Casualty Series 32, Episode 6 ~ Review

Another storming episode of Casualty with Connie taking centre stage yet again and the return of Duffy to our screens, which was a welcome sight! Plus there’s Charlie and Josh still making a motley pairing! Here are a few highlights:

Josh Griffiths (IAN BLEASDALE), Charlie Fairhead (DEREK THOMPSON) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Painting the town red ~ Charlie and Josh have been out painting the town, as a result Charlie is nursing the hangover from hell and Josh is feeling rather smug as he chirpily goes about his business! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, these two are a dream team pairing, Thompson and Bleasdale are a much-needed double act. I love their banter and the cheeky way they set one another up. More of that please…

Dylan’s dilemma ~ Dylan is on the horns of another dilemma, it seems. This time he’s desperately seeking the right computer game to purchase for his young ward. What follows is Max revealing all his knowledge of super heroes, a hilarious scene which really demonstrated great chemistry between the team.

Elle Gardner (JAYE GRIFFITHS), Marty (ROGER GRIFFITHS) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Cupid draw back your knife ~ Alicia has been on a mission to find Elle a man, and the arrival of a patient with a protruding knife and her rather good-looking father provides much occasion for ‘nudge nudge wink wink’. Elle is certainly not against the idea – however Connie is soon set to put the mockers on it. All hail the Ice Queen! Although Elle is not a woman to be trifled with…

Heart to Heart ~ Connie has been exhibiting some worrying symptoms and a scan at the beginning of the episode caused heightened need for alarm. Spending the remainder of the instalment sniping is nothing unusual for Connie, however the panic was evident. When she showed her scans to her new ‘friend’ Ethan, he hit the nail on the head with his prognosis in relation to a potential malignant heart tumour. Just what is Connie facing? Can Ethan help?

Duffy’s Back ~ Yes, Duffy is back on our screens for the first time since her glorious performance in the one-shot. Just in the nick of time too as Charlie is eternally grateful for her white lie when Josh is determined to drag his old friend out for hair of the dog. All the Chuffy fans were delighted too, to hear Charlie declare “Duffy Fairhead I couldn’t love you more!” – all together now… awwww!

Credits

Role Contributor
Connie Beauchamp Amanda Mealing
Elle Gardner Jaye Griffiths
Ethan Hardy George Rainsford
Alicia Munroe Chelsea Halfpenny
Charlie Fairhead Derek Thompson
Max Walker Jamie Davis
Louise Tyler Azuka Oforka
Noel Garcia Tony Marshall
Dylan Keogh William Beck
Lisa ‘Duffy’ Duffin Cathy Shipton
David Hide Jason Durr
Lily Chao Crystal Yu
Kayleigh Marshall Amy Lennox
Carole Marshall Ellie Haddington
Rhys Eveson Cai Brigden
Mason Marshall Rupert Cunningham-Day
Marty Williams Roger Griffiths
Daisy Williams Mollie Lambert
Josh Griffiths Ian Bleasdale
Simon Feathering Nicholas Boulton
Writer Oliver Frampton
Producer Ciara McIlvenny
Director Paul Riordan

Casualty Series 32, Episode 4 ~ Review

This week’s instalment saw Dylan’s on-going storyline with young Sanosi swerving around every tight bend going. Alicia was quite literally swerving as she took a driving lesson with Elle. Then there’s Connie and Ethan… here are the top five highlights! 

1. Dervla vs Sanosi ~ Sanosi has been the centre of Dylan’s universe since the first episode of the new series. Almost sharing a place in grumpy doctor’s heart with his beloved Dervla – but not quite in favour, when he locks the dog in the bedroom! Dylan’s face is a picture!

2. Connie’s commitment ~ Connie is still showing commitment to Ethan, demonstrated even further when she offers to help him with his OSCE revision. The bond between this pair doesn’t sit comfortably, I keep waiting for someone to crack. I feel Ethan is most likely to shout his mouth off, a loose cannon if ever I saw one.

3. ‘Elle’ plates for Alicia ~ Elle offers to give Alicia a driving lesson and is soon set to regret her decision after Alicia’s reckless motoring almost lands them in Casualty! It isn’t Alicia’s fault but it’s a miracle that she isn’t to blame. I enjoyed seeing these two characters interact, there’s a good chemistry there that needs to be explored.

