‘Doctors have really pushed the boat out for the 3000th anniversary!’ says Ian Kelsey (VIDEO)

As BBC daytime soap Doctors celebrates its 3000th episode, we caught up with Ian Kelsey, who plays practice manager Howard, to get a look behind the scenes as they filmed on location in Birmingham city centre.

“Doctors have really pushed the boat out on this episode,” says Ian. “We’ve got about 100 extras who appear in the background.”

In a special one-hour episode, policeman Rob is still out to shut down a paedophile ring known as The Treehouse. But there’s deadly danger when a gunman has him in his sights.

“I think Doctors is like a little present that’s opened up every day,” says Ian, when asked about the ongoing appeal of Doctors, which has been running for 15 years. “Each episode has a Story Of The Day and you never know what it’s going to be. It could be someone having a baby on a park bench, to Howard losing his pencil and getting in a state about it! New characters come in and you see a beginning, middle and end with these stories.”

The anniversary episode of Doctors screens on September 10 on BBC1