Claudia Karvan is no longer producing Doctor Doctor but she’s happy to hand the show on to her producing colleagues.
Karvan still enjoys the best of both worlds in front of and behind the cameras.
“They both complement each other. When I’m producing, I miss acting when I’m acting I miss producing. I have to say, I’m loving acting more than I have for a long time,” she recently told TV Tonight.
“And I think that’s partially to do with having older children. When you’re acting with younger children, you’re always a little bit divided and worried about what’s going on, because the hours are so inflexible as an actor. ”
Karvan, parent tteens, aged 18 and 13, has recently completed filming Halifax: Retribution, due later this year on Nine.
“As a producer you can be working from home and cooking dinner at the same time and doing homework, and then it’s much more family friendly or parenting-friendly. Acting is completely inflexible. You can’t call your hours, you’re at work at 5:30 in the morning, sometimes you’re interstate. It’s not very family friendly, even though sometimes you might only work three months of the year.”
Karvan is no longer producing Doctor Doctor but looks back fondly on a show she helped create with producers Easy Tiger.
“I didn’t do series 4, I did 1-3. I’d kind of exhausted story ideas and it was in a strong enough shape to be handed over to another team,” she explained.
“It was a true collaboration. (Writer) Tony MacNamara and I were the strongest creative element, with Ian Collie as well, and then all the actors and writers. So they’re big juggernauts.
“Tony and I have a very symbiotic relationship, I’ve worked with him from The Secret Life of Us, Love My Way, Spirited, Puberty Blues. We’ve had a long creative partnership, building on each other’s ideas and worlds. The attitude and tone of the show is a totally unified effort.”
Karvan, seen recently in Stan’s The Other Guy, also begins Live shows of Dancing with the Stars for 10 this Sunday.
Doctor Doctor returns 9pm tonight on Nine.
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