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Doctors spoilers: Al Haskey reveals some family secrets to Catrin Ballard

Doctors, Al Haskey, Catrin Ballard

Al's romance with Catrin continues to blossom when the pair head into the woods to prepare for another LARP adventure and he confides in her

As Al Haskey's new romance with Catrin Ballard continues to blossom, the pair head into the woods to check out a location for another LARP adventure.

However, it's not long before the pair start bickering over who knows more about the world of Live Action Role Playing! Luckily, they soon kiss and make up, and Al feels comfortable enough in Catrin's company to tell her about his mum Eve Haskey and her dementia.

Meanwhile, back at the surgery, receptionist Valerie Pitman is back from her holiday and introduces herself to new practice manager Becky Clarke. But it seems Becky has still to win over other receptionist Karen Hollins!

Zara Carmichael confides in Emma Reid that her husband Daniel Granger has now moved out: they have officially split-up. Emma reckons Zara and Daniel's news won't stay secret for long, so Zara walks into the Staff Room and drops her big bombshell, promising her and Daniel's personal life won't affect things at the practice. But how will the rest of the staff react?

Doctors, Karen Hollins, Sian Claymore

Karen tries to help teenager Sian when she moves into a flat by herself (Picture: BBC)

And Karen has to play mum when she finds herself supervising teenager, Sian Claymore, who has just moved into her first flat.

Karen wants to be sure diabetic Sian is being sensible and arrives to check up on her insulin use. But it's not long before Karen clashes with Sian's gobby friend Lola Cottram who wants to turn the music up LOUD and party!

Doctors continues weekdays at 1:45pm on BBC One

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.