DVD review: Frankie

CHRIS GARDNER
Last updated 21:08 29/05/2014
DVD review: Frankie
DVD review: Frankie

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REVIEW: DVD review : Frankie

(BBC, M)

 

Eve Myles starring role in Frankie may have had something to do with the Welsh actress being voted Wales' sexiest woman last year.

The actress, who made her name in Doctor Who's dark spin off Torchwood as agent Gwen Cooper, plays Bristol based district nurse Frankie Maddox in the six part drama.

She's bright, bubbly, fun loving, and wiggles around the room to her favourite music which plays an integral part in the show's plot.

Frankie's loved by her colleagues, her patients treat her as a long lost friend, but her live in police officer boyfriend Ian Hargrave (Dean Lennox Kelly) as he can hardly stand that there are other important things in her life.

Enter the adult themes.

These are as much about caring for patients with dementia, motor neurone disease strokes and amputation as they are about one character's indiscretion in the bedroom which are brief but, nonetheless, pivotal to the story.

It becomes clear, after only one episode, that Frankie will sacrifice almost anything to ensure that the system doesn't cheat those who are in need of her help.

You watch this show to see how far Frankie is prepared to go for a stranger in each episode, and how far each encounter will push Ian away.

 In Frankie she created what the DVD's liner notes call a "heroine for the modern age" who sadly won't be returning to the small screen. Maybe it's because Myles is so busy with other projects, or the concluding episode so deliciously ambiguous that to follow with another series would ruin it.

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