The Fragile Heart

The Fragile Heart (1996)

  • Genre: Drama
  • First Air Date: 1996-11-06
  • Last Air Date: 1996-11-20
  • Total Seasons: 1
  • Total Episodes: 3
  • Status: Ended
  • Episode Runtime: 65 min.
  • Production Company: Carnival Films
  • Networks: Channel 4
  • Director: Patrick Lau


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.

  • Keywords: surgeon, miniseries, medical drama
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    The Fragile Heart Seasons

    Season 1

    First Air Date: 1996-11-06
    3 Episodes

    The Fragile Heart Episodes

    Title Air Date Duration
    Season 1Episode 1Part I55 min
    Season 1Episode 2Part II55 min
    Season 1Episode 3Part III55 min
    • Nigel Hawthorne

      as Dr. Edgar Pascoe
    • Dearbhla Molloy

      as Dr. Lileth Pascoe
    • Helen McCrory

      as Nicola Pascoe
    • Dominic Mafham

      as Daniel Pascoe
    • Gareth Armstrong

      as Profusionist
    • Marian McLoughlin

      as Margaret Sedgley
    • Robert Langdon Lloyd

      as Dr. Maurice Denton
    • Ian Aspinall

      as Dilip Satsu
    Writing Paula Milne Writer
    Production Brian Eastman Producer
    Directing Patrick Lau Director