The actress played Jenny Bremmer in the medical series which starred James Nesbitt as the brilliant but quirky neurosurgeon Gabriel Monroe. The drama was created by Peter Bowker whose previous writing credits include Casualty, Medics and Peak Practice.
ITV cancelled Monroe last year following its second season and its a decision Parish does not agree with. The actress told P.A “I don’t want to put myself out of a job with regards to commissioning editors, but I think it was a bizarre decision. Peter Bowker’s one of the best writers, and James Nesbitt was in the role of his life. We were all like, ‘Wow, can’t quite believe it’. But that’s the business, isn’t it. You’ve just got to put a smile on your face and go ‘Okay’, otherwise you’ll end up really angry and bitter and sad.”
While the first series of Monroe was a moderate ratings success for ITV the second series was not so. The series averaged 3.5 million viewers in overnight figures for its second run which may have influenced ITV’s decision.
The limited availability of lead-star James Nesbitt may also have been an issue. The actor’s role in The Hobbit films, which are filmed in New Zealand, could have limited the dates he was available for.
Sarah Parish is currently starring in BBC One’s new fantasy drama Atlantis in which she plays Pasiphae. Atlantis airs on Saturday evenings on BBC One.