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Casualty

Year:
Duration:
50 min
Genres:
Drama
IMDB rate:
6
Awards:
8 wins & 22 nominations
Details
Country: UK
Release Date: 1998-09-28
Filming Locations: BBC Television Centre, Wood Lane, Shepherd's Bush, London, England, UK
Cast
Actor
Character
Nick Brimble
Nick Brimble
Casualty
Adie Allen
Adie Allen
Casualty
Daniel Casey
Lucy Cohu
Lucy Cohu
Casualty
Georgia Moffett
Georgia Moffett
Casualty
Leanne Wilson
Leanne Wilson
Casualty
Jay Ruckley
Jay Ruckley
Casualty
Derek Thompson
Charlie Fairhead
Suzanne Packer
Tess Bateman
Ian Bleasdale
Josh Griffiths
Jane Hazlegrove
Kathleen 'Dixie' Dixon
Matt Bardock
Jeff Collier
Charles Dale
Big Mac
Tony Marshall
Noel Garcia
Sunetra Sarker
Zoe Hanna
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Trivia
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).
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Before the first series was shown, it was described as being a "northern Hospital", often thought of as possibly being similar to St. James' in Leeds, but never of course confirmed. Only really from the second series onwards did references to it being in Bristol start appearing in the media. However when a new producer, Peter Norris, was brought in for Season 4, he decided to play down the association between Holby and Bristol, and so Duffy's West Country accent disappeared and fewer recognizable Bristol locations were used. Despite this, some links to Bristol have remained, even after filming moved to Cardiff in 2011: in Casualty: Death and Doughnuts (2012) a patient's phone number was shown as starting 0117, the code for Bristol, though a fictitious district code 456 was used.
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At the time of Casualty's conception, the BBC had two ideas for a hospital drama - a 'cottage hospital' idea, which was seen as the safe option, or an A&E department ('Front Line' - as Casualty was originally titled), an off-the-wall idea which posed more problems for the team. "I went for Casualty," said Jonathan Powell, BBC Head of Drama, about his decision, "because there was a feeling of life and passion and, well, I was anxious for new young people to create something. I put them [creators Jeremy Brock and Paul Unwin] with a very experienced producer, Geraint Morris, and hoped for the best."
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Quotes
Maggie Coldwell: Come on! Move or die!
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Sean Maddox: Get on the train.
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Nina Farr: I could kill Ellen for taking out a loan with a psychopath...
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Photos from cast
Stephanie Beacham Nick Brimble Kate Alderton Adie Allen Mina Anwar Tony Armatrading Richard Armitage Emily Aston
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