4. Sanosi to stay? ~ After a disastrous attempt at reuniting Sanosi with his UK-residing Uncle, Dylan looks set to be taking care of the boy full time. I expect Dylan is a better option than a drug smuggling Uncle, but will the pair of them live in harmony?

5. Lily’s lament ~ When Iain catches Lily in the act of emailing their colleagues to announce their ‘committed relationship’ (trust Lily!) she finds a way of telling everyone face to face. Just like Iain suggested. Although I don’t expect he had a staff meeting in mind! Ah well, the secret’s out…

Photo credits: BBC

Credits

Role Contributor
Dylan Keogh William Beck
David Hide Jason Durr
Alicia Munroe Chelsea Halfpenny
Elle Gardner Jaye Griffiths
Connie Beauchamp Amanda Mealing
Ethan Hardy George Rainsford
Lily Chao Crystal Yu
Iain Dean Michael Stevenson
Robyn Miller Amanda Henderson
Noel Garcia Tony Marshall
Max Walker Jamie Davis
Jacob Masters Charles Venn
Writer Tony Higgins
Producer Gwenllian Gravelle
Director James Larkin

Casualty, Series 32 Episode 1 ~ Review

A brand new series of Casualty and what an episode it was! An absolutely stellar instalment with terrific performances from all concerned and ‘heart in your mouth’ scenes. Here are some highlight while I catch my breath! 

Dylan ~ Reluctant hero of the hour, Dylan is at the centre of the action as some of the team help out in a French refugee camp. He’s ‘befriended’ by a young lad and can’t walk away when a situation has him torn. The episode is an opportunity to show another dimension to the character and of course, Will Beck embraces that and brings the right amount of heart to the role when it’s needed.

Alicia ~ Alicia seems ill-equipped to deal with the dire situation before her and cracks open the booze – a decision which sees her side-lined when she needs to be at the hub. Not the wisest move there, Doctor!

David Hide (JASON DURR), Dr Dylan Keogh (WILLIAM BECK) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

David ~ David seems to be firing on all cylinders again after last series saw him plunge to the depths of despair, his mental health in tatters. He’s forging quite the formidable double act with Dylan.

Connie ~ Connie had been making great strides in her relationship with Grace, but it’s cut short when Sam absconds with their recuperating daughter. It seems he’s fed Grace a line that her mother is in on the plan and the youngster couldn’t be happier. Whereas Connie…. interestingly she drops the ball with a patient, and I expect that’s only the start.

Ethan ~ From Ethan’s behaviour, I’d say he is not going to find it easy to hide his secret. The fact that it’s eating away at him is clear and ultimately he does have too much integrity. I anticipate an implosion!

 

Credits

Role Contributor
Dylan Keogh William Beck
David Hide Jason Durr
Alicia Munroe Chelsea Halfpenny
Louise Tyler Azuka Oforka
Connie Beauchamp Amanda Mealing
Charlie Fairhead Derek Thompson
Ethan Hardy George Rainsford
Jacob Masters Charles Venn
Robyn Miller Amanda Henderson
Max Walker Jamie Davis
Iain Dean Michael Stevenson
Grace Beauchamp-Strachan Emily Carey
Sanosi Jemal Tut Nyuot
Mariam Jemal Adelaide Obeng
Cameron Hamilton Cian Barry
Emile Coudert Raphael Desprez
Chanda Perry Shobu Kapoor
Steve Perry George Rossi
Writer Dana Fainaru
Producer Dafydd Llewelyn
Director Steve Brett

Casualty ‘Somewhere Between The Silences – Part 1’ ~ Episode Review

Wow, I’m still reeling from last Saturday’s Casualty episode! What an ending, I did not see that coming and what the after-math will be? Who knows, I need to know now, though! Here are a few highlights while I wait in nervous anticipation…

Jez (LLOYD EVERITT), Mickey Ellison (MITCH HEWER) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Connie & Sam ~ Connie’s very quick to put Sam back in his place about their hanky panky in the cupboard the previous week. I’m sure for shippers of the pair, that has come as a disappointment – however, with Mr Chambers returning to the stage, I fear Sam won’t be around for much longer.

Speed Dating ~ This was simply hilarious, Dylan’s part in it in particular! His dismissiveness and pointed comments made my night, is it me or does his character just get better? He’s like the unintentional comedian of the show.

Ruthless Ethan ~ Ethan was less than impressed to see the Ellisson family back in the ED and his feud with Scott is far from over, rightly so as he is his brother’s killer after all! Ethan knows that Scott’s brother Mickey is having a relationship with Jez, of course… so he sows a seed.

