Emma Samms: Night-time soaps are 'quite extreme'
1 June 2018 - 1:00 PM

Emma Samms: Night-time soaps are 'quite extreme'

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Emma Samms believes night-time soaps are "quite extreme" and "far from everyday life".

The "Doctors" star - who plays Amanda Clay in the BBC One daytime soap - insists the show is "closer to real people" because the programme doesn't need to air hard-hitting scenes, such as murders and car crashes, to compete.

The former "Dynasty" actress - who played Fallon Carrington Colby - exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "I think the night-time soaps" stories are quite extreme and far from everyday life, possibly because they feel they have to be for that time slot.

"There's so many murders and car crashes and that kind of thing. "Doctors" still deals with tricky issues but in a more natural way.

""Doctors" has an advantage in that it doesn't have to compete with night-time shows in terms of heightened drama.

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""Doctors" is more of a comforting show to watch. It's closer to actual, real people. A lot of people watch it because they feel the familiarity, the comfort of spending time with people who are very real."

Despite being a daytime soap, the medical show has covered some serious plots, such as rape, but Emma believes the programme covers such storylines in a more "subtle way" than the later soaps.

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She added: "It doesn't mean it hasn't covered some extremely difficult issues. The show covers them in a beautiful, subtle way, which they may not be able to get away with on night-time soaps."

Emma recently admitted she "jumped at the chance" to reprise her role as Amanda.

She said: "I have such fond memories of working on doctors 12 years ago, in particular with Adrian.

"So when they asked me to come back, and promised I could work with Adrian again I jumped at the chance."

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