The continuing drama series BBC Doctors is to close after 23 years – a terrible loss to the UK writing community and to audiences. The closure of another drama series following the cancellation of Holby City two years ago leaves a big hole in the drama slate and in the pockets of Doctors writers, some of whom have written for the show for years (read our statement).
We are in talks with the BBC. We are consulting our sister entertainment unions whose members are also affected, plus speaking to MPs and other contacts in Parliament.
What you can do:
- Write to your MP using this template letter. You can find out who your MP is and write to them using this online tool. Please copy us in or let us know you have written to your MP (email firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Sign the petition – set up by fans, which praises the programme for tackling many challenging issues and for highlighting the pressures faced by the NHS.
- If you are a Doctors writer, past or present (whether you are a WGGB member or not) you can sign up to receive campaign updates and find out how to get involved as the campaign progresses (sign up here).
- Spread the word on your social channels using some flyers we have put together here and using the hashtag #SaveBBCDoctors Don’t forget to tag us on X @TheWritersGuild, Instagram and Threads @thewritesguildgb. We’re also on Facebook, LinkedIn and Mastodon.
- If you are a Doctors writer who has been affected, you can contact email@example.com support and advice.
Watch this space for further news!
BBC West Midlands Rep Tim Stimpson spoke to BBC Midlands Today about the closure of BBC Doctors and the impact on the region, on 30 October 2023