Trauma viewers baffled as Collateral actor appears in two shows at the exact same time

TRAUMA The three-part psychological thriller centres on the lives of two fathers, Dan and Jon, whose lives collide when Dan's 15 year-old son Alex is stabbed and tragically dies in the trauma department attended by high-achieving consultant Allerton. Photographer: ALEX BAILEY ADRIAN LESTER as Jon Allerton and JOHN SIMM as Dan Bowker

Trauma kicked off on ITV on Sunday evening [ITV]

Doctor Foster creator Mike Bartlett’s new TV psychodrama, Trauma, started on Monday evening on ITV. 

While on BBC Two at the exact same time, Carey Mulligan’s new gripping miniseries Collateral, kicked off too.

However, it wasn’t long until show watchers spotted that actor John Simm was acting in both of the dramas. 

In Trauma, John plays grieving father Dan Bowker, while in Collateral the star has the character of David Mars.

Trauma: John Simm stars in the ITV show

Trauma: John Simm stars in the ITV show [ITV]

Trauma: John Simm plays grieving father Dan Bowker

Trauma: John Simm plays grieving father Dan Bowker [ITV]

However, viewers were left baffled about the actor appearing in two series at the exact same time.

Taking to Twitter, fans shared both their confusion and amusement over the overlap. 

One person said: “Big fan of John Simm, great to see him back on TV but on separate channels at the same time? #Trauma #Collateral.”

A different user put: “John Simm appearing in quality dramas on ITV and the BBC simultaneously – or Simm-ultaneously in his case #Trauma #Collateral.”

Collateral: John Simm also stars in the BBC Two series

Collateral: John Simm also stars in the BBC Two series [BBC]

Collateral: John Simm stars as David Mars in the BBC series

Collateral: John Simm stars as David Mars in the BBC series [BBC]

Another show watcher commented: “Double dose of John Simm on a Monday night, yes please #Collateral #Trauma.”

A different user put: “John Simm is very busy on Monday nights #Collateral #Trauma.”

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While another fan added: “Great performances from John Simm tonight…twice! Looking forward to more. #Collateral #Trauma.”

Trauma continues on Mondays at 9pm, while Collateral continues at 9pm on BBC Two. 

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