Guest Artist: Steve Furst
The Future is bright, or is it Beige? Steve Furst, the comedian behind the hilarious Lenny Beige and a string of famous cinema adverts, joins us in Letherbridge as a serial funeral crasher! Is he just in it for the free food, or is there something deeper to it?
This episode airs on 10th February and will be available on the BBC iPlayer for one month.
Guest Artist: Adam Rickitt
You’ll remember him from his Coronations Street days, or perhaps from his pop career (who didn’t sing along to “I Breath Again” in the shower?). In this episode Adam plays Logan Flynn, an old mate of Al’s who’s reluctant to give up his partying lifestyle… you could say he’s a creature of the night!
This episode airs 4th February and will be available on the BBC iPlayer for one month.
Guest Artist: John Omole
John played Vincent Elegba in Hollyoaks, a character running from persecution, but in this episode his wife has become mysteriously ill. Can Emma and Mrs Tembe found out why?
This pisode airs 5th February and will be available on the BBC iPlayer for one month.
Guest Artists: Rita May and Leila Hoffman
You may recognise Rita from her time on Corrie as Jack Duckworth's pigeon fancying friend, or from her time as the hilarious Magaret in Trollied. Well, in this episode Rita joins the cast of Doctors as the resident fitness fanatic of a retirement home who becomes concerned with a new resident with a shady past. Can she persuade Daniel to help her oust him?
Joining Rita May is another comedy actress, Leila Hoffman, who you should recognise from Bad Teachers and How Not to Live Your Life.
This episode airs 28th January and will be available on the BBC iPlayer for one month.
Guest Artist: Nicola Mcauliffe
Is there a surgeon in the house? (not you Heston!). You may recognise Nicola from her most famous role as the very dry Sheila Sabatini in Surgical Spirit. Although Nicola's role in Doctors may be as cantankerous, it’s down to Emma to find out why!
This episode airs 1st February and will be available on BBC iPlayer for one month.
Guest Artist: Philip Martin Brown and Tom Lister
Former Emmerdale resident Tom Lister is joined by Waterloo
Road’s Phillip Martin Brown in a story about who will get custody of Tom’s
son and Phillip's grandson. Seeing as Tom’s
previous character accidentally killed his father in Emmerdale, Phillip had better watch
This episode airs 2nd February and will be available on BBC iPlayer for one month.
Guest Artist: Tanya Vital
You may recognise Tanya from Emmerdale, where she played Adele Allfrey. This time though she’s playing against Al’s advances, and teaches him a few things about being happy being single. Will she still go on a date with him though?
This episode airs 27th January and will be available on BBC iPlayer for one month.
Guest Artist: Arthur Bostrom
‘Allo Allo! He’s not up the crick without a piddle, he’s in Letherbridge with a nice glass of Pinot! No need for any phoney French accents in today’s episode, as Arthur Bostrum instead plays the rather refined and snooty Murray Bathurst, a wine connoisseur who comes up against the ale drinking Al. Who will win?
This episode airs 25th January and will be available on iPlayer for one month.
Guest Artist: Arron Fontaine
Arron played thug Sonny Valentine in Holyoakes, and his role in this two-part part special isn’t too nice either. Though his charms capture Ayesha’s heart, what will she do when she finds out he’s got a mistreated girlfriend with a baby at home, not to mention his criminal dealings?
These episodes air 25th and 26th January and will be available on BBC iPlayer for one month.
Guest Artist: Barbara Rafferty
Taking up the rather poignant role of an elderly lady with dementia whose painful past is bought back to life, it’s quite a contrast from the roles you’ll recognise Barbara from on Katie Morag and especially from Rab C. Nesbitt.
This episode airs 22nd January and will be available on BBC iPlayer for one month.
Guest Artist: Angela Bruce
She’s one of TV’s most recognisable faces, be it from EastEnders, Bad Girls, Doctor Who, or her unforgettable role in Only Fools and Horses as Councillor Murray in the famous Batman and Robin episode! Ironically then in this, her fourth appearance in Doctors, that she plays a woman who doesn’t recognise the man that she’s let into her flat isn’t her missing grandson but a drug dealer in hiding!
This episode airs 18 January and will be available on BBC iPlayer for one month.
Lord of Letherbridge
We had another fine British actor on set recently. Roger Ashton-Griffiths filmed scenes for an episode that aired on Monday 9th November. In this episode Roger played Dr Plumridge, Al's old mentor.
For those of you who watch Game of Thrones you will recognise Roger as Lord Mace Tyrell; Lord of Highgarden and head of the House of Tyrell.
Blog from Katharine Way - writer of the Doctors special
The very talented writer of our one-hour special has written a fantastic piece about her experiences penning the episode. If you ever wanted to know how an episode like this takes shape, this is a great read.
Read the blog at the BBC Writers Room