TV SHOW: Casualty

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August 6th, 2007 at 08:12pm

Taken from Wikipedia:


Casualty is the longest running emergency medical drama series in the world[1], first broadcast in 1986 and transmitted in the UK on BBC One (with repeats on UKTV Gold). It was created by Jeremy Brock and Paul Unwin. The programme is based around the fictional Holby City Hospital and focuses on the staff and patients of the hospital's Emergency Department. Casualty is filmed approximately 3 months in advance of broadcast.

The 600th episode will be the seventh episode of the twenty-second series. (Which from now is in seven more episodes)


Casualty is situated in Holby, a fictional city bearing a close resemblance to Bristol where the show is filmed. Bristol landmarks, including the docks and the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge, are sometimes glimpsed in the outdoor scenes. The exterior shots of the hospital were formerly filmed at the city's technical college, but are now shot on an industrial estate, not far from the interior set of the hospital.

About the show:

The drama concerns a group of doctors, nurses and administrators who work in the Accident & Emergency department (since Series 18 termed the Emergency Department (ED)). At the centre of the action is Nurse Manager Charlie Fairhead (played by Derek Thompson), a dedicated and caring man frequently at odds with the demands of hospital management. This has been a recurring theme over the years, but especially in the early series, which were frequently criticised for endorsing criticisms of National Health Service management under the Conservative government of the day.

History and broadcast:

The programme has usually been transmitted on Saturday nights, although for a period in the late 1980s it switched to Fridays. Since 2001, popularity of the show resulted in a switch from a traditional seasonal format to an almost year-round production and transmission. Casualty has no fixed time slot, and usually airs somewhere in the 8.00pm slot on BBC1, however it is sometimes broadcast after 9.00pm, but never before 8.00pm. A spin-off show, Holby City, depicts life elsewhere in the same hospital. Due to the large number of episodes, some viewers have felt the storylines are becoming increasingly repetitive and predictable, and that some ongoing storylines are suddenly abandoned half-way through, although it remains one of the most watched television shows.

Okay, I decided to make this thread because I love Casualty, it keeps me sane all year through, but at times I find myself shocked and unable to believe the plots. I started watching Casualty probably eight years a go or so, my first episode was where Patrick and Lara were on a date and Patrick just suddenly died.

To this day this program has me shocked beyond belief... can anyone believe what has just happened?!

Okay, don't read further if you don't want to be spoilt with what happened last week...

I can't BELIEVE Selena kept Nathan's baby... and then I can't believe she died! Just when Harry was going to help her bring up the baby, BAM they killed her as fast as they threw the fake blood over her neck. Anyways, I think Nathan will be a good father if the baby survives - he was great with those two boys earlier on in the year.

BUTOMGSTICHLEFT. I seriously can't believe he left, I came to love his stubborn and horrible attitude!!

What's to come?

I dug around and found out a few things coming in September... for those who didn't know, Casualty is off air until the end of September, :] We can't over work those actor's/actress's now can we? :]

So yeah, don't read if you don't want to know, :] Don't say I didn't warn you.

Charlie's disillusioned having realised he's been in nursing 35 years.
Connie Beauchamp (Holby City) arrives and takes charge.
An explosion leaves the team struggling to cope.
It's the first day for two new doctors, Toby and Ruth.
Maggie loses her patience with Toby.
Dixie and Cyd's friendship is at breaking point.

=O I'm sure people will have a lot to say about this program the fact it's on every week. :]

If you didn't know about Casualty, be sure to watch it on Saturdays on BBC1 at roughly 8pm - 9pm. :]

I can't wait till it comes back on in September! (: