VETERAN KEEPS IN PRACTICE
“Write in very big print that ‘she’s ready and able’.” That is former A Country Practice star Penny Cook’s instruction after snagging a small role in Pulse.
Cook, just turned 60, would love to have more television work after playing nurse unit manager Carol Little in the ABC medical drama. She worked alongside young stars including Claire van der Boom, Andrea Demetriades and Liam McIntyre.
Too often, Little hovers around the edges of the frame. It is a far cry from the days when Cook was front and centre as veterinarian Vicky Dean Bowen on Seven’s beloved rural drama.
“There’s not a bucket load of jobs for old ladies on television,” Cook says. “But I had fun. It (being on Pulse) was good for my confidence. I hadn’t done drama for a couple of years.”
It is just over 30 years since Cook ended her time on A Country Practice.
“A Country Practice stays with me constantly because I keep coming across people who adored it,” Cook says.
So does she think the time is right for a remake?
“A lesson in life is ‘you can’t go back’ because does it ruin the dream? Sometimes it is better to keep it in our hearts.”
WATCH PULSE, ABC, THURSDAY, 8.30PM