Television audiences across the UK enjoyed watching a powerful family of actors ‘take over’ the airwaves.
Fans watching iconic dramas Vera on ITV and Call the Midwife on BBC have noticed the two famous brothers filming heist footage on the major networks.
Joe McGann is one of many soap stars joining the latest episode of Vera as the suspect Julian Carr.
The actor, 63, has been in cinema since 1985, starring in the BBC medical drama Casualty and the TV series Prince Caspian, among others.
Most audiences of a certain age will recognize him as Charlie Burrows, the “butler” on the ITV sitcom The Upper Hand – the part he played between 1990-1996.
But younger Britons are more likely to know the Liverpool-born actor as Hollyoaks’ charismatic and narcissistic surgeon Edward Hutchinson.
While working on the BBC, his younger brother, Stephen, returned to the role of beloved Doctor Patrick Turner in Call the Midwife.
The 58-year-old began his acting career in 1982, starring in the West End musical Yakety Yak and gaining national recognition for playing Emmerdale from 1999 to 2002 as Sean Reynolds.
In Call the Midwife, he plays a general practitioner who works closely with the midwives of Nonnatus House and has been a cast member since its first season in 2012.
His character had a mental breakdown after the Second World War in 1945, and then lost his wife in 1957.
He is the youngest in a dynasty of brothers acting with men with two other siblings in the family.
His brother Paul, 62, is perhaps the most famous of the three and has starred in numerous TV shows and movies, including Agatha Christie’s Marple, The Musketeers, Holby City and Doctor Who.
His other brother Mark, 60, is known for his work on stage.
Both brothers starred together in the 1995 mini-series The Hanging Gale.
Fans of both shows couldn’t help but enjoy watching the two brothers on prime time television.
“The McGann brothers take over Sunday night TV,” one fan wrote excitedly.
Another added: “The McGann brothers on #TV are against each other. Joe competes on #Vera @ StephenMcGann as usual on #CalltheMidwife.”
And a third wrote: “Love it when brother @mcgann appeared in a TV show #vera #loveit #joemcgann#brothers”
https://www.thesun.ie/tv/8180387/vera-call-the-midwife-shocked-real-life-brothers-tvs/ Vera and Call the Midwife fans are shocked when two real-life brothers ‘take over’ their TVs