“ Soap Scoop ”
Issue #10: Doctors' Andrea Green talks to DS
It was a sad day when I learned the tragic news that ex-EastEnder Kathy Beale – played by Gillian Taylforth – is to be killed off in an explosive storyline to be screened next year.
Gillian, who now stars in ITV’s glitzy drama Footballers’ Wives, is quoted as saying: "It's very sad news. Kathy was a big part of my life."
Kathy left Albert Square in 1997 after escaping from her alcoholic Mitchell-brother husband, Phil (Steve McFadden), taking their son Ben with her.
Of the storyline, a source said: "This is a dream come true for Phil, who's always wanted to be close to his son. He was devastated when Kathy took him to live so far away, and is delighted he's back. But Ian has other ideas. He hates Phil and doesn't think he would make a good father and so fights him for Ben."
They added: "She's livid. Gillian always thought she'd come back to Walford one day - even if only for a few months - but now she can't - She will never be in EastEnders again and that's a bit of a shock."
It was also reported earlier in the year that Gillian had been offered £200,000 to return to the East London-based soap, but I am reliably informed that this was not the case.
Although the forthcoming Kathy-related storylines are prospectively great viewing from the outset, I’d rather the character actually return.
I can’t help but feel that EE have lost another great chance of resurrecting an old character.
Still, who needs old characters when we have a whole herd of new ones to look forward to?
Apologies to all the Emmerdale fanatics out there. Unfortunately, there just hasn’t been anything around for me to let you all feast on. I’ll do my utmost to grab something Yorkshire related before the next issue…
This fortnight brings the news that ex-Corrie crimper Nikki Sanderson, who starred as the gorgeous Candice Stowe, is to guest star in an episode of Holby.
Specific storyline details have not yet been confirmed, but Nikki will play ambitious secretary Monica, who has a ‘thing’ for her boss.
The episode is due to air in February.
Holby is also gaining two new faces in the form of registrars. Tom Chambers (left) and Luke Roberts (right) are to turn heads on the wards as cardio-thoracic registrars Sam and Joseph - respectively.
Of his new role, Tom said: “One of my non-acting jobs was as an HGV driver delivering plastic crates to hospitals - now I actually get to work in one... kind of! As an unemployed actor I was used to about 20 days acting work a year, now it's 20 days holiday a year! It's a full-on job with medical advisors and surgeons on set 24/7 – unbelievable, but amazing work.
“I have family and friends who are doctors and consultants and have always fantasized about being a part of it. Now I get to do it, kind of, it's given me full admiration for anyone who works in that profession.???
He went on: “I thought I was resilient to blood and gore until I saw an open-heart operation for real during the Holby training period. I was just about passing out in under 10 seconds - I can't believe what surgeons have to do and they're so matter-of-fact about it.
“As an actor you worry about the first day on set at Holby that you're entering territory you have very little knowledge about and I couldn't have been more relieved when immediately I realised that they are like one big family -everyone chips in and they all want it to be the best, they even have permanent real nurse advisors and surgeons to help so no detail goes unnoticed. I slept so much better after that. When I saw Rosie Marcel turning up in a scene in bike leathers I realised I was in the right job!???
Luke, meanwhile, commented: “I was lucky to join Holby City as part of a wave of new people and at the same time as Tom Chambers and Rosie Marcel. We have a real feeling of solidarity between us now. It’s a terrific cast to work with and it has been so easy to come in as a new member of it.
“The first day of rehearsals on set in front of the producers and everybody felt like a real test and was my first hurdle, but it was good. Tom and I were really nervous, but thankfully everyone treated us with kid gloves and made for a very nice start in a calm atmosphere.???
He continued: “If you say the medical terms with confidence then it seems to work and sound convincing! At first I tried to look up all the medical terms I was using, but I gave up on that after a while and turned to the advisors on set to help me instead!
“Joseph is stuck in his ways and is incredibly meticulous which manifests itself in interesting ways in the future. He is awkward and very bookish and there’s real scope in the character which makes him fun to play. He has a tougher time relating to his colleagues than his counterpart, happy-go-lucky Sam, which allows for a bit of comedy as Sam is the antithesis of Joe.???
Luke added: “In some ways I’m like Joe as I’m a bit of a perfectionist, but he takes it to extreme lengths. I do admire Joe’s honesty and punctuality, but I don’t share the latter trait!???
Holby fans will already know that Michael French is to reprise his role as Dr Nick Jordan for a Christmas Casualty@Holby amalgamation special.
On Michael’s return, series producer Emma Turner said: “'We are delighted to be welcoming back a fantastic original character to the wards of Holby City and are thrilled to be working with Michael French. After being given his marching orders by the establishment six years ago, Nick Jordan was forced to find work wherever he could and after stepping out of line again he realised the door to his dream job in cardio-thoracic surgery was closed and locked. He is now a general surgeon with a chip on his shoulder and a past he is desperate to keep hidden.???
Jordan is on a mission to get back the position and status he feels he rightly deserves; to be Meyer's successor. And he doesn’t care who gets in his way.???
Fans will be able to catch Michael back in action in the festive specials on the 24th and 27th December.
December sees the departure of two Doctors’ favourites. Dr Helen Thompson (Corrinne Wicks) - who has been the unluckiest person in love for the last five years - finally gets her Prince Charming in an hour-long special of the BBC daytime drama.
