After a move from its prime time slot only months ago, Doctors has now added another weekly episode to its schedule, with five episodes airing each week.

Announcing the exciting news on This Morning today, Dex Lee, who plays Bear Sylvester, and Sarah Moyle, who plays receptionist Valerie Pitman, shared the exclusive, confirming that the number of episodes would be increasing ‘later in the year’.

Dex and Sarah, along with their co-stars, are nominated for several awards at the British Soap Awards, returning this June.

They’ll be competing against EastEnders, Emmerdale, Coronation Street and Hollyoaks for best soap, while Dex is up for best dramatic performance and Sarah is nominated for best comedy performer.

Phillip Schofield will, as usual, host, while a variety of well-known faces from from the world of TV and showbiz will present the awards.

The Doctors news follows the BBC announcing a massive schedule back in February change ahead of Holby City’s cancellation, and it involved Doctors.

As well as EastEnders changing their schedules from Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday to Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the BBC also announced Doctors would be going prime time for the first time ever.

Airing in its usual afternoon slot, Doctors also started airing at 7pm on BBC Two in the hope of bringing in new viewers as for many, they’re unable to watch the show during typical working hours.

At the time, Kate Oates, Head of Continuing Drama, BBC Studios said: ‘We’re delighted that, from 7th March, there will be new regular time slots for EastEnders on BBC One, and Doctors on BBC Two.

Currently in Doctors, staff members are thin on the ground after taking over Sutton Vale and saying goodbye to a number of characters.

This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV.

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