PICK OF THE DAY
EFORE Jodie Whittaker leaps into the TARDIS to travel through time and battle Daleks, this psychological thriller is another reminder of what a compelling actress she is.
In fact, if it wasn’t for Jodie’s mesmerising performance, it would be easy to turn your nose up at a rather outrageous plot.
The opening scene is like something out of Casualty, and a medic (Jodie) looks like she’s having a panic attack as she pulls on her latex gloves.
Flashback to three months earlier and we discover the woman is Cath Hardacre, a hardworking nurse, kind, quick-thinking and generally all-round good egg. She even complains to the health trust about patient neglect – she wants a better world, people!
But of course, this is telly, and no one likes a whistle-blower, so Cath is suspended on tenuous grounds for bullying.
It’s here where the concept gets a bit unlikely. At a leaving party for her best friend Dr Ally Sutton, who is ditching life as an A&E doctor to emigrate to New Zealand, Cath finds Ally’s discarded paperwork in the bin.
Because of course it’s perfectly normal to throw away all your medical certificates.
But sweeping that aside, Cath decides to steal her identity and move to a failing emergency department in Edinburgh as a doctor with her daughter Molly.
I mean, how hard can it really be? She reads a few extra books, Googles the odd medical complaint...
So now Cath is Doctor Sutton – no wonder she was sweating profusely in A&E.
The cast – including Sharon Small as Cath’s boss and Emun Elliott as a charming consultant – more than make up for the shaky premise, and you’ll be gripped as you wait to see if the imposter will be found out.