ITV3 caused some chaos when they skipped two episodes from their Series 12 repeats. Episodes 7 and 8 were skipped and no reason was given. The episodes which show Leanne's attack and the dissolve of Will and Kate's marriage left a huge gap in the repeats schedule. The last episode is screened on May 26th and then ITV3 will show the series from the start.
Shelagh McLeod and Simon Shepherd appear in the latest issue of OK magazine. The pair talk about life after Peak Practice and their hopes and plans for the future. Three gorgeous piccies can be found on the 'Will and Kate' page.
ITV3 will air the final series of Peak Practice. The series which was originally aired in 2001/2002 will be shown from May 12th. The 12th series saw a bold change in storylines and many more character based episodes than ever before. Highlights include the introduction of Eva Pope as nurse Claire, the emotional rollercoaster that was Will & Kate and the 150th episode. Fans have enjoyed the entire series being repeated on ITV3 and now await a DVD sale.
Shelagh McLeod will resume her role in Judge John Deed when the series returns to BBC1.
Sarah Parish can be seen on the big screen in the romantic comedy 'The Wedding Date'.
Series 11 gets its repeat debut on ITV3 starting April 24th.The 11th series one for the romantics with Will & Kate and Tom & Alex both finding love again. ITV3 look set to be the first channel to have repeated Peak Practice in it's entirety.
Series 8 gets its repeat debut on ITV3 starting March 3rd.The 8th series was home to the Andrew/Dawn and Joanna/Martin relationships, and included guest appearances from Jill Halfpenny and Angeline Ball.
Haydn Gwynne takes a big leap from TV to stage. She will star as the dance teacher in Billy Elliot The Musical. Rehearsals are currently taking place in London and the show will open on March 24th at the Victoria Palace theatre in London. Tickets are on sale from Ticketmaster.
After years of waiting Series 7 gets it's first repeat on ITV3. The opening episode, which heralds Haydn Gwynne's entrance as Dr Joanna Graham, will air on February 14th. The series will the continue and hopefully conclude with the final episode of Series 12 - which was the last ever episode of Peak Practice.
Simon Shepherd is making his directorial debut in 'Art'. He'll tour in the play for the next few months. Contact your local theatres for details.
Shelagh McLeod will appear in The Bill this week (2nd/3rd Feb). She'll play the best friend of Jim Carvers ex-wife.
Despite being a huge hit in the last series of Bad Girls, Eva Pope won't be returning to the prison drama. Instead she'll join Ray Winstone and Suranne Jones in the cop drama 'Vincent'. Filming starts soon in Manchester with Eva playing Ray's characters ex wife..
Amanda Burton returns to ITV1 for a new series of The Commander. The dramas will be shown on ITV starting Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th.
ITV3 continues to show Peak Practice repeats. Series 3 is coming to an end and they channel are running into Series 4. No news on how far they'll they're continue but schedule guides run to the end of Series 4.
Lots of cast appearances in the Christmas schedules. Check the front page for details.
ITV3 has launched and they are showing Peak Practice week day at 6:55am and 4:40 pm. Series 1 is currently showing, but no news yet on how far they'll running the series.
Carlton say they have no plans to release Series 3-12 on DVD. However new channel ITV3 which launches on Nov 1st may repeat the series in its entirety.
Adrian Lukis is currently starring in Cloaca at The Old Vic theatre in London. Directed by Kevin Spacey, Cloaca also stars Hugh Bonneville, Stephen Tompkinson and Neil Pearson. Tickets available from Ticketmaster.
Sarah Parish has announced she is leaving 'Cutting It'. Her character Allie will depart halfway through the next series, set to air spring 2005.
Amanda Burton left behind Sam Ryan in an emotional Silent Witness. The show carries on and Amanda will next be seen in two 90 minute episodes of The Commander. The series, which first aired last year sees Amanda resume her role as Clare Blake.
Gary Mavers is on the other side of the profession as he plays a Police Officer in Casualty. His character Will Manning is married to Police Doctor Selena, played by Liz Carling.
Pope has made her debut in Bad Girls. She turned up as inmate Frances Allen and
was soon exposed as Frances Myers; the new Wing Governor. Eva has gone down a
storm with fans and critics alike and has been hailed as the much needed new
blood for Bad Girls.
Parish is back in Cutting It. The star appeared on GMTV to promote the third
series of the hit show. Sarah is also making a new series for the BBC entitled
'Blackpool'. The series will show off Sarah's singing and dancing skills - watch
Brenda Blethyn and Kevin Whately have started filming a new ITV feature-length drama about love and betrayal. The Web of Belonging has been adapted from the comic novel by Stevie Davies and will also star Anna Massey and Peter Sallis. Whately plays a dependable husband, Jacob, who suddenly walks out on his wife Jess, leaving her to look after his mother, his aunt, played by Massey, and his widowed uncle (Sallis). The drama will air on ITV1 in the winter.
Amanda Burton has announced she is quitting Silent Witness. Amanda, who also co-produces the programme, will leave during the next series. However the show will go on in her absence with her current co-stars taking over the reigns.
second series of Peak Practice is set to get it's DVD release. Again no
special's on this DVD but the whole 13 episodes of Series 2, including Jack and
Beth's wedding. Release date is set for January 19th and is available on web
outlets such as Play,
Kevin Whately, Simon Shepherd and Maggie O'Neil all appeared on ITV chat shows over Christmas to promote their new projects. Kevin was happy to talk about being back with lads in 'Auf Wiedersehen Pet', whilst Simon, sporting a beard, discussed his role in 'The Secret Rapture'. He also confirmed that no date had been set for the screening of 'Avenging Angels'. Maggie, who made a rare public appearance, was joined on MTV by Coronation Street star Chris Bisson - they were there to promote their new Channel; 4 drama 'Shameless'.
Shepherd co-stars with Jenny Seagrove, Belinda Lang, Liza Walker and Peter Egan
in David Hare's production of The Secret Rapture. The show, which opened this
week (26/11) will run until February. Simon has received particularly good
reviews and Ticketmaster currently
have special deals on tickets for this play. For further information please
contact 0870 160 2878.
PP's original doctors Jack, Beth & Will ranked highly in a recent 'Favourite TV Doctor' poll formulated by AOL and 'What's on TV'. Famed for his hot-headed manner and dynamic charm, Jack Kerruish was placed at number 19. Whilst wife Beth Glover ranked at number 16, famed for her dedication, independence and relationship with Jack. However it was Will who ranked the highest and took the number 10 spot; famed for his troubles and relationship with Kate. It seems that despite their departure, the Peak practitioners are still very much in the hearts of viewers.
Margery Mason will be appearing in the years smash hits film 'Love Actually'. With a cast including Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon and Colin Firth, the film is tipped for great things. You can catch Margery (and Hugh) in cinemas from November 21st!!
Amanda Burton and Sarah Parish have made the finals
of the National Television Awards. They face competition from Jessie Wallace, Suranne Jones and Amanda Redman in order to pick up the Best Actress price. You
can vote for Amanda and Sarah by phone or text.
Eva Pope is to take on her first regular role since Peak Practice by joining the cast of Bad Girls! Eva will play an inmate with an astonishing secret - now where have we heard that before. Bad Girls returns in Spring 2004.
Amanda Burton will return for a new series of Silent Witness on October 11th @ 9pm on BBC1!
Eva Pope will be appearing in Holby City on September 16th. It's an action packed episode as the staff deal with the fall out from a major train crash. The train crash opens the new series of Casualty and then continues in Holby City. Eva plays Caroline; and escort who has been seeing Professor Khan (Art Malik). Caroline is admitted to the hospital and may be pregnant with his child. Although he tries to play it safe and not treat her, the train crash means that the hospital is short-staffed. With such a big story it's possible that Eva have a recurring role in the series - watch this space.
Amanda Burton has just finished filming a new series of Silent Witness. The drama will air later in the year and will see Amanda's character Sam’s emotional resilience is put to the test when she is faced with the painful realisation that motherhood is no longer an option for her. Sam also becomes emotionally involved in a case after a brief encounter with the victim’s lover, and fights off a ferocious sex attacker. An increasingly vulnerable Sam is also hunted down by a man whom she wrongly accused of murder several years before – a man who is now out for revenge. Returning alongside Sam are her partners in crime detection, Dr Leo Dalton (Will Gaminara) and Harry Cunningham (Tom Ward).
