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Casualty 

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Series (1986– )
The everyday lives of the people frequenting the frenetic Accident and Emergency department of Holby City hospital.
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Derek Thompson ...  Charlie Fairhead / ... 797 episodes, 1986-2019
Suzanne Packer ...  Tess Bateman / ... 487 episodes, 1996-2016
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Ian Bleasdale Ian Bleasdale ...  Josh Griffiths 440 episodes, 1989-2017
Jane Hazlegrove ...  Kathleen 'Dixie' Dixon / ... 401 episodes, 1996-2016
Charles Dale Charles Dale ...  Big Mac / ... 356 episodes, 1995-2016
Catherine Shipton Catherine Shipton ...  Lisa Duffin / ... 337 episodes, 1986-2019
Sunetra Sarker Sunetra Sarker ...  Zoe Hanna 336 episodes, 2007-2018
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Drama depicting the private and working lives of the hospital staff, paitents and others attending a small but frantically busy accident and emergency department of the large Holby General hospital. Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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UK

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28 September 1998 (USA) See more »

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Baleseti sebészet See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Future "Star Wars" actress Daisy Ridley who guest starred as Fran Bedington in Casualty: And the Walls Come Tumbling Down (2013) (#27.28) had also starred in 3 short interactive films from life-saver.org.uk that teach lifesaving skills, that same year in 2013. See more »

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This excellent drama has been turned into a silly soap.
14 December 2008 | by imdb-18193See all my reviews

This programme started as a superb mould-breaking drama. Each episode was an exciting thrill-ride. Now it is just a silly soap.

What made this prog so special was precisely that it was not a soap. Each week we had a glimpse into the lives of ordinary people who found themselves in the A&E department because of the accidents or illnesses that befell them. Each episode presented a whole series of accidents - from the bizarre to the mundane. As we were introduced to the casualties, we wondered how they had come to be there and how would their lives be affected by its new turn. Would they live, die or be left crippled. Would their infidelities and indiscretions be unveiled. By the end of the episode we had a snapshot of their lives.

In the late '90s Auntie Beeb threatened to turn Casualty into a twice-weekly soap. In the face of an outcry they back-peddled on this and adopted the compromise of starting a new weekday drama set in the same hospital and "Holby City" was born.

Unfortunately the script-writing team seem to have missed the point of the objection: casualty is not a soap. They have turned into a soap anyway.

Now the series simply has an interminable and tedious focus on the increasingly implausible private lives of the permanent staff. Each episode focuses on one character. And now we even have that stalwart of the soap genre - the token gay. Toby does not work in this guise for me! We now seem lucky if a single accident occurs in an episode. Instead it is the hapless staff of the "ED" who have the illness and injuries. It is the department team who have their indiscretions exposed.

It is to be hoped that this programme will return to its roots. Otherwise it needs to be pensioned off.

JDD - 14 December 2008


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