TV Highlights

What was on Tuesday 12th January

The Night Shift

Sony - 9pm

Who's in it?

Eoin Macken rocked a dodgy Texas accent as the heartthrob medic in this brand new medical drama which feels like every other medical drama, ever.

In a nutshell

Here’s what’s original about The Night Shift: it’s set in Texas. San Antonio, to be specific. And so there’s an emphasis on war veterans, and army medics. Other than that, there is absolutely nothing original about The Night Shift. It is a medical drama cobbled together out of other medical dramas, a mash-up of ER and Grey’s Anatomy, a show so eminently familiar you might very well suffer flashbacks to your youth while watching it.

The characters are all “types”. Our hero, TC, is the rogue with a heart of gold. We know this because he wears a leather jacket, rides a motorbike and has stubble, but is also handy when it comes to saving lives in the nick of time. His obvious love interest, Jordan, is super-competent, and they spark off against each other. Except they don’t really, because they have so little chemistry. Meanwhile, there other stock characters like the harassed manager who does stuff his colleagues don’t agree with, and… oh, you get the picture. Some of the actual medical scenes were OK, though.

What's the verdict?

Well, this isn’t a show that’ll set pulses racing, but grumbling aside, if you’re hopelessly addicted to glossy medical dramas and Grey’s isn’t enough, then… yep, this could be what the doctor ordered.

2/5

Check out The Night Shift now on Virgin TV Anywhere

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