What time is Casualty on?
Sometimes moved due to big events, Casualty is regularly shown on Saturday evenings.
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When did Casualty start?
The first episode went out on 6th September 1986.
Why do people love Casualty?
Fans love its unforgettable characters and storylines drawn from the staff and patients of the emergency department at Holby City General Hospital, a mythical medical centre located in Holby [of course, Casualty spawned sister show Holby City].
The original cast included formidable Irish nurse Megan Roach (Brenda Fricker), compassionate Lisa’Duffy’Duffin (Cathy Shipton) and the diplomatic Charlie Fairhead (Derek Thompson) – who’s still in the show!
The first series had every kind of medical drama, from Duffy getting raped to Megan being diagnosed with cervical cancer. Since then, fans have been treated with arrivals and departures galore!
Memorable characters included cheeky porter Jimmy Powell (Robson Green), stalwart paramedic Josh Griffiths (Ian Bleasdale), caring nurse Ash (Patrick Robinson), happy-go-lucky nurse Tina Seabrook (Claire Goose), tough consultant Harry Harper (Simon MacCorkindale), gay nurse Sam Colloby (Jonathan Kerrigan) and feisty paramedic Comfort Jones (Martina Laird). And let’s not forget the special guest stars. Kate Winslet, Minnie Driver, Johnny Lee Miller, Helen Baxendale, Ray Winstone and Norman Wisdom have all trod the wards of Holby General.
If there wasn’t enough drama in the characters’complex lives, there was plenty of action elsewhere. Over the years, Casualty has seen a toxic gas outbreak, an IRA bomb blast, a devastating plane crash, an arson attack and even a train derailment!
More recently viewers were in bits as Casualty legend Duffy shockingly died, leaving Charlie a broken man.