Tabloid newspaper The Mirror claims that the BBC daytime series Doctors could be axed following the corporation’s decision to cancel Survivors.
Tabloid newspaper The Mirror claims that the BBC daytime series Doctors could be axed following the corporation’s decision to cancel Survivors. Both drama’s are made in Birmingham for the BBC – although the first series of Survivors was made in Manchester – and paper claims that Doctors could be axed to make way for newer daytime dramas such as Land Girls and Missing – which stars Pauline Quirke. The paper claims the soap is currently being revived by the BBC to see if its value for money as the corporation already has two other medical drama’s: Holby City and Casualty. However, prime-time soap EastEnders is also under review by the BBC and that’s hardly likely to be axed.
“We’re preparing to find ourselves on the chopping block. Three long-running shows with a similar audience, themes and storylines are up for review and Doctors is probably the weakest in ratings terms.” – Show executive quoted in The Mirror
Doctors regularly attracts audiences of nearly 2 million viewers for BBC One in its daytime slot of 1.45pm. Earlier this year one episode topped 3 million viewers and last month the soap celebrated 10 years on air. In the decade its been on-air Doctors has seen its popularity rise as the BBC decided to air it nearly all year round and saw off competition from Crossroads on ITV1 in 2001/2003. The medical drama has also won several awards most notably last year at the British Soap Awards.
In all honesty ATV News doesn’t think Doctors is in any danger as this is just tabloid speculation. The daytime dramas commissioned by the BBC; Missing, Land Girls and Moving On all aired last year as well on BBC One without any rumour of Doctors being cancelled.