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Casualty: Iain in control

Casualty - Series 33 - Ep30(Series 33, ep. 33 by Barbara Machin 27.4.19) For my long review of this stunning episode, pop yourself over to Metro. But first…

– This episode was so good that I reckon there’s mileage to be had in yet another Casualty spin-off series, this time set in ambulance control.

– I liked how most of the attention was on the control room and specifically Iain, but to break it up we saw glimpses of what was happening at the scene – enough to feel involved but also to share Iain’s feeling of frustration and helplessness.

– When Iain was talking to Rox and realising he had more care for other people than he does for himself was a brilliantly dramatic moment, and Michael Stevenson played it perfectly.

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Casualty: Cal withstands Charlie’s stare for two episodes

cal casualty(Series 30, ep. 17 & 18) The last time I dipped my toe into a Casualty review, Cal had just discovered his birth mother has Huntington’s and there’s a 50/50 chance that either he, Ethan or both might have inherited it.

Two episodes later and he’s still struggling with whether or how to tell Ethan that not only has he grown up with a mother who didn’t give birth to him, but that he might have a life-changing diagnosis in the offing. The Casualty writers have been trying to help Cal with his decision by throwing patients his way who can speak his brains. Last week it was a sad, sad story of a woman (played by the wonderful Sheila Hancock) who was hiding her cancer diagnosis from her beloved partner. This week another woman was hiding a cancer diagnosis from her beloved partner (a pattern is emerging here) until her baby could safely be born.  Continue reading

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Casualty: Zoe starts again. And again

max zoe casualty(Series 29, ep.26) Sometimes Casualty departs from its usual straightforward narrative style and does something a bit different. This was one such episode, in which we saw the same day repeated three times, Groundhog Day-style.

Like Groundhog Day, each section opened with an alarm going off, but instead of Sonny and Cher we had ‘No Surprises’ by Radiohead. Frankly that would have been enough to make me want to put my head under the pillow and give up, but Dr Zoe Hanna is not me and, besides, she had Max to wake up next to, and his smile would be an antidote even for Thom Yorke-induced gloom.  Continue reading

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