What do you think of “Harrow”?

Screen Capture: Ioan Gruffudd as Dr. Daniel Harrow in the Catherine Millar directed Harrow episode “Abo Imo Pectore.”

Is “Harrow” a series you would be interested in watching?  If medical dramas are your thing, there is a good chance you might like watching “Harrow.” The second season premiere, the Catherine Millar directed “Abo Imo Pectore,” hit television screens on Sunday, 12 May 2019. The title of the second season premiere is Latin for “From the Deepest Chest.” The Latin phrase “Abo Imo Pectore” is frequently translated to “Also Indeed Chest.”

Brief Episode Synopsis: “Abo Imo Pectore

Forensic pathologist Dr. Daniel Harrow (Ioan Gruffudd) is in recovery after suffering a near-fatal shooting. Naturally, because of the forensic pathologist’s disdain for authority, Harrow quickly returns to work. With the assistance of Dr. Grace Molyneux (Jolene Anderson), Harrow investigates a tragic puzzle. Molyneux is a new member of the QIFM staff. There may be more to a young mother’s psychotic episode than meets the eye. Meanwhile, Harrow looks for the person that shot him.

Is there a trailer?

With “Harrow” being an Australian series, many Americans might have an issue with the way in which the characters express their thoughts. Australian accents aren’t all that difficult to understand for the British but that is not necessarily true for Americans.

Harrow” promotional poster. Image Credit: IMDb

While medical dramas are popular in many countries, increasing in popularity are those dramas revolving around forensic pathologists. If you are wondering what a forensic pathologist is, one would only need to look to the 1970s medical crime drama “Quincy M.E.” for clarification.

Is there much of a difference between a medical examiner and a forensic pathologist?

Quincy as his job title shows was a medical examiner. A medical examiner, also referenced as a forensic medical examiner, is an individual who investigates deaths that are unusual or suspicious. He or she is a medically qualified public officer. Dr. Loretta Wade (CCH Pounder), a principle character in the American television series “NCIS: New Orleans” is an example of a medical examiner. They can perform autopsies or order them. With a forensic pathologist being an MD who performs autopsies for the same legal purposes as those previously mentioned, except for the job title used, there does not appear much difference.

What is “Harrow” about?

Set in Brisbane, Australia, the series revolves around forensic pathologist Dr. Daniel Harrow (Ioan Gruffudd). Relative to other medical dramas you might be familiar with, merely to give context to the title character, Harrow has every bit as much respect for authority as a certain Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) you’ll be familiar with.

Ioan Gruffudd. Image Credit: IMDb

Ioan Gruffudd

Gruffudd, well-known for period productions, is versatile when it comes to the application of his talents. Further to period drama, the Welsh actor’s acting resume includes many film and television genre. Gruffudd is many things to many people. In these United States, Gruffudd is best known for playing Reed Richards in two “Fantastic Four” films. In the British Isles, the Welsh actor is better known for playing the title character in the period drama television film series “Horatio Hornblower.”

Harrow is not the first forensic pathologist Gruffudd has personified for television. In the short-lived Matthew Miller created series “Forever,” the Cardiff born actor and thespian played Dr. Henry Morgan. Did Gruffudd’s Morgan influence the casting for “Harrow”? It is possible. The characters have similarities and differences.

Gruffudd ability to play a forensic pathologist is genuine. The Welsh actor understands how to play a believable forensic pathologist. This is important because audience members need to feel the characters are realistic.

Who is in the “Harrow” cast?

Further to Gruffudd in the title role, Remy Hii, Anna Lise Phillips, Darren Gilshenan, Damien Garvey, Ella Newton, Robyn Malcolm and Hunter Page-Lochard all reprised their respective roles as Simon Van Reyk, Stephanie Tolson, Dr. Lyle Fairly, Bryan Nichols, Fern Harrow, Maxine Pavich and Callan Prowd from the first season.

Jolene Anderson. Image Credit: IMDb

Jolene Anderson joins the “Harrow” cast

Joining the regular cast for the second season is Jolene Anderson. Her combined theatre, television and film experience made Anderson the perfect choice for playing Dr. Grace Molyneux.

Despite the New South Wales born actress having a short resume of acting credits listed on IMDb, for many actor’s outside these United States, one should not forget the significance of theatre. Many Australian and British actors start out their careers as thespians rather than television and film actors.

In 2011, Anderson could be seen on stage playing the lead role in Marcel Dorney’s “Fractions.” A Queensland Theatre Company production, Anderson was Hypatia. Because of Anderson’s thespian background, the actress has been able to successfully use her skills for both television and film in her native Australia.

Not unlike many Australian actors and actresses, Anderson made appearances in the long running soap opera “Home and Away.” “Home and Away” and “Neighbours” are typically seen as stepping stones towards greater things. Exemplifying this point is such individuals as Jason Donovan, Kylie Minogue, Alan Dale, Chris Hemsworth, Liam Hemsworth, Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce.