New Drama Series The Knick Premieres August 8th On HBO Canada

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HBO Canada presents the new 10-episode drama series “The Knick,” premiering Friday, August 8th at 11pm.

Directed by Academy Award and Emmy Award winner Steven Soderbergh (HBO’s “Behind the Candelabra”), “The Knick” is set in 1900 at New York City’s Knickerbocker Hospital, home to groundbreaking surgeons, nurses, and staff who push the boundaries of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics. The series follows the newly appointed leader of surgery staff, Dr. John Thackery (played by Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Clive Owen), a brilliant, arrogant renegade, whose addiction to cocaine and opium is trumped only by his ambition for medical discovery and renown among his peers.

In the series premiere, Dr. John Thackery, a brilliant yet tortured doctor working at the Knickerbocker Hospital in New York, ascends to the role of chief surgeon after the unexpected departure of his mentor, J.M. Christiansen (Canadian-raised Matt Frewer, “Orphan Black”). Though Thackery wants Everett Gallinger (Canadian Eric Johnson, “Rookie Blue”), his own protégé, to take over the assistant chief position, Cornelia Robertson (Juliet Rylance, “Days And Nights”), daughter of Knickerbocker’s major benefactor, is insistent on hiring Algernon Edwards (André Holland, “1600 Penn”), a talented young doctor who trained in London and Paris. Edwards encounters enmity and resentment on his first day at the Knick, but his desire to remain prevails after joining Thackery, Gallinger, Dr. Bertram ‘Bertie’ Chickering Jr. (Michael Angarano, “The English Teacher”), and Nurse Lucy Elkins (Eve Hewson, “Enough Said”) in the operating theatre for a daring surgical procedure.

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