Lisa Zenzen Baker, 1961-2003


Friday, November 11, 2005

New hospital "reality" show

New TV show depicts the real story
behind hospitals’ PR blitz

A TV drama from Britain premiers this month on cable. Set in a hospital, it shows a world far different than the warm and fuzzy image the PR campaigns try to create. Here is what the BBC America Web page says about it:

“Bodies” is unlike any other medical drama - it's raw, disturbing and uncompromising.

Inside every hospital exists a world that few people have seen — a world of ruthless politics, institutionalized cynicism, malpractice, and pitch-black humor.
"Bodies" is written by former doctor Jed Mercurio. It throws open the medical world with stories of such unbearable power and intensity it is hard to look away.

“Bodies” begins as fresh-faced resident Rob Lake (Max Beesley) starts work in the Ob Gyn unit of a large city hospital. The workload is enormous and the pressure is on. Shortly after his arrival, he comes to suspect that his new boss, Roger Hurley (Patrick Baladi), is incompetent.

Accidents happen – in fact Rob is himself responsible for the death of a patient – but with Hurley, accidents happen a lot.

“Bodies” premieres Thursday, September 29 at 9 p.m. on BBC America.