1. YOU'LL LOVE (TO HATE) THE HERO
Imagine a cocky, arrogant, swaggering, womanising, hard-drinking, self-centred man-child who thinks he's god's gift to pretty much every other person he meets. Except that he's also talented, handsome, stupidly charming and, oh yes, literally mends people's hearts for a living. Conflicted? You will be, when you get to know The Heart Guy, aka cardiac surgeon Hugh Knight. Sure, he may have his flaws (his many, many flaws), but he's also the ultimate loveable rogue. And, just when you think you're going to really get mad at him, he reminds us: "I'm only good at one thing. Saving lives."
2. IT'S A CLASSIC FISH OUT OF WATER TALE
Sure, it's a tried and tested formula, but who can resist a proper, good old-fashioned fish out of water story? In this case, Hugh Knight is the big hapless fish who, having been reprimanded for his reckless behaviour in Sydney, is banished to work as a lowly GP in the back end of nowhere. This is the rural Australian town of Whyhope, and Hugh doesn't seem to have a hope, especially as it's been so long since he's practiced general medicine that he's reduced to Googling people's symptoms, in the manner of a panicking hypochondriac. Oh, and did we mention Whyhope just happens to be the town where he grew up... and thought he'd left behind forever?
3. THERE'S A DELIGHTFULLY AWKWARD LOVE TRIANGLE
There's a whole truckload of unwelcome memories in Whyhope, and many of them are wrapped up in the form of Hugh's ex-girlfriend Charlie. Unsurprisingly, she still hasn't quite forgiven him for abruptly ditching her so many years ago. Plus, she now happens to be married to Hugh's brother Matt. Cue lots of awkward rivalry between the siblings, with Charlie stuck in the middle. Surely Hugh won't make a move on his own brother's wife though, would he? Would he? Right?
4. THERE'S A BIG BAD MAMA
Speaking of awkward faces from the past, there's also the little matter of Hugh's mum, Meryl. Don't be expecting some sweet older lady brandishing cakes and undivided affection. Meryl is a tough-talking political activist who has her eyes on seizing real power in the local area, and isn't above pulling some devious tricks to get there. Hugh's clearly a chip off the old block in that regard, and it's delicious to see his mum's irreverent influence rub off on him even more, especially when mummy inspires him to get one over on a local mine boss.
5. THERE'S A WILL-THEY-WON'T-THEY
Just to make things that little more addictive, there's also a classic will-they-won't-they romance. You know, the kind where both parties squabble and roll their eyes all the time, but you can almost feel the unspoken romantic tension in the air when they so much as have a grudging cup of coffee together. The lady in Hugh's sights (not that he'd ever admit it) is Penny, his boss at Whyhope hospital. Dealing with a dwindling budget, staff cuts and a disgraced, over-confident surgeon from Sydney, Penny is in no mood for Hugh's brand of charm... or is she?
6. IT'S GOT LOTS OF MEDICAL SHENANIGANS TOO
The Heart Guy isn't just about Hugh's stumbling attempts to be a better person, or the emotional minefield of his personal life. It's also a medical drama, so you can expect plenty of surprising, sometimes even shocking, medical misadventures, with a decidedly rustic flavour. How will our favourite, slick, big city doc cope with a messy farm accident? And what about that MRI machine that seems to have gone AWOL? There's also a darker edge to things when Hugh's private addictions threaten to have him disqualified even from his new life as a humble country medic. Looks like this doctor needs some serious medicine in his own right...