TV brain surgeon James Nesbitt

'Cold Feet' actor James Nesbitt is set to play a brain surgeon in the new ITV medical drama series 'Monroe'

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James Nesbitt

James Nesbitt

James Nesbitt is to take the lead in new ITV medical drama series 'Monroe'.

The 'Cold Feet' actor is set to star in the upcoming show, where he will play the unusual, "charismatic", brain surgeon title character in the script penned by screenwriter Peter Bowker.

ITV's Director of Drama Commissioning, Laura Mackie, said: "'Monroe' will breathe new life into the medical genre, I hope the combination of Pete's sharp and pacy script and Jimmy's performance as the charismatic surgeon will make this one of the most compelling new dramas for 2011."

Each weekly episode will focus on a serious injury or disease and the impact it has on patients, families and staff members.

Peter - who is best known for scripting 2004 series 'Blackpool' - said: "I am a huge fan of hospital drama - not least because it provides the chance to tell big emotional stories based on compelling characters.

"Neurosurgeons are the nearest thing we have to real-life miracle workers, yet they share the same human failings as the rest of us. We want them to be brave enough to take the decisions they take, yet they can't always be right. We don't have to like them, but we have to believe in them. Monroe dramatises what it is like to be at the sharp end of those expectations."

Filming is due to begin in September in Leeds and will be produced by Jennie Scanlon.

As well as writing the script, Peter will work as executive producer alongside Michele Buck and Damien Timmer.

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