Greetings and salutations, fellow stargazers! This is your Showbiz Sista getting a taste of Channel 8’s own medicine. The latest 9pm drama, The Oath, from production company Wawa Pictures, is about doctors.
Christopher Lee stars as a disgraced doctor who becomes a Chinese medicine practitioner, clashing in styles with mainstream doctors such as Jesseca Liu’s character.
Chris said: “The image of a Chinese medicine practitioner is elderly, decent and square. But this role isn’t written that way. He’s a modern Chinese doctor. Imagine if the role was very ‘toot’ – nothing special; been seen before. This is a very fresh take. How do you present that and deliver that feeling? I think it’s a lot of fun.”
Ix plays a doctor who is Chris’s longtime frenemy.
Ix said: “I’ve been away for 3 to 4 years and it so happened that I was available to take on this project. I thought since I’m free and the role was a challenging one, why not. I have been in Beijing for the last two and a half years and acting there, which is why the cast keeps teasing me about my Beijing accent.”
Ann, who also stars in Kampong Ties, plays a lawyer who fights cases on behalf of the hospital.
Ann said: “I’m excited, yet nervous about having two shows concurrently. Luckily, it’s two very different shows set in very different eras, and the characters are different as well. I hope the audience will be able to see the difference in how I’ve portrayed each character, (but) I’m afraid they’ll get tired of seeing me!”
The Oath also stars Zhang Zhen Huan, Richard Low, Chen Shu Cheng and Kate Pang.
Catch The Oath starting Tuesday (Oct 25) at 9pm on MediaCorp TV Channel 8. Showbiz Sista, signing out. Live long and pop corn!