acting and amazing special effects make this DVD a must-see.

 Bodies The Complete Collection

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this is the best medical drama we have ever seen. It is frighteningly realistic and so addictive it is almost impossible not to watch the complete collection all at once.

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ActorsMax Beesley, Patrick Baladi, Keith Allen, Neve McIntosh, Tamzin Malleson, Susan Lynch, Jayne Ashbourne, Ingeborga Dapkunaite & Preeya Kalidas
DirectorJohn Strickland
Certificate18 years and over
Year2004
ScreenWidescreen 16:9 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (2.0) Stereo
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.