True crime podcast Dr. Death is being turned into a TV series starring Jamie Dornan

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12th Aug 2019

Following on from the huge success of Wondery’s cult podcast Dirty John being turned into a TV series starring Eric Bana and Connie Britton (available to stream on Netflix), another hugely popular Wondery podcast is coming to the small screen.

Variety reports Dr. Death, the podcast that tells the terrifying true story of former American neurosurgeon Christopher Duntsch — nicknamed Dr. Death — who allegedly botched numerous surgeries while working in a number of hospitals in Dallas, Texas, resulting in shocking outcomes for his patients, is being turned into a TV series.

According to the publication, Fifty Shades of Grey star, Jamie Dornan, has been cast in the title role of Dr. Death (Christopher Duntsch) along with 30 Rock’s Alec Baldwin — who will play neurosurgeon Dr Robert Henderson — and Mr Robot’s Christian Slater, who is set to take on the role of vascular surgeon, Dr Randall Kirby.

E! News reports an announcement about the series describes Dornan’s character as “young, charismatic and ostensibly brilliant, a man who was building a flourishing neurosurgery practice when everything suddenly changed when patients were left dead.” According to the publication, the plot of the series will follow the podcast, delving into the “twisted mind of a sociopath and the gross negligence of the system designed to protect the most defenseless among us”.

The podcast has been reportedly listened to by over 50 million people and is compelling listening. The story is almost unbelievable it’s so shocking and the podcast questions how he could have operated on so many patients between 2010 and 2013 with such terrible outcomes and yet continued to operate until a combined effort of Dr Henderson, Dr Kirby, and the medical board among others worked to have him stopped.

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If you haven’t listened to the podcast yet, it’s well worth listening to before the TV series hits screens. No details as yet on an air date or which network or streaming service it will be available on here in Australia, but check back here, we’ll update this story when new Dr. Death news comes to light.

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