(opens in new tab)Doctors' Chris Walker (opens in new tab) is fully qualified to play top crime cracker, Sergeant Rob Hollins, since he's previously played coppers in The Bill, Mersey Beat and Our Friends In The North, which also starred future 007 Daniel Craig.
We caught up with Chris on the set of Doctors in Birmingham during a milestone year for the BBC1 daytime soap, which has now screnning for 15 years and is filming its 3000th episode!
"I think it's the variety of Doctors that's kept it going," says Chris, who has played Rob since 2009. "What we do differently from the other soaps is we have a story of the day. We can go off and explore every avenue. We change our genres, we go back in time, we film in black and white, we do comedy, we really do vary it."
Watch the video interview with Chris as he reveals some surprise Doctors trivia and tells us why he'd like to be Yorkshire's answer to James Bond. "]
Doctors is taking a break for Wimbledon and will return to BBC1 on Monday, July 20.
Simon has long been a fan of soap operas, and especially loves OVER-THE-TOP plots involving evil twins, hair-pulling catfights and natural disasters.
Anyone remember the Sunset Beach earthquake/tidal wave?
Or when Krystle Carrington got locked in the attic and replaced by look-a-like Rita in Dynasty?!
Simon has written for a variety of TV and childrens’ magazines/websites including Inside Soap, Nickelodeon, What’s On TV, Radio Times, Metro, Girl Talk, Disney Girl, Toxic! and Digital Spy.
He has reported LIVE from the red carpet at The British Soap Awards interviewing glammed-up stars from soapland, and hosted a Facebook LIVE session for Metro with Home and Away legend Ray Meagher (Alf "Stone the flamin' crows!" Stewart) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Aussie soap.
Simon is also co-author of The Treasures Of Coronation Street (Carlton Books)
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