|Created by|| Jeremy Brock |
|Starring||Current and former cast|
|Theme music composer|| Ken Freeman |
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||33|
|No. of episodes||1,125 (as of 20 April 2019 [update] ) (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Adrian Bate (1996–97)|
Laura Mackie (1997–98)
Ruth Caleb (1998)
Mal Young (1998–2004)
Mervyn Watson (2002–07)
Belinda Campbell (2007–11)
Alison Davis (2007–08)
Johnathan Young (2011–13)
Oliver Kent (2013–17)
Simon Harper (2017−)
|Running time||50–60 minutes (regular/special episodes)|
99 minutes (30th anniversary special)
|Production company(s)||BBC Studios Cymru Wales|
|Original network|| BBC One (1986–present)|
BBC Two (episode 350 moved due to news of Queen Mother's death )
|Original release||6 September 1986 –|
|Related shows|| Holby City |
Casualty, stylised as CASUAL+Y, is a British medical drama series that airs weekly on BBC One (sometimes with a short break in the summer between series, but not always).It is the longest-running emergency medical drama television series in the world, and the most enduring medical drama shown on prime time television in the world. Created by Jeremy Brock and Paul Unwin, it was first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC One on 6 September 1986. The original producer was Geraint Morris.
BBC One is the first and principal television channel of the British Broadcasting Corporation in the United Kingdom, Isle of Man and Channel Islands. It was launched on 2 November 1936 as the BBC Television Service, and was the world's first regular television service with a high level of image resolution. It was renamed BBC TV in 1960, using this name until the launch of the second BBC channel BBC2 in 1964, whereupon the BBC TV channel became known as BBC1, with the current spelling adopted in 1997.
The prime time or the peak time is the block of broadcast programming taking place during the middle of the evening for television programming. It is used by the major television networks to broadcast their season's nightly programming.
Jeremy Brock MBE is a British writer and director whose works include the screenplays Mrs Brown, Driving Lessons, The Last King of Scotland, Charlotte Gray, and The Eagle. Brock has also written two plays for the Hampstead downstairs theatre.
The programme is set in the fictional Holby City Hospital and focuses on the staff and patients of the hospital's Accident and Emergency Department. The show has very few ties to its sister programme Holby City , which began as a spin-off from Casualty in 1999,set in the same hospital. Casualty is shown weekly on a Saturday evening, which has been its time slot since the early 1990s.
Holby City (styled as HOLBY CI+Y) is a British medical drama television series that airs weekly on BBC One.
In media, a spin-off is a radio program, television program, video game, film, or any narrative work, derived from already existing works that focus on more details and different aspects from the original work.
Casualty's exterior shots were mainly filmed outside the Ashley Down Centre in Bristol from 1986 until 2002 when they moved to the centre of Bristol for just over nine years. In 2011, Casualty celebrated its 25th anniversary; following that, for the Bristol finale, they filmed the Emergency department catching fire and subsequently exploding. After 25 years in Bristol, Casualty moved to its new home at the Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff where it is currently filmed.
An emergency department (ED), also known as an accident & emergency department (A&E), emergency room (ER), emergency ward (EW) or casualty department, is a medical treatment facility specializing in emergency medicine, the acute care of patients who present without prior appointment; either by their own means or by that of an ambulance. The emergency department is usually found in a hospital or other primary care center.
Roath Lock is a television production studio that housed BBC drama productions including Doctor Who. Both Casualty and Pobol y Cwm continue to be filmed here. The centre topped out on 20 February 2011 and filming for such productions commenced in autumn of the same year.
The 1,000th episode of Casualty aired on 25 June 2016.A feature-length 30th anniversary episode of Casualty aired on 27 August 2016, episode 1 of series 31. For the series 31 finale, creator Paul Unwin returned to write a special episode which was entirely recorded in one take using only one camera, five boom operators and forty microphones.
The series was created by Jeremy Brock and Paul Unwin.According to writer Susan Wilkins, it was meant to be a response to the Margaret Thatcher era, and Unwin said that as young socialists, they wanted to create a "television revolution" that would be feminist, anti-racist, pro-NHS and anti-Conservative.
Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, was a British stateswoman who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. She was the longest-serving British prime minister of the 20th century and the first woman to hold that office. A Soviet journalist dubbed her "The 'Iron Lady'", a nickname that became associated with her uncompromising politics and leadership style. As Prime Minister, she implemented policies known as Thatcherism.
Socialism is a range of economic and social systems characterised by social ownership of the means of production and workers' self-management, as well as the political theories and movements associated with them. Social ownership can be public, collective or cooperative ownership, or citizen ownership of equity. There are many varieties of socialism and there is no single definition encapsulating all of them, with social ownership being the common element shared by its various forms.
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Casualty and Holby City are both set in Holby City Hospital,in the fictional county of Wyvern, in the south-west of England.
