Casualty (1986– )

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The everyday lives of the people frequenting the frenetic Accident and Emergency department of Holby City hospital.

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Series cast summary:
Derek Thompson ...
 Charlie Fairhead (669 episodes, 1986-2015)
 Tess Bateman / ... (486 episodes, 1996-2015)
Ian Bleasdale ...
 Josh Griffiths (435 episodes, 1989-2007)
Jane Hazlegrove ...
 Kathleen 'Dixie' Dixon / ... (387 episodes, 1996-2015)
Charles Dale ...
 Big Mac / ... (328 episodes, 1995-2015)
Tony Marshall ...
 Noel Garcia / ... (324 episodes, 1993-2015)
Sunetra Sarker ...
 Zoe Hanna (318 episodes, 2007-2015)
Matt Bardock ...
 Jeff Collier / ... (314 episodes, 1993-2014)


Drama depicting the private and working lives of the patients, doctors, nurses and others attending a small but frantically busy accident and emergency department of the large Holby General hospital. Written by Mark Smith <>

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Baleseti sebészet  »

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The first season of Casualty attracted a lot of political controversy and government condemnation because it "dared" to be critical of hospital conditions and the chronic under-funding of the National Health Service. Also the Royal College of Nursing did not like the way that some of the nurses were portrayed. Despite these initial concerns, a second season of episodes was made, partly because the scripts had already been paid for, though initially it was thought that no more would be made after that. Now, twenty years later, Casualty has become a national institution and is the longest-running BBC drama programme and the second-longest-running medical drama in the world behind America's General Hospital (1963). See more »


Maggie Coldwell: Harry, have you got a minute? I could do with a second opinion on these results.
Harry Harper: [patronisingly] My pleasure. I'm always happy to offer my expert advice.
Maggie Coldwell: Er, just your opinion. I've got the expert bit covered, thank you.
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The hospital feels real, but that's about it...
16 February 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I am not a Casualty buff, but what I do see of it is always quite good. It is drama at its most realistic - you are instantly brought into the serious, morbid, emotional world of modern hospitals. The lack of blood and gore only make everything seem even more real. When a death occurs, you sure do know about it - it manages to hit really hard, unlike in Hollywood movies. The drama itself is superb and somewhat painful at times - anyone who has been in a hospital will feel things coming back to them after an episode of this. The lack of musical score save for the credits and the complete lack of glamorisation in any form strip this down to the bare bones of realism. But sadly, this show is not perfect. While there's enough to warrant a viewing of a full episode, there really isn't much to make you want to keep coming back. And though the characters feel like real people, you just don't really know them and you can't sympathise with them - and that is the worst thing for a show like this. This is a real zombie of a show - it is moving and aware, but just doesn't feel alive, and just kind of drones for the hour each episode it plays. And, in spite of what I said earlier, there's way more blood and sweat in real hospitals too. 7/10

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