Look out for Shelagh McLeod, she'll be appearing in the new series of 'Down to Earth' and will also be making an appearance in 'The Bill'.
Two former Peak Practice actresses are in the
running to scoop awards at this years National Television Awards.
The first series of Peak Practice has recently been released on DVD. You can buy
it from many retail stores and for those of you who live outside of the UK, the
DVD can be purchased through various online stores. Unfortunately the DVD has no
special features and just contains the first 8 episodes of Peak Practice, but it
is a must for all fans. We hope that this will be the first DVD of many to come!
Maggie O'Neill is to star alongside Sean Gallagher in a new Paul Abbott drama. Paul, whose hits include Reckless and Touching Evil, has already penned the eight part drama titled; Shameless
Margery Mason joins Kristin Scott Thomas, Robert Bathurst and former Peak Practice co-star Tom Beard (Daniel Acres) in Chekhov's 'Three Sisters'. Performing at the London Playhouse until late May, Margery is already winning rave reviews! Check out the Ticketmaster website for tickets and more information.
Fresh from being seen as a barrister in this weeks (7/4/03) Doctors, Shelagh McLeod will feature in the new series of Judge John Deed as a Police DSI. Watch this space for more information!!
Adrian Lukis is to star alongside Peter Davidson (At Home With the Braithwaites) and Niamh Cusack (Heartbeat, A&E), in a new thriller for ITV1. 'Too good to be true' begins filming later this month and is scheduled to air later this year.
Saskia Wickham is to return to her TV career after spending the last few years raising a family. Saskia will be seen in ITV1's 'William and Mary', to be shown later this month, and also in the new series of 'Waking the Dead' - to be shown in the Autumn.
Maggie O'Neill will make a guest appearance in the second series of 'The Royal'. No set date has been confirmed but it should be later this year.
Jamie Bamber is to play one of the key roles in a remake of Battlestar Galactica. Jamie will play the role of Apollo who, in the original series was played by Richard Hatch.
Deborah Grant, aka receptionist Carol, will be centre stage in the BBC season of 'Hitting Home'. Deborah stars in Casualty on Saturday 15th February, as Sheila, a woman who is caught up in domestic violence.
Fresh from filming the 2nd series of Cutting It, Sarah Parish will play a doctor in a new ITV drama; Reversals. Sarah plays Charlotte, a woman who finds her relationship and career in crisis, and decides to take the most extreme measure to try to find happiness with her partner Chris. Their solution - they swap clothes and sexes, and become each other!
Haydn Gwynne picked up the Best Actress award at the recent Royal Television Society awards. She beat off strong competition including PP's Eva Pope. More news from the evening and pictures coming soon!
Jamie Bamber appears in the forthcoming BBC production Daniel Doronda as Hans Meyrick. It starts on Saturday 23rd November and is sure to be a hit!!!
Amanda Burton has begun filming her new role in Lynda La Plante's 'The Commander'. Lynda La Plante says, “I can think of no other British television actress other than Amanda who could take on such a demanding role, and more importantly, be totally believable. I am thrilled that we will be working together as my admiration for Amanda’s work and consummate professionalism knows no bounds.”
Haydn Gwynne will be back for the new series of MerseyBeat on Monday 18th November. However it will be Haydn's last series as she leaves the role of Susan Blake halfway through the series. We wish Haydn luck in her future projects!
Sarah Parish's latest drama 'Sirens' has finally been given a transmission date! The two part drama will air on Sunday 13th & Monday 14th October at 9pm.
After the Series 4 repeats come to an end on Saturday 12th October, Sky channel Living follows the next instalment of the drama and begins to show Series 5. This series has never been repeated on tv before and the first episode will begin on Tuesday 15th October 12:30 am!!!!
Granada Plus have included a Peak Practice page on their site to help launch the repeats! Check it out!
Adrian Lukis stars in Dead Funny at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester until October 5th.
The new series of Silent Witness, starring Amanda Burton begins on Saturday 28th September on BBC1. The two parter will conclude on Sunday 29th September.
White Teeth, featuring Maggie O'Neill will begin on Tuesday September 17th on Channel 4.
Ultimate Force, featuring Jamie Bamber, arrives on ITV1 screens on Monday September 16th, the second episode will air in the same week on Wednesday September 18th.
