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Anyone with a pulse and a TV must know by now what the show is about: good characterisation, self-contained, interesting and topical plots centered on and around an A & E department. "Casualty" would not have retained its viewers, and acquired new ones along the way, if it had not remained fresh and engaging. It does not shy away from tackling difficult subjects and does so sensitively. It has unobtrusively moved with the times, the characters evolving, new ones being introduced smoothly, plots offering food for thought at every turn.... Moreover, it does not depend on contrived cliff hangers (like some other serials) for viewers to want to watch the next episode. Is it why the fans are cynically penalised by seeing their show constantly bumped off the saturday schedule whenever it suits the powers that be, in favour of some asinine "celebrity this or that" or other forgettable show, as is the case again this week? So, so irritating!
For British actors Casualty is a bit like The Bill, everyone has pretty much been in it as shown by the excellent little bit in the Ricky Gervais show Extras where his character is ridiculed by his colleagues when he is forced to admit that he has not had a speaking role in either show. Casualty has been running on the BBC for the best part of 24 years now and has occupied a prime Saturday night slot.
It is based in the Accident and Emergency unit of a hospital and the show focuses on the lives of the doctors and nurses that work there as well as some of the patients.
One of the things I like about the show is that the cast changes quite a lot and that helps to keep the show fresh, there have been a few stalwarts over the year such as Charlie and that helps with the continuity and also allows you to sse how a character develops. Over recent years I must say that my interest in it has wained a bit as I have started to lose interest in it, maybe it was just one cast change too many and I sort of lost track of the storylines.
I must say that the storylines can be a bit bleak, then again I guess you can expect that with a hospital, but the acting is top notch and the medical drama scenes are very realistic.
It is certaionly a show that has shown good stamina over the years and deserves its place on the Saturday night BBC1 line up.
Casualty first aired on the 6th of september 1986, and centres on the lives of patients and staff at the busy Accident and Emergency department at fictional Holby City hospital. It airs on saturday nights on BBC1, with times varying according to whatever rubbish is on before (I'm looking at you, Over the Rainbow!) and is on most of the year round.
I've watched the show for years, and while some faces, such as Charlie Fairhead seem to pretty constant, one of the things I like is the ever changing main cast of doctors, nurses,and porters, and the complex and challenging patient cases . I do like that this show does focus quite a lot on the medical and diagnostic side of treating patients, and isn't all about the staff relationhip dramas, although there is plenty of that too.
I like the way a medical case is shown from beginning to end - we often get to see events leading up to the injuries, and this can sometimes be pretty harrowing - for instance a couple of weeks ago a girl fled from an attempted rape, and whilst being chased by someone who wanted to make sure she was ok, took a huge tumble down the stairs.
I've often found myself reduced to tears by certain plot lines- one in particular that stands out was when one of the doctors lost a baby son, and nearly lost his wife in the middle of a frozen lake. The story got sadder when, upon recovering, his wife left him .
I have a few favourite members of the team, my absolute favourite being 'Big Mac', a large welsh hospital porter. I like him in particular no only because he adds a touch of humour, but because in situations he has suddenly displayed a skill you never knew he had . I remember in particular him getting all 'kung-fu' on a violent teenager causing a disturbance in the department, and him displaying an aptitude for sign language when dealing with a deaf child.
I also quite like Ruth Winters, a hardworking and focused doctor who can sometimes be a little cold and unfeeling towards patients and colleagues. I feel great sympathy for her, as occasionally the show has her struggling to cope, and she has in the past attempted to hang herself . She has a vulnerable softer side, but it's something we rarely get to see .
I really enjoy Casualty - it's exciting, fast paced and emotional, and is one of the few things on TV I really enjoy watching . I only wish the BBC would pin it down to a regular airing time, as it does tend to fluctuate, being on at anything from 8pm to 10pm, or anything in between, depending on what else is on. It also tends to not be shown when there is a rugby match on at times - a bit annoying since I'm not a sports fan! It would be nice to know what time it was going to be on each week without having to look it up on the TV guide .
Still, thats a problem with the BBC, not the show itself, so I won't be deducting any stars . Five stars for Casualty .
Whilst Geraint Morris produced this show, Jeremy Brock and Paul Unwin created Casualty. The first episode of the first series was broadcast on 6th September 1986 on BBC One. In 1999, a sister show of Casualty was produced which is known as Holby City. Casualty and Holby City have several crossover shows, sometimes this is the whole show but sometimes just one character will star on the sister show.
