Dr Al Haskey often saves lives in Letherbridge. Too bad he can't use his medical skills to rescue his disastrous love life!
Remember when Al fell for his colleague, Jas, and was then accused of stalking her? And more recently, he took a fancy to surgery newcomer, Niamh. But that romance went horribly wrong too!
"Al is unlucky in love," smiles Ian Midlane, who has played Al since 2012. "But I think that's partly to do with him not being a proper grown-up. He found love for a little while with Niamh. Then it all fell apart and I don't think they were quite mature to work through it. But in the next few months we might see a new love interest come in for Al. I'm sure Niamh will move on but there'll always be a little bit of love between them."
The Doctors (opens in new tab) star also chats to us about getting the chance to work with one of his childhood heroes on a recent episode of the daytime drama, whether he could be a GP for real and how he got a holiday upgrade because of his role as Al. Watch the full interview, above...
* Doctors is currently taking a short break. It returns to BBC1 on Monday July 20 at 1:45pm.
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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