Doctor Foster writer plans to turn the hit BBC show into an epic opera production

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DOCTOR Foster writer Mike Bartlett wants to turn the TV hit into an opera.

The playwright, 36, has written 17 works for the stage, including hits in the West End and on Broadway.

 Doctor Foster starring Suranne Jones is not confirmed to come back for a third series

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Doctor Foster starring Suranne Jones is not confirmed to come back for a third series

He told The Sun he wants to take Doctor Foster to the stage in an epic opera score.

He said: “So far things have their own form and it’s definitely a bit of television in my own head but things get adapted and people get source material from all over the place.

“But if someone wanted to come up for an opera idea for it, I’d definitely be up for it. It sounds fun.”

Mike’s 2010 hit Earthquakes in London at the National Theatre was branded “the theatrical equivalent of a thrilling roller coaster ride”.

 The second series Doctor Foster has just ended after five explosive weeks

The second series Doctor Foster has just ended after five explosive weeks
 Writer Bike Bartlett wants to turn the show into an opera

Writer Bike Bartlett wants to turn the show into an opera

And his New York transfer of Bull won critical acclaim.

A theatre source said: “Producers will be rubbing their hands together with glee over this.


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“It’s a guaranteed audience and a story which could lend itself brilliantly to the dramatic nature of an opera.”

The second series of Doctor Foster, starring Suranne Jones, ended tonight.

 Mike Bartlett has written over 17 works for the stage including West End and Broadway hits

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Mike Bartlett has written over 17 works for the stage including West End and Broadway hits

But writer Mike refused to confirm whether it will return for a third.

He added: “There’s a lot of trust that we’d only do more if there’s a story and a reason. So there’s no pressure to do more.”

The show peaked with six million viewers in last week’s penultimate episode.

DOSE OF BRILLIANCE

IN the age of binge-watching boxsets it has felt novel to have to wait for an entire week to satisfy our hunger for the latest dose of BBC1’s Doctor Foster.

And the explosive finale of the steamy second series did not disappoint.

What the dark episode lacked in sex and nudity it made up for in edge-of-your seat twists and turns.

The hour-long episode plot moved swiftly and at times it looked unlikely all three members of the Foster family would come out of it alive.

The warring between Dr Gemma Foster, played by the brilliant Suranne Jones, and her cheating ex-husband Simon (Bertie Carvel), reaches a shocking peak as he threatens to take her with him to his death on the motorway, and she prepares drugs for his suicide. But, punctuated with happy flashback scenes and a moving instrumental soundtrack, writer Mike Bartlett makes his point quite clear.

The real casualty of this toxic relationship is their traumatised son Tom, played by Tom Taylor, who witnesses the domestic abuse.

The action is intensified by removing most of the other characters for this finale.

The heart-breaking final scenes pave the way for a third series.

A repeat prescription of Doctor Foster is definitely in order.

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Gemma and Simon discuss what to do with son Tom on Doctor Foster

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