New doc on the block
Adrian Lukis gets Lucky.................
When Adrian Lukis was offered the part of Dr David Shearer,
the new recruit at The Beeches medical centre, he knew he would have his work
But it wasn't the very long hours involved in filming the series that bothered
him. 'It's just David is such a decent chap and a I have played so many
degenerates in my time!' laughs Adrian. 'This is a complete departure for me.'
Last seen ruining young girls' reputations as George Wickham in the BBC's
adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, and before that as a villain in Prime Suspect
IV, Adrian wasn't an obvious choice for Dr Shearer. But the Peak Practice
producers looked far and wide before choosing him as their new doctor.
'I'm bringing a lot of myself to the part, so I hope people will like him,' says
Adrian, 39. 'Certainly, Dr Shearer is very hardworking and honest, and he has a
great capacity to give of himself. He's also a dedicated family man with a wife
and two children.'
An old friend of Dr Will Preston, Dr Shearer arrived at the short-staffed
Beeches centre last week. Now, Dr Will is considering offering the new doctor
the practice partnerships instead of the rather unreliable Dr Andrew Attwood.
'David's a man a high ideals and that causes conflict with Andrew Attwood, who
is more of a realist,' says Adrian. 'You can expect fairly stormy scenes between
Entering an established series might prove daunting for some actors, but Adrian
has taken it in his stride. 'Everyone has been welcoming, and I am sure this
series will be as strong as the others. If you start with a good story, you're
half-way there - and we have plenty of those.'
Adrian admits the only disadvantage of his new job is the separation from his
family. While he is filming in the Peak District, his American wife of 12 years,
Michelle, and their seven-year-old daughter Anna, are at the family's home in
London. 'I try to see them as often as I can and I usually get home once a
week', says Adrian. 'But I'm lucky being paid to live and work in such a
beautiful part if the country.'
What's on TV, January 1997