Amanda Burton (left) helps kick off BBC's Autumn season with a brand new Silent Witness story. The BBC Autumn schedule also includes 'Trust' starring Sarah Parish, a brand new series of Merseybeat starring Haydn Gwynne and Julia Hayworth and Daniel Doronda with Jamie Bamber.
Peak Practice has been short listed for the 'Best Drama' award in this years Inside Soap awards. Please get a voting from from this fortnights issue of 'Inside Soap', and lets see if we can help Peak Practice go out with a bang!!!
The Peak Practice repeats will begin on Granada Plus on September 16th. Series 1-3 will be running daily at 11am and 8pm. So you can see how it all began way back in 1993 when Dr Beth Glover and Dr Will Preston were looking for a partner to join them at The Beeches practice. Watch Jack and Beth fall in love, Will and Sarah fall out of love and meet the people that kept us gripped to our screens for ten years.
Shelagh McLeod will be making a guest appearance in 'Holby City' (BBC1) on Wednesday 21st August. The episode 'A Second Chance', shows Shelagh as the mother of Will (lol) who is in trouble after he and his girlfriend end up in the hospital after a drugs related accident.
The west end run of 'Sleuth', starring Gray O'Brien, has been extended by five months. The new booking period runs up to February 22nd next year - so there's still time to catch Gray if you haven't seen him already!
Maurice Denham who played Douglas Hart in Series 1 & 2 of PP, has sadly passed away at the age of 92. Maurice starred in many Radio plays and made over 100 film and television appearances. He was also awarded an OBE. His on screen sparring with Alice North charted some of PP's most comical, yet moving moments in the first 2 series. RIP.
who thought Peak Practice would fade out silently have been hugely mistaken!
that time of year again when the National TV Award nominations are announced!!
this weeks Radio Times (13-19 July) the magazine talks about Peak Practice's
axing and says how surprising it is considering the cliff-hanger at the end of
the last series. On the Alex and Claire cliff fall, executive producer Sharon
Bloom said "It was intended that they died when the went over the edge of the
cliff, but who knows - there might have been a lucky ledge".
Read the Derbyshire Evening Telegraph's report on the fans attempts to save PP!!!
Simon Shepherd is set to appear in the Granada production 'Avenging Angels' alongside Jessica Stevenson.
It's not much of a consolation I know, but in attempt to cheer up the Peak Practice fans, those wonderful people at Granada Plus will be repeating the first 3 series of Peak Practice in September. So if you didn't watch it the first time around be sure to see how it all began way back in 1993 with a Doctor called Jack looking for life as a country GP.......And if you did see it the first time around - then it's a chance to relive those classic PP moments.
Read how the tabloids, news sites and the general media broke the news of Peak Practice's axing here. Including Teletext's report on how us Peak Practice fans attempted to save our favourite drama.
month after we announced the news, today we find weekly TV magazines reporting
that Peak Practice has been axed. In an attempt to 'freshen up' it's output, ITV
have axed the drama that brought them 9 years of good ratings, talent and loyal
viewers. In a bizarre move, ITV is set to replace Peak Practice with a medical
drama set in the Peak District - ??? Logic? If all that is not enough to bring a
tear to your eye, here's what Simon Shepherd told one of the TV magazines; 'Of
course I'm disappointed. It's a show I love and a character I love. I'll miss
the camaraderie of the crew and I will miss Derbyshire.'
Jamie Bamber is to make his theatre debut playing Prince Hal in Henry IV at The Bristol Old Vic. The show begins in October and tickets are available by calling the theatre on 0117 987 7877.
Gray O'Brien is set to wow the West End as he stars in 'Sleuth'. Tickets are currently on sale for the play which will open at the Apollo Theatre, London on July 10th. The theatre are taking bookings through to September so grab a seat whilst you can!! You can book online at Ticketmaster.
Jamie Bamber is to star alongside Hugh Bonneville, Romola Garai, Hugh Dancy and Jodhi May in Andrew Davies’ adaptation of George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda. The adaptation will be made for the BBC and filming begins shortly.
Eva Pope's guest appearance in 'Nice Guy Eddie' will air on Sunday 30th June. Eva plays Susannah Kind who is in search of her father after he abandoned she and her late mother after her birth.
