Nine sets Doctor Doctor return

Australia’s favourite bad boy, Dr Hugh Knight, (Rodger Corser) faces his toughest challenge ever when the fifth series of Doctor Doctor premieres next week.

When the Knight family and the entire town of Whyhope are plunged into crisis, all eyes turn to Hugh to save them. Forced to relocate to a veterinary clinic after the discovery of asbestos in the hospital, matters are further complicated when high-flying council administrator Sharna Bahtt (Chantelle Jamieson) arrives in town, simultaneously sacking Meryl as mayor (Tina Bursill) and setting her sights on Hugh.

The flames of romance continue to be stoked when newly single Penny (Hayley McElhinney) arrives back in town, forcing Hugh to grapple again with his feelings for her and a potential relationship with Sharna.

With the hospital on the brink of permanent closure, his mother arrested for fraud, and a love triangle looming, will Whyhope’s bad boy be the Messiah? Or is it all a recipe for an even bigger disaster?

Doctor Doctor boasts an outstanding ensemble cast including Nicole da Silva (Charlie), Ryan Johnson (Matt), Tina Bursill (Meryl), Hayley McElhinney (Penny), Matt Castley (Ajax), Chloe Bayliss (Hayley), Charles Wu (Ken) and Belinda Bromilow (Betty).

Plus, joining the regular cast for series five is a standout raft of homegrown talent: Zoë Ventoura (Love Child, Packed to the Rafters, Underbelly Files: Chopper, Home and Away); Lincoln Younes (Home and Away, Love Child, Grand Hotel); Darren McMullen (House Husbands, Seachange); John Waters (All Saints, Underbelly: The Golden Mile, Offspring, Halifax Retribution) and newcomers Chantelle Jamieson (Crownies, House Husbands, Underbelly Files) and Contessa Treffone (Here Out West).

Wednesday, April 28 at 8.30pm on Channel 9 and 9Now.