It is absurd to divide people into good or bad. People are
either charming or tedious.
Finally, after weeks of being tedious, Coronation
Street's John Stape and Shortland Street's Zac
Smith are either behind bars or have had their evil ways made
Everyone who has ever been locked in a cellar of any kind has
To recap, in Coro, Mr Stape had locked three people in
a cellar in a desperate attempt to cover up his crimes.
In Shorty, Mr Smith was playing an evil game, and had
drugged and locked Roimata in a more local cellar.
Now the two storylines, which had run simultaneously at
opposite ends of the earth, have both, mysteriously, ended at
the same time.
We are left with this question: How come the names of both
soaps end in ''street''?Moving on, the exciting, dramatic and
sexy world of neurosurgery is about to hit our screens.
You will remember neurosurgery as the medical discipline
behind a huge and recent fundraising effort in Dunedin.
In series two of Monroe, we find out the truth about
this romantic and glamorous field.
It goes, pretty much, like this - Gabriel Monroe (James
Nesbitt, an Irish actor who has been in just about every
television programme ever made in the UK, and, of course,
The Hobbit) is a neurosurgeon.
Dramatically, in series one, his home life and relationship
with his wife spiralled out of control, as he cured people of
brain tumours, epilepsy, being shot and hit by cars.
That was then.
This is series two.
Paul Herd (Jody Latham, who was really good in
Shameless) and his pregnant wife Julie (Julia Haworth)
ask Monroe for help.
Paul has been refused surgery by other hospitals for a
dangerous neurological condition and Monroe has to decide
whether to operate.
What will happen?
As Paul says of his dickey brain - ''It's in 'ere, like a
''You can see how we're fixed,'' he says, looking towards his
''We can't live like this.''
Of course we have already seen Monroe's skills.
Early in the show he pokes a wire into a fellow's head and
inserts some sort of electrical device, fixing his shaking
Meanwhile, outside the operating theatre, Monroe has moved
into his new bachelor pad.
Then, all of a sudden, new clinical nurse and attractive
older woman Lizzie (Tracy-Ann Oberman, Chrissie Watts from
EastEnders) arrives at St Matthews.
Could this be a new love interest in Monroe's life?
Is that how neurosurgeons carry on?
Enjoy Monroe on Prime from February 24 while you can.
It was cancelled by ITV last November because of low ratings.
- Charles Loughrey