In this standalone episode of Doctors, Jimmi Clay helps a family deal with the physical and emotional fallout from cancer...
In a standalone story, which unfolds over a decade, Jimmi helps a family struggling with the physical and emotional effects of cancer.
The episode begins in the present day, with Evie Bailey (Sarah Thom) in hospital.
Evie was diagnosed with bowel cancer ten years earlier.
Evie's daughter Sally (Bebe Sanders) rushes to the hospital, afraid her mum is about to die.
But it's another false alarm since Evie is sitting up in bed and seems OK for the moment.
Sally is furious with her brother Oliver (Michael Jinks) for sounding the alarm.
Sally shares her frustrations with Jimmi over having to mentally prepare herself to say goodbye to her mum over and over again.
As the episode flashes back in time, Jimmi meets Evie for the first time.
She seeks his advice on how to tell her then teenage children, Sally and Oliver that she is dying.
There is so much that Evie wants to do before she dies.
But as time goes by, Evie's cancer starts to have a terrible effect on her family.
Sally decides to pack her bags and leave the country.
While Oliver gets arrested!
In the present day, can the troubled family put all their differences aside before time runs out for Evie?
Doctors continues every Monday to Thursday 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)
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