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Casualty: Unrelenting death, delays, shortages, grief

(Series 36, ‘Remember Me Part 1’ by Barbara Machin 4.12.21) Take a look at my proper review for Metro (where I’m also doing some of the EastEnders and Corrie stuff these days). But before you get too engrossed in Metro’s world of soap, I’ve had a few thoughts.

What a brilliant (if initially confusing) episode. Well done to master manipulator of time Barbara Machin for such a complex and engrossing story.

I don’t think I was watching Casualty in 2006, so I missed Laura’s first appearance. It was a clever idea to bring her back, and to have a grown-up Rosie now working in the ED.

It was an absolute joy to see Tess again. Hopefully by the end of the next episode she and Charlie will have resolved their differences.

Also lovely to see Iain in his red HEMS uniform again. He looks very good in red.

The appearance of hapless social worker Adi made sense of why nobody was pleased to see him last week in the Paula storyline.

And what a cliffhanger ending, despite the fact that we know Iain doesn’t die in 2020 because he’s still alive and well in 2021. Unless he’s a ghost, like Cal.

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Casualty: All’s quiet in the ambulance station

(Series 35, ep. 6 by Dana Fainaru 6.2.21) I cordially invite you to pop over to Metro to read my review. But before you do that…

How lovely to see Waterloo Road’s William Ash in the episode, even though he was playing a very nasty man indeed. I’m glad to see that he still has very lovely hair – though the picture above is not showcasing it at its best.

There was a lot of ‘people overhearing other people’s private conversations’ moments in this episode.

I’m a bit worried about that car that Leon fixed. I don’t want any harm to come to David and Rosa.

Is Holby the quietest ambulance station in the whole of Wyvernshire? Fenisha and Jan did one job and spent the rest of the shift hanging around the ED, while Bobby didn’t have anything else to do but tinker with electricals.

Charlie explains social distancing to Jan

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Casualty: Let’s have another go at giving it another go

(Series 35, ep. 3 by Colin Bytheway 16.1.21) Pop your sweet self to Metro for a look at what I like to call my ‘proper’ review. But before you go…

Has the Fenisha/Will/Ethan triangle been the yawniest thing ever? It seems that in every episode one or more of them will suggest they try to give one or the other relationship ‘another go,’ but for some reason it never happens. The reason is generally because Will and Ethan both tend to look like rabbits in headlights whenever Fenisha mentions babies. To be fair to Ethan, he has good reason to be concerned about impending fatherhood (the fact he might pass Huntington’s disease on to the little ‘un).

I wish Ethan and Fenisha would just talk to each other though. 

My favourite piece of acting of the night was when Charlie was going on about the trust exercise where you fall backwards and, in an ideal world, your colleagues catch you. ‘I know the one,’ said Will, in that polite yet slightly impatient way PLA Jr reacts when I start going on about how Christmas Top Of The Pops used to be the highlight of the festive season, in the olden days when music was good.

Where do you think the Rash/ITU woman storyline is going? She seems very irritating with her ‘humour,’ but I thought that about Fenisha at first. We’ve already got Dylan in love with a married woman (though the Faith/Lev marriage is currently hanging on by a thread). I don’t want Rash to get into all that as well. Plus Mr ITU Consultant is probably a wrong ‘un.

When Ffion got involved in the fake kidnap gone wrong, I thought it would be her who’d end up a casualty. The Curse of the Holby Relative/Friend and all that…

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Casualty: Show Noel what a great team we are

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(Series 35, ep. 1 by Kevin Rundle 2.1.21) For my review of this episode please wander away to Metro. But before you go… 

I found this episode even more powerful than the Holby City coronavirus special from a few months back. I think it was because this one went all-in on the gritty realism. Starting with a traumatised Connie looking back was a strong way to lead us into the story and I liked that events weren’t shown in chronological order.

They really set it up well so we wouldn’t be too sure who it was who was going to die. For a while it could have been Dylan or Jacob as well as Noel.

For me the most affecting scenes were Karla saying goodbye to her husband and daughter on Skype (it was so lovely to see them reunited at the end), and Ethan having to call people and tell them they couldn’t be with their dying relatives. Jade quietly sitting with Doris as she died, and Marty offering to go with Karla while she was being ventilated were lovely touches of kindness. Everyone played their part to perfection and the result was a raw, realistic but sensitive look at what’s happening in our hospitals even now.

And poor Noel! I really can’t imagine the reception desk in the ED without him. He was a very sweet, quirky character. I was glad the writers gave him that last little comedy scene where he was filming the video. It was the sort of light moment that Noel has always provided so well and it was much needed.


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Casualty: Dylan takes a bullet, Charlie makes a decision

connie charlie casualty 35(Series 34, ep. 35 by Dana Fainaru 30.5.20) My full review of this dramatic episode is over at Metro. Before you click over there to have a read…

– Phew. Charlie’s coming back. One of his main skills is not looking people in the eyes, and this is something he can teach to his colleagues. Faith and Dylan are going to find it hard to look each other in the eye now she knows how he feels about her and he knows that she knows. Charlie can show them how it can be done with style, with his trademark “pretend you’re watching a cricket match in the distance” technique.

– I loved the Connie and Charlie scenes. Top work from two top actors, with Charlie giving full vent to his rage.

– What did Faith think she was going to achieve with that needle? It didn’t even have some weapons-grade anaesthetic in it. Leave that sort of thing to John Wick is my advice.

– Why did Fenisha even feel tempted by Will’s “Now you’re no longer with child, would you consider getting back with me” overtures? There’s just something so creepy about his attitude. Or is that just me?


