by Del Harvey
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The Clinic is a wonderful dramatic series from Ireland featuring stories about the characters who work at and seek help from a local health clinic in modern Dublin. The characters are intricately plotted and feel very realistic, but what makes this series so unique is the way the show’s writers and producers will throw a curve into each season. It can be unsettling, especially after you’ve become so familiar and a fan of a specific character, but it does make for dramatic and compelling viewing.
In each episode we follow the conflicts inherent in each character’s life, with storylines that sometimes span several episodes or even an entire season, but which all seem perfectly natural as wrapped around the conceit of being a part of the greater workings of a clinic; a place where people seek aide from other people.
An award winning series set in modern Dublin, The Clinic follows the lives and loves of the Clarence Street professionals headed by demanding husband and wife doctors Ed (David Wilmot - King Arthur) and Cathy (Aisling O’Sullivan - Me & Mrs Jones) Costello. While the staff members have their own responsibilities, their challenge lies within their ability to work together as a team. As they grapple with addictions, financial problems, secret affairs and personality clashes, the staff are caught between their professional relationships with their patients and their tumultuous relationships with each other.
The series premiered on Irish television in October of 2003 and is currently entering its seventh season. The first boxed set, from BFS Entertainment, reveals the show to be immensely enjoyable and entertaining, and we hope that more seasons of the program will be released in the near future.
Del Harvey is the founder of Film Monthly, a film teacher, a writer and a film critic in Chicago.
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