I have watched Casualty for about two years now and I thought it was about time I wrote a review on it. Casualty, one of my favorite TV shows, is shown on BBC One on a Saturday night usually around eight or nine o clock. Casualty is basically a hospital drama set in Holby at Holby City Accident and Emergency Department and is one of the longest running emergency medical drama series in the world. Casualty follows the everyday lives of the Holby City Team as they deal with patients, events and their own lives.
Casualty has been running for about 24 years now with many different actors starring in this show. In the past two years of me watching it, I think that the story lines have been attention-grabbing and very realistic. The A&E department seems very real life as it shows a variety of incidents from people on their death bed to drunken people. All these people are played by a variety of characters with very good acting. The characters, effects, props and background make Casualty seem up to date and very current.
In my opinion, Casualty has a very balanced mix of the staffs' lives but also of the patients' lives and doesn't focus on a particular character for too long in one episode. There always seems to be at least two main story lines amongst the Holby Staff but during an episode, this isn't always the main focus. The camera cuts to these scenes several times throughout the episode to keep you engaged in the programme and make you want to watch on.
Overall, Casualty is a very well written drama and the actors perform their roles very well. Sometimes it is hard to tell whether some events are real life or just be acted for the purpose of this great show.
I used to watch Casualty regularly for years some time ago now but have to admit I haven't watched it for a while now. I used to love the programme and they must the right formula for success I guess as the show has been on BBC on a Saturday night for years now. Each episode is about 50 minutes long and focuses on the trials and tribulations of the staff and patients in a hospital casualty ward.
My wife who is a nurse doesn't really like this any more as she says it's not really that real to life but to be honest with you I used to watch it as it was a good bit of entertainment and you don't have to think about things too much while watching it.
When the show starts you normally get introduced to characters you haven't seen before and quite often you realise quickly enough that one of these new characters you haven't seen before is going end up in casualty after suffering a nasty accident of some description. In that way it's quite predictable but still not boring. You never know if a character will die or not so are left wondering throughout the episode as there are deaths in most episodes.
There have been some spin off shows like Holby City as a direct result of Casualty and it's success but I don't think any of them could quite do as well as the original and probably best. There are also many medical dramas like ER and Grey's Anatomy which ran for years or are still running. None of them focus on just one department in the hospital though.
I would recommend anyone who has never seen it to sit down one Saturday night and watch Casualty as it's great entertainment and viewing...
Casualty is a medical drama shown on Saturday nights, usually in the 8.30 - 9.30 pm slot on BBC1, but the time does vary slightly each week.
It first appeared on our screens in 1986 and is now the longest running emergency, medical series in the world.
The show revolves around the working day of the doctors, nurses and administration staff in a busy accident and emergency department, in the city of Holby. As well as getting to know the individual members of staff and their lives in and outside the hospital, we also get to meet their patients.
Each week we are faced with new patients and their health problems, some walk in off the street and some are brought in by ambulance, many from accidents. Often we get to see the paramedics rushing to the scene of an accident and having to deal with the injured patient right there and then. The accidents are very well staged and look real, as do the injuries. I find the whole programme completely believeable and it is obvious that the storylines are very well researched.
The staff of Holby City Hospital are very well fleshed out and I feel that I know every member of the team very well. They are all likeable, but like us all, they have their good and bads days and do make mistakes.
We have been given quite an indepth view into the private lives of all the staff and I find myself wondering how everything will turn out for them. I would especially like to see a happy ending for Ruth and Jay, who have an on and off relationship, but are obviously meant for each other!
The patients lives are quite often laid bare to us too, we get to know some of their life history, meet family members and find out what is wrong with their health. Sometimes the problem is easily fixed and the patient recovers quickly, others are not so lucky and we see the doctors and nurses battle to save their life and ultimately lose.
Over the years there have been many famous faces, who have played many different roles, some of them just starting their careers.
These have included:
Orlando Bloom, Kate Winslet, Minnie Driver, Christopher Eccleston, Jonny Lee Miller, Brenda Fricker, Ray Winstone, David Walliams, Anita Dobson, Maureen Lipman, Andrew Sachs and many, many more.
Each episode of Casualty runs for 50 minutes and in my opinion, it's the best 50 minutes of television on a Saturday night.
For me, Saturday night television is all about Casualty. I remember being allowed to stay up to watch it when I was younger, and now I Sky+ it to watch after a night out. Me and my friend who usually stays over actually have a ritual of coming back home at 3 in the morning and sobering up to Casualty!
Casualty is actually spelt "Casual+y", incorporating a cross as the T. It is the longest-running medical drama series in the world and O hope that it will be around for many years to come.
