Hearts on the line
Dr Frankie Bell (Claire van der Boom) Close to death, Frankie’s life was saved by a kidney transplant. Ever since then she quit her high-flying professional job to become a doctor and pay it forward. She is determined to work in the renal ward with the man who gave her a second chance, Professor Chad Berger. But Frankie’s experience leads her to be a bit too invested in her patients and keeping her transplant a secret is difficult.
Dr Lou Tannis (andrea demetriades)
Warm and enthusiastic, Lou wants to be a surgeon and she’s got the talent and brains for it but struggles to keep her emotions in check when faced with a tough mentor. Lou ends up risking everything when she starts having an affair with her boss. She is best friends with Frankie. Prof Chad Berger (owen teale) Berger is in a difficult position. He has to keep Frankie’s transplant a secret, while also treating her as a patient and being her boss and mentor. He has a Welsh background and uses an unorthodox approach to treating his patients and will break the rules to give them the best care. Dr Eli Nader (liam mCintyre) Nader well and truly has his guard up and comes across as prickly and unforgiving but that could all be from a traumatic event in the past. He’s just returned from a war zone and while he is easily annoyed at Frankie’s sensitive approach there is some chemistry sparking between them.
Dr Maggie Cutter (susie Porter)
She is a top surgeon with a tough nature and blunt manner. Cutter has given everything to gain the career and reputation she has. Lou wants to be mentored by her but Cutter is putting her through the ringer in order to earn her respect. Dr Tabb Patel (arka das) He’s housemates with Lou and Frankie and an intern at the hospital. Tabb has a sweet nature and a cheeky side that wins him friends but won’t always help on the hospital floor. Filled with self-doubt, Tabb struggles to find confidence given how often things go wrong when he’s around. Dr Tanya Kalchuri (Pallavi sharda) Tanya is a renal registrar and while she is ambitious of her own accord she is also facing family pressure to succeed in medicine. She believes Frankie to be competition at work and is suspicious of the rapport between Frankie and Berger, to the point where she assumes they are sleeping together.
Dr Rowan Mitri (Blessing mokgohloa)
Mitri has a god-like status in the surgical department. He’s known for getting what he wants and doesn’t like to be challenged. His charisma catches Lou’s eye and the pair have a fling that could put Lou’s career in jeopardy. But Mitri might end up being the one in the firing line because cavalier attitudes often lead to costly mistakes.
Dr Rupert Steele (daliP sondhi)
He is the head of medicine at City West hospital, which makes him everyone’s boss. Steele likes tradition, rules and protocol and while he is passionate about patients the realities of his job mean administration is his reluctant focus.
Carol Little (Penny Cook)
Carol is the nurse unit manager who may come across as tough while giving orders to her team but she will always be there when they need help. Once you’ve earned Carol’s respect you will have her unwavering loyalty.
Dr Monica Lee (renee lim)
She was a surgical trainee but switched to being an anaesthetist when she suffered burnout.