Frankie Series 1 Episode 2 (BBC) Review

On last week’s premiere of Frankie, it seemed as though we tagged along on the titular character’s entire fortnight’s rounds, going from unfortunate person to unfortunate person, before the district nurse’s own personal life came crashing down around her. This week, we’re focusing much more on the latter, with the nursing cases spread around supporting characters as well as Frankie.

This is a good idea simply because it allows us to get to know supporting characters like Andy a little more, based on how they deal with difficult patients and the general grumbles that come with the job. I wasn’t quite so interested in what happened between Frankie and her cheating almost-fiancé Ian, however, and look forward to what the show can do with the character now that she’s single. It seems inevitable that she’ll eventually end up with Andy, who this week is revealed to be single also, but I’m guessed that union will be left until the final episode.

The cases are all fairly interesting, with a husband and wife dealing with the latter’s motor neuron disease, a decidedly grumpy amputee who refuses to get his dressings changed, and a Hindu woman who doesn’t believe in diabetes. This last one’s not entirely true, but the second episode at least makes an effort to spread the cases around to represent the diversity I’m sure these nurses encounter daily. They even deal with the potent issue of euthanasia which, probably to some controversy, implies that the person objecting to the event is the bad guy.

I’m a little worried that future episodes will paint Frankie as the angelic, open-minded nurse who stands up for the woman’s right to die but, as it stands, a balanced argument would be far more productive. I admire that the show is willing to go there at all, and that the storyline hasn’t been dropped after one episode, but it’s a tricky area to navigate on a light(ish) entertainment series made for the BBC. Let’s hope that Eve Myles’ perky portrayal of our protagonist doesn’t complicate the issue by eradicating the other side of things.

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