Doc­tor at large

First of­fi­cial pic­tures of suranne Jones repris­ing her hit role

TV Times - - News - Caren Clark

Has trou­bled GP Gemma Fos­ter turned to drink to deal with her prob­lems in Doc­tor Fos­ter, or is she toast­ing the suc­cess of an­other venge­ful scheme?

These in­trigu­ing shots of Suranne Jones as the cuck­olded medic are the first of­fi­cial snaps from the sec­ond series of the hit BBC1 drama, now be­ing filmed in Hert­ford­shire.

The first, which saw Gemma plot re­venge af­ter dis­cov­er­ing her hus­band Si­mon (Ber­tie Carvel) was hav­ing an af­fair with a much younger woman who was one of her pa­tients, had the na­tion gripped.

The ex­plo­sive fi­nale, which won more than 10 mil­lion view­ers, saw Si­mon leave their home in fic­tional Parmin­ster with his now preg­nant mistress Kate Parks (Jodie Comer), while Gemma re­mained with their young son Tom (Tom Tay­lor). The new five-part series, penned again by Mike Bartlett, airs next year and ex­plores how Gemma and Si­mon are sur­viv­ing the break­down of their mar­riage.

‘We look at what hap­pens to a woman af­ter di­vorce, when de­ceit and re­venge have taken their toll,’ ex­plains Suranne, 38, who wasn’t cer­tain whether she wanted to re­peat her Bafta-win­ning per­for­mance.

‘I didn’t know whether there should be a series two. But when they told me what they wanted to do, I felt that noth­ing like it had been done on tele­vi­sion be­fore.’

The series is also the first big job for the ac­tress af­ter giv­ing birth to a son by her magazine ed­i­tor hus­band Lau­rence Ak­ers in March.

‘I’ll find out what all this new mummy-ness will bring to my role!’ smiles Suranne.

Film­ing is ad­vanced on the drama’s re­peat pre­scrip­tion the Gp and her er­rant hus­band

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