It was first shown on BBC 1 in 1986 and has stayed with the channel throughout, although the start time has gotten later and later as time has gone on.
The show is based around Holby City Hospital, which is a fictional hospital, based in Bristol.
The show looks at the patients and the staff of the hospital and their stories, in the A & E department - the most exciting department!
In 1999, Holby City was first broadcast and was a spin-off from Casualty, and so the two sometimes have a crossover, and they have occasionally done joint shows.
The show runs throughout the year but has about a one month break in the Summer before startnging again.
With the filming being done in Bristol, famous landmarks can often be seen, allthough the filming will be moved to Cardiff in 2011 so i will remain to be seen how they handle this situation.
The show is a drama and focuses a lot on the doctors and nurses of the A & E department, as well as the admin staff.
Along with detailled stories of the patients, the drama shows the problems that the staff have with trying to do their jobs effectively and shows the problems with bureaucracy and the difficult working environment of the NHS.
The show is not shown at a specific time and this often changes depending on what else is on BBC1 that night. Quite often a show will be missed and shown on a Sunday night, or there may be a tw0-part episode shown on both the Saturday and the Sunday.
Similarly with The Bill, and soaps in general, Casualty is well known for being a starting point of a lot of extras trying to make it in television - but the acting is always well performed.
There are many characters who have been in the show for a long time, such as the lovely Charlie Fairhead.
The show makes a great effort to create a realistic representation of an A & E department and so the show uses real surgeons, doctors and nurses on set to assist with the correct procedures and terminology.
Some scenes can be quite graphic, with a lot of operations being shown in detail and some of the accidents can be quite gruesome so it is not a good idea to watch if you are not in to that kind of thing!
The show makes a great effort of dealing with issues such as an Aids related show in the National Aids Week and times such as Christmas and Bonfire Night often have accidents involving drink and fireworks, respectively.
The only thing which seems unreal about the show is the amount of accidents that happen to staff - they are the most unlucky bunch!
However, they need to have accidents to make the show exciting and it certainly does.
Try giving the show a watch if you haven't already, I really recommend it.
Casualty has been an important element of the BBC's saturday prime time lineup for many years now. Apart from a couple of weeks in August or when large sporting events are on it can be found on BBC1 starting between 8pm and 9pm and lasts for approximately fifty minutes. This is roughly about the right length because it's enough time to get into the story without getting bored.
At the beginning of the show its a bit predictable because by the way they introduce people in everyday situations you just know they are going to get hurt, sometimes it's obvious how as well. This is when the ambulance crew get involved in the story. Through the call out you get an insight into the personal lives of the crew which then leads to the patient getting to the Accident and Emergency part of the hospital. Ther personal insight then transfers to those of the doctors and nurses on the A and E ward. Realism tries to prevail but sometimes I hope that it's not 100% accurate. A good example of this is a recent storyline that showed a surgeon operating whilst seriously ill with memory lapses and shaky hands.
The success of Casualty led to spin off shows Holby City which deals with the rest of the hospital that the casualty department is in which has proven very popluar. Less popular was Holby Blue which concentrated on the police station near the hospital. Although it had a good cast the ratings could not save it from the chop.
Casualty's realism has meant it stands head and shoulders above it' s predeccessors which could be why it has lasted so long.
I often watch this on iplayer but it is normally on bbc 1, starting at around 8 or 9pm. It is a medical drama soap series based around the staff and people of Holby, a fictional town with a bustling accident and emergency department.
It is a quite compelling watch as it ususally ends on a bit of a suggestive note and the lives of all of the employees are so entwined and interrelated it is really interesting but slightly unbelievable really sometimes. The staff are very good actors though and do well with al of the medical jargon and at acting out some of the procedures (when I say they're good, i really have no idea but it is convincing).
Casualty always shows more about what happens before some of the big accidents which get brought in which is good, but it is often very predicatable and from when people first enter the scene, you can tell that they are somehow, going to die. This is ok, and it is really nice to get to know the people more as it puts the accidents into perspective, it is just always a bit repetitive because of its predicability.
I also like how the programme follows the ambulance crews too as i think they are often forgotton from medical dramas when they are really important. It shows all the situations these guys get into and it makes being a paramedic look very scary!!
Casualty is a long-running medical drama series that is currently based in Bristol (UK). The programme has been running since 1986 and is the second longest running medical drama series in the world. The programme is based around characters that play the role of doctors and nurses in a fictional accident and emergency department.