From the show's inception to series 26, episode 16, the city exterior was represented by Bristol,including well-known landmarks such as the floating harbour and Clifton Suspension Bridge often visible in outdoor scenes. City of Bristol College was used as the location for most exterior shots of the hospital from 1986 until 2002, when a new exterior set was built in Lawrence Hill Industrial Park in the city. Casualty has also filmed at Chavenage House back in 1997.
Following plans to switch filming to Birmingham, it was confirmed on 26 March 2009 that filming of Casualty from 2011 would move to a purpose-built studio and backlot set at the BBC Roath Lock studios in Cardiff, South Wales.Episode 16 of series 26 marked the final episode filmed in Bristol, with a fire destroying the department. The first episode from Cardiff, broadcast on 7 January 2012, was an 80-minute episode. Most exterior shots of the city of Holby are now shot within the city of Cardiff and wider area of South Wales. Railway scenes are shot on location at various preserved railways, which from the start of shooting have centred around the West Somerset Railway, the Avon Valley Railway and more recently the Barry Tourist Railway. In May 2018, filming for the premier of series 33 was shot in Bristol and Yate.
The programme has usually been transmitted on Saturday nights, although for a period in the late 1980s and early 1990s it switched to Fridays. The first two series each consisted of 15 episodes; series 3 ran for 10 episodes (although one of those episodes was postponed following the death of its guest star, Roy Kinnear); series 4, 5 and 6 were 12, 13, and 15 episodes long respectively. The final episode of series 6, which focused on a plane crash, was postponed until February 1992, after being initially scheduled for transmission on 20 December 1991 – one day before the 3rd anniversary of the Lockerbie disaster.
When the show moved back to Saturday nights in September 1992, the series length was extended to 24 episodes per year, and placed in a pre-watershed slot at approximately 8 pm. This initially caused some controversy due to the graphic and controversial nature of some of the storylines. — each series from series 19 (2004/5) to 25 (2010/11) has lasted for 48 episodes. However, this figure was dropped to 42 for series 26, with no summer break, which was related to production moving from Bristol to Cardiff. Series 27 consists of 44 episodes –an increase of 2 episodes on the previous series and returned to 48 for series 28. In addition, from series 26, the show also began broadcasting in August of their respective years, rather than start in September with a two-week break in late December.In 1997-8, the episode number was increased again, with 26 episodes (including two 75-minute specials) making up series 12. Subsequent series each saw an increase in episodes; series 13 ran for 28 episodes, series 14 ran for 30 episodes, series 15 ran for 36 episodes, series 16 and 17 ran for 40 episodes and series 18 ran for 46 episodes. Since 2004, popularity of the show resulted in a switch from a traditional seasonal format (which had progressed from three months in its early years to around seven months by 2001) to an almost year-round production and transmission
Casualty usually runs for 50 minutes between 20:00—22:00 slot on BBC One. Special events such as the Eurovision Song Contest and sporting events sometimes see the schedule moved around. On most of these occasions, Casualty is taken off-air for the night to make way for alternative shows. It has been known in the past that if an episode is in two parts, part one will be aired on the Saturday and part two on Sunday. It is broadcast across Europe via BBC Entertainment on the same date.
Casualty follows the professional and personal lives of the medical and ancillary staff of Holby City Hospital's emergency department. It features an ensemble cast of regular characters, and began with ten main characters in its first series. The original characters are consultant Ewart Plimmer (Bernard Gallagher), senior house officer Baz Samuels (Julia Watson), charge nurse Charlie Fairhead (Derek Thompson), staff nurse Clive King (George Harris), state enrolled nurse Megan Roach (Brenda Fricker), student nurse Lisa "Duffy" Duffin (Cathy Shipton), paramedics Sandra Mute and Andrew Ponting (Lisa Bowerman and Robert Pugh), receptionist Susie Mercier (Debbie Roza) and porter Kuba Trzcinski (Christopher Rozycki).
Currently, the regular cast consists of: clinical lead, consultant in emergency medicine, and cardiothoracic surgeon Connie Beauchamp (Amanda Mealing); consultants Ethan Hardy (George Rainsford), Elle Gardner (Jaye Griffiths) and Dylan Keogh (William Beck); F1 doctor Rash Masum (Neet Mohan); clinical nurse manager, senior charge nurse and emergency nurse practitioner Charlie Fairhead (Derek Thompson); senior sister and senior midwife Lisa "Duffy" Duffin (Cathy Shipton); staff nurses Robyn Miller (Amanda Henderson), Jacob Masters (Charles Venn) and David Hide (Jason Durr); student nurses Marty Kirkby and Jade Lovell (Shaheen Jafargholi and Gabriella Leon) Operational duty manager Jan Jenning (Di Botcher), paramedics Iain Dean (Michael Stevenson) and Ruby Sparks (Maddy Hill), receptionist Noel Garcia (Tony Marshall) and porter Gemma Dean (Rebecca Ryan).
