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Gary Mavers & Saskia Wickham GMTV
INTERVIEW BY: Eamon Holmes & Fiona Phillips
FP: We are always left wondering will they or won't they
get it together on screen, well they've got it together to be with us this
morning; Gary Mavers and Saskia Wickham. We'll be meeting them in a moment but
first let's catch up on their story so far:
Montage of clips from series 5 put together with Andrew singing 'Boys are back
FP: Saskia and Gary morning to you. Where does it go from
there, without giving too much away
SW: Well we actually don't know yet, they'll still deciding.
We're just playing it by ear because we haven't filmed the end yet
GM: In the last series I was married, this series I'm not
FP: We seemed to have had the whole surgery in this week, the
whole practice. The two that we have had in already; Simon and Shelagh, they're
both leaving the series. You two are staying I take it
SW: Absolutely yes
FP: Has it made a difference, does it put pressure on you when
well known established faces, like Will and Kate, leave?
GM: I think with any series when you've got long running
characters it's good for them to move on and new blood to take their place. It
keeps the storylines fresh
SW: I also think that Peak Practice in itself has a strong
format in itself. We got through last year when Kevin and Amanda left and we
sort of sailed, well I don't mean sailed, I'm sure it was a change for people,
but people seem to like having new blood coming in.
FP: Now you've (to Saskia) had your own real life medical
drama haven't you? Tell us about that
SW: I got gangrene when we were filming. It was completely my
fault because I'm one of those people who hates going to the dentist and I had
toothache which I ignored and ignored and took painkillers, until they opened it
up and said it's gangrenous, at which time I burst into tears!
FP: How did they treat it?
SW: I had to have rot canal therapy which was two hours of
having my mouth chopped open, it was horrible!
FP: Gary, it's a bit of a family affair for you on Peak
Practice, because your daughter Abbey is getting involved isn't she?
GM: Julia Lisney, the casting director rung me up and said
would Abbey like to play the part of the daughter of the guy I was signing
with just in that
FP: Stunning voice I have to say
GM: She said would Abbey like to play the part, we think she's
perfect for the role. She had about three scenes, she had a day in Derbyshire, a
day in Liverpool. I just thought, she's nearly 8 now, I thought it might be a bit
of a novel for her. She had a lovely time.
FP: Your stories a heartening one and would give a lot of hope
to people who want to become actors because you left school with no
qualifications and you didn't really know what you wanted to do did you?
GM: No, I think Liverpool's one of those places , not talking
about myself, but it's full of people with a lot of talent, a lot of humour, but
there's not many opportunities there. I had to leave the city and go to London to
train. It's a shame I couldn't stay in the city, but you know things have worked
FP: Yes they have. It's lovely to see you both this morning.
Saskia and Gary, and Saskia before you go, where does your name come from?
SW: It's Dutch
EH: I have to say Gary; Robson and Jerome watch out!