ITVITV is lining up a new medical drama as one of the replacements for its axed police-drama series The Bill. ITV has long since searched for a successful and returning medical drama to rival the success of BBC One’s Casualty and Holby City but has had little luck – while The Royal was a success for several years in its Sunday evening slot the period drama has itself been cancelled due to declining ratings.

 

ITV1ITV is lining up a new medical drama as one of the replacements for its axed police-drama series The Bill. ITV has long since searched for a successful and returning medical drama to rival the success of BBC One’s Casualty and Holby City but has had little luck. Drama’s such as Sweet Medicine, which replaced the cancelled Peak Practice, Harley Street and Always and Everyone [later renamed A&E] were not successful and cancelled. While The Royal was a successful medical drama for the broadcaster it was also a period drama and not seen as a rival to Casualty or Holby City; being gentler and less pacy. The Royal was cancelled last year alongside parent series Heartbeat because of declining ratings.

 

 

However, with the departure of The Bill from ITV later this Autumn, after 27 years on-air, ITV are hoping to try their luck with the genre once more. The broadcaster has lined up a new six-part series from the award winning writer Peter Bowker. The drama gas yet to be cast but is working under the title Monroe and was mentioned by ITV last week when they announced the cancellation of The Bill. The drama is expected to be given the full green-light and will be produced by Mammoth Screen productions who have previously produced Lost in Austen and Wuthering Heights for ITV, Bower wrote the adaptation of Heights for ITV. The writer has previously worked on dramas within the medical genre such as Medics, Peak Practice and Casualty. He told Media Guardian he hopes his new series becomes as popular as House – the hit Fox series starring Hugh Laurie.

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