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In the grip­ping new Bri­tish se­ries Doc­tor Fos­ter, Bafta Award-win­ner Su­ranne Jones plays a wife who dis­cov­ers her hus­band’s af­fair. She speaks about the twisted tale

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - AGENDA -

De­scribe the char­ac­ter of Gemma Fos­ter. Gemma’s a busy doc­tor, wife and mother liv­ing in a small town. On the sur­face, she’s do­ing well. She and her hus­band seem to have a happy mar­riage, and they have sex. Are things re­ally work­ing well, or has she man­aged the sit­u­a­tion be­cause she doesn’t have time to give to the right things? When she starts to sus­pect her hus­band of hav­ing an af­fair, ev­ery­thing is thrown up in the air. The drama covers a lot of meaty is­sues. Yes. It’s about af­fairs and sus­pi­cions, but also that thing the news­pa­pers are al­ways go­ing on about: can a woman work, run a fam­ily, please ev­ery­one and give to her hus­band and child in a way a woman should? It calls all that into ques­tion. It also calls into ques­tion what your best friend should and shouldn’t tell you. Do you feel ac­tresses are win­ning the show­biz bat­tle against sex­ism and ageism? De nitely. Things are chang­ing. Fe­male char­ac­ters can now be three-di­men­sional – not just per­matanned girl­friends in velour track­suits. We’re al­lowed to be in­tel­li­gent, pro­fes­sional women. What’s re­ally ex­cit­ing is that it’s not all about be­ing 21 and fresh-faced any more – there are lots of very in­ter­est­ing, well-rounded parts for women of a cer­tain age, who have seen a bit of life – and I put my­self in that bracket. Why do you think Doc­tor Fos­ter will be a hit? I’mhop­ingth­at­peo­plewil­lbe­sit­tingnext­totheir­part­ners on the sofa and that it will be slightly un­com­fort­able view­ing be­cause it’s about se­cretly check­ing phones and ba­sic trust. It’s in­ter­est­ing be­cause I think ev­ery­one feels that sus­pi­cion some­times when their part­ner’s phone goes off un­ex­pect­edly. Doc­tor Fos­ter starts on BBC First chan­nel 119 on 29 June at 8pm

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