A survey published by Radio Times magazine in March 2004 revealed that Casualty has featured more future stars than any other UK soap or drama series.Actors who appeared in the show prior to becoming famous include Kate Winslet, Orlando Bloom, Minnie Driver, Christopher Eccleston, Tom Hiddleston, Ashley Artus , Parminder Nagra, Sadie Frost, Ray Winstone, David Walliams, Jonny Lee Miller, Martin Freeman, Helen Baxendale, Robson Green, and Brenda Fricker. Discussing her 1993 appearance in Casualty, Winslet told the Radio Times: "In England, it almost seems to be part of a jobbing actor's training [to appear in Casualty]. As far as I was concerned it was a great episode, a great part. Appearing in Casualty taught me a big lesson in how to be natural in front of the camera." In addition, the series has featured a variety of more established stars, including Norman Wisdom, Amanda Redman, Anita Dobson, Jenny Seagrove, Rula Lenska, Prunella Scales, Celia Imrie, Toyah Willcox, Maureen Lipman, Frances Barber, Andrew Sachs, Russ Abbot, Stephanie Beacham, Honor Blackman and Michelle Collins in cameo roles.
The original title sequence featured a speeding ambulance with flashing lights arriving at casualty with a police escort. A CGI heart monitor was shown over the titles. The 49 second sequence shows the patient's point of view and their journey through the department into resus. The heartbeat turned into electric arcs, possibly as a result of a defibrillator being used as the bed moves around the hospital. The theme is used again in second episode of series 30, this time inter-cut with scenes of Connie Beauchamp (Amanda Mealing) performing CPR on Charlie Fairhead (Derek Thompson) and also Lofty (Lee Mead) travelling through the Emergency Department.
Series 4, in 1989, launched with a new title sequence, opening with an ambulance travelling in daytime. Different activities are then shown, including the ambulance clinicians, hospital equipment, a patient being treated and a blood pressure gauge, all separated by flashes of blue light. The next part of the sequence features new camera shots of the patient's journey into resus.
Series 7 from 1992 to 1993 saw a sequence returning to the original style, with the ambulance coming over the hill and a new heartbeat line moving across the bottom of the screen. As the ambulance arrives, the staff come out of the department to move the patient to resus.
In September 1993 (Series 8), the titles were revamped, based on the series 4 style, with the ambulance. Clips showed accidents and the ambulance journey instead of the patient's journey. Whilst the ambulance is being driven, a series of clips are superimposed. The sequence ends with the ambulance arriving at casualty. The Casualty logo flashes up on the screen when the screen blurs out. The sequence was tinted blue. These lasted until February 1997 when series 11 ended.
Again September 1997 saw a new look, with fragments of glass flying and a sequence utilising footage of medical staff, hospital equipment and patients' relatives. The sequence ends as all the pieces of glass that were shattered in the first few seconds of the sequence are re-formed into a single pane, which spells out the new Casual+y logo. Minor edits were made when these titles were shortened towards the end of 1998 for series 13 but they remained essentially the same until series 14 ended in March 2000.
A more arty sequence appeared in September 2000 (series 15), with a fast forward technique, featuring a clock ticking through the night, an airbag deploying, the ambulance, speeding through evening traffic and patients arriving at reception. The second half of the sequence focuses on a patient being treated in Resus from a bird's-eye perspective. The sequence ends in slow motion as the patient recovers and his relatives crowd round his bed, before the people and equipment disappear, leaving the distinctive chequered flooring of the department and the Casual+y logo. The original 1986 theme tune remained, but as the 'September 1998' shortened version again.
A new theme tune marked the arrival of series 16 in September 2001, with a distinct change to the opening titles. For the first time, the focus was on the characters, who were presented posing to the camera against a blurred dark background. The only 'medical' references were the glimpses of an ambulance and a heart rate graphic in the opening seconds of the titles. The same logo introduced in 1997 remains at the end.
Series 17, starting in September 2002, saw a return to a generic medical-themed title. The focus was on the international symbol of medical aid, the red cross, shown at different sizes moving around the screen, often filled with footage such as paramedics and a patient being given CPR, against a stark white background. This sequence was also filled with abstract graphics, elements of the Casual+y logo and footage of medical emergencies. The logo is formed by the merging of the various crosses & abstract shapes at the end of the sequence. Similarly to the titles of September 2001 – June 2002 (which featured the characters), the 1997 logo remained at the end until these credits were replaced in September 2006 (series 21).
Brand new titles were introduced in series 21 – this also marked the usage of a brand new Casual+y logo – using stop-frame footage of the ambulance on its journey, followed by images of characters and equipment, mixed with footage of a patient being taken to resus. The sequence was tinted in a turquoise hue and interrupted by a flashing amber graphic, reminiscent of the heart rate line from the original titles sequence. Series 21 saw the use of an orchestral-style variation of the theme tune, though this reverted to the previous version used since series 16.
Series 26 returned after its Christmas break in January 2012, filmed in high-definition for the first time, to coincide with the move to Cardiff's Roath Lock. A new opening sequence was introduced, reminiscent of the early opening titles, in homage to the show's roots. The variant of the theme music used since series 16 (except series 21) remained in use.
