Operation Scene in ATV series General Hospital 1975Sky 1 is to air a ‘realistic real-time’ medical drama, Critical. The series will star Lennie James as playing locum trauma consultant Glen Boyle.

James leads an ensemble cast including Catherine Walker as trauma registrar Fiona Lomas with Claire Skinner playing trauma consultant Lorraine Rappaport and junior doctor Dr. Bennett-Edwardes is played by Kimberley Nixon.

Created by Jed Mercurio Critical will be one story, in one place, in one hour – a real-time medical and emotional roller-coaster ride in which every second counts during the most life-threatening hour of a patient’s treatment. The real-time nature of the drama takes the sense of realism to genre-defining levels, transporting the viewer from the airy atriums of a gleaming new hospital to the inner space of the human body.

The 13-part series is set in a state-of-the-art Major Trauma Centre, a unit which treats only the most gravely ill or seriously injured.

The chance to work with Jed again and to come home to be part of such an exciting and ballsy project was too good an opportunity to turn down. – Lennie James

The production goes into production next month for transmission later in 2014.

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