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MON­ROE seems to have found it­self some fans. As in­deed has Mon­roe him­self, as a kind of fun guy who plays poker and spe­cialises in one-lin­ers. Oh and neu­ro­surgery. Do you think there are many of those around in real life? Not in my ex­pe­ri­ence.

The ones I’ve met, no­body’d be mak­ing a TV se­ries about them. You’d be

If any­thing, James Nes­bitt could’ve given Mon­roe a bit more of a rev up. Or the script could’ve. It’s been very safe.

But on the other hand, there’s a ref­er­ence to Shaddup You Face. The Joe Dolce ‘‘ song’’. Mon­roe men­tions it tonight, it’s com­pletely ran­dom. I have missed most of this se­ries though, so there mak­ing a movie, and it’d be like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. may be some com­pletely ra­tio­nal ex­pla­na­tion. I hope so.

What about this bit, do you think this bit’s true? That you need these four qual­i­ties to be a sur­geon — mem­ory, man­ual dex­ter­ity, de­ci­sion mak­ing, and (‘‘most of all’’) the strength to come through the doors to do it all again af­ter it’s gone wrong. I think Mon­roe said sur­geon. Maybe he was tak­ing the ju­niors through their new job as butch­ers.

Safe hands: James Nes­bitt

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