Hazel Ellerby (Chloe White) is to play Ray Winstone's wife in a new drama for ITV1. The drama, 'Lenny Blue', is a continuation of last years pilot 'Tough Love'. The series begins on Tuesday 2nd July.
Joseph Millson will be appearing in Eastenders next week (wk beginning 17th June), as the ex-fiance of Lynne Slater. Sporting a new haircut and looking rather tanned, Joseph is sure to make an impression!!
Haydn Gwynne is back as Susan Blake in the new series of Mersey Beat which begins on Monday 24th June. The series kicks off with, what promises to be, a traumatic storyline for Haydn's character Susan. A picture of Haydn from the new series of Mersey Beat is on her picture page.
Eva Pope will be appearing in an episode of 'Nice Guy Eddie'. The drama, starring Ricky Tomlinson, begins on BBC1 on Sunday 16th June.
Amanda Burton is to star in Lynda La Plante's new drama 'The Commander'. The series, in which Amanda will play a uniformed police chief, begins filming in September.
Sarah Parish will play Robson Green's wife in a new ITV1 drama called 'Unconditional Love' The story will focus on the couple who face trauma after their five year old son is kidnapped.
Victor McGuire (Shaun Carter) is to star alongside Pauline Quirke in a forthcoming production for the BBC called 'Being April'.
Sadly I can confirm that Peak Practice has been axed. The powers that be have no plans to make any more episodes and we shall be left to guess the fate of Will, Kate, Alex, Claire, Tom and the rest of the Cardale crew! The cast would like to thank everyone for their fantastic support and believe me they are as sad as the rest of us are at PP's axing!!! HOWEVER I will still be sending the petition to ITV - I think they still need to know how much we wanted more Peak Practice. Post your thoughts on the message board guys or drop me an email!!!
Sadly none of the Peak Practice cast were awarded nominations for this years TV Quick Awards. Considering the high standard of acting from the last series and some of the other actors nominated, it seems a bit of an oversight that PP failed to score. However Peak Practice is nominated for Best Loved Drama but faces tough competition from 'Bad Girls', 'Casualty' and 'At Home with the Braithwaites'. Also in the running for Best Actress are three ex-Peak Practice stars; Amanda Burton (Helen West), Haydn Gwynne (Mersey Beat) and Sarah Parish (Cutting It). To cast your vote pick up a voting form in this weeks issue of TV Quick, or go to their website www.tvquick.co.uk
Sarah Parish is going from strength to strength; as well as a new series of 'Cutting It' in the pipeline, Sarah also stars in two forthcoming dramas for ITV; 'Impact' and 'Sirens'. On the final episode of 'Cutting It', Heat magazine says 'The climax might not be the fairytale ending you'd hoped for, but it's a chance to say, 'Blimey. That Sarah Parish is a bit bloody good, innit.' Excellent stuff' - PP Online says 'Hooray for Sarah!!!'
Kevin Whately will star in ITV drama 'Plain Jane' which begins on Monday 27th May and continues on Tuesday 28th May on ITV1. News is that a new series of 'Auf Wiedersehen Pet' is also in the pipeline!
Amanda Burton helps launch ITV's new season with her new drama 'Helen West'. Amanda takes the lead in three feature length stories starting on ITV, Monday 6th May, 9-11pm.
Kevin Whately is back as Neville!!! He'll join the rest of the 'Auf Wiedersehen Pet' cast as they reunite for a new series of the hit show on BBC1, Sunday 27th April at 9pm.
Sarah Parish's new drama 'Cutting It' has proved to be so much a success that another series is already being planned. I'm sure you'll agree that Sarah is going from strength to strength!! It's great to see an ex-peak star doing so well. To hear what Sarah has to say about 'Cutting It', her training for the role of Allie and which celebs hair she would most like to cut off go to the BBC's 'Cutting It' website.
If you are one of Peak Practice's more energetic fans and happen to be taking part in this Sunday's (14/4) London Marathon, then look out for a familiar face. Jamie Bamber will be running with the TV Times team and from what we've heard he's quite the little racer!!