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Casualty: The one where Charlie quits

Casualty - Series 34 - EP29(Series 34, ep. 29 by Hilary Frankland 28.3.20) As usual, you can find a full and frank review over at Metro. But before you go…

– It always amuses me that when people leave their jobs on TV programmes they always take a box of stuff with them. Never a carrier bag – it’s always a box. There’s usually a plant in it as well, but Charlie didn’t have a plant. I bet he had a picture of Duffy so he’ll probably have to go and get the box back out of the bin when nobody’s looking.

– Will he be back, though? I mean properly? Casualty without Charlie feels like the end of days, as if we didn’t have enough apocalyptic stuff to worry about already. The ravens will be leaving the Tower of London next.

– It also always amuses me when they have ‘famous’ people on Casualty and Holby. I don’t mean Sharon Gless-type real famous people. I mean pretend ones like Cameron the graffiti artist, AKA Brian Brain or whatever it was. Everyone had heard of him. There used to be a man in my area who would paint tiny pictures on lumps of squashed and dried chewing gum on the pavement (seriously. They were quite good) but his arrival at the local hospital would not have caused anything like the Brian Brain level of excitement.

– And anything at all that happens, gets videoed and put on the internet is always seen within 5 minutes by a staff member (usually Jade) at the hospital. Does this really happen? I’m somewhat old and therefore not quite as glued to my electronics as some, but still…

– I hope we get to see Noel dressed as an elephant on an exercise bike. Though I can’t help thinking there may be trunk/handlebar entanglement issues.

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Casualty: This is the chance we have to say goodbye

Casualty - Series 34 - EP23(Series 34, ep. 23 by Oliver Frampton 8.2.20) I’ve reviewed this episode over at Metro. I don’t really have many further thoughts this week. My further thoughts tend to be a bit more flippant and there wasn’t anything flippant about this episode at all.

– Though I did wonder whether having a funeral cortege pulled up outside the entrance to A&E was a good look for people who were there hoping they were going to be made better. Especially when the entire staff team bobbed out as well.

– If you didn’t cry at the end when Charlie was crying you have a heart of stone. Stone, I tell you.

– It was almost as moving as after Stan Ogden’s death in Corrie, when Hilda sat holding his glasses. Ask your gran if it was before your time. She’ll remember.


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Casualty: She’s gone

TCasualty - Series 34 - EP22(Series 34, ep. 22 by Katie Douglas 1.2.20Have a look at Metro for a full review of this tearjerker of an episode, plus an extra piece about Duffy. But first…

– This was such a sad episode. We’ve known it was coming, really, but like Charlie we hoped it wouldn’t have come so soon.

– Derek Thompson and Cathy Shipton played their scenes perfectly. Has there been any other soap couple which has endured so long?

– It was nice that Connie made her peace with Duffy and also, to an extent, Charlie.

– Robyn breaks my heart.

– Violette is lovely. I want her to train to be a paramedic or nurse and stay.

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Casualty: The perfect man

Casualty - Series 34 - EP21(Series 34 ep. 21 by Phil Lawrence 25.1.20) My review of this episode is over at Metro. Before you click over there to have a look…

– Connie is really trying hard with Archie, isn’t she?

– Poor Charlie. I knew he was going to go and bring Duffy back. How could he not, really, seeing her there with her coat on and her bag packed?

– Also poor Marty, but obvs for very different reasons. Jack seemed like the perfect man, which of course sets alarm bells ringing among a drama-viewing audience because we know that either he’s not perfect or if he is he’ll be crushed under a truck within the next 20 minutes.

– Jack was really horrible to Marty, which made me think he’d had a lucky escape. But throwing himself back onto the dating scene is also, in Casualty terms, a worrying sign. Is he making himself too vulnerable? Holby fans will be getting uneasy thoughts about Evil Isaac at this point.

– I’m glad we didn’t have to go with Archie to see Dr Megan do eye surgery. Connie has saved us all an ordeal there. I’ve said it before – I can watch all manner of yucky procedures but I draw the line at eyes and noses.

– The storyline about the twins was nicely done, especially the scene at the end where Nerys helped her sister to look at her mastectomy scars.

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Casualty: The one in which Charlie becomes an NHS art installation

Casualty - Series 34 - EP15(Series 34, ep. 15 by Mark Catley and Colin Bytheway 7.12.19) You’ll be wanting to click over to Metro to read my full review of this episode. But before you go…

– I didn’t think there could be anything sadder than Duffy hallucinating her dead cat, but there is. It’s Duffy all ready for work, uniform spotless and gearing up for a day of world class caring and compassion, and not realising that she’s now the person being cared for rather than the person doing the caring.

– And also Charlie sobbing like a baby on the floor in the ED. Even though David’s comment about people mistaking him for an NHS art installation was very funny. You should see some of the weirdness they have standing around at my local hospital (not the patients. The art).

– Mason made brownies! Well done for steering away from cupcakes, which are the usual impress-your-colleagues baked goods.

– It’s always lovely to see Max Farnham from Brookside.

– I very much enjoy the start of Casualty when you have to try to work out who the casualty is going to be. Well done in this one for making it a three out of three.

– Though sometimes I’m less interested in the patients’ emotional traumas once they get into the ED because you know that in most cases you’ll never see them again so it’s hard to get invested. This one was quite interesting, though. That golf instructor man was entirely creepy.

– I guessed the golf instructor’s problem would be to do with the coffee – it was mentioned far too often for it to be an innocently by-standing beverage – but I didn’t guess that Max Farnham had been tampering with it.

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