Mccune to star in new doc­tor drama

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REEF Doc­tors, a new Chan­nel 10 drama star­ring Lisa McCune, which was filmed on the Gold Coast and Far North Queens­land, makes its de­but on Sun­day. Filmed in late 2011 and early 2012, the fam­ily drama fol­lows the ad­ven­tures of McCune’s Sam Ste­wart, the leader of a team of doc­tors serv­ing the re­mote Hope Is­land Clinic. They look af­ter res­i­dents of a small is­land com­mu­nity and neigh­bour­ing is­lands on the Great Bar­rier Reef, as well as vis­it­ing hol­i­day mak­ers and thrillseek­ers. Sam is a sin­gle mother with an un­usual in­ter­est in venom, hop­ing to ex­tract the hid­den se­crets that may have the power to cure fa­tal dis­eases. Some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent for Aus­tralian tele­vi­sion, the fam­ily drama is pro­duced by Jonathan Shiff, best known for Ocean Girl for a 6.30pm slot. ‘‘I hope . . . kids can switch on and watch be­fore they go to bed. It’s nice and clean and funny,’’ says McCune, who also takes a co-pro­ducer credit. McCune’s Ste­wart is an ac­com­plished doc­tor who runs the re­mote clinic. Justin Hol­borow plays Sam’s teenage son Jack and Matt Day is ex­hus­band An­drew Walsh, also a med­i­cal spe­cial­ist. Ro­han Ni­chol and Richard Bran­cati­sano play po­ten­tial love in­ter­ests.

Reef Doc­tors: Sun­day, 8.30pm, Ten, Ten SC.

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