BBC Nottingham – 1st April 2008

Review: Sleuth

Well it is very difficult to know where to start with this review… how to tread lightly enough not to give away what is most spectacular and clever about Anthony Shaffer’s complex thriller.

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This Is Derbyshire – 28th March 2008

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He was the English aristocrat of choice a decade before Colin Firth emerged from a lake to become a housewife heartthrob and Hollywood star.

Simon MacCorkindale played the upper-crust cad in some of the most popular American television series of the 1980s – from The Dukes of Hazzard and Hart To Hart to Dynasty and Falcon Crest.

Now he’s taking to the Nottingham stage as a devious author in the revival of psychological thriller Sleuth, alongside his Dynasty co-star and former TV Robin Hood Michael Praed.

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SMCFP On This Day: Songs of Praise – 23rd March

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Series: Songs of Praise
First Aired: 23 March 2008

Description: Simon appeared with Susan to read the Easter story.  Episode aired Easter Sunday

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This Is Bath – 20th March 2008

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One of television’s best-loved doctors has marched out of accident and emergency and into a stage play that has become a modern classic.Simon MacCorkindale, whose character Harry Harper left Casualty two episodes ago, takes the leading role of Andrew in Sleuth which comes to the Theatre Royal, Bath, next Monday.

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What’s on TV – 8-14th March 2008

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Harry’s Sacked!

The doctor is given his marching orders by hospital bosses…

There are tears all round this week when A&E stalwart Harry Harper bids farewell to his colleagues. After deciding to leak Ruth’s diary to the press, the senior consultant is forced to leave the ward.

‘Harry believes that Ruth’s diary highlights the pressure doctors are under,’ says Simon MacCorkindale, who’s played the doc for six years. ‘But he put his career on the line and he knows he has to go.’ After an emotional goodbye, he visits his old pal Charlie at a private clinic and asks him to return to Holby.

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Total TV Guide – 8-14th March 2008

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Simon MacCorkindale as Harry Harper in CasualtyDoctor On The Move

After six years as consultant Harry Harper, Simon MacCorkindale tells us why he’s after a new challenge

Simon MacCorkindale is very happy with the storyline that sees him leave his role Casualty this week.

There are all kinds of unpleasant ways I could have left,’ he says. ‘I could have been murdered by an ungrateful patient, for instance! So I’m delighted to be leaving with Harry’s dignity intact, via the moral high ground! And I’m glad to be leaving on a story that might make people think.’

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Sun TV Guide – 8-14th March 2008

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Harry Harper works his last Casualty shift this week when he leaves after exposing troubled colleague Ruth’s diary to the press, Simon MacCorkindale, who plays him, is delighted Harry isn’t departing on a stretcher! “Often in these shows, characters get blown up, shot or stabbed to death,” smiles Simon, 56. “Doctors do take great risks, but few get shot or stabbed!”

Inside Soap – 8-14th March 2008

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Simon MacCorkindale as Harry Harper in CasualtyHarry’s Last Hurrah

The consultant hangs up his stethoscope…

Holby A&E manager Harry Harper bids farewell to the hospital this week – but the top doctor doesn’t leave his post willingly! Harry put his job on the line recently by choosing to leak the emotional diary of suicidal trainee medic Ruth Winters to the press, and now he must face the consequences…

“Harry feels very strongly that junior doctors are being put under too much pressure,” explains Simon MacCorkindale, who plays the department head. “He thinks Ruth should be used as an example of what can happen when they’re pushed too far, and wants to make everyone aware of the issue. His superiors aren’t happy with his actions, though, and force him to resign.”

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TV Choice – 8-14th March 2008

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Simon MacCorkindale as Harry Harper in CasualtyFarewell Harry

Having handed Ruth’s diary to the press, Harry prepares to hang up his stethoscope

This week, as Ruth lies in a coma, the truth behind the juniors doctor’s suicide attempt is all over the papers. By leaking her diary, Harry has plunged Holby City into the media spotlight, forfeiting his future as a senior consultant.

‘Harry feels it’s in the best interest of all young doctors for Ruth’s diary to be printed,’ says actor Simon MacCorkindale. ‘It’ll make the public and the NHS fully aware of all the pressure.’

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SMCFP On This Day: Casualty – Thicker Than Water

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Series: Casualty
Episode: S22Ep – Thicker Than Water
First Aired: 8 March 2008
Character: Harry Harper

Description: Harry faces the consequences of leaking Ruth’s diary to the press, while a surprised Toby witnesses Ruth stir from her coma.

This was Simon’s last appearance as Harry Harper

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We Love Telly – Daily Mirror – 8-14th March 2008

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Simon MacCorkindale as Harry Harper in CasualtyBye, Bye Harry

Consultant Harry Harper was shocked by the breakdown of poor Ruth – who was so overworked she attempted suicide.  ‘He decides to publish her diary to heighten awareness of the plight of these doctors says actor Simon MacCorkindale, who this week plays his final scenes as Harry, with the dashing doc in trouble for airing the hospital’s dirty laundry in public.

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Woking News – 6th March 2008

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Busy playing mind games in Shaffer’s Sleuth

A DARK psychological thriller featuring top television stars will be on stage at the town’s theatre this week.

