We’ll all need resuscitated after nail-biting end to Trauma
Grieving Dan confronts surgeon Jon over son’s death
Millions of viewers were no doubt shouting “Exactly!” at their TV screens towards the end of ITV’S Trauma last night.
Well, someone finally asked grieving father Dan Bowker (John Simm) why he was going after the surgeon who’d tried to save his son Alex’s life rather than the kid who’d actually stabbed him.
The fact that it was the surgeon, Jon Allerton (Adrian Lester), that asked the question merely added to the drama. Whether you were convinced by Dan’s answer probably determined whether you were satisfied by this finale.
Dan was certain Jon had lied from the start, and his belief that an injustice had occurred was all-consuming. In the end he was right. Jon had made a critical mistake during the surgery.
Dan’s extreme method of forcing the medic to admit his error made for the most nail-biting TV I’ve seen since the last Line Of Duty finale.
We didn’t know if Dan had killed Jon’s daughter and was about to kill his wife. Even when we discovered he’d killed no one there was a heart-stopping stand-off in which anyone – including himself – could have been killed.
Of course, you can carry on moaning about how Dan had managed to sneak past hospital security so many times if you like. You can even carry on wondering how someone who was supposedly skint had managed to buy his wife a designer dress and pay for private psychiatry help. (Er, credit cards?)
I’d rather concentrate on the fact that Simm and Lester were brilliant, as were Lyndsey Marshall (Dan’s wife Susie), Rowena King (Jon’s wife Lisa) and Jade Anouka (Jon’s daughter Alana).
I’d also like to thank ITV for wrapping it all up in three nights, which means I can now get back to more important matters.
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