Gray O'Brien GMTV September 2000
Simon Shepherd, Gary Mavers & Joseph Millson Behind the Scenes
INTERVIEW BY: Eamon Holmes & Fiona Phillips
BEHIND THE SCENES: Andrea McLean
EH: When it returns tomorrow, Peak Practice
promises to be as dramatic as ever. One of it's new stars who made his mark at
the end of the last series, Gray O'Brien alias Dr Tom Deneley joins us this
morning. Doctor, very nice to have you in the house.
GoB: Good morning
FP: That's a very nice beside manner you have
GoB: Thanks very much. I still don't know what that means
FP: No I don't either
GoB: No idea
EH: You're in grieving. What an end to the last
series where Dr Tom lost his partner and he's left bringing up baby and all that
GoB: Yes my goodness. It was quite a sad ending to the series
wasn't it? Haydn's gone and it was really.....
FP: You're left almost speechless by it
GoB: I am speechless about it because it's six months ago
since it was on screen
FP: I guess so and even longer since you filmed it
GoB: Well no, six months. I think it went out about four weeks
after we finished shooting it. I just remember being stuck in a field in
Cromford in Derbyshire in the snow and the hail, and Haydn lying there with all
this fake blood lying around, but it really looked, I mean standing over her
shooting that scene, it was horrible. Real tears I think that was
EH: Well here's a bit of an insight as to how it's
all made and where it's made and the the weather conditions, and what we've done
actually Gray, we have gone behind the scenes, Andrea McLean has. Here's a wee
look behind the scenes of Peak Practice and we're talking more to Gray after we
get the sneak preview
AM: Welcome to Ashover, a quiet village in the
heart of the Peak District. Some of you however, may recognise this place as a
village called Cardale, home to Peak Practice. Television history dictates that
TV doctors set hearts racing and Peak Practice is no exception
JM: To have someone nice come to your bedside and
nurse your ills is everyone's fantasy isn't it?
AM: You've (to Gary) done some very torrid
love scenes if you don't mind me saying. Are you going to miss doing those?
GM: I think I've kind of done them to death now,
I've done that many. I wouldn't mind not taking my shirt off in the next couple
AM: Now Simon, I don't mean to be rude but what
are you doing here?
SS: I'm back in the show. Not at the beginning of
this series but I come back in to the series
AM: And how do you come back in, is it a big
SS: I'm not telling you any storylines because I'm
under strict orders not to. Yes it's a very dramatic storyline and the
storylines they've got lined up are fantastic. Dr Will is back and he's back
with a vengeance!
AM: Now Gary, you are about to break thousands of
women's hearts because you're leaving the series aren't you?
GM: That's right yes. I've had five lovely years
with the show. I think it's inevitable with any long running series with long
running characters it suddenly becomes a little bit stale. We've done all the
storylines and there's kind of nowhere else to go with it. So I think it's time
for me to move on.
EH: So, Gary Mavers out, Simon Shepherd in.
GoB: It's great. I was looking at something over the weekend
in the press and they say how after ten series can it continue with new cast all
the time. I think it's really good for the show and Maggie O'Neill, Simon
Shepherd and myself, I think it's a good group.
FP: We always have this discussion because people
are constantly coming in, leaving, every time we have a discussion with someone
its 'is it good for the series?', and it's shown it has otherwise it wouldn't be
in it's tenth series
EG: But a big commitment form you to move down and
actually live there
GoB: Yes it was a big decision actually because I had done
Casualty for quite a period of time and it's definitely difficult to go back
into a show where you're away from home, because we are living in Derbyshire. So
my wife and I talked about it for a month and we decided 'let's go for it'.
EH: It would have been easier to go to medical
college wouldn't it
GoB: I think after I've finished this I could probably have
EH: Is it true, and I can't picture this with your
image, do you potter around the garden?
GoB: Yes I do. Actually I was away on holiday and I came back
and the greenhouse, the tomatoes have come up but my courgettes have done
nothing. I tried it because I've got Victorian greenhouses and I think they have
to be used. I think Lynne thinks something's going on because I spend hours in
there. They do take a lot of time, I'm going to have to get some books for next
FP: I think that's lovely.
GoB: I don't talk to them
FP: Do you not?
FP: Maybe that's why you're having trouble
EH: Great seeing you, hope all goes well with the
new series. We'll be tuned in tomorrow night to see it and it was fascinating to
get a look behind the scenes there
Watch this interview and many other Peak Practice videos on our YouTube Channel here.
GoB: Thank you