better AND worse
Dr Sam Morgan’s
wedding-day happiness is short lived……………
Hankies at the ready this
week; when dishy doctor Sam Morgan marries his fiancée Kerri Davidson. Still
recovering from the crash that nearly killed her, Kerri summons every ounce of
strength to walk down the aisle unaided and exchange vows with the man she
From here on in, it should be happy ever after….But as the champagne starts to
flow, the newlyweds’ future happiness is dealt a bitter blow, when Sam is
accused of stealing thousands of pounds from The Beeches medical practice. Could
we be witnessing the shortest marriage in TV history?
‘Sam’s money problems have spiralled out of control,’ says actor Joseph Milson,
who plays him. ‘He is guilty of taking the money - about £20,000 - but he fooled
himself into thinking he could sort it out after the wedding, before anyone
noticed it was gone.’
Sam’s financial troubles began a couple of months back, after the horrendous
accident which left Kerri fighting for her life.
‘Sam felt so guilty because he was the one driving, and they were arguing at the
time,’ says Joseph. ‘He wanted to make it up to Kerri so he overcompensated by
moving them into a huge house and hiring costly private physio - none of which
he could afford. He started doing evening work at another surgery to try to make
ends meet, then got a loan to invest in a new wonder drug for asthma, but that
went belly up. Suddenly, he was broke, crippled with debt and desperate.’
Fans will see a new side to Sam once his deceit has been rumbled. ‘He shows his
aggressive streak for the first time,’ says Joseph. ‘Until now, he’s been Mr
Trustworthy - a bit too good to be true, but his personality changes as his life
begins to fall apart.’
It’s Sam’s colleague, Dr Will Preston, who confronts him about the theft.
‘Kerri is absolutely horrified and Sam leaves, saying he'll see her at the
airport, where they’re due to fly off on their honeymoon,’ reveals Joseph. But
the question is, will she show up?
The dramatic storyline marks Joseph’s exit from Peak Practice, after two years.
‘They were keen for me to stay but I’m only 26 and I felt it was too soon in my
career to be in one show for a long time,’ he explains. ‘It was a wrench to
leave though. I had a wonderful; farewell party and, to my surprise, I cried. I
didn’t think I would but people said so many nice things. I couldn’t help
Next on the agenda is a theatre production called Shared Experiences, which,
after a run in the west end, will be taken on tour. America and China are just
two of the countries Joseph is looking forward to visiting with the play.
‘It’s going to be fantastic because I’m not very well travelled at all,’ says
Joseph, who’s married to actress Caroline Fitzgerald. ‘I’ve only been abroad
three times, on holiday, so I can’t wait.’
What's on TV, January 2001