Monroe – that’s James Nesbitt not Marilyn!

I enjoyed the first episode of this new Mammoth Screen produced series currently aired on ITV 1.

It stars James Nesbitt and Sarah Parish as brain and heart surgeon respectively! The US House is perhaps an obvious parallel with the troubled but brilliant doctor and the very talented but over-shadowed staff that work with him.  James Nesbitt always gives me the impression of playing himself irrespective of what role he is cast in, fortunately, this being charismatic and charming, it does not wear – Northern Ireland’s very own Jack Nicholson!

It has a fine ensemble cast and is well written.

Monroe follows on the heels of Marchlands for ITV and I hope that they continue to commission series of this quality in a field that is usually dominated in my view by the BBC with recent series including Silk, Lip Service and South Riding among numerous others and also Channel 4 with their latest series of the innovative Skins and Misfits.  I am hoping that ITV start to give them a run for their money.

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