Cellar days' odd unison

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 public.

Everyone who has ever been locked in a cellar of any kind has been released.

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 ticking bomb.

''You can see how we're fixed,'' he says, looking towards his pregnant wife.

''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 hands.

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

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