Fans Ask Me for a Cure.It's So Sad; TV Doc Clive Touched by Tales of Woe

By Hagan, Angela | The Mirror (London, England), November 16, 1996 | Go to article overview

Fans Ask Me for a Cure.It's So Sad; TV Doc Clive Touched by Tales of Woe


Hagan, Angela, The Mirror (London, England)


Casualty (Sat, BBC1, 8.05pm)

CASUALTY star Clive Mantle reckons his army of female fans won't miss him when he hangs up his stethoscope for the last time tonight.

But the sackloads of mail that still arrive for him tell a different story.

Some of them have brought him close to tears over the past few years.

"One out of 10 letters I get are filled with emotional turmoil," he says.

"They are from women who have suffered child abuse, battered wives, and divorcees struggling to raise a family - and I'm just not equipped to deal with all these problems.

"It's so moving. All I can do is write back and say, `Be strong, you've done well to survive this far.'

"Then there are those who spell out in graphic detail their physical symptoms as if I can provide some miracle cure.

"It is desperately sad. But there is a phenomenon about TV doctors that people really believe they are real, have X-ray eyes and can diagnose problems instantly.

"It's been happening for 30 years since Richard Chamberlain was in Dr Kildare in the Sixties."

Clive's fans will be devastated when his character, heart-throb consultant Mike Barratt, leaves Holby General to return to Africa and nurse Rachel Longworth, played by Jane Gurnett.

But he says they will soon get used to the change.

"By now I think people are far more interested in the new characters," he adds modestly. …

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