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Bonus Scoop: 'Doctors' series producer Peter Lloyd
Melody and Archie
"I want to test these characters because although they’re great fun, I don’t think they’ve really thought deeply about their relationship, so we’re going to force the issue. Though it’s useful to have ‘lighter’ characters, I would never pigeonhole a character in such a way and I know that Liz and Matt are hungry for a more dramatic storyline. Archie’s jealousy over Daniel is always useful, but I think we’ve pretty much played that now. Instead, Melody is going to be under a great deal of stress as she’s got to deliver on her year’s training. Without Joe, she’s had to go to Nick as her mentor, which doesn’t go too well. And she gets easily distracted, especially by her younger brother JJ who we’ll be bringing in.
"I like the innate tension within Melody – the ditzy girl struggling to grow up and take control. This story is going to help that. For Archie it’s just as important. He always has to do the right thing – sometimes to the detriment of his relationships – and that’s certainly going to be the case here. I think Archie’s fascinating – beneath the blokey exterior is an extremely moral and judgemental young man. Matt Kennard plays this with such subtlety that it only really comes to the fore in stories like this. I think the viewers are going to be surprised.
Eva and Jimmi
"They’re so good together; we could never keep them apart for long, could we? Or am I just being soppy? Any excuse to hear that lovely Lewis Morgan voice! Adrian and Angie have such a great working relationship that really comes across on screen, and so we can pretty much go anywhere with them. We’re going to have some fun with Jimmi’s commitment issues and they’re always going to give us entry into a different world down at the police station. But things are going to get very dark for Jimmi and Eva in a very exciting storyline in the autumn – can’t wait for people to see it."
"She’s really caught everyone’s attention and I’m so pleased with what Anita has been doing with the character – it’s that great fusion when writers feed off an actor’s performance as well as the other way round. She’s hugely popular and instantly recognisable as a ‘type’. In the past, we’ve had a lot of attractive young things running reception and I’ve always wanted a battleaxe – cos I think they’re more realistic! But Anita has given Vivien such warmth and vulnerability; she’s become an immensely successful character. We’re going to be having lots of fun in the next couple of months as Vivien decides to learn to drive, but refuses to pay for lessons – guess who the mug is that ends up teaching her? And then after our Wimbledon break, there’s a really shocker that’s going to turn everything on its head, so keep watching!"
"Bad boy or just misunderstood? We’re going to be playing with that question forever with this character – just when you think he’s a great guy (he’s been really kind to George recently) he goes and does something really stupid. We’re going to be looking at this in more depth – is it some kind of self-destruct button or a search for a gambling replacement? Daniel’s going to meet a woman who’s going to really give him a run for his money. Something to do with a launderette, an extremely tall building and a very valuable vase … It’s pretty nuts, but should be fun and will provide a stark contrast to the loneliness that Daniel feels, particularly after the departure of his beloved and long-suffering Uncle Joe."
"I’ve talked a lot to Diane [Keen] about Julia and where she’s going this year. We both think she’s still dealing with the horror show that was Leo Jackson and that’s going to affect any relationship she has in the future in quite a complex way. So I’m looking forward to seeing what happens when Julia goes on holiday and meets a very attractive man – one that all our audience will recognise, I’m sure. But it’s the consequences of the holiday that are going to prove interesting, in more ways than one!"
Ruth and Michelle
"Let’s not forget our new character of Ruth – she’s deliberately something of an enigma when we first meet her, but it’s going to be exciting to learn more, believe me. We’ve found a really talented young actress in Selina Chilton, who has embraced Ruth and all her complexities in super quick time.
"And last but by no means least, the wonderful Michelle, who becomes something of a mentor to the slightly lost Ruth – she’s going to take her clothes-shopping at the very least! But even Michelle hasn’t quite bargained for what happens subsequently. Despite her bluster and immense confidence, personally Michelle is still guarded about her personal relationships with men. She’s going to try to do something about that in the autumn, but it doesn’t quite go as planned. This is a slow burner of a story that starts in quite a subtle way but is going rise to quite a climax by next year, I promise!"
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