The show is aired on Saturday's on BBC1. The time it is aired varies but it is usually around 8pm or 9pm. If you miss it on a Saturday you can catch it again on catch up on demand if you have digital TV though on Virgin Media or on the BBC website if you have the internet. Personally I make sure I never miss an episode by watching it on the internet when I get home from work or on catch up on demand if I have any spare time in a morning. Older episodes can also be viewed on weekday mornings on Watch.
I have been watching the show since 2004 and in that time there has been a lot of cast changes. The character that has been in it longest is Charlie (Derek Thompson) he has acted in the series since episode 1 of the 1st year in 1986 and is still to this day one of the main roles in the programme. The plotline I found most interesting was when the husband of a patient attacked doctor Lara Stone (Christine Stephen-Daly) because she helped reveal the truth about him abusing his wife, the doctor protected herself by hitting him with a stone but ended up killing him and going to prison. I find it a shame that there are no box sets of this programme as I really enjoyed the 2004 episodes and would love to watch them again.
Casualty is a BBC drama which airs on Saturday nights, usually around 8 or 9pm. Ever since it was first shown in the mid 1980s, each 50 minute episode has focused on the staff and patients of the Accident & Emergency department of the fictional Holby City Hospital.
What makes this medical drama different to some others is that you get to see the lead-up to the particular accidents and emergencies and gain a bit of insight into the patients' characters and lives. It's fun to try and guess what the accident is going to be in advance - e.g. is a car going to crash into someone, will a pillar fall down and land on them, or will they slice their hand off with their power tool ... ?! Also heavily featured are the personal lives of the staff members, ranging from management staff to porters. I think it's these personal elements that keep Casualty feeling 'real'.
The storylines overall are often quite intense and the accidents and emergencies are generally quite dramatic. It's quite possible to dip into a series of Casualty without having seen an episode before and be able to pick up quickly who's who, but there are also ongoing story lines which you will appreciate more as a series regular.
I do enjoy Casualty and have watched it for many years - Saturday nights just wouldn't be Saturday nights without it!
Casualty is a long running TV series on BBC One that first aired in 1986, it focuses on the work and personal lives of the staff working in the A&E department and also the passing patients of the hospital. It is set in the fictional hospital Holby City General and has a close tie with its sister series Holby City which was a spin off of Casualty. The show has one a number of awards, the most recent and biggest a BAFTA for Best Continuing Drama.
I really enjoy watching Casualty on a Saturday evening and would have to say my weekend wouldn't be the same without it. Each episode usually starts off by showing a member of the public doing something that will inevitably lead to them ending up in the A&E department at Holby General. I find it quite funny because you always know what is going to happen, you can always tell that little Timmy who is playing football in the street ("Don't worry mum I am fine, I won't be long") is going to kick his ball a bit too hard and Charlene who is late for work today and is driving her car a little over the speed limit, are both going to end up with Holby General Paramedics rushing them into A&E (This story is based on entirely fictional characters, any names or similarities to any characters in Casualty is unintended and purely coincidental!). I like this predictability of the series and it then takes you to the doctors and nurses trying their best to help the patient whilst also struggling with their own work and personal issues. The show focuses on the guest characters that play patients in individual episodes and also on bigger storylines for the Holby staff that last for a number of episodes. The bigger storylines that generally focus on the staff of the series (although some focus on returning patients) usually ends each episode on a cliff-hanger keeping you interested and coming back for more.
**SPOILER ALERT** One of the most recent storylines was that of Curtis Cooper a Holby Paramedic who was suffering threats from well known troublemaker and gang leader Tony, the story eventually led to the death of Tony and the police suspecting Curtis of the crime. After going on the run Curtis turns himself into the police to protect his fiancé, Alice and is almost immediately released due to Alice persuading the real killers mother (Who is a returning patient at Holby A&E) to speak to the police. Upon returning to the hospital to meet Alice Curtis finds the killer on the hospital roof with Alice and a gun, scared for the safety of Alice Curtis has to make a quick decision and lunges at the killer, throwing them both off of the roof and to their deaths. This is a good example of one of the long running storylines in the series that involves staff and patients at the hospital, but more importantly than this; Who decided on this end of the storyline?! It was supposed to be Curtis and Alice' wedding day and you killed him off, you heartless beggars!
I think the difference between Casualty and the likes of TV soaps is that it is aired one night a week and the quality of acting is shown in this. I really have never had a qualm with any of the acting from the series and the storylines are always well done. I don't imagine going into my local A&E department would be as interesting as watching an episode of Casualty and I doubt there is any consultant out there cooler than Nick Jordan (Michael French), who has now left the series due to a prognosis of a terminal brain tumour (his character that is, don't get upset I am sure Michael French is just fine). I like the mix of characters in the series and their relationships with each other and believe the actors do a really good job. You will also now and again see some famous faces as a Holby patient such as Ray Winstone, David Walliams and Helen Baxendale etc.
