BBC Drama Village celebrates tenth anniversary with a ‘Doctors’ special

BBC Doctors Trailer for the special one hour episode that airs on Thursday 10th September 2015 at 1.45pm.

Bhangra dancers filming in Centenary Square in May 2015 for the special one hour episode celebrating 3,000 episodes of the daytime soap.

Bhangra dancers filming in Centenary Square in May 2015 for the special one hour episode celebrating 3,000 episodes of the daytime soap.

Birmingham’s BBC Drama Village are this week celebrating ten years of creating top quality daytime drama with an hour-long special episode of BBC One soap, ‘Doctors’.

Not only is the Drama Village celebrating their tenth anniversary but they’re also marking the milestone of producing 3000 episodes of the daytime favourite.

The episode, which airs on Thursday 10th September at 1.45pm, was filmed earlier this year in Birmingham city centre hot spots like The National Sea Life Centre, Brindley Place and Centenary Square.

Ian Kelsey (Howard Bellamy) sits out a scene in Birmingham’s Centenary Square

Doctors’ executive producer Mike Hobson said: “This is our homage to Birmingham, to say thank you for last 15 years since the show started.

“We wanted to set it in the heart of the city. It’s an exciting climax to a hard-hitting storyline. They are our biggest scenes yet, involving more than 200 people including dhol players and Bhangra dancers.”

Drama has always been part of the DNA of BBC Birmingham and the Drama Village in Selly Oak, continues this tradition.

Will Trotter, head of daytime Drama at The Drama Village, says he’s delighted with the Drama Village’s success over the years.

“We, at the Drama Village produce nearly 130 hours of programming every year, including Father Brown which has seen global success; WPC 56 which returned for a third series earlier this year, and our latest commission – The Coroner is set to be on screens early next year.  Not to forget our classics episodes of Dalziel & Pascoe and The Afternoon Play Series.”

Eddie Redmayne as Rob Huntley in a 2003 episode of Doctors called 'Crescendo' Image Copyright: BBC

Eddie Redmayne as Rob Huntley in a 2003 episode of Doctors called ‘Crescendo’

Set on the grounds of the University of Birmingham, The Drama Village employs well over 100 people.

“By being based at the University, we’re always looking at ways of working together, with filming locations, workshops, mentoring and work placements.”

Emilia Clarke as Saskia Mayer in a 2009 episode of Doctors called Empty Nest

Emilia Clarke as Saskia Mayer in a 2009 episode of Doctors called Empty Nest

“‘Doctors’ in particular is somewhat of a training ground for new talent both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Many writers, directors and performers have their first break in TV drama through this unit including Hollywood stars Eddie Redmayne [Birdsong, The Theory of Everything] and Emilia Clarke [Game of Thrones, Terminator Genisys]. ”

“I’m proud to say that the Drama Village has become a gateway for young talent to hone their skills, craft and creativity. It’s great for the Midlands.”

Eddie Redmayne’s success continues as he is currently filming the film adaptation of J K Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them where he plays Newt Scamander. Emilia Clarke recently completed filming Me Before You which is scheduled for a June 2016 release.

You can learn more about the special hour long episode in a series of interviews with some of the cast of Doctors from the filming day back in May 2015 available on the links below.

Chris Walker – Sgt Rob Hollins

Ian Kelsey – Howard Bellamy

Ian Midlane – Al Haskey

Lorna Laidlaw – Mrs Tembe

All Images Copyright: BBC

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