Nine has confirmed new drama series Doctor Doctor is being rushed to air in mid September.
The series features Rodger Corser as surgeon Dr. Hugh Knight who returns to his home town as a country GP after a directive from the Medical Tribunal.
Produced by Essential Media & Entertainment (Rake, Jack Irish, The Principal) it also features Nicole da Silva, Ryan Johnson, Tina Bursill, Steve Bisley, Hayley McElhinney, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Matt Castley, Chloe Bayliss, Dave Eastgate, Charles Wu, Belinda Bromilow, Lucy Durack and John Batchelor.
The series will go head to head with the season ending of Offspring, and presumably TEN’s new drama The Wrong Girl.
Nine has hauled Doctor Doctor into the schedule despite holding off House Husbands to 2017. Hyde & Seek is also due in 2016.
After a spectacular fall from grace, high-flying heart surgeon Dr Hugh Knight (Rodger Corser) receives a life-changing punishment from the Medical Tribunal – he is forced to work for a year as a country GP in his former home town of Whyhope.
Doctor Doctor follows Hugh’s attempt to rebuild his world in the town he has spent his whole life running away from. Now the only way to salvage his brilliant career is to work as a lowly GP in an under-resourced, small-town hospital surrounded by estranged family, former friends, crazed colleagues, oddball patients, jealous brothers and a newlywed ex-girlfriend.
Nine’s Heads of Drama, Andy Ryan and Jo Rooney, said: “Wednesday night on Nine is the new home for family drama and Doctor Doctor is appointment viewing. If laughter is the best medicine, the misadventures of Hugh and his dysfunctional family are just what the doctor ordered.”
“Making Doctor Doctor has been pure joy from start to finish,” said Ian Collie, head of drama at Essential Media & Entertainment. “A hearty thanks to the Nine Network, who embraced our marvellously flawed hero from the get go, our clever and gorgeous cast, and the incredibly hard-working production and story team.”
A lot has changed since Hugh last checked into Whyhope. His mother Meryl (Tina Bursill) is a local civic leader, while father Jim (Steve Bisley) has struggled to adapt to the winds of change. His brother Matt (Ryan Johnson) has married Hugh’s former girlfriend Charlie (Nicole da Silva) and the family wheat farm is now home to a successful micro-brewery.
Hugh starts work at the Medical Clinic under the eagle eye of his supervisor Penny (Hayley McElhinney), juggling everything from tractor accidents to haemorrhoids with the help of “Dr Google”. He quickly makes an enemy of hospital administrator Ken (Charlies Wu), but finds a kindred spirit in the form of party-girl nurse Aoife (Shalom Brune-Franklin) and rekindles a childhood friendship with knockabout local Joey (Dave Eastgate).
Filmed in Sydney and country NSW, Doctor Doctor is an Essential Media & Entertainment production, with executive producers Andy Ryan and Jo Rooney from the Nine Network and producers Ian Collie, Claudia Karvan and Tony McNamara from Essential Media & Entertainment.
The writers are Tony McNamara, Alice Bell, Tamara Asmar and Liz Doran, and the series is directed by Peter Salmon, Kriv Stenders and Jeremy Sims.
Doctor Doctor is produced with the assistance of Screen Australia and Screen NSW.
Wednesday, September 14, at 8.40pm on Nine.