No, not the medical event. This is the 1990’s TV show, Cardiac Arrest, produced by the BBC. I’d never heard of it before today, when I stumbled across a mention of it elsewhere on the internet. It depicts the working life of junior doctors, and it is cynical, dark and frighteningly accurate. I clicked on the link to watch a clip or maybe half an episode, and ended up watching the entire first series in one sitting. Yes, it is dated. Yes, working hours have improved. No, we don’t overdose people on morphine on purpose, and no the dividing line between doctors and nurses is not always so confrontational. The essence of the programme, though, is a dead ringer. I watched the familiar scenarios, characters, conversations, bureaucracy, presentations unfold over and over again throughout each episode (see if there are any junior doctors out there who haven’t had a visceral reaction to bleeping sounds when not at work). No wonder that doctors consistently vote for it as the most accurate medical drama of all time. Without further ado, I urge you move past the dated intro and give it a glance.
I watched the entire first series. Then I immediately wrote this post. Then I immediately went and purchased the entire 3-series boxed set off Amazon.