Casualty

Casualty

British medical drama series
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Casualty

Casualty (stylised as CASUALY) is a British medical drama series that airs weekly on BBC One. 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.

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Ken Freeman
Jeremy Holland-Smith
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United Kingdom
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English
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No. of seasons
34
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PRODUCTION

Executive producer
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−)
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Running time
50–60 minutes
90–99 minutes (special episodes)
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Production company
BBC Bristol (1986–2011)
BBC Studios Cymru Wales (2011–present)
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Original network
BBC One (1986–present)
BBC Two (episode 350 moved due to news of Queen Mother's death)
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Original release
6 September 1986 (1986-09-06)
present
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CHRONOLOGY

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Selena Manning: [to Maggie] You will never guess what just happened. Maggie Coldwell: Yeah well so long as I don't get the blame I don't care. Selena Manning: Nathan just asked my out. Maggie Coldwell: Nathan as in Spencer? [Selena nods] Maggie Coldwell: Well I hope you told him to get stuffed. [Selena looks away] Maggie Coldwell: You didn't did you? Selena Manning: Look, I didn't say yes. Look, he's not that bad, he's good looking, he's successful. Maggie Coldwell: Yeah and what happened to I need a good man? He's obviously a snake, what is it with you and dodgy blokes? Please, Selena, just wait for a decent man. Selena Manning: You might be right. Do you know what though? Do you know what was lovely? Just having someone actually ask me out, even if it was Nathan. Kelsey Phillips: Nathan asked you out. Isn't he gay? Maggie Coldwell: [walks away with a huge grin on her face]
  • The BBC had two ideas for a hospital drama at the time of Casualty's conception - the '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' 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."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • On one episode the "current patients" board had the ingredients of a recipe for English Breakfast written on it.
  • Famous guest stars include Minnie Driver, Orlando Bloom and Kate Winslet.

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