Londoner Matthew Harris (Paul McGann) feels he’s destined for more in life than being a hospital porter. After a doctor who resembles him dies in a car accident, Harris takes it as an opportunity to improve his lot. Assuming the man’s identity, Harris nabs a position in a Bristol emergency room. There, he embarks on a romance with nurse Christine Taylor (Amanda Donohoe). But before long his past — and his lack of medical experience — come back to haunt him.
Production: British Screen Productions, Channel Four Films, Granada Television, Paper Mask
Director: Christopher Morahan
How does it feel to hold someone’s life in your hands? What is it like to cut into someone else’s body? What is it like to stand by, powerless, while someone dies because of the incompetence of your seniors? How do you tell a beautiful young man who seems perfectly fit that he has only a few days left to live?
Gabriel Weston worked as a surgeon in the big-city hospitals of the twenty-first century; a woman in a world dominated by Alpha males. Her world was one of disease, suffering and extraordinary pressure where a certain moral ambiguity and clinical detachment were necessary tools for survival. Startling and honest, her account combines a fierce sense of human dignity with compassion and insight, illuminating scenes of life and death the rest of us rarely glimpse.