Mudgee to be showcased on small screen

Mudgee to be showcased on small screen

By CIARA BASTOW

Filming for the Channel Nine drama Doctor Doctor closed Market Street in Mudgee for half a day.

Crews filmed at various locations around Mudgee with traffic controls in place to stop pedestrians from walking or driving into the shot.

Road blocks have affected local businesses including the newsagency and cafes, which have had to close down during filming.

Mudgee Newspower Newsagency was transformed into a pharmacy as part of the set whilst actor Rodger Corser filmed scenes in the Town Hall Arcade.

Café owners accepted that even though business had been slower than usual during the closure, it would be good in the long term.

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Rodger Corser preparing for a scene. Photo: Elle Watson

Manager of Mudgee Newspower Newsagency Angela Fittler states, “We were quieter than usual, but in saying that we had more traffic than anticipated, and we were obviously compensated by the film crew being here as they were spending money in the business.”

With regards to how the experience of having a film crew in town affected the newsagency Fittler said, “We got to project our business to people who wouldn’t normally be exposed. There are newsagencies all over the country but now they can put a location to the business name.”

Mid-Western Regional Council’s corporate communications officer Pip Goldsmith said the production will bring a “major economic boost to the region.”

The filming of the show brings more than 100 jobs to the area with many locals appearing as extras in the series.

Crews will return several more times until August.

The 10 part mini-series is being produced by Essential Media and follows heart surgeon Hugh Knight who has lived the high life and is put off, forced to return to his country home town to work as a GP.

 

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