Critical aired one season on Sky 1 before it was cancelled earlier this year. Lennie James, best known as Morgan from The Walking Dead, starred on the British medical drama, and he is not at all happy that the series was not given a real chance to develop and continue on for a second season. It only aired 13 episodes.
Digital Spy shared James’ comments about the series.
“I would’ve loved to have gone back and done another series. The show is something I’m immensely proud of. I had a huge amount of fun doing it. I think it was a show that may well have taken Sky by surprise, but I do think that it warranted being supported more by Sky, and being given the second chance, but what else am I going to say?”
James also had some criticism for the network. He does feel that Sky 1 handled the series properly.
“Critical opened in a blaze of publicity – and then there was nothing. It’s a pattern that Sky may well have to look at. That show needed something else, because we were asking people to look at medical drama in a very different light. We were doing it without most of the fluff and nonsense of other medical shows – actually healing the patient through medicine, as opposed to a kind word and a hug. Hopefully Sky have learnt from it, but I do think that it deserved something other than ‘one and done.'”
James’ Morgan is a regular part of The Walking Dead this season. On the last episode of that AMC series, fans learned more about Morgan’s time away from Rick before he showed up at Alexandria.
Did you watch Critical on Sky? Do you think it should have been given a second season? Tell us what you think.
Critical was an amazing series I thoroughly enjoyed it and I am very disappointed that a 2n series was not made.
I am a registered nurse and I found Critical to be a terrific series and I am so disappointed, even after all this time, that the series did not continue.
Critical is best tv drama we have ever seen. I am so shocked that plug has been pulled. Simply the most captivating enthralling drama we have ever seen. Shame on Sky. Thats Murdock for you. Surely some other network with any vision and intelligence should be pick it up.
Yes a 2nd season should have been made. It leaves you up in the air whats happening. Do hopejthey reconsider doing another season
Loved Critical, I sincerely hope that there will be another season. Lennie is an amazing actor, also supporting actors/actresses were fantastic!
Was amazing!! One of the best medical dramas I’ve seen!! Please, please do a second and third!! As an Emergency Doctor, I really am impressed with the quality. The actors have done an amazing job learning “our world”.
Excellent – Another season would be amazing – Really great drama and suspense. Binge watched it.
It’s a shame that there isn’t a second series. The different scenarios keep you gripped, and the characters were just beginning to unfold. It had a grittiness that other medical dramas don’t have in trying to make a difference in a life and death situation in real time. It deserved another run to see this. I realise it’s not in keeping with other medical dramas where a pat on the back seems to be all it takes to help a patient, and not forgetting romantic gestures to entice a feel good reaction for the audience. Perhaps the graphic details were… Read more »
YES!!!! Really must se a second season !!! Best serie ever!!! Please,just do it!!
YES!!!!!!!I really must see a second season!!!The best serie ever!!Please!!!!
Really really gutted this was cancelled, was just looking up to see when the second series was going to start….. As I’ve raved about series 1 to EVERYONE!!!!
Like all of Jed Mercurio’s excellent writing for tv, this show was highly original and created an intense ‘real-time’ experience for the viewer. This was a natural progression after the wonderful tv series, ‘Bodies’, examined the standard of work and organisation of an NHS obstetrics and gynaecological ward. I watched every episode of Critical twice in the same week, to savour the complex and fascinating interplay of highly-skilled and dedicated National Health Service surgeons being ‘hobbled’ by very poor managers, with too much power and too little concern for the patients. It’s a huge disappointment that the directors at Sky… Read more »
Just found out that this show has been cancelled and I’m absolutely gutted, I loved this show. Had you sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for what happened next. Yet another fantastic show not given enough support by the network
Critical was an amazing medical drama – it felt realistic and Lennie James was extremely good in the series. Can’t believe it’s not back for another series what a disappointed to find out that Sky didn’t commission a second series!
First of all I never heard of CRITICAL. Second, Morgan is a great character for Lennie James on The Walking Dead!