Birmingham based continuing drama Doctors is celebrating Christmas with a special festive episode, on the 14th December, dedicated to the retelling of the classic Charles Dickens novel ‘A Christmas Carol’.
“Every so often we do an episode that is slightly different, and this is one of them. It’s a filmed theatre piece, with some television trickery, music, songs and even a dance. I like to think of it as our Christmas gift to the audience”. – BBC Doctors Series Producer Peter Lloyd
The Mill gang decide to stage the performance when Dr Zara’s son has been cast as a bungalow in the school nativity and she wants to cheer him up. As with any production the preparations are not without their thrills and spills. The entire cast are involved with each taking on one or more roles from the well-known story. With a rap from Valerie and a series of tantrums from Heston the auditions should prove a real treat for viewers.
The Doctors festive special sees the regulars take on A Christmas Carol.
In contrast to the frivolity of the rehearsals though the final Christmas Carol performance is played straight and the episode is dedicated purely to the play with no other storylines involved. This gives the cast a chance to showcase different sides to their characters and provides something completely unique for BBC Daytime.
The episode will be one of the last in the current series before Doctors takes its yearly Christmas break. The BBC Daytime drama, following in the footsteps of fellow brummie saga Crossroads – which also aired special festive editions annually – the beeb production has become equally as famous for its Christmas efforts; in the past they have staged their own pantomime and cast calendar.