On 4 January 2014, the theme tune received a revamp and had a resemblance to the original 1986 theme tune. The closing credits were a continuation of the new updated theme tune. As of 8 February 2014, new titles were used and so was a new CASUAL+Y logo.
On 27 August 2016, the 30th anniversary episode and series 31 opener, the theme tune and opening titles received a complete revamp with a darker effect as scenes around the hospital are shown with Charlie being the only character in shot with the opening titles ending with the logo and title cards. The theme tune features the BBC Wales Orchestra performing background instruments.
From Episode 13, which aired on 17th November 2018, new titles were used. The theme tune remained the same.
The original closing credit music was known for being slightly different from its opening music. It was originally over one minute in length and over the years was shortened. The original music also had a lead in, known for being haunting and emotional. At the beginning it was not used in every episode. Between series 1–9, it was only used during emotional endings, for example when Duffy was raped and Sandra Mute being killed off. Between series 9–12, it was mainly used to close every episode. In September 1998, the closing theme was moved up a semitone, making the tune even more haunting. The end theme was reduced further in 2000 to go with BBC guidelines. Usage of this tune ended with series 15 in April 2001.
When the theme tune was updated in 2001, the closing credit music was a shortened version of the opening music. The main change was the lead-in music: two versions were used in the twelve years. Series 21 saw the theme tune being changed for a single series; it was made orchestral and only lasted one series. When Adam left the series at the end of series 25, a sad piano-based version was used. It has only ever been used on that one occasion.
When the theme tune changed for series 21 in September 2006, the closing credits were essentially a continuation of the opening tune. Dramatic and edgy, it was more akin to the original 1986 theme and the current 2014 theme.
When the series returned in 2014 after the Christmas break, the theme tune had received a revamp, more akin to the original. The closing credits had been slightly extended with sections from the original end theme returning, for example the final end notes.
The end lead in music, a short emotional piece building up to the credits, harked back to the original music which was used between series 1–15. There were a few variations used in episodes between 2014 and 2016. An emotional version using strings and violin, A version using trumpet and beeps and a much basic sounding version just using beeps, those that sound like medical machinery. This package was used mostly until towards the end of Series 30 when a new package was slowly introduced. The original pack is still used occasionally.
Towards the end of series 30, a new package slowly introduced itself. The introduction of piano replaced the "medical/beeps" that had been heard. Again this package includes, an emotional build up (Connie breaks down after Hugo leaves with his father), a dramatic heartbeat build (Gemma stands in shock after running Lily over), a simple piano build up (Cal finds a cufflink, not his), and a romantic version (Ethan tells Alicia that he loves her at Christmas). There has also been a version based on the actual theme tune.
Episode 1 of series 31, and episode 15 featured incidental music. Earlier series of Casualty experimented with incidental music but very rarely. Episodes 1 and 2 of the 32nd series also featured a score by the series composer Jeremy Holland-Smith.
A slower emotional version of the main theme was created for scenes, normally scenes ending an episode. It was first used when Tess left towards the end of Series 29. It was also used a few times during Series 30, episode 21 when Dixie left, and episode 42 as Rita bids an emotional farewell to Charlie.
Series 31 saw the theme come into play again during episode 8 when Glen jilts Robyn. Episode 21 saw a slightly different way of using this music, it was played over a scene as Charlie marries longtime friend Duffy.
Episode 2 of Series 32 saw the music return once again as Jez leaves Holby for a fresh start with his boyfriend Mickey after a long running storyline climax, whilst the music continues into the final scene with Dylan asking why David helped him smuggle Sanosi into the UK. He replies with "Because you're my friend."
It has been used six times since its introduction in August 2015, with minor changes throughout.
The first three series of Casualty were released on DVD (Region 2, UK) by 2 Entertain/Cinema Club. The third was released to coincide with the show's 20th anniversary celebrations. In Australia the first series was released by Umbrella Entertainment. There are no future DVD releases planned at present for the UK or Australia.
