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PATRICIA HLUCHY October 25 2004
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PATRICIA HLUCHY October 25 2004

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Megan Follows her instincts

A cash-starved Maritimes hospital hires a brilliant young surgeon to head its pediatric cardiovascular surgery unit. There’s an abrupt increase in the number of babies dying under the knife, even during routine procedures. Scrub nurse Sherry Cardinal (Megan Follows) is alarmed by the incompetence she perceives in supposed Wunderkind Dr. Allan Kenning. And she discovers that, prior to joining the unit, he had focused on drug research while spending scant time in the O.R. Seems he was hired because of his links to big pharmaceuticals, with

their penchant for giving fat handouts to drug researchers and the hospitals they work for.

That conundrum is at the core of Open Heart (CBC, Oct. 24), a much more complex treatment of the issues than you get in most TV movies of its ilk. But the show, directed by Laurie Lynd, also has the couchgripping suspense of a prime-time hospital series. Based on real events in Canada and elsewhere, Open Heart succeeds especially because of its subtle acting, including a knockout performance by Follows.

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