ITV to replace The Bill with medical series

Productions April 1, 2010

ITV’s promise to invest in more new drama brands with the axing of The Bill includes a dark new medical series from Mammoth Screen penned by Peter Bowker.

The 6 x 60-minute drama, titled Monroe, centres on the intense and often difficult world of a neurosurgeon and the patients he comes into contact with. It was commissioned by ITV director of television Peter Fincham and head of drama Laura Mackie and will TX in 2011.

Unlike other medical series such as ER and Casualty, it is understood that the drama will focus on one character rather than an ensemble cast and will be less accident and emergency based. It also aims to reflect the dark humour that enables people to cope in life-threatening situations.

The series will be produced by Mammoth Screen who also produced Bowker’s adaptation of literary classic Wuthering Heights which aired on ITV1 last year.

Bowker, whose BBC Iraq war drama Occupation picked up best drama series at last week’s Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, began his writing career on medical series’ including Casualty, Peak Practice and Medics.

His other credits include Flesh and Blood, which starred Christopher Eccleston, and series including Blackpool and Desperate Romantics.

By Lisa Campbell