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TV dramas 'misrepresent the NHS'
« on: 18 November, 2009, 08:58:57 pm »
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Following discussions about cyclists and the press representation, I came across this one.... any comments?




Mike J

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Re: TV dramas 'misrepresent the NHS'
« Reply #1 on: 18 November, 2009, 09:11:42 pm »
Any drama will mis-represent the real life thing it is trying to represent.

I'm sure there are not many schools that are like Waterloo Road in real life - the whole point of drama is that it is a realistic as possible surely, but fictional?

Jakob

Re: TV dramas 'misrepresent the NHS'
« Reply #2 on: 19 November, 2009, 12:19:48 am »
The whole point of drama is that it is a realistic as possible surely, but fictional?

The whole point of a drama is to entertain.

Jaded

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Re: TV dramas 'misrepresent the NHS'
« Reply #3 on: 19 November, 2009, 12:26:47 am »
The whole point of a drama is to have Tristan to say "we need a little beep when a key is pressed to make it more realistic".

We refused Casualty when they wanted to film at my building. I told them we wouldn't agree without a script. The script had a sensational plot line that was as likely as badgers playing croquet and they were unwilling to alter it, so we said no.
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Re: TV dramas 'misrepresent the NHS'
« Reply #4 on: 19 November, 2009, 12:35:40 am »
what comment do you want?

Rapples

Re: TV dramas 'misrepresent the NHS'
« Reply #5 on: 19 November, 2009, 01:54:01 am »
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Medical procedures must be researched for accuracy, so why can't Holby City and Casualty reflect the work and practices of a 'real' hospital instead of what is a very blurred reality?

Because that would be called a documentary wouldn't it?


Oh, and yes we really do need to see more hand washing on TV. It's rivetting stuff

FWIW, I've spent a little time in hospitals this year, and although I've seen lots of hand washing stations, I've never seen any member of staff use one ;)

Re: TV dramas 'misrepresent the NHS'
« Reply #6 on: 19 November, 2009, 06:42:14 am »

The majority of work in a hospital is mind-numbingly boring unless your involved. Hence would be poor TV. It is only by dramatising it that it becomes watchable.

Remember hospital watch??  talking to the human interest stories, spinning them out to make it seem exciting. And then any procedure seemed to be just a sea of theatre greens.

andygates

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Re: TV dramas 'misrepresent the NHS'
« Reply #7 on: 19 November, 2009, 09:36:25 am »
Fiction Not True Shock.

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clarion

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Re: TV dramas 'misrepresent the NHS'
« Reply #8 on: 19 November, 2009, 10:07:10 am »
Dang!  And i only joined the NHS to shag Patsy Kensit! :(
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Re: TV dramas 'misrepresent the NHS'
« Reply #9 on: 19 November, 2009, 10:31:24 am »
(Tolchocks gulliver repeatedly against desk in the vain hope that the Stupids will commit suicide before the world ends in 2012)

Are you, Mr Sumara, the sort of person who sends hate mail to actors because they portray a dislikeable oik on the television?  Do you believe that someone, somewhere, really did shoot JR, and should be sent to prison for it?  Do you actually think that all Catholic priests are like Father Jack?

It's made up, dolt.
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onb

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Re: TV dramas 'misrepresent the NHS'
« Reply #10 on: 19 November, 2009, 10:37:06 am »
A recent spell in hospital lead me to believe that nurses do not look like Patsie Kensit all my illusions shattered. ::-) ::-)
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onb

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Re: TV dramas 'misrepresent the NHS'
« Reply #11 on: 19 November, 2009, 10:39:02 am »
(Tolchocks gulliver repeatedly against desk in the vain hope that the Stupids will commit suicide before the world ends in 2012)

Are you, Mr Sumara, the sort of person who sends hate mail to actors because they portray a dislikeable oik on the television?  Do you believe that someone, somewhere, really did shoot JR, and should be sent to prison for it?  Do you actually think that all Catholic priests are like Father Jack?

It's made up/, dolt.


Nadsat ,excellent.  :thumbsup:
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Really Ancien

Re: TV dramas 'misrepresent the NHS'
« Reply #12 on: 19 November, 2009, 11:14:13 am »
We tend to communicate the nature of organisations best through satire. We have a strong tradition of workplace comedies in British TV, most of the best shows are about jobs. I like the ones which make some attempt to break through the fourth wall, 'People like us' is my all time favourite. The intro of the one about pilots is a gem. The ideas are more densely handled in satire where character development is less of an issue. I'd never watch Casualty, but I will watch Green Wing.
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Re: TV dramas 'misrepresent the NHS'
« Reply #13 on: 19 November, 2009, 11:25:24 am »
'Getting On' was the most recent NHS satire. Armando Ianucci was involved, very good cast.

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clarion

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Re: TV dramas 'misrepresent the NHS'
« Reply #14 on: 19 November, 2009, 11:35:44 am »
Do you actually think that all Catholic priests are like Father Jack?


That would be ridiculous.  Some are like Father Ted, while the rest are like Father Aidan, obv.
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clarion

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Re: TV dramas 'misrepresent the NHS'
« Reply #15 on: 19 November, 2009, 11:37:18 am »
btw, Green Winhg was a far more accurate representation of Hospital life than Casualty, IME.
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Mr Larrington

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Re: TV dramas 'misrepresent the NHS'
« Reply #16 on: 19 November, 2009, 03:01:20 pm »
Do you actually think that all Catholic priests are like Father Jack?


That would be an ecumenical matter.  Some are like Father Ted, while the rest are like Father Aidan, obv.

And Noel Furlong, and Larry Duff, and this lot.
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Re: TV dramas 'misrepresent the NHS'
« Reply #17 on: 19 November, 2009, 06:38:34 pm »
Anyone remember Emergency Ward 10?
It came as a shock to me to find that the NHS wasn't black and white  :)
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