Mark Strong, Carice van Houten and Daniel Mays star in an emotionally complex, gripping, British drama. Discover how good men do bad things for love.
Daniel Milton (Mark Strong) is a surgeon who, driven by personal tragedy, operates an illegal clinic deep below London’s Temple tube station for those who either wish to remain outside the system, or for those desperate enough to seek treatment unavailable through conventional means.
Aided by disgruntled underground worker Lee (Daniel Mays) and guilt-ridden medical researcher Anna (Carice van Houten), Daniel’s dangerous and unpredictable clientele test his morality to the limit. But if it means he can save the person he loves, it will all be worth it.
The charactersMeet the cast of Temple
Carice Van Houten
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Daniel Milton is a highly respected surgeon. Life has gone to plan so far; he has a lovely house in London and perfect family with his scientist wife Beth and daughter Eve. But there is a ticking bomb within his comfortable world, Beth has been hiding the fact she is critically ill. Daniel’s desperate grief is made more acute by his fury towards the medical establishment which he feels abandoned them both. So when he receives a call from a former patient - doomsday prepper, Lee Simmons – begging him to perform emergency surgery on a wanted fugitive, he quickly becomes drawn in. Led by Lee to an improvised clinic deep beneath London’s Temple tube station, Daniel seizes the opportunity to play by his own rules.
Now complicit in harbouring Britain’s most wanted man, bank-robber Jamie Harris, and with Lee keen to turn their newly established underground clinic into a going concern, Daniel begins leading a double-life: respected doctor above ground, maverick surgeon below. His motivation for doing so becomes clearer as we unpack his past and learn how Beth’s illness affected him. But when Daniel is forced to put Beth’s former colleague, Anna, into an impossible position, the secrecy of the underground clinic is put in jeopardy. Anna is horrified by Daniel – he’s both literally and metaphorically become part of London’s criminal underworld - but when Daniel reveals what he’s trying to achieve, she is moved to become his unexpected ally.
As the parameters of the clinic expand, a dysfunctional underground family begins to form. However, the perils of dealing with the capital’s most dangerous people creates its own problems, while Detectives Hall and Moloney, and vengeful criminals Mercy and Keith, have both begun their hunts for Jamie and the stolen money. As his moral compass spins, Daniel finds himself travelling a long way from the man he thought he was.
Working closely together deep underground, striving to save someone they both care about, complex feelings threaten to re-emerge between Daniel and Anna. Daniel’s image of himself as an upstanding surgeon and loving husband is challenged on all fronts. Just what is motivating his risk taking grows murkier. Meanwhile an over-sentimental and love-struck Lee, buzzing from reconnecting with an old friend Celine, takes a massive risk for Jamie that endangers them all.
Daniel’s descent reaches new depths when he’s forced to enter the dark and dangerous world of black-market organ-trading to save a patient, only for a chance encounter to scupper everything. Meanwhile, the naïve Jamie contacts his pregnant girlfriend Michelle just as both the police and the gangsters are closing in.
With the pressure mounting, relationships begin to fracture both above and below ground. Lee is left heart-broken by Céline, Hall and Moloney make a massive breakthrough in tracking down Jamie, and with Daniel’s patient seemingly doomed he’s left to face the ultimate question: just how far will you go for someone you love?
On the very day he receives a professional accolade above ground, below ground Daniel crosses a line he can never return from. It blows apart his relationship with the appalled Lee who decides to bring the underground clinic – and their arrangement – to an abrupt end. However, with hostile forces converging on them from all sides, it may prove to be too late.
Despite their personal relationships being in tatters, Daniel, Lee and Anna have to join forces when Mercy and Keith track them down. Jamie is lured from the clinic and chased through the streets of London by the wily Hall and Moloney, while Daniel, Lee and Anna are forced to discover just how far they’re prepared to go to save themselves.