The BBC launches it's new season soon and there are a few familiar faces in the line up!! As well as a new series of 'Mersey Beat' later in the Spring, Haydn Gwynne will be seen in two part drama 'The Secret' on April 13th & 14th. Whilst Sarah Parish (Dawn) will take the lead in new drama 'Cutting it' which begins on April 16th.
Jamie Bamber appeared on 'This Morning' on March 22nd to promote the forthcoming 'Hornblower' films. He said he is currently working alongside ex-Eastenders star Ross Kemp on a drama for ITV. The subject of 'Peak Practice' wasn't really raised and Jamie said that he hoped to go to LA later on in the year. 'Hornblower' will be show on ITV over two nights; March 24th and 25th.
Simon Shepherd appeared on 'Open House with Gloria Hunniford' on March 14th. He was joined by his 'Art' co-stars Leigh Lawson and Phillip Franks. Simon revealed he doesn't yet know if Peak Practice has a future and says we may never find out what happened to Dr. Alex!!!
Simon Shepherd appeared on 'A Week in the West End' on BBC 2 on February 12th. He spoke of his continued enjoyment working in the theatre production 'Art' and said he may do some more of Peak Practice.
Cold Feet's Robert Bathurst will be working with two of Peak Practice's leading ladies. He will star with Haydn Gwynne in a new BBC1 drama and is currently filming the adaptation of 'White Teeth' with Maggie O'Neill for Channel Four. The four part mini series will air in the autumn.
There are many rumours surrounding a new series of Peak Practice. Although nothing has been confirmed by Carlton, reports suggest that bosses have hired the Sopranos writer to help build new storylines and new studios have been brought in which interior scenes will be shot. So a new series is looking likely!!
The final episode in this series of Peak Practice will be shown on WEDNESDAY 30th JANUARY at 9pm - not THURSDAY! Don't forget! We wouldn't want you to miss what promises to be a cliffhanging episode!!
For those of you who have Living TV you are in for a treat!! As from the January 22nd Living will be showing the fourth series of Peak Practice. This series is un-missable! It was the first series without Jack and Beth (sob) and introduced us to Erica and Kate (hooray) for the first time! Only catch is, you'll need to be a morning person as the episodes are being broadcast every day at 6am!!
A new Peak Practice c.d has been released. Unlike the first three which contained the same music, the new c.d charts the music of Series 9. Including the 2nd version of the theme tune and many other different pieces of Peak Practice music. You can buy it in all good record stores or purchase on-line at HMV
Simon Shepherd appeared on GMTV on Tuesday 11th December. He spoke mainly about his role in 'Art' and the forthcoming tour of the production. He also said the scenes he shot as Will for forthcoming episodes of Peak Practice shocked him because they are so unlike Dr Will! oohh sounds suspicious! Keep watching!
If you missed Simon Shepherd in 'Bliss', ITV2 are repeating the first episode on Sunday 16th December at 23:00.
Jamie Bamber appeared on GMTV on December 5th. He said his character Matt was a funloving guy who has to prove himself in Cardale. Jamie also said he would like to act on stage and do some more film work.
I went to see Simon in 'Art' last night (3/12) and he was absolutely fantastic!!! I recommend it to any Simon fans! The play is very comical and all three actors display perfect comic timing. Just to spoil you I have put a picture of how Simon appears in 'Art' on his picture page.
Shepherd will be appearing in 'Art' at The Whitehall Theatre from Monday
December 3rd till January 19th. Simon will play Serge and tickets range from
£12 - £35. Please call the box office for details on 020 7369 1735 or visit
Jamie Bamber appeared on The Big Breakfast on Thursday 23rd November
Simon Shepherd played himself once more in 'Gimme, Gimme, Gimme'. BBC2 Friday 2nd November
Gray O'Brien and Eva Pope appeared on ITV1's This Morning on Thursday (25/10) They spoke about the new look Peak Practice. Full transcript coming here soon.
Simon Shepherd appeared on GMTV today (24/10). He spoke a bit about the new series and how he has found it his most challenging since series 1. Full transcript coming here soon.
Amanda Burton won the national television award for Most Popular Actress tonight (23/10). It's Amanda's third time at winning the gong. Unfortunately she wasn't able to collect her award due to the flu - so we wish her a speedy recovery!!
Peak Practice returns Thursday 25th October @ 9pm on ITV1