While we’re waiting to find out what Lennie James’ involvement in this season of “The Walking Dead” will be (after a couple of early teases), you should know that the actor stars in a new medical drama series, titled “Critical,” which premieres on Sky TV in the UK this month (although, like the last British series James starred in, the crime drama “Line of Duty,” which also aired on Sky, I expect this one to eventually become available to viewers in the USA. “Line of Duty” is available right now on Hulu).
“Critical” is described as one story, in one place, in one hour – a real-time medical and emotional roller-coaster ride in which every second counts during the most life-threatening hour of a patient’s treatment.
Lennie James leads an ensemble cast, playing trauma consultant Glen Boyle in what will be a 13-part series set in a state-of-the-art major trauma center, which treats only the most gravely ill or seriously injured. Each episode will feature a new and distinctive case. Whether that patient lives or dies is determined by decisions and procedures, but can the diverse team of medical professionals pull together and rise to each challenge?
Created by Jed Mercurio, the real-time nature of the drama will take “the sense of realism to genre-defining levels, transporting the viewer from the airy atriums of a new hospital to the inner cavities of the human body.”
It sounds like “24,” but as a medical drama.
Lennie James said: “The chance to work with Jed again and to come home to be part of such an exciting and ballsy project was too good an opportunity to turn down.”
Other members of the cast include: Neve McIntosh (“Doctor Who”), Prasanna Puwanarajah (“The Half Light”), John MacMillan (“Silk”), Ellen Thomas (“Rev”), Mali Harries (“The Indian Doctor”), Paul Bazely (“Casualty”), Danny Kirrane (“Trollied”) Peter Sullivan (“The Hour”), Emma Fryer (“Chickens,” “Phone Shop”), Orion Lee (“Skyfall”) and Juliet Oldfield (“Top Boy”).
Critical is set to debut later this month, although Sky hasn’t announced the exact date yet – just that it’s coming in February.
Watch the new trailer below: