Waking the Dead (TV series)
Waking the Dead is a British television police procedural crime drama series, produced by the BBC, that centres on a fictional London-based Cold Case unit composed of CID police officers, a psychological profiler and a forensic scientist. A pilot episode aired in September 2000, a total of nine series followed; each story is split into two hour-long episodes, shown on consecutive nights on BBC One. A third series episode won an International Emmy Award in 2004; the programme was shown on BBC America in the United States, though these screenings are edited to allow for advertising breaks, as well as UKTV in Australia and New Zealand and ABC1 in Australia. The show aired its final episode on 11 April 2011. A spin-off from the series, titled The Body Farm, revolving around forensic scientist Eve Lockhart, was announced by the BBC in January 2011 and ran for just one series. In 2018, a five-part radio prequel to the series, The Unforgiven, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4, with Sue Johnston, Claire Goose, Wil Johnson and Holly Aird reprising their roles.
All five episodes were written by series creator Barbara Machin. The programme follows the work of a special police team that investigates "cold cases", which concern murders that took place a number of years ago, were never solved; the team, composed of head officer Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd, psychological profiler Dr Grace Foley, Detective Inspector Spencer Jordan, as well as a number of other supporting characters, uses evidence which has come to light, as well as contemporary technology to examine former evidence. Boyd and Spence were accompanied by junior DC Mel Silver, stern forensic scientist Frankie Wharton, however both left after the end of the fourth series. Felix Gibson and Stella Goodman replaced them in the fifth series, before Eve Lockhart replaced Felix from the sixth series onwards. Katarina Howard replaced Stella in series eight, while Sarah Cavendish replaced Katarina in series nine. Although the plotlines centre around the case, other storylines have been incorporated across the years, including Boyd's anger management issues and his being re-united with his son, Grace suffering from cancer, Spencer being shot at the hands of one of his former colleagues, Mel's death, which creates a chain of events lasting across two series.
The show addressed sensitive issues such as fanaticism within different religions, international organised crime, child abuse within the Catholic Church, war crimes in Bosnia, forced child labour, torture and racism. The BBC issued disclaimers twice on the show when it touched upon issues sensitive to the Labour government of the time; some of the issues were dealt with through the conflicting views of Spencer Jordan. Trevor Eve stated that the ninth series would be his last, the series was wrapped up rather than continuing without Eve as the star. A total of 46 stories aired across the nine series; the Body Farm, a spin-off revolving around forensic scientist Eve Lockhart, was commissioned by the BBC. However, after poor ratings and reviews, it was wrapped up after just one series. Trevor Eve as Det. Supt. Peter Boyd Sue Johnston as Dr. Grace Foley Wil Johnson as DS/DI Spencer Jordan Claire Goose as DC/DS Amelia Silver Holly Aird as Dr. Frankie Wharton Esther Hall as Dr. Felix Gibson Félicité du Jeu as DC Stella Goodman Tara Fitzgerald as Dr. Eve Lockhart Stacey Roca as DS Katrina Howard Eva Birthistle as Det.
Supt. Sarah Cavendish Simon Kunz as DAC Ralph Christie George Rainsford as Luke Boyd Ruth Gemmell as Linda Cummings Elizabeth Rider as DCC Maureen Smith Det. Supt. Peter Boyd – Boyd is the head of the unit, his involvement in the unit stemmed from the disappearance of his son in the 1990s. Though sometimes appearing detached, Boyd is close to his team, Mel Silver, whose death haunts him after he is unable to come to terms with it. Boyd's son Luke, a drug-dependent runaway who disappeared whilst living on the streets, was murdered during the seventh series, leading Boyd back to an old adversary whom he put away earlier in the series; as a detective superintendent, Boyd is stern with suspects, is unafraid to give them a beating. Boyd appeared in every episode. DS / DI Spencer Jordan – Spencer was one of the original officers assigned to the unit when it opened, soon became Boyd's main sidekick joining him in "good-cop-bad-cop" routines in the interview room, leading the other officers within the team.
He was promoted to detective inspector at the start of the fourth series, having joined as a detective sergeant. Before joining the unit, Spencer worked for the Atomic Energy Constabulary. Spencer reveals his intention to transfer out of the unit in "End of the Night", but in "Endgame", liaises with the unit during his stint in CID, in order to help Boyd track down Linda Cummings. DC / DS Amelia "Mel" Silver – Mel was a feisty, young achiever who worked hard to be promoted from her initial role as constable to sergeant, who questioned Boyd if she believed he was looking in the wrong direction on a case, she was close to Frankie, the pair soon became best friends. It is revealed that Mel was adopted, as her birth mother was deemed mentally unfit, that her real name is
Hollyoaks is a British soap opera, first broadcast on Channel 4 on 23 October 1995. It was devised by Phil Redmond, who had conceived the Channel 4 soap Brookside; the programme is set in the fictional village of a suburb of Chester. The show is filmed at Lime Pictures in Liverpool; when Hollyoaks premiered, it aired just one episode weekly. At its inception, the soap was targeted towards an adolescent and young adult audience, but now has broadened its appeal to all age groups, it has famously covered many taboo subjects seen on mainstream British television. Beginning with a cast of fourteen characters, the serial now has upwards of fifty cast members; the longest-serving cast member is Nick Pickard, who has played Tony Hutchinson since the first episode. The programme has won 35 British Soap Awards, 18 Inside Soap Awards, one TRIC Award and one National Television Award. At the 2014 British Soap Awards, Hollyoaks won Best British Soap for the first time, breaking the 15-year draw between rival soaps EastEnders and Coronation Street.
Hollyoaks is produced by Lime Pictures and is filmed at studios in Childwall, Liverpool. Bryan Kirkwood joined the show as executive producer in 2006, but left three years to become producer of EastEnders. After he left his role in 2009, a number of producers worked on the show, resulting in a number of creative reinventions and changes in direction during this time. Lucy Allan was named as Kirkwood's successor. In 2010, Allan announced she was to step down from the series after only a year, being replaced by Paul Marquess. Speaking of her decision, Allan stated: "I am proud to have been part of the Hollyoaks team. I've had a fantastic time working on this show but am now excited about what the future will hold." On his upcoming role of series producer, Marquess said: "Taking up this position at Lime Pictures feels like I'm going home, as I began my career working with both Carolyn and Tony at Granada and my first major project was Brookside at Mersey Television. I'm a huge soap fan so to be handed the reins of Channel 4's flagship teen drama is not only a huge challenge but a massive honour."
Lime Pictures creative director Tony Wood added: "I'd like to thank Lucy Allan for making such a contribution to Hollyoaks over the years and wish her well for the future. It's exciting to be working with Paul Marquess again. He's one of the best showrunners in the business; this is a brilliant appointment for Hollyoaks." Only one day after being announced as the new producer, Marquess began work on the soap opera. A Channel 4 spokesperson stated: "It's all been a quick turnaround at the top, it was announced in January 2011 that Marquess would leave his role as series producer and would be succeeded by Hollyoaks production team member Gareth Philips. Discussing the news, Philips said: "I have enjoyed working in the script team at Hollyoaks and it will be a huge honour to take the reins of Channel 4's flagship youth drama. I am excited about taking the show further this year with more compelling and brave stories." Emma Smithwick replaced Philips in autumn 2011. In late-September 2012, it was announced that Bryan Kirkwood would be returning to Hollyoaks, replacing Emma Smithwick.
When the show was created in 1995, it featured fourteen characters: the Benson siblings Kurt and Lucy. On 26 February 2007, the programme launched a revamped title sequence with a faster version of the theme tune; this new sequence underwent minor changes caused by characters leaving or joining the programme. The original style of this sequence has changed on many occasions. March 2008 saw an updated "style" to the titles, with a purple background and new character segments, it was announced on 19 June 2010 that new titles with a new theme tune, "slowed right down", would be used in new series producer Paul Marquess' first episode, which aired on 5 July 2010. However, on 2 July, the titles were delayed for one week; the titles were delayed for a second time due to "technical difficulties". On 10 September 2010, Channel 4 confirmed the new Hollyoaks titles and theme music would air from 13 September. However, the titles were different from pictures of filming of the original credits, suggesting a reshoot was the reason for the delay.
Marquess commented: "We're excited about the new titles that the viewers will see on Channel 4 on Monday. They're glossy and Hollyoaks." He apologised for the delay, saying: "We're sorry to the fans who have been waiting to see them, but they've taken a while to perfect. I'm happy with them and I hope that the fans like the new-look show."The new titles that Marquess introduced continued to appear until September 2016, with minor changes made between them. When characters depart the show, they a
Lab Rats (UK TV series)
Lab Rats is a 2008 BBC Two situation comedy set in a university science laboratory starring Chris Addison, who co-wrote the series with Carl Cooper. The series was directed by Adam Tandy, its executive producer was Armando Iannucci with. Iannucci stated that the programme would be a traditional-style sitcom recorded in front of a live audience, he hinted that it will be a "very cartoony" show featuring "lots of giant snails". A pilot was announced as part of a series called "Behind Closed Doors" in Autumn 2006, but was never broadcast. A series of six episodes was broadcast in 2008; the show was not recommissioned for further series. Lab Rats is set in the Arnolfini, a research lab for hire in St. Dunstan's University, designed to make some money for the university by carrying out research on behalf of other people; the main characters are: Doctor Alex Beenyman: The unofficial head of the lab, Dr. Beenyman does his best to keep the others in control, he is the only sane member of the team but ends up responsible for their actions.
Professor John Mycroft: Officially in charge, Prof. Mycroft once won a Nobel Prize and has been living off it since. Spends a lot of his time drinking. Cara McIlvenny: A 4'11" lab assistant who's not always altogether'there'. Although she has a talent for building machines, she does not appear to have much actual understanding of science, or of anything else, she is Alex's best friend within the lab. Brian Lalumaca: A rather unpleasant lab assistant, who enjoys weapons and anything else violent, he finds himself involved in Prof. Mycroft's mad schemes, he harbours something of a crush on the Dean, but is frustrated by her inability to remember his name or role. Minty Clapper: Secretary to Prof. Mycroft and Dr. Beenyman. Dean Mieke Miedema: The Dean of St Dunstan's College. Dutch; the Secretary, being given onerous tasks by the Dean. She has few spoken lines but is involved in various visual gags throughout the series. Broadcasting of the series of started on BBC Two at 9.30 pm on 10 July 2008. Reception to the first episode "A Snail" was mixed in the British press.
The Guardian Guide found the programme "mundane and dated", Lucy Mangan of The Guardian said "the kind of stuff that would have passed muster in the 70s all the jokes are spatchcocked into a wafer-thin plot that veers uncertainly between reality and surreality, this particular experiment can only be deemed a failure.". Tim Teeman writing in The Times said "Lab Rats is a appalling new sit-com Bad puns, redundant characters, lame jokes Not the best surgeon in the land could save this." However Robert Hanks in The Independent said "remarkable for its combination of silly jokes and rather well-researched evolutionary theory. The cast is good; the plot of last night's episode was pleasantly absurdist, the jokes were commendably odd and wide-ranging Somehow, though, it didn't quite gel because of the studio audience, whose laughter, as so slowed things down and underlined jokes that needed to be thrown away Worth giving it a week or two, though." Robert Collins of The Daily Telegraph gave it his critic's choice, calling it "likeable, madcap comedy a catalytic reaction of Red Dwarf and The IT Crowd, in a solution of Are You Being Served?
