The gripping, darkly humorous and disturbing medical drama continues with more explosive action and emotional confrontations - the personal and professional loyalties of staff at South Central Infirmary's Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department are tested as never before. Registrar Rob Lake (Max Beesley) finds himself caught in the bitter rivalry between his dangerously incompetent boss Roger Hurley (Patrick Baladi) and bullying consultant Tony Whitman (Keith Allen). Will ambition silence him, or can his sometime lover Sister Donna Rix (Neve McIntosh) persuade him to take sides? And it's crunch time for Rob's career and love life as he and fellow registrar Polly Grey (Tamzin Malleson) fight over a new job.
- Bodies: Series 2 and Finale review by JD
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Like pretty much all medical dramas it is far too dramatic: Junior doctors physically bullied on ward rounds, senior doctors having swimming pools built by corrupt drug companies, managers directly coercing consultants to make unethical decisions. Real life is much more subtle and almost impossible to show in the format of a film. Nevertheless the essence of managers trying to assert power over consultants, of juniors feeling unvalued and the insinuating influence of sponsors on a trial are important points that are unfortunately too real and are illustrated effectively. The issue that was accurately defined was that of the dangerously incompetent doctor not only avoiding suspension but rising like scum through the ranks, promoted by the unknowledgeable managers while the competent skilled doctors are ensnared in bureaucratic traps.
If you care about medical politics this series will make your blood boil, if you want a dramatic drama the medical crises are very graphic and gut turning. The acting is 7/10 except for Keith Allen who is 10/10.