Medics (Polish TV series)

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Medics
Lekarze cast.jpg
Medics cast
Also known as Lekarze
Szpital Alicji (production title)
Genre Medical Drama
Written by Andrzej Staszczyk
Justyna Stefaniak
Marek Kreutz
Directed by Filip Zylber
Marcin Wrona
Starring Magdalena Różczka
Paweł Małaszyński
Danuta Stenka
Jacek Koman
Katarzyna Bujakiewicz
Agnieszka Więdłocha
Szymon Bobrowski
Piotr Polk
Marcin Perchuć
Wojciech Zieliński
Composer(s) Łukasz Targosz
Country of origin Poland
Original language(s) Polish
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 65 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Dariusz Gąsiorowski
Producer(s) Dorota Chamczyk
Editor(s) Krzysztof Boroń
Piotr Kmiecik
Location(s) Toruń, Poland
Cinematography Jan Holoubek
Tomasz Dobrowolski
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s) TVN
Release
Original channel TVN
Picture format HD 1080i
Original release 3 September 2012 – present
External links
Official website

Medics, also known under the original title Lekarze, is a Polish medical drama which premiered on 3 September 2012 on TVN.

Plot[edit]

The series follows the story of Alicja Szymańska (Magdalena Różczka), young and ambitious surgeon, who begins the work in a fictional Copernicus hospital in Toruń. She meets a group of charismatic doctors, who fight for life and health of their patients forgetting their own weaknesses and everyday problems.

Production[edit]

On 10 October 2011 was announced that network is working on medical drama and the series will be shoot in Toruń.[1] Filming of the first series consisting of 13 episodes began on 21 October 2011 under the production title Szpital Alicji (Alicja's Hospital) and ended on 3 April 2012 in Toruń. The title was changed on 12 March 2012 on Medics.[2] The series premiers on September 3, 2012. On 19 June 2012 it was announced that Medics had been renewed for the second series after receiving positive reviews from the network.[3] Filming of the second series began on 17 July 2012 in Toruń, even before the first series' television premiere. The final scene was filmed on 20 November 2012 in Warsaw.[4] On 9 November 2012 Medics was renewed for third season, which premiers this fall with 13-all new episodes.[5] The cast will return on the set late April this year. On 6 March 2013 the medical series was renewed for one more season. Fourth season of the Medics will consist of 13 episodes and will premiere in spring 2014.[6] The cast will return on the set late October this year.

Cast[edit]

Series synopsis[edit]

Series One[edit]

Main article: Medics (series 1)

Young and ambitious surgeon Alicja Szymańska (Magdalena Różczka) decides to begin a new life. She leaves Warsaw and moves to Toruń, where she begins the job in a fictional hospital Copernicus managed by Elżbieta Bosak (Danuta Stenka). New job gives her the opportunity to develop her career and meet a group of full of passion doctors, who fight for life and health of their patients forgetting their own weaknesses and everyday problems.[7] Filming of the first series consisting of 13 episodes began on 21 October 2011 under the production title Szpital Alicji (Alicja's Hospital) and ended on 3 April 2012 in Toruń. The title was changed on 12 March 2012 for Medics.[8]

Series Two[edit]

The second series was announced on 19 June 2012 after Medics received positive reviews from the network. The filming began on 17 July 2012 in Toruń and ended on 20 November 2012 in Warsaw.[3] Season two started on 25 February. There will be 13 all-new episodes.

Series Three[edit]

On November 9 series Medics was renewed for another season. The filming started on 15 April 2013 and ended on 31 July 2013. Third season started on September 2, 2013 and ended on November 25th 2013.[9] Season finale marks the first appearance of Wojciech Mecwaldowski. and his character Michał Karkoszka

Series Four[edit]

Medics on 6 March 2013 were renewed for fourth season, with 13 episodes to TVN in spring 2014. The cast returned on the set on 1 October 2013 and final scene was filmed on 26 February.[6] Season premiere was on 2 March and finale will air on 25 May. Paweł Małaszyński left the show in season premiere. Wojciech Mecwaldowski is a series regular and Anna Polony is recurring.

Series Five[edit]

On 17 December 2013 Medics were renewed for fifth season. There will be 13 all-new episodes. The filming started on 14 May and ended on September 2nd. The season premiere was on September 7. Borys Szyc joins the cast as Przemysław Karski and Olga Bołądź as series regular in 5x07 as new neurosurgeon Anna Bogna Zaniewska. In the final minutes of the series finale Bartosz Porczyk made an appearance as mysterious ex-boyfriend of Olga Bołądź character Anna. His character would be a series regular in season 6.

Cancellation[edit]

On 8 November 2014 it was announced that series won't return for season six due the low ratings. Probably Olga Bołądź and Borys Szyc would stay as series regulars for season six. Bartosz Porczyk would be added to series regular as mysterious ex-boyfriend Marcin.

Ratings[edit]

Medics premiered on TVN on Monday, 3 September 2012 at 9:30 p.m. and attracted the audience of 2.94 million. It reached the share of 24.2% in group "16-49" and 23.6% among all viewers. It was the most watched program in its timeslot.[10]

List of ratings by series
Series Episodes Timeslot Series premiere Series finale TV season Viewers
(millions)
Average share
(4+)
Average share
(16-49)
1 13 Monday 9:30 p.m. 3 September 2012 26 November 2012 Autumn 2012 3.05[11] 23.1%[11] 23.9%[11]
2 13 25 February 2013 27 May 2013 Spring 2013 2.77[12] 20.3%[12] 21.2%[12]
3 13 2 September 2013 25 November 2013 Autumn 2013 2.72[13] 20.1%[13] 21.3%[13]
4 13 Sunday 8 p.m. 2 March 2014 25 May 2014 Spring 2014 2.34[14] 13.8%[14] 15.4%[14]
5 13 Sunday 9 p.m. 7 September 2014 30 November 2014 Autumn 2014 TBA TBA TBA

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TVN szykuje serial medyczny "Szpital Alicji"". wirtualnemedia.pl. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  2. ^ ""Lekarze" zamiast "Szpitalu Alicji" na TVN". Media2.pl. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "TVN już zdecydował: będzie drugi sezon serialu "Lekarze"". Wirtualne Media. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Ruszyły zdjęcia do drugiej serii "Lekarzy"". TVN Advertising Office. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "TVN pracuje nad trzecim sezonem serialu "Lekarze"". wirtualnemedia.pl. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Kolejne serie "Lekarzy" są już pewne. TVN nakręci trzeci i czwarty sezon serialu". pomorska.pl. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  7. ^ ""Lekarze" już jesienią - jaki będzie nowy serial TVN?". Ofemin.pl. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  8. ^ """Lekarze" nowym serialem TVN". wirtualnemedia.pl. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "TVN pracuje nad trzecim sezonem serialu "Lekarze"". wirtualnemedia.pl. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "Serial "Lekarze" hitem TVN". Wirtualne Media. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c ""Lekarze" hitem telewizji TVN, 29 mln zł z reklam". Wirtualne Media. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  12. ^ a b c ""Lekarze" wygrali z Tomaszem Lisem, 26 mln zł z reklam". Wirtualne Media. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  13. ^ a b c ""Lekarze" pokonali konkurencję i przynieśli 30 mln zł z reklam". Wirtualne Media. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  14. ^ a b c ""Lekarze" z 2,4 mln widzów. TVN wiceliderem rynku". Wirtualne Media. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 

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