BBC celebrates 10 years of Doctors
The BBC is to celebrate ten years of its award-winning daytime soap Doctors with a series of week long short documentaries at the end of March.
The BBC is to celebrate ten years of its award-winning daytime soap Doctors with a series of week long short documentaries at the end of March. The first series of the medical soap aired on BBC One on the 26th March 2000 and amongst the original cast was Christopher Timothy, Jacqueline Leonard, Maggie Cornin, Corrinne Hicks and Mark Frost. Since then many actors have joined the soap and subsquently left with actors such as Sarah Manners, Natalie J Robb, Anita Carey, Tom Butcher, Sean Arnold, Stirling Gallacher and Sean Gleeson amongst those to have had regular roles in the soap.
Doctors regularly attracts up to 2 million soaps per day and was originally paired up with Neighbours to form a successful soap block on BBC One in the afternoons. In 2001 the soap went up against ITV’s relaunched Crossroads but despite much hype surrounding the return of the Midland soap ratings were not as high as ITV would have liked and in 2003 it was cancelled – Doctors had seen it off. In 2008 the departure of Neighbours from BBC One, to Five, lead to much speculation that Doctors would be repeated in the 5.30 enjoyed by the Australian soap on BBC One but these rumours proved unfounded.
Over the years the soap has seen many famous faces crop up such as Tony Adams, Sylvester McCoy, Eric Sykes, Honor Blackman, Johnny Briggs, Brian Blessed, Suzie Amy and Stephanie Powers amongst the many actors who have appeared as patients at the surgery. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the soap lead actress Diane Keen [a soap veteran with stints in Crossroads, Emmerdale and Brookside behind her] presents a series of short documentaries looking back on the show over the past 10 years, the memorable storylines its produced and the famous faces who have walked through the surgery doors.
The week long series of documentaries, Decade of Doctors, will air in the last week of March.