|Nurse Jackie, a 'dark comedy' set in a New York hospital, is both dark and funny - often at the same time - and should be a much bigger hit than it is (cue stamp with 'FACT' on it, stamping). |
Aww, telly programmes about nurses - because they always do such marvellous jobs don't they, nurses; and they work so hard for peanuts and are quite simply angels and so on and so forth.
Or so received wisdom goes.
But in the case of Nurse Jackie, received wisdom IS WRONG.
In what is described on the BBC's website as a dark comedy, the New York-based Nurse Jackie, shown on the Showtime network in the US, and whose central character is a nurse called Jackie, is all the things you might not expect from a lead character who wears blue overalls and is qualified to administer pain relief to people who are bleeding.
Complex - but not complicated
You see, even though she does do a marvellous job and probably does work hard for peanuts, Jackie is also selfish, an adulterer, and has a drug problem.
But it's not that simple - the plot is as complex and involved as the most involved of soap operas, only a lot more involving.
Deep breath: Jackie, a married mother of two young daughters, and played by Edie Falco who was in The Sopranos you know, is having an affair with her former colleague.
But he also happens to be a bit psychopath, and is befriending Jackie's husband Kevin, after she tried to end the affair. Meanwhile, Jackie herself has a secret problem with painkillers, with an equally secret credit card on the go to pay for them.
So that's where we are. And although it's complex, it's not complicated. But it's also brilliant - in turns funny, shocking, engaging and back to funny.
And you might wonder why it's not a much bigger hit here in Britain, as it deserves to be.
It's probably down to scheduling - it's on BBC Two late on Saturdays, and, as we approach the end of the 12 episode-long season two, we can breathe a sigh of relief that potentially inconvenient scheduling by BBC Two has ABSOLUTELY NO BEARING on the show's future.
Because season three's just begun in the US. Yay!
There's a season three trailer bobbin' about below if you dare.
Tv-ooh's not watching it though as one doesn't like to be spoiled *dabs corners of mouth with a dainty napkin*.
Update: Nurse Jackie season three is to air on Sky Atlantic in the UK, rather than BBC Two, which isn't great news for the show's fans who don't have Sky. *adds Nurse Jackie to 'box-sets to buy' list*