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The Royal 

Set in the 1960s, this British medical drama follows the staff and patients of St Aidan's Royal Free Hospital.




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Series cast summary:
Robert Daws ...  Dr. Gordon Ormerod 87 episodes, 2003-2011
Linda Armstrong ...  Sister Brigid 87 episodes, 2003-2011
Amy Robbins Amy Robbins ...  Dr. Jill Weatherill 87 episodes, 2003-2011
Denis Lill ...  Mr. Rose 87 episodes, 2003-2011
Wendy Craig ...  Matron 87 episodes, 2003-2011
Michelle Hardwick ...  Lizzie Hopkirk / ... 87 episodes, 2003-2011
Andy Wear Andy Wear ...  Alun Morris 87 episodes, 2003-2011
Michael Starke Michael Starke ...  Kenneth 'Ken' Hopkirk / ... 63 episodes, 2003-2008
Paul Fox ...  Dr. Jeffrey 'Jeff' Goodwin / ... 43 episodes, 2003-2007
Zoie Kennedy Zoie Kennedy ...  Staff Nurse Meryl Taylor 40 episodes, 2003-2006
Scott Taylor Scott Taylor ...  Frankie Robinson / ... 38 episodes, 2004-2008
Natalie Anderson ...  Nurse Stella Davenport 36 episodes, 2005-2008
John Axon John Axon ...  Mr. Nigel Harper / ... 35 episodes, 2003-2005


British Drama aired 2003-2011. Total of 86 Episodes A dedicated staff of doctors and nurses care for patients at the fictional St. Aidan's Royal Free Hospital in the seaside town of Elsinby in this spinoff of the popular British show "Heartbeat." Set in the 1960s, the series focuses on the medical issues faced by patients and the moral dilemmas those emergencies bring about. Written by goffpartners

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The house used for Dr Ormerod and Dr Wetherill's home is a residential property situated directly opposite St Mary's Church in Scarborough and has panoramic views of the North Bay from its garden which can be seen in an episode where they have a garden party. See more »


Series 3 Episode 5 "Poison" Dr Ormerod says goodnight to Sister Brigid, then walks out of the door from Casualty to the Ambulance Bay. As he approaches the door, his coat is unbuttoned, but when he reaches the other side of the door it is completely done up. See more »


Mrs. Lyons: Life is very short, and very fragile. It's easy to let it go by and suddenly find that all the things you meant to do just never got done. When you're young, you think you've got forever. But you're dead for a very long time. That's all.
Dr. Jill Weatherill: Is that advice?
Mrs. Lyons: One of the privileges of old age is you can talk nonsense and get away with it. You'll know if it's advice, or just nonsense.
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Featured in Imagine: And Then There Was Television (2006) See more »


Somebody Help Me
(Theme song)
Performed by Michael Starke
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User Reviews

The 1960s soundtrack is phenomenal!!!
2 April 2019 | by dailybSee all my reviews

While I truly enjoyed bingeing on this whimsical dramedy set in North Yorkshire, it was re-visiting the 60s British pop hit singles that made every episode for me- From Manfred Mann's cover of Dylan's "The Mighty Quinn" to Freddie and the Dreamers' "I'm Tellin' You Now" to The Spencer Davis Group's "Keep on Runnin" it's a thoughtful musical journey back in time accompanying the goings on at St; Aidan's Royal Free Hospital.

I wish the producers or distributors had the forethought to get agreements for a couple of soundtracks/playlists It would be a fun listen. Maybe another reviewer will gather the titles from every episode...

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Release Date:

6 September 2003 (USA) See more »

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(39 episodes)

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1.78 : 1
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