Jez in danger ~ Ethan’s revelation to Scott causes repercussions, naturally! Meaning that Jez and Mickey find themselves on the other end of his wrath and his knife. It doesn’t look promising until…

An accident? ~ So, Scott comes a cropper when he is intending to harm Jez – the episode ended on the murderer falling from the upper floor and landing on the ground floor below. There’s blood, of course, so is this the end? Has it literally been the case of an eye for an eye? I can’t wait to find out!

Full Cast:

Casualty Cast

Casualty ‘Man Up’ ~ Episode Review

Oh my word this episode had it all! Passion, trauma, drama, hurt – all in just a solitary instalment! I’m still catching my breath… here are a few highlights:

Ethan Hardy (GEORGE RAINSFORD), Alicia Monroe (CHELSEA HALFPENNY) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Doctor Love ~ Dylan’s looking at internet dating due to David’s unsubtly mentioning the subject! Checking out a very expensive dating website puts Dylan right off, but David has found another route to try looking for love… this storyline could run and get even more amusing! I find it even funnier when it involves Dylan.

Chuffy ~ For all the Chuffy fans out there (Charlie and Duffy, in case you’re unfamiliar with ‘shipping’) that was a lovely little moment they shared while watching the wedding of one of their patients, wasn’t it? Bless them, a very natural pairing who should have got together years ago, in my humble opinion…

Super-Sam ~ Super-Sam steps in and over-steps the mark yet again when a patient has a suspected rare parasite. He hands another opportunity on a plate to Connie as she is forced to reprimand her ex (I think she enjoys it… see next highlight!) and Sam’s argument is that he saved a patient. Although Connie is quick to remind him that he hasn’t necessarily saved her yet. I have to agree with Connie, Sam is arrogant, I’m not sure if I like him or not but it’s never boring with him around.

Connie and Sam ~ CONNIE AND SAM! This is not a drill…. but probably a one-off if I know Connie, she’s bound to put a stop to it. Or will she? Do the mismatched pair belong together? Plus Connie has made some progress with Grace after taking her to her physio appointment – so is it happy families time? Time will tell and we’ll no doubt be left in limbo!

Ethan and Alicia ~ Another couple featured heavily, as Ethan is still hell-bent on bringing his brother’s murderer to justice and Alicia declares that she can’t stay by his side while he goes off on the rampage (I paraphrase!). So Ethan walks off alone – very poignant. Plus it’s so palpable how much Cal is missed, his ghost still haunts Holby ED that’s for sure.

Episode Cast List here: Casualty ‘Man Up’ Cast List

Casualty ‘Do Not Sit At My Grave And Weep’ ~ Episode Review

This week’s episode has been anticipated since the fateful moment that a much-loved character was murdered – Cal (Richard Winsor) is finally laid to rest in ultimately touching scenes. Here are a few highlights:

Picture Shows: Ethan Hardy (GEORGE RAINSFORD) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Dylan under pressure ~ Dylan is still finding it tough to come to terms with Cal’s death – although he was on fire tonight with his quips and one-liners. His ‘run-in’ with Ethan was very telling though, simultaneously it was understandable that he wanted to save Ethan from the knowledge that his brother had been aware of the severity of his situation.

David ~ David has been off the radar since Robyn’s baby arrived in dramatic and traumatic scenes. However, tonight we saw him on shift and being rather tactless. When his conversation with Dylan indicated that he is still struggling with the drugs he’s taking… I felt there will be more to come from this plot, which is quite a factually accurate way of moving forward considering his condition.

Ethan says goodbye ~ Having dealt very well with a young patient who was unwittingly being treated for HIV, Ethan packs up the bag filled with his farewell ‘gifts’ for Cal and arrives at the church for the funeral. Before he can go in and see it through, he vomits following his binge on a bottle of Whiskey – nice one Ethan! His tribute and idea of packing a bag to see his brother on his way was extremely touching and fitting. Re-visiting his young patient afterwards and mentioning his own Huntington’s Disease diagnosis was a brave move. However, spotting Cal’s murderer lurking at the cemetery was not how I had envisaged the episode would end. Is Ethan going to bring him to justice?

Charlie to the rescue ~ When Ethan can no longer hold the floor and as expected, breaks down during his tribute to Cal, it’s up to Charlie to step in and pick up from where he leaves off. You can always bank on good old Charlie and he’s been chomping at the bit to do something useful in a hopeless situation.