And it's not a bad formula."Visitors to the British Comedy Guide website voted Lab Rats as the "Worst New British TV Sitcom" of 2008 in its annual awards, with the website saying that: "The idea behind the show may have been good, but the execution was anything but good. An awful, awful comedy." Lab Rats at BBC Programmes Chris Addison's Website Lab Rats at British TV Comedy Lab Rats at British Comedy Guide
Holby City is a British medical drama television series that airs weekly on BBC One. The series was created by Tony McHale and Mal Young as a spin-off from the established BBC medical drama Casualty, premiered on 12 January 1999, it is set in the same hospital as Casualty, in the fictional city of Holby, featured occasional crossovers of characters and plots with both Casualty and the show's 2007 police procedural spin-off HolbyBlue. Its first executive producers were Young and Johnathan Young, who were succeeded by Kathleen Hutchison from 2002 to 2004, Richard Stokes from 2004 to 2006, McHale from 2006 to 2010, Belinda Campbell from 2010 to 2011, Johnathan Young from 2011 to 2013, Oliver Kent from 2013 to 2017 and Simon Harper from 2017. Holby City airs once a week, all year round, each series now contains 52 episodes; the show follows the lives of ancillary staff at the fictional Holby City Hospital. It began with eleven main characters in its first series. New main characters have been both written in and out of the series since, with a core of around fifteen main actors employed on the serial at any given time.
In casting the first series, Young sought out actors who were well known in the television industry, something which has continued throughout the show's history, with cast members including Patsy Kensit, Jane Asher, Robert Powell, Ade Edmondson and John Michie. McHale was the show's lead writer for several years, was the first British writer to become the showrunner of a major prime time drama. Under his tenure as executive producer, attempts were made at modernising the programme and appealing to a younger audience by taking on the filmizing technique and introducing musical montage segments into each episode. Twenty series of Holby City have aired, the twenty-first began airing from 2 January 2019; the show has run for over 900 hour-long episodes. It is filmed at the BBC Elstree Centre in Hertfordshire, has featured special episodes filmed on location abroad. From October 2010, Holby City moved to high definition broadcasting. Holby City has attracted comparisons to other medical dramas unfavourable, figures within the television and entertainment industry including Broadcasting Standards Commission director Paul Bolt have accused the BBC of squandering the television licence fee on the programme.
The series employs a team of researchers to ensure medical accuracy, utilises surgeons from different disciplines to check scripts. Cast members are taught to perform basic medical procedures, given the opportunity to spend time on real hospital wards for research. Holby City has, been criticised for its lack of realism, with the British Medical Association denouncing its portrayal of organ donation and unrealistic impression of resuscitation, an accident and emergency nurse at the 2008 Royal College of Nursing conference accusing the show of fostering unrealistic expectations of the NHS and fuelling compensation culture. Holby City has been nominated for over 100 television awards, of which it has won ten: the 2008 British Academy Television Award for Best Continuing Drama, one BEFFTA Award, two Ethnic Multicultural Media Awards, two Music Video and Screen Awards, four Screen Nation Awards; the show's first series averaged 9.27 million viewers, but apart from a rise in its fifth series, ratings declined year-on-year until 2009, with the eleventh series averaging 5.44 million viewers.
The twelfth series saw a small rise to 5.62 million. Series have drawn over 4 million viewers per week; the show began with only eleven main characters in its first series, all of whom have since left the show. New main characters have been both written in and out of the series since, with a core of fifteen to twenty main actors employed on the serial at any given time. In casting the first series, Young sought out actors who were well known in the television industry, something which has continued throughout the show's history, with cast members including Patsy Kensit, Jane Asher, Robert Powell, Adrian Edmondson, Alex Walkinshaw and Jemma Redgrave. McHale was the show's lead writer for several years, was the first British writer to become the "showrunner" of a major prime time drama. Under his tenure as executive producer, attempts were made at modernising the programme and appealing to a younger audience by taking on the filmising technique and introducing musical montage segments into each episode.
