(Series 33, ep. 20 by Rebecca Wojciechowski 19.1.19) My full review of this episode can be found over at Metro, but before you go I have a couple of things to add.
– I found myself pondering, not for the first time and probably not for the last, exactly where Holby is supposed to be these days. How far from Manchester is it? Would a long distance relationship between Holby-based Ethan and Manchester-based Alicia have been so difficult? I suppose when you factor in the long shifts etc, it might have been.
– And what did the fine hospitals of Manchester make of Connie’s conviction that Ethan going there would be ‘career suicide’? Surely there’d be an opening somewhere, with a possibility of career progression, for an experienced ED doctor?
– So many questions, but the fact remains that George Rainsford and Chelsea Halfpenny did a beautiful job with this storyline, considering that until this week I was not quite certain that they were even a proper couple. The ending was suitably tear-jerking. I was just glad that Charlie wasn’t in this episode, because Charlie saying goodbye to beloved colleagues totally does me in.
(Series 33, ep. 19 by Julie Dixon 12.1.19) This week’s Casualty review can be found over at Metro.
So what do we think? Does Duffy have dementia, or will it be some fixable thing that Holby’s ‘neuro team’ (currently very diminished after Professor Gaskell killed Roxanna then himself, and Selfie left for wherever) be able to sort out? And will Charlie and Duffy fix their relationship? I’m guessing a definite yes to the second question, because Charlie is an angel of a man and when he realises that Duffy has been struggling with more than just lust for Bill Crowthers he’ll be full of remorse and compassion. On the other hand, it’ll be difficult for him to come to terms with the fact that she confided in Bill and not in him.
Oh, I don’t know what’s going to happen! But I do know that Louise and Robyn are currently Not Helping.
(Series 33, ep. 5 by Jerome Bucchan-Nelson and Dana Fainaru 15.9.18) I’ve reviewed this week’s Casualty for Metro, so please head over there and take a look. First, some random thoughts.
– Asan N’Jie, who played Femi, has previously guested in Holby City in Series 19, ep. 23. When I spent some time in AAU as part of the research for the Holby book, he was the patient in the scene I saw being filmed. He was being intubated by Jasmine with help from Fletch and Morven. Needless to say, they didn’t really intubate him or he probably wouldn’t have agreed to be in Casualty.
– I wonder how Dylan’s going to react now he’s found out that Ciara is married?
– I also wonder how long Iain will hold out before he begins to love Ruby as much as I love her. There’ll probably be an episode where she has to do some ninja-level work in order to prove herself. And even that will have to be accompanied by Charlie Having A Word with Iain.
– Ethan has a heart of gold, but is he being a bit full-on with Alicia, do you think? I can’t quite decide. If it was anybody but Ethan you would probably think so. At any rate, I would not be happy about another person choosing the paint colour for my bedroom.
(Series 32, ep. 30 by Rebecca Wojciechowski 31.3.18) What a sad, touching episode. Lovely nurse Robyn and her equally lovely brand new husband Glen ended up back at Holby ED much quicker than anyone hoped or anticipated after Glen had a seizure and Robyn crashed their car.
It soon became clear that Glen’s condition was worse than anyone had thought, and he only had days to live at the very most – probably only hours. Plans were put in place to allow him to die at home, with Robyn, Charlie and Duffy in support (the Rolls Royce of palliative care), but poor Glen didn’t even get that far and passed away at Holby.
This was heart-rending stuff, with particularly poignant performances by Owain Arthur and Amanda Henderson as the newlyweds. As with the death of Arthur Digby on Holby, this was something that affected the entire cast, and there was a similar gathering of supportive colleagues at the end, as everyone decided to keep vigil in support of their friends. And, like Digby, it wasn’t all doom and gloom. That wasn’t Glen’s personality, and he said he felt liberated by the knowledge that his death was imminent, rather than being the dreaded cloud on the horizon like it had been for so long.
Elsewhere, a doctor with red hair whose name I don’t know disagreed with Dylan’s diagnosis of a patient and managed to out him as an alcoholic in the process. Army Dr Sam wasn’t pleased to learn he’d kept that a secret from her during their brief marriage.
Read about Casualty/Holby crossovers in the official Holby City book – out now. More info here
(Series 32, ep. 20 by Matthew Barry and Kelly Jones 13.1.18) If there was one thing that was going to tempt me back to Casualty after not watching it for I don’t know how long, it was the promise of seeing Dr Zoe Hanna again.
And there she was in all her magnificence, scrunching a ciggie out with her unfeasibly high, unfeasibly pointy shoe and slathering herself in Chanel No. 5. Max smelled her before he saw her – the cigarettes and Chanel combo that he knows and loves.
But did he love it, or even love her? He made every effort during the episode to pretend he didn’t, and even went so far as to lend her a pen so she could sign their divorce papers. Continue reading
(Series 31, ep. 44 ‘One’ by Paul Unwin) The word that was going through my mind as I watched this one-shot, real-time episode of Casualty was “choreography.” The way the camera moved fluidly around the different parts of the set, at one point even being lowered from the first floor down to the ground and then moving seamlessly on, was nothing short of incredible. Actors would walk into shot, deliver their lines and then the camera would be following somebody else, taking up some other part of the story. Apparently the crew were all in costume in case they happened to appear in any shot, but if they did I certainly didn’t notice them – everyone in the background seemed to be doing the usual doctor-stuff, nurse-stuff and patient-stuff, as always. I didn’t see a mis-step or a thing out of place.
The whole thing had been brilliantly thought out by the writer, Paul Unwin, and the director, Jon Sen, so that the episode had dynamics and pace. The actors all made it look easy, and it was testament to them that after a while I started to forget the “one-shot” aspect of it and got swept into the story. I actually felt a bit emotional by the end, with Jez’s scene with the father of the baby who died in the fire, and then with Duffy’s voice-over. I know that last bit was a tad cheesy, but if such a special episode couldn’t be used as a love letter to the NHS it would have been a missed opportunity.
See the behind-the-scenes video here
(Series 31, ep. 43 ‘Somewhere Between Silences Part 2’ by Jeff Povey) Okay Casualty, you’ve lured me back with your gimmicky promise of an exciting “one shot” episode next week. Which means I needed a bit of context. You can’t just turn up cold for a one-shot, you know.
First thing to say about this week’s episode is – George Rainsford. Blimey. Acting on a Shakespearean level there, all suppressed grief and rage and ethical conflict. Pitched against this was the dwindling family of racist thugs, the Ellissons. Papa Ellisson has expired previously. One of his sons (the nasty one, Scott) spent this week’s episode in a “will he ever walk again?” situation after falling from the Casualty mezzanine, which should surely have had some kind of mesh fitted after lovely nurse Sam Colloby tumbled off it years ago. The good news (for Scott) was there was no reason why he wouldn’t walk again, but the bad news (for Scott) was that now he almost certainly won’t walk again, because he’s dead. Continue reading