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Just like ap­prox­i­mately 10 mil­lion of our fel­low view­ers, we were ab­so­lutely gripped by Doc­tor Fos­ter in 2015, as GP Gemma Fos­ter saw her perfect life un­rav­el­ling when she dis­cov­ered her hus­band Simon was hav­ing an af­fair. Gemma spi­ralled through anx­i­ety, pain and anger – be­fore vow­ing to hit Simon where it hurt by ex­pos­ing his in­fi­delity and his shady busi­ness prac­tices.

We thought that was the end of the story, as Simon moved away with girl­friend Kate, while Gemma stayed in Parmin­ster with son Tom to re­build her life. Of course, life is more com­pli­cated than that, and as the se­ries re­turns this week, Gemma dis­cov­ers that Simon hasn’t gone for good.

“While ev­ery­one else has turned their backs and got on with their lives, she’s still left with an aw­ful feel­ing as she’s got to have this per­son in her life be­cause they have a child to­gether,” points out Suranne Jones, who plays Gemma. “It’s now two years later, and Simon is back in Gemma and Tom’s lives – he hasn’t been around for those two years, but now he’s more of a fea­ture. She’s back be­ing a doc­tor and her job has be­come more in­tense, plus she’s liv­ing with a teenage son who is be­com­ing a man.”

It’s not a huge spoiler to re­veal that Gemma is deeply unim­pressed to find Simon back in town, but she can’t beat her own cu­rios­ity. That’s how she ends up tak­ing a di­ver­sion on her way to work to go and have a look at Simon’s new house…

“The first se­ries was about Gemma los­ing her friends and her sta­bil­ity,” ex­plains Suranne. “The sec­ond one is just anger and ha­tred com­ing

out. What’s in­ter­est­ing is that they were hav­ing a full sex­ual re­la­tion­ship while he was sleep­ing with the 23-year-old, so she’s left with a lot of unresolved sex­ual en­ergy. It’s quite a dark story in that way.”

Gemma’s ac­tions in the first se­ries di­vided view­ers, with some cheer­ing her on from the side­lines while oth­ers thought she was out of con­trol – but there was one word as­cribed to her be­hav­iour that Suranne wasn’t keen on.

“Peo­ple said, ‘She’s mad, I love it!’” re­calls the ac­tress. “She’s not mad! Her hus­band was cheat­ing on her with a younger wo­man and she didn’t know her own life, so of course she had a break­down. It will prob­a­bly be said about her again this year, but I think that says a lot about the peo­ple who call her mad. She may not al­ways be like­able her­self this time – I think some­times you can go too far within that and lose sight of your­self. Not that I want any sym­pa­thy for Simon, but I’m sure he will get a bit of it this time around…”

Cheat­ing parts: Ber­tie Carvel and Jodie Comer play Simon and Kate

Fos­ter kid: Suranne with Tom Tay­lor as her son Tom

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