Sunday, 21 June 2020


As now seems well known, ongoing series and soaps take a while to pick up and reflect the pandemic.  And they don't always do it very well.  The Archers, for example,  is now a rather sub-par talking heads show.

In which context, the last episode of Doctors, a usually rather bland BBC1 lunchtime soapy series was quite remarkable.  I sometimes see a little of the show, before I turn over, as it comes on after the lunchtime news. 

The last episode, on 11th June, was their only chance to reflect the pandemic.  They did it through a whole series of video chats.

And it was quietly wonderful.  There was tension, pathos and the whole thing worked.  As a medical soap they could cover many aspects of the crisis.  And it was well acted. 

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