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Doctors spoilers: Ruhma Carter's son Shak Hanif discovers the truth

Doctors, Shak Hanif
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Ruhma's son Shak is worried when he discovers the truth about what happened between her and Doug on Doctors. But he has an unexpected plan to help her!

Shak Hanif (played by Sunjay Midda) is getting increasingly worried about his mum, Ruhma Carter (Bharti Patel) after their phone call in yesterday's episode of Doctors (1:45pm on BBC One, see our TV Guide (opens in new tab) for full listings).

Then when Shak heads over to his mum's house to do some washing, he is shocked to find the fridge is empty and Ruhma is upstairs crying in bed!

What's going on?

Ruhma hasn't been entirely honest with her nearest and dearest about why she is currently off work.

But she eventually comes clean to Shak about what happened between her, Doug Machin and his fiancee, Carrie Wade.

A serious allegation has been made against Ruhma, and now her job and reputation are on the line!

Worried for his mum's welfare, Shak asks if he can move back home to support Ruhma.

Meanwhile at the surgery, business manager Bear Sylvester (Dex Lee) tries to undo the damage caused by the "racist" soap dispensers he had installed.

Daniel Granger (Matthew Chambers) is not impressed by Bear's lack of research about the dispensers.

Doctors, Karen Hollins, Rob Hollins

Karen and Rob have the day off on Doctors

Elsewhere in Letherbridge, surgery receptionist Karen Hollins (Jan Pearson) spends a day off with her policeman husband, Rob (Chris Walker).

But the couple's hopes for a lazy and relaxing day are dashed when they encounter Mary "Speedy Sue" Burgess (Sheila Reid, who was Madge Harvey in ITV's Benidorm).

Doctors, Rob Hollins, Mary "Speedy Sue" Burgess

But trouble finds them in the shape of crook Mary "Speedy Sue" Burgess (played by former Benidorm star Sheila Reid) on Doctors

Mary pretends to be the picture of innocence.

But really she is a crook who has secret plans to try and steal Rob's car!

Doctors continues weekdays at 1:45pm on BBC One

Simon Timblick
Simon Timblick

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.