Lily & Iain… finally! ~ I’m not going to pass much comment, except to say that this pair finally got it together. In the back of a hearse! I won’t forget that for some time to come!!

Click here for the: Cast List

Casulalty ‘Swift Vengeance Waits’ – Episode Review

It was all about Ethan this week, with the Ellisons making yet another return to the ED (they’re like regular characters now, eh? I’m getting sick of the sight of them!) there was almost a confession from the perpetrator too… Here are a few highlights:

Scott Ellisson (WILL AUSTIN), Iain Dean (MICHAEL STEVENSON), Sam Strachan (TOM CHAMBERS), Alicia Munroe (CHELSEA HALFPENNY) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Be More Cal ~ The episode kicked off with heartbreaking scenes as Ethan empties Cal’s locker, Pungent aftershave aside, it’s a tear-jerking moment as he takes hold of his late brother’s stethoscope and removes Ethan removes his trademark specs. Then there’s the confrontation with Cal’s murderer of course – #bemorecal

Charlie ~ Poor Charlie, having witnessed Ethan packing up Cal’s belongings, he’s feeling like he should be providing more support and comfort than he already is. Despite Duffy’s best efforts, Charlie boy is being very hard on himself as the self-appointed Patriarch of the ED. I think this will be a crisis that Charlie can’t do much more about though.

Lily and Iain – Fleeting nod towards this two again, Iain is still concerned about Lily following the accident that his sister caused. The romantic potential still bubbles beneath the surface!

Alicia – Who else feels a bit sorry for Alicia and also thinks that Chelsea Halfpenny is doing a cracking job with a betwixt and between role at the moment? She’s being the ultimate supportive ‘girlfriend’ to Ethan in his time of desperate need, but it’s obvious how hopeless she feels too. Plus the affair she had with Ethan was still a hot topic when Cal met his maker. Still plenty of mileage in that story!

Awards – I feel it’s worth mentioning how brilliantly Casualty are doing with award nominations and wins this year. Close but no cigar at BAFTA, fingers crossed for TV Choice and I’m confident that won’t be the last we see of mentions for the amazing continuing drama. It’s time Cath Shipton won one for her role as Duffy, though!

Casualty Cast

Casualty: Break Point ~ Episode Review

The episode following Cal’s death was always going to be a harrowing one to watch, it was distressing to see Ethan returning to work and also watching the rest of the team coping with the fall-out. Brilliantly performed and filmed, though – here are a few highlights:

Connie Beauchamp (AMANDA MEALING) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Charlie ~ You can always rely on Charlie to be the shoulder to cry on with an open office door, plus reliable Charlie is first to greet the bereaved brother upon his arrival at the ED.

Ethan ~ Ethan has been ignoring the fact that he has a voicemail from Cal, he can’t bring himself to hear the voice of his recently departed brother. It takes Alicia and Charlie gently prompting to encourage him to hear the message, and the realisation that it was Ethan who should have been on the receiving end is unsettling in the extreme.

Dylan ~ Dylan is also out of sorts, he struggles to deal courteously with a patient who has not helped himself when it comes risking his health. I suspect that Dr Keogh will take as much time as the rest to get over losing a colleague.

Jez ~ I expect that the paramedic who can’t keep it in his trousers will not be in favour when his current liaison is discovered. The Ellison family is public enemy number one and Jez is playing a dangerous game with his latest squeeze.

Connie – The on-going saga between Grace and Connie still doesn’t appear to be resolved, but being called mum by Hugo is an interesting turn of events and one that she is keen to brush off as a slip yet appeared touched by.  From the sublime to the ridiculous, she’s also fiercely taking Sam to task over the fact that she has to apply for her own job.