Her ex-lover, Marc Eliot (Tom Butcher) is back and the chemistry between them is obvious to everyone. Helen bravely tells him her true feelings only to be knocked back… But, as the rest of the staff enjoy their Christmas party, Marc surprises everyone and arrives at the party later, complete in naval uniform - and sweeps Helen off her feet...
Interestingly, for Corrinne and Tom, it’s life imitating art as they are, in fact, a couple in ‘real world’ – I do sometimes find it hard to distinguish between the two…
This special episode will air on the 16th December at 2:05pm on BBC One.
Last fortnight, I interrogated ex-Dynasty actress Emma Samms – This week I was lucky enough to speak to Andrea Green (no relation, honest!) who stars as receptionist Sarah Finch in the daytime medical serial. Here’s how it went:
Kris: What’s the funniest thing to happen on set?
Andrea: The funniest times for me are when I find myself laughing for no apparent reason and the more I try to stop the funnier it becomes. This doesn’t go down too well when you’re in the middle of a really emotional scene, but again that makes it funnier!
Kris: How does your character compare with yourself?
Andrea: I’ve got a strange sense of humour and I’ve realised I’ve given Sarah one too. I like to think she’s very under-estimated and her humour often misunderstood.
Kris: Who is your favourite Character?
Andrea: I really couldn’t say. I think we’ve got a brilliant cast and they’ve all got strong characters. I love so many qualities of all of them.
Kris: Do you get on well with everyone?
Andrea: Yes, because we’ve got a relatively small cast and crew, we’ve become extremely close. I have made some really good friends and I’m going to be very sad when I leave them at Christmas.
Kris: What has been your most memorable on-screen and off-screen moments?
Andrea: The most memorable ‘on screen’ event was on the very final scene of Doctors shot at Pebble Mill – it was with my friend Corrine Wicks (who plays Dr. Helen Thompson). That was a weird one.
‘Off screen’ has to be meeting a very handsome cameraman on my first day, who later became my husband.
Kris: What are your plans for the future?
Andrea: To play lots of wonderful parts and hopefully be as happy as I have been playing Sarah in Doctors.
Kris: How long do you see yourself staying with Doctors?
Andrea: I’m actually leaving in December! I think the time has come for a new character and a new challenge. It will be sad leaving Miss Sarah Finch behind.
Kris: Sad news that you are leaving; how would you like Sarah to leave?
Andrea: Because I am actually leaving soon it’s hard to answer this, as I know how I go already. I can’t give anything away. I just hope Sarah Finch leaves having made her mark and with an audience left feeling sad to see her go.
I would like to thank Andrea for taking her time to speak with me and wish her all the best of luck for the future. She'll be going nowhere fast as she's sticking around on our screens until Easter.
No fret, Doctors fans, there will soon be a new arrival! Actress Jaye Griffiths, whose TV credits include Silent Witness, The Bill and Peak Practice, is to assume the role of new doctor, Elizabeth.
Spiky, prickly, abrupt and rubs people up the wrong way, but has a slightly dark and wicked sense of humour. The rest of the staff do not take to her, apart from Mac who will always defend her. She hates being called Liz, Lizzy or Beth and you’ll get your head snapped off if you dare to try.
She finds office politics a waste of time and most of the staff childish and self absorbed, though she will learn that their clinical and interpersonal skills redeem them. The reason why she became a GP was so she could see, manage and diagnose patients face to face with the minimum of fuss.
With patients, Elizabeth is a different person she will go all out to help them and is fearless in what she has to do to achieve a satisfactory end. Elizabeth has a fascination as to what makes people tick and sometimes her interest and involvement in a case will be down to curiosity rather than the ‘heroic’ stance taken by other doctors
Elizabeth was married to Paul, she had an insignificant affair which destroyed her marriage and destroyed her husband – who had a full break-down. Horrified at what she’d done Elizabeth vowed never to hurt a person like that again and the only way she could be sure of not repeating her actions, was by not getting close to anyone ever again...
Now that's one interesting character... Looking forward to that.
Neighbours’ fans will be pleased to hear that a face from the past will be making a reappearance from the dead…
In the episodes due to air this week Down Under, Dan Paris, who played Drew Kirk in the Aussie soap, is to appear in Steph Hoyland’s (Carla Bonner) dream as she reminisces about their past - but she can’t understand why…
Christmas and the New Year look set to be a blast on the cobbles – quite literally… Still angry with Danny (Bradley Walsh), Frankie (Deborah Stephenson) exacts her revenge and hits him where it hurts – and I don’t mean in the pocket!
Meanwhile, festivities of a different kind continue over in the Peacock household…
What a week it’s going to be…
... and the Corrie Comp
In the last issue, I gave you lucky people a chance to win a 10-disc Corrie DVD box set, courtesy of our friends at Network DVD.
The collection - worth £100 - features 2,000 minutes of classic Corrie.
To win, I asked you: Who is the only actor to have been in Coronation Street from the very first episode to the present day?
The answer, of course, was Corrie veteran William Roach who plays Ken Barlow.
Thanks for all of your entries, but, as always, there can only be one winner.
This time, the lucky entrant is Karen Humble, of Nottingham.
Well done, Karen. Your prize will be on its way to you very soon – and I do hope you enjoy it.
Thanks to everyone else who entered, and keep your eyes peeled – it won’t be the last.
That’s all for this Issue.
Be back with you soon.