|DVD title||No. of discs||Year(s)||No. of episodes||DVD release|
|Region 2||Region 4||Notes|
|Casualty Series 1||4||1986||15||10 April 2006||8 December 2008|
|Casualty Series 2||4||1987||15||10 July 2006||N/A|
|Casualty Series 3||3||1988||10||11 September 2006||N/A|
All episodes from series 29, series 30 and episodes of series 31 that have been broadcast were made available to purchase and stream from the BBC Store. 's 30 year anniversary, the BBC Store released a collection of 14 classic episodes. The collection named Casualty: Spot the Star contained episodes featuring acting stars early on in their careers. The episodes which were available in this collection are shown below. With the closure of the BBC Store on 1st November 2017 all previously released episodes are again unavailable.To coincide with Casualty
|Series||Episode||Title||Air date||Acting star(s)|
|1||4||"Jump Start"||27 September 1986||Alfred Molina|
|5||13||"A Reasonable Man"||7 December 1990||Christopher Eccleston|
|6||8||"Living in Hope"||25 October 1991||Jerome Flynn|
|6||11||"The Last Word"||11 November 1991||Hermione Norris & Minnie Driver|
|6||13||"Facing Up"||6 December 1991||Kathy Burke|
|7||9||"Tender Loving Care"||7 November 1992||Jonny Lee Miller|
|7||21||"Family Matters"||6 February 1993||Kate Winslet|
|8||11||"Give Us This Day"||27 November 1993||Helen Baxendale|
|11||9||"Another Day in Paradise"||9 November 1996||Orlando Bloom|
|13||8||"She Loved the Rain"||17 October 1998||Martin Freeman|
|17||22||"Love Hurts"||8 February 2003||David Walliams|
|20||42||"Silent Ties"||17 June 2006||Aaron Taylor-Johnson|
|21||26||"The Killing Floor"||24 February 2007||Tom Hiddleston|
|27||28||"And the Walls Come Tumbling Down"||23 March 2013||Daisy Ridley|
Holby City began on 12 January 1999 as a spin-off from Casualty and is named after the fictional Holby City Hospital in which both series are set. The show follows the lives and careers of staff and patients on the surgical wards of the hospital, and deals with a range of clinical and ethical issues. Similarly to Casualty, the regular characters are all surgeons, nurses and other medical and ancillary staff, with patients played by guest actors, including famous names such as Eric Sykes, Phill Jupitus, Michael Jayston, Michele Dotrice, Ronni Ancona, Emma Samms, Lee Ryan, Nikki Sanderson and Johnny Briggs.The show was created by Mal Young and Tony McHale, who became its executive producer between 2007 and 2010. He was succeeded by Casualty executive producer Belinda Campbell.
Reflecting Holby City's origins as a spin-off from Casualty and the closely related premises of the two programmes, the BBC has screened occasional crossover mini-dramas entitled Casualty@Holby City, featuring a number of characters from each of the two casts. Mervyn Watson, former executive producer of Casualty, has commented on the origins of the idea to fully cross the two shows over for the first time: "I think the idea came from somebody in the comedy department, who casually said to the Controller of Drama 'Wouldn't it be a good idea if ...' The Controller did think it was a good idea, spoke to myself and Holby's executive producer, got it commissioned by the Head of BBC One and the rest is history."
Filming of Casualty@Holby City episodes is usually divided between Casualty's Bristol set, and Holby City's Elstree studios, although a large proportion of the Christmas 2005 crossover was also filmed on location in a road tunnel in Caernarfon, Wales. The theme tune used for crossover episodes consists of a shortened version of both the Casualty and Holby City theme tunes, played over one another in sync, criticized by the Daily Mirror for being "basically both theme tunes played at once."
Interviewed prior to broadcast of the Christmas 2005 crossover, Watson commented on the future of Casualty@Holby City: "We can't guarantee any crossovers for next year, but the audience likes them. And as long as the Controller of BBC One wants them, then we'll be happy to oblige."In November 2007, Holby City producer Diana Kyle added: "We like to do crossovers whenever we can, but it's tricky because both Holby City and Casualty film for 52 weeks a year, so the actors on each show have to work flat-out on their own programmes. We are trying to create more opportunities where the two dramas can merge, though." Another crossover was broadcast in 2010, with Casualty producer Oliver Kent commenting that the production teams enjoy airing crossovers, and that the difficulty in producing them is "purely logistics".
In April 2006, the BBC announced that a spin-off drama from the show, to be named HolbyBlue , was in early stages of production.The series focuses on the police service of Holby South, and aired for the duration of its first series on BBC One on Tuesday nights, with Holby City switching back to its former Thursday night slot at 8:00 pm. Long running Casualty character Charlie Fairhead appeared in HolbyBlue's first episode, and a full two-part crossover episode with Holby City aired at the beginning of the show's second series. On 6 August 2008, the BBC announced that HolbyBlue has been axed after two series.
In December 2006, the BBC broadcast a historical medical drama titled Casualty 1906 , reflecting life in the 'Receiving Room' (A+E was a concept not yet developed) of the Royal London Hospital 100 years previously, based on historical hospital records and news reports of the time. A three-episode miniseries, titled Casualty 1907 , was developed for broadcast in 2008. Although not a direct spin-off, nor set in the same fictional location, The Times has suggested "that this is BBC high-concept brand-extension at its very best", — a conclusion The Guardian also asserted. A third series, Casualty 1908, featuring Cherie Lunghi, was also commissioned. On 25 March 2009, it was announced that the BBC would be airing Casualty 1909 , a six-part series which aired in June and July 2009.with the BBC using the popularity of and viewer familiarity with Casualty to launch a new historical drama
In 2007, Casualty won its first major award, the BAFTA for the best continuing drama. Long-serving Ian Bleasdale, who played paramedic Josh Griffiths, accepted the award at the ceremony, which took place at the London Palladium. He said "To the doctors, nurses and ambulance crews, thank you for doing the job you do. I hope we go some way to showing exactly what it is," and dedicated the award to the show's original producer, Geraint Morris, who died in 1997. The cast of the show released the single "Everlasting Love", which peaked at No. 5 in the UK in 1998. On 5 January 2010, it was announced that Casualty had been nominated for the 'Best Drama' award at the National Television Awards, receiving in the same category in 2016 before winning in 2017 (beating Game of Thrones , Cold Feet , The Night Manager and Happy Valley . Since its inception, Casualty has won and been nominated for the following awards (excluding longlisted nominations).
