Paul Whitehouse to star in Nurse

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BBC Two announced today that Nurse is in production. It is a bittersweet comedy drama, created by and starring Paul Whitehouse in multiple character roles, alongside Esther Coles in the central role of Liz, a community psychiatric nurse.

The series is based on the acclaimed BBC Radio 4 series of the same name, which aired in February this year and was commissioned for BBC Two shortly after.

Nurse is written by Paul Whitehouse and David Cummings, who have collaborated many times in the past on The Fast Show, Down The Line and Happiness. The patients will be a mixture of returning characters from the radio series, plus many new characters.

It follows Liz (Esther Coles) as she does her daily rounds visiting the homes of her patients (or ‘service users’ in today’s jargon). It recounts the humorous, sometimes sad and often frustrating daily interactions with the nurse, whose job is to assess their progress, dispense medication and offer comfort and support.

Paul Whitehouse takes on the roles of Liz’s patients or their relatives. With supporting roles from Simon Day (The Fast Show), Cecilia Noble (Waking The Dead), Rosie Cavaliero (Inside No.9), Jason Maza (The Hooligan Factory), Vilma Hollingberry (Psychoville), Ben Bailey-Smith (Law & Order: UK) and Colin Hoult (Being Human).

Paul Whitehouse said ”Nurse is a project close to my heart, it’s an opportunity to explore issues and characters at a deeper level, while trying to find humour and hope in difficult situations.’’