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The Fragile Heart (1996)

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Edgar Pascoe is a highly successful and charismatic cardiac surgeon. Pre-eminent in his field, he is the embodiment of the upper echelons of medicine: urbane, assured, supremely confident in his own abilities. But he is not infallible - either in the operating theatre or in his private life with his divided family.

Edgar's wife Lileth, a dedicated and compassionate country GP, is increasingly drawn to the holistic arts of healing still practiced in the East, but scorned by purveyors of Western technology. As their professional ideals and methods clash, so inevitably does their relationship. Nicola is Edgar's favoured child, ruthless and unscrupulous in her ambition to emulate her illustrious father.

But it is in China, heading a medical delegation, that Edgar is confronted by an ethical dilemma over the abuse of human rights and is forced into a painful moral awakening which will prove to affect every area of his life.

Series Cast

  1. Nigel Hawthorne

    Nigel Hawthorne

    Dr. Edgar Pascoe

    3 Episodes

  2. Dearbhla Molloy

    Dearbhla Molloy

    Dr. Lileth Pascoe

    3 Episodes

  3. Helen McCrory

    Helen McCrory

    Nicola Pascoe

    3 Episodes

  4. Dominic Mafham

    Dominic Mafham

    Daniel Pascoe

    3 Episodes

  5. Gareth Armstrong


    3 Episodes

  6. Marian McLoughlin

    Marian McLoughlin

    Margaret Sedgley

    3 Episodes

  7. Robert Langdon Lloyd

    Robert Langdon Lloyd

    Dr. Maurice Denton

    3 Episodes

  8. Ian Aspinall

    Dilip Satsu

    3 Episodes

Full Cast & Crew

Last Season

Season 1

1996 | 3 Episodes

Season 1 of The Fragile Heart premiered on November 6, 1996.

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The Fragile Heart


Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language English


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