Monday, June 18, 2007
COMA! The Time Of Your Life, ITV1, 9.00pm
Neiiiiiigh! Why, is that the High-Concept Pony cantering past to pay us another visit? Yes, we do believe it is. Fortunately we love a good bit of rather implausible drama, so we always look forward to the pony trotting past. See if you can swallow this: Kate has been in a coma, in rather mysterious circumstances, for the past 18 years - since her 18th birthday, in fact. Most people have given up the idea of her regaining consciousness, but it just so happens that she defies the odds and wakes up at the age of 36, baffled by the modern world, thrown by the fact that her friends have all grown up and lived their lives without her, and trying to piece together what happened to put her in the coma in the first place.
Sounds awesome, doesn't it? Frankly if it's even half as bonkers as the premise sounds, we're sold. In fact, we particularly like the fact that in the publicity for the show the writer basically admitted that he researched the medical effects of people who wake up after comas of this length, discovered that they generally have a fair few medical problems to overcome, often including relearning fundamental human skills like how to speak, and decided that this would make quite boring telly, and so decided to completely ignore the reality and just focus on the interesting bits, like being an 18 year old trapped in the body of someone twice your age who still wants to go bumming round India for a year at an age when you're meant to be acting responsibly. Quite right too.
Lots of very lovely and starry names in the cast, not limited to Geraldine James, Genevieve O'Reilly, Victoria Hamilton (we LOVE her) and the never-less-than-watchable Olivia Colman. It's a six-parter, and with dramas of this nature there's always the risk that it might go completely down the shitter about halfway through, but frankly it's a risk we're willing to take.