Paxton Swipe a Starring Role in the Hit ITV Medical Drama ‘Monroe’


An exciting new medical drama called Monroe, tipped to be ITV’s leading drama series for 2011, hit our TV screens recently.  The show stars James Nesbitt as a neurosurgeon, working in a fictional hospital in Leeds called St Matthews.

Paxton – a market-leading access control manufacturer whose Managing Director is Drew Hoggatt, a member of Vistage 41 - were delighted to provide the show with some access control swipe card readers to make the hospital set look really authentic.

Based in an empty Victorian building in the heart of Leeds, the production company Mammoth Screen’s art department took 10 weeks to put together the Monroe set. As the budget was limited they had to enlist the help of UK businesses who supply all the usual equipment that help real hospitals function.   Knowing how important access control is in a medical environment, Paxton were happy to supply Mammoth Screen with the silver swipe card readers for the set.  Paxton’s electronic access control systems are industry renowned for engineering innovation and appealing aesthetics. As Paxton products are so simple to fit, the readers were added to most of the doors on the hospital set.

Tilly Scandrett, Assistant Art Director for Mammoth Screen said: “Our task was to design and create the interior of a hospital and we wanted it to look appropriately realistic. As electronic access control is a must in any modern hospital, we knew we had to include some smart readers on the doors. The Paxton swipe card readers look really sophisticated and that’s why we knew they would be ideal for the Monroe set. On a design level they were far superior.  Paxton have been really cooperative – we’d definitely approach them again when working on other projects.”

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