VET­ERAN KEEPS IN PRAC­TICE

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“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

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