Early Doors star issues plea for hit series to make comeback after 20 years

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    Early Doors star Susan Cookson is calling for the sitcom to be brought back.

    The actress, 58, who played barmaid Tanya, wants writers Phil Mealey and Craig Cash to write a new series, and she’s convinced fans would be thrilled with more of it.

    Susan told the Daily Star Sunday: “Early Doors was such a brilliant show to work on. We worked very closely. I would love to do more. I’m very much in touch with the rest of the cast. We message each other, so the
    possibility is still there.

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    “It would be down to Craig and Phil to decide if they wanted to do more, but I know people want it back.” Early Doors, which was set in a pub in Stockport, ran for two ­series in 2003 and 2004 and later had a stage version.

    It still has a cult ­following.

    Susan said: “The ­success of the show is all to do with the writing and the ­observations it made about this little pub near Manchester. The characters were all like real people… we all know those characters.

    “It was just a joy.”

    Susan admitted that she almost gave up on her acting career to become a nurse following the death of her husband Malcom Scates in 2018.

    The actress opened up on her decision as she told The Mirror: "I was at a bit of a crossroads in my life through one thing and another and I decided that I wanted a more regular job.

    "I started to think about changing careers and going into nursing. My husband, who is sadly no longer with us, had been very poorly and I’d nursed him.

    "And I’d played a lot of doctors and nurses over the years, so it was a career I knew a bit about it."

    However, fate intervened, and as she was driving to meet a nursing manager for advice, she got the call about Emmerdale.

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