BBC One: Doctor Foster finale sees the series go out on a high


It looks like a second series will be a given for BBC One’s increasingly popular medical drama Doctor Foster, the Suranne Jones starring drama brought in a huge consolidated audience of 10.1 million viewers for it’s fifth and final episode.

The finale was, in fact, the highest-rating BBC drama episode this year after Call The Midwife. The BBC One drama produced by Drama Republic attracted an average consolidated weekly audience of 8.2m, the highest rating for any new TV drama this year.

Suranne Jones, the actress playing Doctor Gemma Foster, says: “I am stunned and delighted by the response to Doctor Foster. When I read Mike’s script I knew we had something special, but to get an audience reaction like this is amazing.”

Roanna Benn, Executive Producer, Drama Republic says: “We are totally thrilled that Mike Bartlett’s unique and brilliant scripts and Suranne Jones’ sublime performance have struck a chord with the nation. That it attracted viewers across a very wide age range, who invested in the show from start to finish, is just a dream come true. Thank you so much to all those who watched, and to the wonderful BBC for being so bold and creative in its commissioning.”

Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One, says: “Every week, Doctor Foster delivered a gripping and emotional rollercoaster that had viewers hooked from the start. It got the nation talking and it’s been incredible to see the audience response – huge credit to Mike Bartlett’s distinctive scripts and the sensational cast led by Suranne Jones.”

Doctor Foster is a 5×60-minute serial produced by Drama Republic for BBC One, written by Mike Bartlett, directed by Tom Vaughan and Bruce Goodison. The producer is Grainne Marmion and the executive producers are Roanna Benn, Jude Liknaitzky, Mike Bartlett and Greg Brenman for Drama Republic and Matthew Read for the BBC.

Commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One, and Ben Stephenson, former Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning.