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Doctors star Ian Kelsey reveals why he's leaving Letherbridge (VIDEO)

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Doctors star Ian Kelsey (opens in new tab) has revealed why he's leaving the long-running daytime drama after three years – 'it's time to go'.

Ian, who plays practice manager Howard Bellamy, told What's on TV he left Emmerdale and Casualty after stints of similar duration.

Ian said: "It just gets to a certain point where it’s time to go. I never thought I’d be here so long, but it’s such a fun show to work on. Who knows what’s next? But I’m looking forward to the next acting gig, what ever it may be."

Before he leaves in July, Ian has some tasty storylines. Ex lovers Howard and Emma are just good friends these days. Or are they? In a new storyline, the medics might possibly resurrect their romance, as part of a social experiment, 40 Days Of Dating.

"It's an American technique of dating," explained Ian. "You go on 40 dates and during that period you go to couple's counselling and find out if you are compatible with each other, before you get into a relationship. They go for a cheeky weekend away in a hotel and Howard ends up pulling his groin!"

Find out what happens between Howard and Emma in Doctors from Monday, June 15 on BBC1

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)

And the writer and director of (very!) low budget fright flick, Midsummer Night's EVIL and the sequel webisodes series, The Hatchet Woods HORROR.