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Melissa George medical drama Heartbeat coming to TLC

New US medical drama Heartbeat is coming to TLC in the UK it has been announced.

Starring Melissa George (The Slap), Dave Annable (Brothers and Sisters), Joshua Leonard (Bates Motel) and Don Hany (White Collar Blue), Heartbeat comes from NBCUniversal International Distribution. The 10 part series is based on the real life and achievements of cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Kathy Magliato.

Heartbeat is a unique character-driven medical drama that follows the professional and personal life of world-renowned heart transplant surgeon, Dr. Alex Panttiere. There is nothing conventional about Dr. Panttiere, who is as cutting edge and unorthodox in the Operating Room as she is with the two men in her life. Her approach to medicine is without boundaries, as is her approach to everything else in her world.

Between Dr. Panttiere’s hectic hospital life that includes a tumultuous love triangle with two brilliant but stubborn surgeons (Dave Annable and Don Hany) and her household of two kids and a homosexual rock star ex-husband (Joshua Leonard), Alex is constantly striving to overcome numerous daily obstacles and be the best mother and doctor possible.

The cast also includes Shelley Conn (Mistresses, Terra Nova), D.L. Hughley (The Hughleys), Jamie Kennedy (Kingdom) and Maya Erskine (Man Seeking Woman).

Clare Laycock, Head of TLC, UK & Ireland, said of the acquisition, “Off the back of an incredibly successful 2015, we’re really excited to add Heartbeat to TLC’s slate for 2016. It’s a fast-paced, fearless and uplifting medical drama that perfectly complements our broad mix of content and I know our viewers will love it.”

Heartbeat is executive produced by Jill Gordon, Amy Brenneman and Brad Silberling and produced by Universal Television. It will air on TLC (Sky 125, Virgin 167, BT TV 323, Talk Talk 323) from April.

Pip Ellwood-Hughes
Pip Ellwood-Hughes
Pip is the Editor of Entertainment Focus and the Managing Director of agency Piñata Media.

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