Twenty complete series of Holby City have aired, an twenty-first began airing in January 2019. The show has run for over 600 hour-long episodes, it is filmed in studios at the BBC Elstree Centre in Hertfordshire, with the 1960s office building Neptune House being used for multiple exteriors and interiors in the series. It has featured special episodes filmed on location abroad. From October 2010, Holby City moved to high definition broadcasting. In September 2016, as part of the broadcaster's Compete Or Compare Strategy, the BBC confirmed the show would be one of the first put up for tender. In the tender released in October, it was confirmed the contract, open to independent producers and BBC Studios, would be for 3 series of a minimum 50 episodes per series, delivered from December 2017 with no break in transmission and produced from the existing production base at BBC Elstree Centre. BBC Studios was announced as the winning bidder and will continue to produce the show through to 2020. Holby City was created by Tony McHale and Mal Young as a spin-off from the BBC medical drama Casualty, set in the emergency department of the fictional Holby City Hospital.
Young wanted to explore what happened to patients treated in Casualty once t
The Stepfather (TV series)
The Stepfather is a two-part British television crime drama series, written by Simon Booker and directed by Ashley Pearce, that first broadcast on ITV on 6 February 2005. The series, which stars Philip Glenister and Lindsey Coulson, follows divorcee Dougie Molloy, a man haunted by the disappearance of his fifteen-year-old daughter, who three years on, tries to rebuild his life by marrying a fellow divorcee, Maggie Shields, but when Maggie's daughter Scarlett disappears in similar circumstances, Molloy's possible involvement in both crimes is investigated by the police. The series was filmed around Soho, London; the series was broadcast in Sweden, Australia and France. The series gathered respectable viewing figures, with 6.7 million tuning in for the first episode, a further million tuning in for the second episode. Notably, the series has yet to be released on DVD. Philip Glenister as Dougie Molloy Robert Bathurst as Christopher Veazey Lindsey Coulson as Maggie Shields Lucy Evans as Scarlett Veazey Jack Wilson as Luke Schofield Con O'Neill as Bruce Shapiro Janine Carrington as Anita Gibson John Rowe as George Saville Vashti MacLachlan as Kath Schofield Anna Wilson-Jones as Sasha Munro Holly Davidson as Pippa Molloy John Bowe as DI Mendoza Abigail Thaw as DS Sullivan Vanessa Knox-Mawer as Mrs. Porter Trish Cooke as Mrs. Gibson Thea Day as Nikki Ricky Nixon as Woody Lucy Brooks as Tracey Ann Lewis Yarwood as Ryan Frankie Fitzgerald as Beemer The Stepfather on IMDb
Coronation Street is a British soap opera created by Granada Television and shown on ITV since 9 December 1960. The programme centres on Coronation Street in Weatherfield, a fictional town based on inner-city Salford. In the show's fictional history, the street was built in 1902 and named in honour of the coronation of King Edward VII; the show airs six times a week: Monday and Friday 7:30-8 pm and 8:30-9 pm. Since 2017, ten sequential classic episodes of the series from 1986 onwards have been broadcast weekly on ITV3; the programme was conceived in 1960 by scriptwriter Tony Warren at Granada Television in Manchester. Warren's initial kitchen sink drama proposal was rejected by the station's founder Sidney Bernstein, but he was persuaded by producer Harry Elton to produce the programme for 13 pilot episodes. Within six months of the show's first broadcast, it had become the most-watched programme on British television, is now a significant part of British culture; the show has been one of the most lucrative programmes on British commercial television, underpinning the success of Granada Television and wider ITV network.
