Produced with major investment from Screen Australia in association with Screen NSW, PULSE is a Clandestine Beyond production for ABC, with international sales being handled by ABC Commercial.
PULSE stars Claire van der Boom (Sisters of War), Andrea Demetriades (Janet King), Owen Teale (Game of Thrones), Liam McIntyre (Spartacus: War of the Damned), Arka Das (Top of The Lake), Pallavi Sharda (Lion), Blessing Mokgohloa (Hunters), Susie Porter (Seven Types of Ambiguity), Dalip Sondhi, Penny Cook (A Country Practice) and Renee Lim (Please Like Me).
Inspired by a true story of a transplant patient who became a doctor, PULSE, created by Kris Wyld, Michael Miller and Mel Hill, is a high stakes drama set in and around the transplant unit of a busy western suburbs teaching hospital. When successful high-flier Frankie Bell (Claire van der Boom) is brought crashing to earth by chronic kidney failure she targets an alternate future. Eight years on she is in her second year as a practising doctor starting her first day in a Renal rotation. Driven to use her second chance to save others, Frankie must confront an ailing health system, and face her toughest challenge – learning to let go.
Produced by Clandestine Beyond, PULSE was produced by Kris Wyld and Antony I Ginnane with Beyond Entertainment’s David Ogilvy and Ron Saunders and the ABC’s Sally Riley and Kym Goldsworthy as executive producers. Written by Kris Wyld, Michael Miller, Kristen Dunphy and Mandy McCarthy, PULSE was directed by Peter Andrikidis, Jennifer Leacey and Ana Kokkinos.
A high-flying financial analyst had it all… before failing kidneys landed her at death’s door, and a transplant offered her a second chance.
Inspired by the man who saved her life, Frankie (Claire van der Boom) alters course to become a doctor herself, working and learning in the high stakes, high pressure world of the cardio-thoracic and renal wards of a major teaching hospital.
Along with her colleagues, Lou (Andrea Demetriades) and Tabb (Arka Das), Frankie must face the political, personal and professional realities of working at the coalface of an ailing medical system.
But for Frankie especially, a hospital can be a dangerous world. Though uniquely qualified to understand her patients, as a transplant recipient she is also vulnerable to infection, and her compassion for others may just endanger her own life.
Frankie’s determination to succeed takes her on a rollercoaster ride from terror to triumph, from heartbreak to happiness, from fragility to strength. She’s driven to use her second chance to save others, but learns that’s not always possible, and when you can’t save the very person who saved you, sometimes the real gift is in letting go.