Julia Watson on This Morning with Richard Madely and Judy Finnigan September
JF: A spot of Casualty now,
back on the telly tomorrow night and a big moment for Charlie and
<clip of Charlie arriving at Baz's side - taken from Series 11 Episode 1>
JF: And Julia Watson's with us
RM: We wanted the BBC to send us the
clip of you giving birth but they wouldn't
JW: Well it's amazing how I've got my
figure back so quickly
JF: That clip of a pregnant
tummy at the beginning of that clip that we just saw, obviously wasn't
you. It wasn't make up was it?
JW: No it was a real pregnant lady,
who came into the operating theatre, saw all the stuff and
she was about to give birth. She was three weeks off and we said 'Please don't
now but there is a midwife around!'.....
RM: I'm glad you're here
because it's given us a chance to read up about your life. I knew I'd
seen you in Casualty before your current reincarnation. You started in it didn't
RM: Very early on. You were in
it for one series?
JW: Yes, I was the young doctor
in the first series and now I'm back as the middle aged
JF: After an eight and a
half year gap?
RM: Well it shows how faithful
you are to the series
JF: Your character had an
affair with Charlie in the early days?
JW: Baz had an affair with
Charlie in the first series, and got pregnant and had an abortion.
She felt the relationship wasn't right and she was on a career role. She was a
doctor, planning to be a very successful doctor.
JF: And so whilst she was
out of the series, Baz got married
JW: She got married. They sort
of wrote me this very detailed character breakdown and they
thought possibly she'd had another one or two longstanding affairs and then she
Peter and got married, whilst they were working in Birmingham. Then Peter's job
transferred to Holby...
JF: And you end up back
JW: Yes! She ends up back in
Holby and we'd decided that within the 8 years she'd
specialised in trauma medicine, so she would be looking for jobs in A&E. So
to go back into Casualty and would be very surprised to see Charlie still there.
RM: But you left after the
first one because it was the policy then to change the cast quite a lot
because that's what happens in hospitals
JW: Well young doctors when
they're first starting out in their careers do 6 months specialities.
They do 6 months in one speciality and then they'll move, they'll go into
paediatrics. So they always said to me 'you'll only do one series because we're
change young doctors every series' and I said 'fine'
JF: But Charlie stayed
JW: Yes Charlie stayed. Well
Nurses have a longer contract
RM: We can't get him on you
know. Nobody gets to interview him. What's the name of the guy
who plays Charlie?
RM: Nobody gets to interview
Derek. He won't do anything. He's incredibly shy
JW: It is shyness. It's not
that he wouldn't like to come on. I think he finds it difficult.
JF: A lot of actors do.
They find it very hard to confident unless they're into a another character
RM: But that's not a problem
for you. You seem very confident
JW: Well funnily enough I
nearly became a presenter a long time ago
JF: Did you? What on?
JW: For Anglia. Years ago.
RM: Was it a continuity
JW: Yes with a potted plant
behind you saying at 7 o'clock this evening we will have
Coronation Street. I just remember the potted plant, it was a rubber plant. They
into the studios to show me and I thought 'Oh my god, there's a rubber plant.
I'd be sitting
with a rubber plant growing out of my shoulder.'
JF: Right well, we don't
know, we can't give away whether it's a boy or girl tomorrow night
JW: Oh right. Well I won't tell
JF: Do we know, are we
allowed to say the method of birth?
RM: Well we saw it in the clip.
It's a caesarean
JW: It's a caesarean yes. It's
an emergency caesarean
RM: So things get pretty rough
JW: Well things get to the
point where they have to get the baby out. The thing was, I think it's
very difficult to make birth look real on TV, if you're not actually giving
birth. The show's on
quite early, you have to be quite careful how you deal with things. We have to
with how we deal with the accidents and emergencies. We can't show too much
a lot of children watch it. So I think it was felt that this was possibly the
best way of dealing
with it and I have to say as the actor I was very relieved. I wasn't sure I
wanted to do too
much grunting and groaning.
RM: So you just had to give a
convincing performance of being out cold
JW: No I'm awake. I have
an epidural. We use all modern medicine - show that it works
JF: Well thank you
very much for talking to us
JW: It's nice to be here
JF: It starts
tomorrow night. How long does the series run for
JW: For 24 weeks
RM: It's all winter isn't
it? It's just on all winter. What time does it start
<Julia stares blankly!!>
RM: You don't know do you
JW: After the lottery!
JF: I feel
really sorry for Charlie. He always looks so harassed and worried
JW: He does but
he's going to have a much better time of it this year. Things are looking up -
he's going to be a Dad
RM: Tell him that
we don't bite. Tell him to come on
JW: I will. I will.
I did try and persuade him very hard
RM: Derek - come