|2018||Digital Spy Reader Awards||Best Soap (Evening)||–||6th|
|Best Soap Actor (Female)||Chelsea Halfpenny as Alicia Munroe||9th|
|Best Soap Actor (Male)||William Beck as Dylan Keogh||9th|
|Best Soap Storyline||Alicia Munroe's rape||10th|
|Best Soap Couple||Charlie Fairhead and Lisa "Duffy" Duffin||10th|
|Biggest OMG Soap moment||Sam Nicholls' death||9th|
|Most devastating Soap Death||Sam Nicholls||9th|
|Best Soap Newcomer||Gabriella Leon as Jade Lovall||12th|
|Best Soap Stunt||"The ambulance crash and motorway pile up"||5th|
|British Academy Television Awards||Best Soap and Continuing Drama||Production team||Won|
|Broadcast Awards||Best Soap/Continuing Drama||–||Nominated|
|National Television Awards||Drama||–||Shortlisted|
|2017||Inside Soap Awards||Best Drama Star||Amanda Mealing (Connie Beauchamp)||Shortlisted|
|George Rainsford (Ethan Hardy)||Won|
|Cathy Shipton (Lisa "Duffy" Duffin)||Longlisted|
|Derek Thompson (Charlie Fairhead)||Shortlisted|
|Best Drama Storyline||"Cal's murder"||Shortlisted|
|"Charlie and Duffy's wedding"||Shortlisted|
|TV Choice Awards||Best Actor||George Rainsford (Ethan Hardy)||Nominated|
|Best Actress||Amanda Mealing (Connie Beauchamp)||Nominated|
|Best Family Drama||Casualty||Nominated|
|National Television Awards||Drama||–||Won|
|Newcomer||Lloyd Everitt (Jez Andrews)||Nominated|
|2016||TRIC Awards||Special Award||–||Won|
|National Television Awards||Drama||–||Nominated|
|Drama Performance||Derek Thompson (Charlie Fairhead)||Nominated|
|Newcomer||Chucky Venn (Jacob Masters)||Nominated|
|2015||Black International Film Festival and Music Video & Screen Awards||Best Actor||Tony Marshall (Noel Garcia)||Nominated|
|Best Long Running Drama||–||Nominated|
|Inside Soap Awards||Best Drama||–||Won|
|Royal Television Society Programme Awards||Soap and Continuing Drama||–||Won|
|National Television Awards||Most Popular Newcomer||Lee Mead (Ben "Lofty" Chiltern)||Nominated|
|2014||British Academy Television Awards||Best Continuing Drama||–||Nominated|
|UK Sexual Health Awards||Sexual health media campaign/storyline of the year||Episode: "Unsilenced", 13 April 2013||Won|
|2012||Creative Diversity Network Awards||The Radio Times Soap Award||Episode: "#HolbyRiot – Part 1", 21 July 2012||Nominated|
|2011||Writers' Guild of Great Britain Awards||Best Continuing Drama||Dana Fainaru (Episode: "Place of Safety", 5 February 2011)||Won|
|Stonewall Awards||Entertainer of the Year||Jane Hazlegrove (Kathleen "Dixie" Dixon)||Won|
|British Academy Television Awards||Best Continuing Drama||–||Nominated|
|Royal Television Society Programme Awards||Best Soap and Continuing Drama||–||Nominated|
|2010||British Academy Television Awards||Best Continuing Drama||–||Nominated|
|Royal Television Society Programme Awards||Best Soap and Continuing Drama||–||Nominated|
|National Television Awards||Most Popular Drama||–||Nominated|
|2009||British Academy Television Awards||Best Continuing Drama||–||Nominated|
|2008||National Television Awards||Most Popular Newcomer||Georgia Taylor (Ruth Winters)||Nominated|
|2007||British Academy Television Awards||Best Continuing Drama||–||Won|
|2006||British Academy Television Awards||Best Continuing Drama||–||Nominated|
|2005||National Television Awards||Most Popular Newcomer||Elyes Gabel (Gurpreet "Guppy" Sandhu)||Nominated|
|2004||British Academy Television Awards||Best Continuing Drama||Lee Darling Foz Allan||Nominated|
|2002||National Television Awards||Most Popular Drama||–||Nominated|
|1999||TV Quick Awards||Best Loved Drama||–||Won|
|1998||National Television Awards||Most Popular Newcomer||Claire Goose (Tina Seabrook)||Nominated|
|Royal Television Society Awards||Best Sound — Drama||Colin Solloway, Nigel Abbott (Episode: "The Golden Hour", 27 December 1997)||Won|
|1997||National Television Awards||Most Popular Newcomer||Jonathan Kerrigan (Sam Colloby)||Nominated|
|1996||Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award||TV — Original Drama Series||David Joss Buckley||Nominated|
|1993||British Academy Television Awards||Best Drama Series||–||Nominated|
|British Academy Television Awards||Best Make Up||Jan Nethercot||Nominated|
|1992||British Academy Television Awards||Best Film or Video Editor (Fiction)||Alan Dixon||Nominated|
|British Academy Television Awards||Best Video Lighting||Cedric Rich||Nominated|
|British Academy Television Awards||Best Makeup||Sue Kneebone||Won|
|Royal Television Society Awards||Best Drama Series||–||Won|
|1991||British Academy Television Awards||Best VTR Editor||Nigel Cattle||Nominated|
|British Academy Television Awards||Best Video Lighting||Chris Watts||Nominated|