Coronation Street is made by Granada Television at MediaCityUK and shown in all ITV regions, as well as internationally. On 17 September 2010, it became the world's longest-running television soap opera and was listed in Guinness World Records. On 23 September 2015, Coronation Street was broadcast live to mark ITV's sixtieth anniversary. Influenced by the conventions of the kitchen sink drama, Coronation Street is noted for its depiction of a down-to-earth, working-class community, combined with light-hearted humour and strong characters; the show averages 8 million viewers per episode. The first episode was aired on 9 December 1960 at 7 pm, was not a critical success. Granada Television had commissioned only 13 episodes, some inside the company doubted the show would last beyond its planned production run. Despite the criticism, viewers were drawn into the serial, won over by Coronation Street's ordinary characters; the programme made use of Northern English language and dialect. Early episodes told the story of student Kenneth Barlow, who had won a place at university, thus found his working-class background—as well as his parents and Ida —something of an embarrassment.
The character was one of the few to have experienced life outside of Coronation Street. In some ways this predicts the growth of globalisation, the decline of similar communities. In an episode from 1961, Barlow declares: "You can't go on just thinking about your own street these days. We're living with people on the other side of the world. There's more to worry about than Elsie Tanner and her boyfriends." Roache is the only remaining member of the original cast, which makes him the longest-serving actor in Coronation Street, in British and global soap history. At the centre of many early stories, there was Ena Sharples, caretaker of the Glad Tidings Mission Hall, her friends: timid Minnie Caldwell, bespectacled Martha Longhurst; the trio were likened to the Greek chorus, the three witches in William Shakespeare's Macbeth, as they would sit in the snug bar of the Rovers Return, passing judgement over family and each other. Headstrong Ena clashed with Elsie Tanner, whom she believed espoused a dauntlessly loose set of morals.
Elsie resented Ena's gossip, which most of the time had little basis in reality. In April 1961, Jed Stone made his first appearance and returned the following year in 1962, he left in 1963, but returned three years in 1966. He left again and returned 42 years in 2008. In March 1961, Coronation Street reached No. 1 in the television ratings and remained there for the rest of the year. Earlier in 1961, a Television Audience Measurement showed that 75% of available viewers tuned into Corrie, by 1964 the programme had over 20 million regular viewers, with ratings peaking on 2 December 1964, at 21.36 million viewers. Storylines throughout the decade included a mystery poison-pen letter received by Elsie Tanner, the 1962 marriage of Ken Barlow and Valerie Tatlock, the death of Martha Longhurst in 1964, the birth of the Barlow twins in 1965, Elsie Tanner's wedding to Steve Tanner and a train crashing from the viaduct, Steve Tanner's murder in 1968, a coach crash in 1969. In spite of rising popularity with viewers, Coronation Street was criticised by some for its outdated portrayal of the urban working class, its representation of a community, a nostalgic fantasy.
After the first episode in 1960, the Daily Mirror printed: "The programme is doomed from the outset... For there is little reality in this new serial, which we have to suffer twice a week." By 1967, critics were suggesting that the programme no longer reflected life in 1960s Britain, but reflected how life was in the 1950s. Granada hurried to update the programme, with the hope of introducing more issue-driven stories, including Lucille Hewitt becoming addicted to drugs, Jerry Booth being in a storyline about homosexuality, Emily Nugent having an out-of-wedlock child, introducing a black family, but all of these ideas were dropped for fear of upsetting viewers; the show's production team was tested when many core cast members left the programm
Doctors (2000 TV series)
Doctors is a continuing British medical soap opera which first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC One on 26 March 2000. Set in the fictional Midlands town of Letherbridge, defined as being in the city of Birmingham, the soap follows the lives of the staff of both a NHS Doctor's surgery and University Campus Surgery, as well as their families and friends. Doctors is produced by BBC Birmingham and is screened on BBC One, with the first episode broadcast on 26 March 2000, it was created with Mal Young developing it and Carson Black the original producer. The show has been shown at lunchtime since its inception at 12:30pm as a lead-in to the BBC's One O'Clock News. After it was temporarily moved to allow for extended news coverage of the 11 September 2001 attacks, its regular slot changed to 2:10pm, following directly after Neighbours, after ratings rose to a 25% audience share; when the BBC lost Neighbours to Channel 5 in January 2008, it moved into the Australian soap's old slot of 1:45pm.
