Doctor Foster


Doctor Foster Information

Doctor Foster is a British drama television series that was first broadcast on BBC One on 9 September 2015. The five-part series, written by Mike Bartlett, is about Doctor Gemma Foster suspecting her husband has been having an affair and finding out the truth. The drama was commissioned for a second series with Bertie Carvel and Suranne Jones returning.

Production

The series was commissioned by Charlotte Moore and Ben Stephenson. The executive producers are Roanna Benn, Greg Brenman, Jude Liknaitzky and Matthew Read. Filming took place in Green Lane, Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, Copse Wood Way, Northwood, London and Hitchin, Hertfordshire. The surgery location shoot was at the Chess Medical Centre. Chesham Bucks, renamed Parminster Medical Centre for the show. The station featured in the show was Enfield Chase station.

Cast

  • Suranne Jones as Gemma Foster
  • Bertie Carvel as Simon Foster
  • Clare-Hope Ashitey as Carly
  • Cheryl Campbell as Helen Foster (episodes 1-3)
  • Jodie Comer as Kate Parks
  • Navin Chowdhry as Anwar (episodes 2-3, 5)
  • Victoria Hamilton as Anna (episodes 1-3, 5)
  • Martha Howe-Douglas as Becky
  • Adam James as Neil (episodes 1-3, 5)
  • Thusitha Jayasundera as Ros Ghadami
  • Sara Stewart as Susie Parks (episodes 1-2, 4-5)
  • Neil Stuke as Chris Parks (episodes 1-2, 4-5)
  • Tom Taylor as Tom Foster
  • Robert Pugh as Jack Reynolds (episodes 1-2, 4)
  • Ricky Nixon as Daniel Spencer (episodes 1,4)

Episodes

Series Episodes Originally aired Average
viewership
Series premiere Series finale
1 5 9.51 million

Series 1 (2015)

No. Title Director Writer Original airdate Viewers (millions) ProdCode = 9.19 ShortSummary = Gemma Foster, a doctor at the Parminster Medical Centre, is happily married to property developer Simon with whom she has a young son, Tom. One day, she finds a blonde hair on Simon's scarf and suspects him of infidelity, possibly with his assistant Becky. Rather than confront him she confides in colleague Ros. At work, she forces elderly doctor Jack Reynolds, who has become an alcoholic, to retire. She also helps a young patient, Carly, to get rid of her abusive boyfriend and asks for her assistance in personal matters in return. LineColor = FF5A7E }}

ProdCode = 9.19 ShortSummary = Gemma has discovered that Simon's mistress is Kate Parks, the daughter of one her patients and that Ros knew of the affair but was bound by patient confidentiality rules. She also establishes that her young rival is now pregnant. Repairing to a bar, Gemma meets another patient, Anwar, a married lawyer who is keeping the fact that he might have a brain tumour from his family. Encouraged by Jack Reynolds, whom she has reconciled with and talked out of suicide, Gemma confronts Simon but he denies having an affair. However his ailing mother Helen, whose own husband cheated on her, tells Gemma the affair has been going on for two years and not three months as he had told Ros. Gemma makes an appointment with Anwar, who specialises in divorce. LineColor = FF5A7E }}

ProdCode = 9.26 ShortSummary = On Anwar's advice, Gemma acts towards Simon as if everything is normal whilst, investigating his love life and financial affairs through other people. She gets Carly to befriend Kate, and sleeps with then blackmails Simon's accountant Neil. Neil reveals that Simon's big project, the re-development of a school, is a financial black hole and that their joint savings and home would be gone if it were not for a mysterious investor bailing him out. Simon's mother, who had been terminally ill and in pain, takes her own life, and Gemma decides against divorce because of Simon's distress and vulnerability. LineColor = FF5A7E }}

ProdCode = 9.35 ShortSummary = To Ros's surprise, Gemma stays with Simon, believing his affair is over after Kate had an abortion. However, her work life crumbles after negative comments about her get posted on the Internet and the police suspect her of involvement in her mother-in-law's death. Carly's boyfriend has also filed a complaint about her for threatening him earlier. Gemma then has a breakdown after discovering that Simon is seeing Kate again and attempts suicide by drowning before finding new strength. LineColor = FF5A7E }}

ProdCode = 10.57 ShortSummary =Gemma contrives to embarrass her rival at an awkward dinner party with the woman's family - where she exposes Simon's infidelity and his financial chicanery. She also reveals that Kate's father, who knew nothing of the affair, is the mysterious investor in Simon's project despite a conflict of interest which makes his involvement unethical. She also identifies the accountant Neil's wife as her mysterious online persecutor. When Simon refuses to leave their house and son, Gemma loses control, abducts the child and returns alone and distressed. LineColor = FF5A7E }}

Series 2 (2017)

It was announced at the end of Series 1 that the show would return for a second series, with both Suranne Jones and Bertie Carvel. At the 21st National Television Awards Jones announced that the new series would begin filming in September 2016.

Reception

In general, the show has received acclaim. The opening episode received generally positive reviews from critics, with Lucy Mangan from The Guardian calling it a "gripping portrait of a marriage slowly being poisoned", although Mangan expressed fears of the show descending into "melodrama in the not too distant future ". In a review for The Telegraph, Michael Hogan gave the drama four stars out of five, describing it as "an edgy nail-biter", that was "sparkily written by Olivier Award-winner Mike Bartlett", despite a soundtrack that was "overbearing". Victoria Segal of the Sunday Times wrote of the fourth episode that it 'clattered unsteadily to its denouement ...this episode is as desperately uneven as the rest of the series, thrashing about between high melodrama and muted misery", while Catherine Blythe of the Daily Telegraph bemoaned its "absurd plot" and the lack of "emotional logic" in a series of "melodramatic contortions that required a character who was supposed to be brainy to act like an utter fool."

Accolades
Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2016 National Television Awards New Drama Doctor Foster
2016 National Television Awards Serial Drama Performance Suranne Jones

Broadcast

Internationally, the series premiered in Australia on 17 November 2015 on BBC First and in New Zealand on January 17, 2016 on TV One.




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