|British Academy Television Awards||Best VTR Editor||Malcolm Banthorpe||Won|
|1988||British Academy Television Awards||Best Sound Supervisor||Rod Lewis||Nominated|
Casualty@Holby City (styled as CASUAL+Y @ HOLBY CI+Y) is a series of special crossover episodes of BBC medical dramas Casualty and Holby City. While Casualty was launched on 6 September 1986, and its spin-off Holby City was first aired on 12 January 1999, the first full crossover episode between the two programmes was not broadcast until 26 December 2004. As of 27 December 2005, four crossover specials have been aired, comprising nine episodes total. Although further crossovers of storylines and characters have since occurred, they have not been broadcast under the Casualty@Holby City title.
The first series of the British medical drama television series Holby City commenced airing in the United Kingdom on BBC One on 12 January 1999, and concluded on 9 March 1999. The show was created by Mal Young and Tony McHale as a spin–off from the BBC medical drama Casualty, intended to follow the treatment of patients from Casualty as they were transferred onto the hospital's surgical wards. McHale served as the programme's lead writer throughout the first series, which ran for nine episodes. Young cast actors who were already established names in the acting industry, particularly from a soap opera background. Several cast members shadowed real surgeons and nurses in preparation for their roles to increase the show's realism. The series received mixed reviews from critics. It was compared favourably with Casualty, but received negative reviews in which it was contrasted poorly with the American medical drama ER. The series première attracted 10.72 million viewers, falling to 8.51 million by the series finale.
The twelfth series of the British medical drama television series Holby City commenced airing in the United Kingdom on BBC One on 20 October 2009. The series deals with the repercussions of the death of ward sister Faye Byrne's son Archie, including the resignation of consultant Connie Beauchamp and the return of former registrar Thandie Abebe-Griffin. It also focuses on staff members' romantic and family lives. F1 Oliver Valentine becomes romantically involved with registrar Jac Naylor and ward sister Daisha Anderson, and his sister Penny embarks on a secret romance with a heart transplant patient. Consultant Linden Cullen is reunited with his estranged daughter Holly, nurse Donna Jackson decides to adopt her half-niece Mia, sister Chrissie Williams gives birth to a son, Daniel, and Faye becomes pregnant by her estranged husband Joseph. The series includes a crossover episode with sister show Casualty and it also has the highest number of episodes to date, as the series contains a small number of episodes which air during the same week.
Holby City is a British medical drama television series that premiered on 12 January 1999 on BBC One. The series was created by Tony McHale and Mal Young as a spin-off from the established BBC medical drama Casualty. It is set in the same hospital as Casualty, Holby General, in the fictional city of Holby, and features occasional crossovers of characters and plots with both Casualty and the show's 2007 police procedural spin-off HolbyBlue.
The twenty-fifth series of the British medical drama television series Casualty commenced airing in the United Kingdom on BBC One on 4 September 2010 and concluded on 6 August 2011. The series featured several crossovers with spin-off show Holby City.
The thirtieth series of the British medical drama television series Casualty commenced airing on BBC One in the United Kingdom on 29 August 2015, and concluded on 30 July 2016. The series consisted of 43 episodes, including the broadcast of the show's 1000th episode on 25 June 2016. Erika Hossington continued her role as series producer, while Oliver Kent continued his role as the show's executive producer. Seventeen cast members reprised their roles from the previous series with five actors, including three long-serving cast members, departing during this series. Chelsea Halfpenny appeared in the serial between September and November 2015 as F2 Alicia Munroe, reprising the role as a main cast member in July 2016. Alistair Brammer joined the cast for a four-month guest stint as receptionist Jack Diamond in December 2015. Three new regular cast members joined the serial in spring 2016: Lloyd Everitt as paramedic Jez Andrews; Jason Durr as staff nurse David Hide; and Jaye Griffiths as consultant Elle Gardner.