Sleuth, one of the greatest ever stage thrillers, is being performed at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking until Saturday.

The play, written by Anthony Shaffer, promises to baffle even the most proficient sleuth so budding Miss Marples and Poirots should grab their magnifying glasses and book their seats.

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What’s on Live – Midlands – March 08

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Murderous Intent

Casualty favourite Simon MacCorkindale is returning to the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, appearing alongside ex-Robin Hood star Michael Praed in a new production of Sleuth. We take a look at the ever-popular touring show…

Simon MacCorkindale is back at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre for the second time in just over a year.

The popular actor, who’s nowadays best recognised for his portrayal of Harry Harper in the BBC TV drama series Casualty, is returning to the Midlands to star as Andrew Wyke in a new touring production of Anthony Shaffer’s Sleuth. He will be joined by another familiar televi­sion face – Michael Praed, a one­time Robin Hood and Dynasty star. Sleuth tells the story of Andrew Wyke’s devious attempt to gain revenge on his wife’s lover, Milo Tindle. Wyke cajoles Tindle into burgling his property, promising him the money, but in reality plans to kill the younger man and claim to police that he thought he was a prowler.

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SMCFP On This Day: Casualty – Silent All These Years

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Series: Casualty
Episode: S22Ep27 – Silent All These Years
First Aired: 1 March 2008
Character: Harry Harper

Description: New technician Curtis starts, and Harry makes the decision to release Ruth’s diary to the press and reveal what really happened.

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SMCFP On This Day: BBC Radio Tees – 19th February

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Series: BBC Radio Tees
First Aired: 19th February 2008

Description: Simon appeared to discuss Sleuth


SMCFP On This Day: Casualty – Say Say My Playmate

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Series: Casualty
Episode: S22Ep26 – Say Say My Playmate
First Aired: 16 February 2008
Character: Harry Harper

Description: Snezana joins the paramedic team and impresses everyone as she helps Toby deliver Joanne’s baby in a pub.

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BBC Gloucestershire – 13th February 2008

Game, Set and Match

Bring on local hero Michael Praed and Casualty’s Simon MacCorkindale as Milo Tindle and Andrew Wyke respectively to act out this enthralling verbal tennis match, and savour an exhibition of champions.

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SMCFP – Interview 13th February 2008

This interview was carried out with Simon on the 13th February 2008 at the Beck Theater in Hayes. Audio can be found on the forum as well as a video message from Simon filmed at the same time. This is Simon in his own words (i.e. typed word for word what he said)


We also got Simon to answer the forum’s ‘Meet a Member’ questions which can be found here


001 – From Clare: How have you family (Susan included) influenced your career?
Well I think mostly through their absolute continued unquestioning support for whatever I embark upon. Susan particularly is a very good springboard for various choices that I have made so I do share all the choices that I make. I think that my mum and dad particularly, it was about the honesty of what one was trying to do, and the respect for the audience. Very early on my father taught me about respect for the audience. I’m not sure I was ever really gonna go down in a daft way with it but certainly that I think has been a very important part in how I deal with the public. I’m always giving the time for other people even within a busy schedule.

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SMCFP On This Day: Casualty – Sex and Death

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Series: Casualty
Episode: S22Ep25 – Sex and Death
First Aired: 9 February 2008
Character: Harry Harper

Description: We relive events leading to Ruth’s suicide as Harry reads her diary.

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SMCFP On This Day: Casualty – Before a Fall

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Series: Casualty
Episode: S22Ep24 – Before a Fall
First Aired: 2 February 2008
Character: Harry Harper

Description: When Ruth makes a mistake and the team find out, she decides she can’t take any more. Toby and Abs are shocked by what they find when they go to her house

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7 Days – Northern Echo – 31st January 2008

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Simon MacCorkindale as Harry Harper in CasualtyThriller tour

Busy Simon MacCorkindale chats to Viv Hardwick about leaving BBC1 ‘s Casualty, taking on a stage tour and finding time to breed expensive Arabian horses

YES sighs Simon MacCorkindale with mock irony, “I have gone down in history as the man who sacked Charlie Fairhead in Casualty.” The plot of the Christmas episode of the BBC1 drama made the right kind of headlines for the programme as actor Derek Thompson became the last member of the original cast to leave after 21 years.

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SMCFP On This Day: The Alan Titchmarsh Show – 30th January

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Series: The Alan Titchmarsh Show
First Aired: 30 January 2008

Description: Simon appeared on this show to discuss his current play Sleuth

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BBC Berkshire – 29th January 2008

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Review: Sleuth

MacCorkindale (known for his recent role in Casualty and former star of Manimal) delivers a commanding performance as Andrew Wyke who is complex and teasing.

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SMCFP On This Day: Casualty – Where’s the Art in Heartache?

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Series: Casualty
Episode: S22Ep23 – Where’s the Art in Heartache?
First Aired: 26 January 2008
Character: Harry Harper

Description: Greg deals with a traumatic case which will change his life forever, and Ruth feels even more isolated from the rest of the gang.

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SMCFP On This Day: Sleuth (UK Tour)

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Production: Sleuth (UK Tour)
First Performance: 22 January 2008
Character: Andrew Wyke

Description: This was Simon’s first performance as Andrew Wyke in Sleuth at the Theatre Royal in Windsor.

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