For a brief trial period in Summer 2000, selected episodes from the first series were shown on Fridays at 7:00pm and from 16 February 2009, the show began transmitting in high definition on BBC HD at 4:00pm the same day. Doctors was produced and broadcast in blocks of episodes, ranging from blocks of 40 to 130 episodes in the first three years. For example, from season five in 2002 until January 2007, Doctors took lengthy breaks in transmission over the Summer for six weeks, to accommodate the length of transmission. However, the series' audience has developed and increased, prompting the BBC to commission Doctors as a year-round continuing series; the show breaks in the summer for the Wimbledon Championships held for two weeks, broadcasting of the Olympic Games and Easter period holidays and for bank holidays the FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championship. On 26 March 2010, Doctors celebrated its 10th Anniversary and 1800th episode. Under the title Decade of Doctors, the BBC aired five-minute programmes about the show after each day's episode during the anniversary week.
On 16 February 2011, Doctors aired its 2,000th episode, extended and ran for 60 minutes. From 17 September 2012 for 5 days, special red button episodes aired after the regular show, focusing on the conclusion of the Harrison Kellor storyline, exploring Elaine Cassidy and her dealing with Harrison's change of plea for Lauren Porter's murder. On 10 September 2015, Doctors aired its 3,000th episode, The Heart of England, extended and ran for 60 minutes; until mid-2004, Doctors was filmed at the BBC's Pebble Mill studios in Birmingham. The show utilised space occupied by Pebble Mill at One; as Studio A had been mothballed a year before production started, the existing building had to be utilised for the show. The Pebble Mill foyer was used as a street frontage and sets such as the police station and The Lether Bar used other areas of the studio complex alongside the Riverside surgery. In the storyline, The Best Practice was introduced. Real houses were used for the homes of patients. After the closure of Pebble Mill, BBC Birmingham moved to a much smaller production base in Birmingham City Centre which had no studio space for the show.
In light of this, the show moved to the new BBC Drama Village development in Selly Oak, with the transition between locations achieved on screen by an explosion destroying the Riverside Health Centre, named after the series' original production home. Alongside the surgery, other regular locations include the police station, The Icon Bar and, since 2008, The Campus Surgery, after a storyline saw the practice take over the surgery at the fictional University of Letherbridge; the show's storylines dealt with the lives of staff and patients at the fictional Riverside Health Centre and its secondary location, The Best Practice. More stories are based on the replacement Mill Health Centre and Campus Surgery; the format of each episode sees the doctors and nurses of the practice meeting their patients both at the surgeries and on house calls and dealing with their medical complaint, alongside the continuing storylines. During the early years, many storylines revolved around the lead character of'Mac' and his complicated family life.
He rekindles his romance with his first wife, Julia Parsons, embarking on an affair with her, which leads to the departure of his second wife, Kate. Julia replaces Kate as practice manager.'Mac' remarries Julia. Their adult children appear in a number of storylines, including one where sexual assault is alleged against Liam McGuire; the marriage breaks down again. As'Mac' prepares to depart it is revealed that he has been having another affair, with his former second wife, who makes a brief reappearance as part of his exit storyline. In 2007, when more episodes were shown and there were fewer breaks in transmission, more storylines happened, including: receptionist Donna Parmar's breaking patient confidentiality and her sacking from the Mill, Dr Nick West's car crash and death and receptionist Vivien March's rape in 2008, which caused a stir in the media and received recognition at The British Soap Awards in 2009. With the departure of Dr Joe Fenton a new doctor was introduced, Dr Daniel Granger, the nephew of Dr Fenton.
One of the first storylines for the character involved his gambling addiction. 2009 saw the departure of long-standing major characters Ronnie and Bracken Woodson. In 2011, Black Country receptionist Karen Hollins fell pregnant and had an abortion, which saw a breakdown in her relationship with husband Rob