Reviewed by Martin Garrett
Starring: Mark Feuerstein, Paulo Costanzo, Jill Flint, Reshma Shetty, Campbell Scott
Running Time: 535 minutes
Release Date: 6 July 2015
Royal Pains is a medical drama brought to us from America. It follows Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein), an ER doctor, who is forced out of New York City after he chose to treat an injured boy rather than a wealthy hospital benefactor who died. His fiancé ditches him after he fails to find another job in the city.
Along with his brother Evan (Paul Constanzo) he goes away to the Hamptons for a weekend away to party and relax. He attends a billionaire friend’s party where he comes to the rescue of one of the guests. Boris (Campbell Scott), a reclusive billionaire asks him to stay on as his personal doctor, known as a concierge doctor. Evan convinces him to stay and together they become Hankmed. Evan is an accountant and self-appointed CFO of the company. Divyah (Reshma Shetty) finds out that the pair are the new on call doctors to the rich and famous and offers to become the PA (physician’s assistant).
Hank is very strait laced and serious and it took a while to warm to his character whereas Evan is much more care free and spontaneous, however as the show goes on it becomes evident that Hank feels a parental responsibility to his brother which explains his nature. They complement each other well and Divyah although fighting her own battles shows how committed she is to the team.
The first episode felt slow to start and it almost put us off watching the rest but from the second one in it became very enjoyable, the soundtrack was also noteworthy.
This was light easy going programme with lots of comedy moments throughout. Hanks love interest Jill (Jill Flint) is the hospital administrator of the Hamptons Heritage hospital which often brings up a conflict of interest between the pair of them. Her aim is to open a free clinic in the Hamptons for the needy, Hank holds the same core values as Jill and doesn’t charge those who can’t afford to pay.
Royal Pains was a fun show to watch and if it was aired on television I’d look out for it however it wouldn’t make me run out to the shops to buy the next instalment on DVD.
Available to buy from Amazon here.