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Tonight is the UK premiere of stylish period medical drama The Knick, directed by Hollywood heavyweight Steven Soderbergh and starring Brit star Clive Owen. Set in turn-of-the-century New York, the series opens with a stark, sequence of doomed obstetric surgery carried out in an auditorium of onlookers.Hope and surgical innovation are soon dashed as blood fills every jar – this set piece a colourful reminder of how far medicine has come from this relatively recent past. Death is ever present inside the city’s Knickerbocker Hospital, an institution dealing with the legacy of the city’s vast poor, immigrant population. The surly, flawed Dr John Thackery - chief surgeon at The Knick - might be apparently impervious in the face of constant death, but he is taunted by the promise of medical discovery that beckons tantalisingly beyond his ideas for experimental procedures and treatments. (Begins Thursday October 16, Sky Atlantic HD, 9pm).
What others said about The Knick:
The Hollywood Reporter, Tim Goodman: ‘It’s a serious work of television that is angling to dramatize numerous weighty subjects, and isn’t overly concerned with distracting the audience with shiny objects in the process. Viewers must have a real willingness to see blood and muck, not to mention the ability to stomach the sexism and racism on display in the story.’
The New Yorker, Emily Nussbaum: ‘At the Knick, a brilliant, drug-addicted, brothel-frequenting doctor—John Thackery, played by a beetle-browed Clive Owen—is poised to push modern medicine forward, from C-sections to skin grafts. The surgical-history material is rich stuff, but the series itself is dour and hokey, full of stock characters and eye-rolling exposition.’
The Independent, James Rampton: ‘You may find yourself watching some parts of The Knick through splayed fingers. The tone is set from the opening moments of the first episode, when Thackery’s team engage in a grim, extended battle to remove a traumatised baby from the womb of a severely haemorrhaging mother. We are not spared a single gory detail of the procedure.’
The Telegraph, Jane Mulkerinns: ‘Extreme a character though he may be, Thackery’s contradictions are grounded in reality. The show’s writers, Michael Begler and Jack Amiel, mined details from the life of Dr William Halsted, a New York doctor who championed newly emerging anaesthetics and pioneered radical mastectomies for breast cancer before his death in 1922. He was also a cocaine and morphine addict.’
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