Charlie Fairhead, played by Derek Thompson, is a fictional character from the BBC British medical drama Casualty. He is the longest-serving character having played the role of Charlie for over 30 years and the only remaining original character to have appeared continuously since the first episode on 6 September 1986. Thompson chose to take a nine-month break from the show in early 2004. Charlie left the show in series 18 on 17 July 2004 and after five months, returned on 1 January 2005 in series 19. At the end of series 19, Charlie left again as Thompson returned to his break from the show, with Charlie's exit scenes airing on 20 August 2005. After four months off-screen, Charlie returned in the series 20 Christmas crossover with Holby City, which aired on 24 December 2005. Thompson has remained with the show since, but regularly takes breaks of around two months every year.
The eighteenth series of the British medical drama television series Holby City commenced airing in the United Kingdom on 13 October 2015, and concluded on 4 October 2016. The series consists of 52 episodes. Oliver Kent continues his position as the show's executive producer, while Simon Harper serves as the series producer. Sixteen cast members reprised their roles from the previous series, while several recurring characters, and numerous guest stars feature in the series. Four actors depart during the series and two cast members reprise their roles after taking breaks in the previous series. Jemma Redgrave appeared in the series between February and September 2016 as general surgeon Bernie Wolfe. Jason Robertson joined the semi-regular cast in February 2016 as Jason Haynes, and two new cast members joined the serial in summer 2016: Marc Elliott as registrar Issac Mayfield and Lucinda Dryzek as F1 doctor Jasmine Burrows.
The thirty-first series of the British medical drama television series Casualty commenced airing on BBC One in the United Kingdom on 27 August 2016, and concluded on 29 July 2017. The series consisted of 44 episodes, including the show's feature-length thirtieth anniversary special episode, "Too Old for This Shift". Erika Hossington continued her role as series producer, while Oliver Kent continued his role as the show's executive producer until the end of the series. Seventeen cast members reprised their roles from the previous series with original character Lisa "Duffy" Duffin returning to the series as part of the show's thirtieth anniversary. Rik Makarem appeared in the series between October 2016 and January 2017 as first year foundation doctor (F1) Sebastian Grayling. This series also featured the death of regular character Caleb Knight, who has appeared since series 28.
"Too Old for This Shift" is a special feature-length episode of the British medical drama television series Casualty. It was broadcast as the premiere episode of its thirty-first series on 27 August 2016, on BBC One, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the show. The special, which is 99 minutes long, was co-written by Matthew Barry and Andy Bayliss, directed by Steve Hughes, and produced by Lucy Raffety.
The nineteenth series of the British medical drama television series Holby City commenced airing in the United Kingdom on BBC One on 11 October 2016 and concluded airing in the United Kingdom on BBC One on 19 December 2017. The series consists of 64 episodes; an increase from the previous series.
The thirty-second series of the British medical drama television series Casualty began airing on BBC One in the United Kingdom on 19 August 2017, and concluded on 4 August 2018. The series consisted of 44 episodes. Erika Hossington continued her role as series producer, however, following her resignation in August 2017, was replaced by Lucy Raffety. Simon Harper began his role as the show's executive producer. Twenty cast members reprised their roles from the previous series. Lloyd Everitt, Crystal Yu, Jamie Davis left their respective roles during the series, while Charlotte Salt reprised her role as Sam Nicholls from episode five onwards. Four new cast members also joined the drama in series 32. The series opened with a two-parter special set in northern France, which was followed by an extended 70-minute special episode.
The thirty-third series of the British medical drama television series Casualty began airing on BBC One in the United Kingdom on 11 August 2018, one week after the end of the previous series. The series will consist of 47 episodes. Lucy Raffety continues her role as series producer, while Simon Harper continues his role as the show's executive producer. Sixteen regular cast members reprised their roles from the previous series. The series, which is billed as "The Year of the Paramedic", begins with a motorway collision stunt sequence, and features a crossover episode with spin-off series, Holby City. Charlotte Salt, Chelsea Halfpenny and Azuka Oforka departed their roles as Sam Nicholls, Alicia Munroe and Louise Tyler during the series, while four actors joined the regular cast.
The twenty-first series of the British medical drama television series Holby City begins on BBC One on 2 January 2019 in the United Kingdom. The series consists of 53 episodes. Kate Hall acts as the series producer for episode one and was replaced by Jane Wallbank from the following episode; Simon Harper is the executive producer. The series is billed as an anniversary year for the drama as it celebrates twenty years since its launch. The series also features a crossover episode with sister show Casualty, an episode written by the show's co-creator Tony McHale and the show's 1000th episode, due to be broadcast in November 2019. Thirteen actors reprise their roles from the previous series and former cast members return for guest stints throughout the series. Three new regular characters were also introduced, while Nic Jackman was promoted to the main cast in his role as foundation doctor Cameron Dunn.
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