Sue Jenkins and Tom Watt to Guest Star in Doctors

Sue Jenkins and Tom Watt, two well-known faces from the world of soap, join the cast of BBC One Daytime award-winning drama Doctors to guest star in an episode to be shown this July.

Sue (Brenda MacGyver) and Tom (Ray MacGyver) feature in guest roles as a far-from-typical married couple in Episode 67, The MacGyvers, which is due to broadcast in BBC Week 30 on Thursday 30 July 2009.

Sue plays the loud and lippy (but with a heart of gold) Brenda; fearless matriarch of the MacGyvers, a family of disreputable scallywags who live on the local trailer park. She is suffering from terminal cancer but is hiding the true extent of her illness from her big, brawling family.

Tom plays Sue’s on-screen husband Ray. Dubbed MacGyver The Skiver by his community, Ray is an enigmatic but idle layabout who spends more time in a police cell or at the pub than he does at home with his family and ill wife. But inside Ray’s heart is breaking that his beloved Brenda is sick, and it doesn’t help either that his wayward daughter Carly (played by Sue’s real-life daughter Emily Fleeshman) is pregnant by the local wannabe gangster!

It’s up to Doctor Zara Carmichael (new series regular Elisabeth Dermot Walsh) to bring the family together and help them realise that they’ve never needed each other as much as they do now – but will they listen?

Producer Fiona Pandelus says: “The MacGyvers is a brilliantly told story about a ramshackle family confronting very real issues of separation and loss. Capturing both the humour and the uncertainties of these characters is no mean feat and so we’re absolutely thrilled to have such a superb cast in Tom Watt, Sue Jenkins and her real life daughter Emily Fleeshman. Together they bring the perfect blend of comedy and emotion to this cracking story by Paul Matthew Thompson – stand by to laugh and cry!”

The multi-award winning Doctors airs weekdays at 1.45pm on BBC One and also at 6.00pm on BBC HD.

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