Casualty Cast

Casualty ‘Binge Britain’ ~ Episode Review

It’s fiesta time in the staff room as Charlie (Derek Thompson) and Duffy (Cath Shipton) return from their honeymoon to a packed out ED. David (Jason Durr) is hell bent on helping Robyn (Amanda Henderson). Meanwhile Connie (Amanda Mealing) and Sam (Tom Chambers) are still keeping vigil over their daughter as she struggles to recover from her latest misfortune. Here’s the highlights:

Programme Name: Casualty 30 - Series 31 - TX: 18/02/2017 - Episode: Casualty 30 23 (No. 24) - Picture Shows:  Lisa Duffin (CATHY SHIPTON), David Hide (JASON DURR) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Alistair Heap
Lisa Duffin (CATHY SHIPTON), David Hide (JASON DURR) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Chuffy’s Cheer ~ Charlie and Duffy’s honeymoon is over, thanks to a delayed flight they are diligently back at Holby City and ready to go on duty rather than going home first – they must be mad! Dylan (Will Beck) certainly isn’t thanking them for taking up space in the waiting area! Not to be deterred by the luke-warm welcome, they set up camp in the staff room and recreate a festival that they enjoyed while they were away celebrating their long awaited marriage. Bumping, grinding and getting on down to the groove Ibiza-styley, it’s like Carry On Casualty in there (ooh Matron!) Even more so once David joins the party and pulls some moves of his own out of the bag, stealing away Mrs Fairhead for a demonstration that would not look out of place in Strictly Come Dancing. Charlie soon reclaims his wife with a public display of affection and there’s mention of Banana Liquor, which I’m sure is still in the systems of the newly weds after that display.

Grace’s Set-back ~ Progress was slow going for Grace (Emily Carey) prior to her latest trauma, but the set-back she has endured has switched her off again. Connie (Amanda Mealing) and Sam (Tom Chambers) can only look on as their darling girl stares into space and fails to squeeze her mum’s hand. How much more is going to be thrown at them? Will Grace ever recover from so much misfortune. I have to hand it to Amanda Mealing, Tom Chambers and Emily Carey for each putting in stellar performances, though. It’s gripping television and no mistake.

Family Ties ~ Iain (Michael Stevenson) has been forced to deal with his past and his family in recent weeks. His troublesome sister, Gemma (Rebecca Ryan) has been released back home following her latest misdemeanours, but missed a meet up with her brother and Lily (Crystal Yu). Lily has been playing a part in the reconciliation of Iain’s family situation and I think we can all see the brewing romance which has been there since the first episode of this series. Introducing Sian Reeves as their mother was an inspired move as the three members of the Dean family looked very alike, I thought – they made a very believable family. It was trauma, as ever, that brought Mummy Dean into Ian’s path, as she fell from a great height whilst on the run from the heavies. Her encounter with such men being down to the debt she has run up as a result of alcohol addiction and the reliance on the ‘pop’ having put her in a life threatening place, health-wise. With harrowing scenes and heart to hearts, it really seemed to be crunch time. What next? It remains to be seen, but Lily is definitely still on the scene with this on-going family drama and Iain even asks her for a coffee…. smooth, Iain!

You’ve got a friend… or three ~ Robyn (Amanda Henderson) has been reading baby ‘manuals’ and working herself up about her potential to be a good mother, so kind-hearted David decides it’s time to bring in the big guns to help. The guns being Charlie and Duffy! Good plan, say I, I reckon I’d want them on my side if I was expecting a baby with my ex-fiancé who has done a bunk whilst suffering from a terminal brain tumour. Who else would you want telling you everything will be alright and fore-going another conversation about their fabulous honeymoon (and fortunately, resisting the urge to start another scene from Ibiza Uncovered) than this pair of old hats. It was a heart-warming scene when Robyn realised that she truly isn’t on her own and that the Fairheads are on hand to give advice and possibly write baby books as a side-line!

Programme Name: Casualty 30 - Series 31 - TX: 18/02/2017 - Episode: Casualty 30 23 (No. 24) - Picture Shows:  Robyn Miller (AMANDA HENDERSON), Lisa Duffin (CATHY SHIPTON), Charlie Fairhead (DEREK THOMPSON) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Alistair Heap
Robyn Miller (AMANDA HENDERSON), Lisa Duffin (CATHY SHIPTON), Charlie Fairhead (DEREK THOMPSON) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Dylan ~ If I had to choose my overall favourite character, the prize goes to Dylan. His dry and unwitting humour steals scenes for me in every episode that he appears in. This week’s gems were his reaction to the drunken lad who’s face was painted like a lion, just a flick of his eyebrow showed his personal opinion on the situation. Then there was the disregard for the return of Chuffy. Followed by the sheer satisfaction he enjoyed when he removed an arrow from a patient’s arm. Will Beck is playing a character whom I have happened upon many times in my experience with the NHS, and an episode without a sarcastic comment from Dylan is not half as much fun. Long may Dylan stride around the ED with his general disapproval and lack of self-awareness!

 

 

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