Joan Blackham plays Maureen Whitaker in Doctors on BBC One HD today at 1.45pm.
Set in the fictional midlands town of Letherbridge, the series has been sunning for 13 years, picking up a variety of different nominations and awards.
Doctors follows the lives of the staff and patients at the busy Mill Health Centre and Campus Surgery. The format of each episode typically sees the doctors and nurses of the practice meeting their patients, both at the surgeries and on house calls, dealing with their medical complaints alongside other continuing story lines.
The series is produced by BBC Birmingham, with the first episode broadcast on 27th March 2000. It was created by Chris Murray, developed by Mal Young and originally produced by Carson Black.Overview
Joan Blackham is an experienced character actress working in television, film and theatre.
She was recognised early in her career as a comic talent featuring in many sitcom series, notably as Podge Hodge in To The Manor Born, John Thaw's home help Fiona in Home to Roost and Jemma Redgrave's mother in Cry Wolf.
Kenneth Williams chose her to play Fay in his production of Loot at the Lyric Hammersmith which then transferred to the West End. Other significant theatre credits include Ready Or Not (Arcola Theatre, Offie Nomination for Best Female In A Play 2017), the original West End cast of Calendar Girls; King Lear, Man of Mode and Across Oka for the RSC; Jane Eyre for Shared Experience and When We Are Married at West Yorkshire Playhouse.
Recent TV highlights include Raised by Wolves, New Tricks, The Five, Dr Who, Whitechapel, Midsomer Murders, Honest and Judge John Deed.
Joan starred as Eleanor Roosevelt in Battle for Sevastopol, and played Mrs Fitzgerald in the Czech film Masaryk last year. Other film credits include The Sweeney, Noel Clarke's feature The Knot, Bridget Jones's Diary and Plenty.About Sainou
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