Ted Robbins & Denise Welch
Celebrity Big Brother winner and Coronation Street actress Denise Welsh is joined by Phoenix Nights’ Ted Robbins as a nightmare couple who turn up on Rob & Karen’s doorstep after meeting them on holiday. Join the houseguests from hell on 2nd February on BBC 1 and then for a month on the iPlayer.
Judy Flynn, best known as Julie the comically rebellious secretary in The Brittas Empire, comes to Doctors for an altogether more serious role. Rob starts to suspect her of murder after a botched break in at her home leaves her husband dead. Catch up with the investigation on 10th February and for the following month on iPlayer.
A former Brookside regular who’ll be forever loved as Blackadder’s "Bob", Gabrielle Glaister makes a trip to Letherbridge in an upcoming episode! Worried she’s turning invisible, she turns to Zara (Elisabeth Dermot Walsh) for help. Try and spot her on 11th February BBC 1 and then on the iPlayer for the following month.
The legendary stage, film and TV actress, Lysette Anthony, once described as the face of the decade by photographer David Bailey, makes a return trip to Letherbridge as a painfully shy nurse at The Mill. See her on 6th February on BBC 1 and on the iPlayer for the following month.
Gifted young comedian Jack Carroll, runner up in the 2013 series of Britain’s Got Talent and winner of a Pride of Britain award in 2012, has acted with Vic Reeves in Ministry of Curious Stuff, and recently filmed six episodes of the new series of Trollied for Sky TV. He comes to Doctors playing a lad who is convinced he’s being followed by a wolf, which Heston (Owen Brenman) bravely volunteers to investigate… See what he finds on 9th March on BBC 1 and then on the iPlayer for the following month.
Alice Berry & Dorreen Mantle
It’s the battle of the grand dames! Alice Berry of Shameless fame, and Doreen Mantle, One Foot in the Grave’s Mrs Warboys, duke it out over a winning lottery ticket, while Valerie (Sarah Moyle) tries in vain to keep the peace. Join these two legends of the British screen on the iPlayer.
Victoria Wicks, who played Drop the Dead Donkey’s acerbic co-anchor Sally Smedley, as well as having roles in the recent feature film The Imitation Game, Doctor Who, and Glue, gave Karen (Jan Pearson) a hard time at a chocolate tasting event in a recent episode. See Victoria on the BBC iPlayer
Terrence Hardiman, famous to a generation of children as the Demon Headmaster, made a special guest appearance in a Doctors’ two-parter as a creepy religious leader who Mrs. Tembe went head to head with! Episodes can be watched for a month after on the BBC iPlayer.
Loui Batley, whose dramatic exit from Hollyoaks won 'Spectacular Scene of the Year' at the British Soap Awards in 2010, came to Doctors as the bride-to-be of a man Howard (Ian Kelsey) rescued after a stag do prank. See Loui on the iPlayer here.
Doctors Christmas Special!
So the Hollins Wedding went off without a hitch, apart from the Pirate Bride, the fainting Registrar.... but Niamh's been left shaking at a failure to help save the life of an old man.
To discover the real drama behind the drama watch this exclusive video with Director Niall Fraser.
Exclusive behind the Scenes as Elisabeth Dermot Walsh Directs her first Episodes of Doctors
Elisabeth, who plays Zara Carmicheal, has made her directorial debut this week - directing three episodes of Doctors. These epsiodes will be airing 10th-13th December. You'll can watch a behind the scenes exclusive here.