Although I hate to miss an episode you won't really have missed much at all if you are off for a night on the town as most of an episode, as I said are based on issues related to the patient in that episode. If you don't usually get up to much on a Saturday night then I would definitely suggest watching Casualty who knows you might get hooked.
Casualty is one of the greatest medical dramas that Britian has to offer. This medical drama comes on everyweek for 50 minutes and is a BBC programme which has been running for over a decade.
Storylines: are believable for a medical disaster drama and they have new medical problems everyweek and sometimes the patients do die in the end. They also have storylines on the doctors who sometimes have affairs and sometimes make an enemy of each other and how that affects them working in a A&E.
Quality of programme: is ok but not the best i've seen the acting is wonderful the problem is that the quality of actors is not a doubt that should speculate my rating but the doctors keep changing and there is always a new clinical lead every couple of months which just makes the programme sometimes look tedious but other than that the acting and actors all make the drama look very believable.
This programme is a must see for anyone who likes medical mysteries such as House M.D.
I've been a dedicated Casualty-watcher for years, and have always really enjoyed it, but recently have realised its not as good as i originally thought...
It is enjoyable, with exciting plot lines combining serious dramatic scenes with light humour, but it always follows a pretty typical order. Soon enough a character will come in and you can guess the storyline. Of course there is variation, especially with the main characters, but the events tends to be pretty standard scandalous things, eg. so-and-so slept with so-and-so and oh my gosh she's pregnant. I guess this is often the case with dramas/soaps- maybe I'm just wanting something a little unexpected to happen every now and again.
The relationships between the staff characters is unrealistic and often inappropriate. Of course medical dramas are not usually realistic, but I feel Casualty pushes it too far. Comparing it to other such dramas, such as ER, it does not seem great. It never moves me as much as other programs; its never quite serious or genuine enough.
Occasionally there are dramatic episodes spread across 2 days that tend to end in a death or serious injury of a main character, which draws an emotional response. But again, it seems to be implausible as it involves several of the main characters.
The plots can often make it seem 'trashy', which is a shame given how good it used to be when it started off. This review may be of solely the episodes airing more recently, as the plot has taken a dip in originally and sincerity.
It seems the producers have a great love for fake blood. The scenes are often spread with excessive use of it, like they try to make it as dramatic and gory as possible.
It also seems everytime a like-able character comes along they're killed off, eg. Selena, or stay in it too long they become tedious and lose their acting credibilty, eg. Charlie.
The show usually airs on a Saturday night between 8 and 9 pm. This can be quite inconvenient if you want to go out, so as a result it becomes the program to waste your Saturday nights away with when you're not going out.
To summarise, it is enjoyable, but given that now ER is on at the same time, I would much rather go for the more sincere and realistic medical drama, where the staff's personal lives and relationships do not interfere with the drama of the patients.
Casualty has been a programme which has been on BBC1 on Saturday nights since 1986, and has been running ever since in seasons of around 48 episodes a year, taking approximately a months break, probably for filming purposes.
The show is filmed mainly in Bristol, UK, and many landmarks are seen throughout each season, the Floating Harbour and Clifton Suspension Bridge been two of them.
The show is set in a ficticious town of Holby, and is filmed in the ED ward of the Holby City hospital (which is also the setting for the series Holby City also on BBC currently shown on Tuesday nights at 8pm). Each episode has a range of people coming through the ED ward with a mix of illness and injury, these peoples stories are followed throughout the one episode of the show, and ending at the end of the episode. There are also longer lasting storylines which go on for weeks or months at a time. Like the one that is going on now with Dr Nick Jordon, who has a brain tumour, he has just months to live and is trying to get by at the hospital without letting any of his colleagues know what is going on, but he is gradually losing his memory, his hands are shaking during surgery and things are going wrong.
These keep you coming back to the show every week, but with the shorter storylines, your not really out of the loop if you can't watch the show every week.
The show is very gripping, and very lifelike, although I doubt the work is as exciting in a real A&E deparment as it is in Casualty, but that can be allowed!!!!
The show keeps you very entertained throughout, and I find myself looking forward to it each week, especially as the show is normally left on a cliffhanger!!!!! :-D
Some of the storylines which have been done have been very good, and do reflect everyday life, with gang warfare and drug abuse.
I love Casualty, and its a show which I hope continues to run for a long time!!! :-D