Casualty ‘Reap The Whirlwind: Part Two’ ~ Episode Review

Oh my days, Casualty! It’s no wonder they’re up for a BAFTA after those last two episodes, filmed so innovatively and cleverly written, too. Here are a few highlights of the tremendously sad episode from last night.

Dr Lily Chao (CRYSTAL YU) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Lily’s hit and run ~ So, we all thought that Lily was going to be the ‘casualty’ who met her doom – and it was certainly looking dicey there after her hit and run incident courtesy of Gem. So, as Lily recovers from her ordeal, there’s a cover up plan being hatched…

Gem and Iain ~ In last week’s episode Iain has lost it with Gem, hence her drinking and driving around the car park, causing Lily’s accident. Gem goes to lengths to conceal the fact that she was the driver who knocked down Iain’s potential love interest(!), however when Dylan is examining her injured eye – the truth begins to emerge. Iain, in spite of himself, offers to back Gem up and should Lily recall the incident, he plans to talk to her in order to continue with his plan. Very brotherly, Iain!

Love is in the air (again) ~ Ethan and Alicia can’t stay away from one another and their feelings spill over in this episode, culminating in the start of their relationship being sealed with a kiss, just around the same time as Cal is sticking up for his absent brother. Timing is the name of the game. Bad timing.

Ellisson Family ~ The return of the Elliosson family could only herald one thing, disaster. It just so happens that the fall out from the death of the head of the family, the blame for which is being laid at the feet of the striking doctors – has far reaching repercussions.

RIP Cal ~ We were led to believe that Lily was leaving the show in dramatic and tragic style. I don’t think audiences were prepared for the swift departure of Cal, courtesy of a stabbing from one of the Ellisson boys. Cal, in true heroic fashion was trying to prevent his brother coming to harm at the hands of his attacker, copping for a fatal stab wound in the process. The final scenes where Ethan discovers that his brother has been murdered emotive and horrific in equal measure. With the boys having lost their newly discovered mum, last year – loss has been a running theme for Ethan.

Caleb Knight Richard Winsor
Ethan Hardy George Rainsford
Alicia Munroe Chelsea Halfpenny
Lily Chao Crystal Yu
Iain Dean Michael Stevenson
Jez Andrews Lloyd Everitt
Connie Beauchamp Amanda Mealing
Dylan Keogh William Beck
Lisa ‘Duffy’ Duffin Cathy Shipton
Charlie Fairhead Derek Thompson
David Hide Jason Durr
Elle Gardner Jaye Griffiths
Jacob Masters Charles Venn
Louise Tyler Azuka Oforka
Max Walker Jamie Davis
Noel Garcia Tony Marshall
Gemma Dean Rebecca Ryan
Sam Strachan Tom Chambers
Denise Ellison Lucy Benjamin
Scott Eillisson Will Austin
Mickey Ellisson Mitch Hewer
Susan Beckett Susie Amy
Writer Dominique Moloney
Director Steve Brett
Producer Dafydd Llewelyn

Casualty ‘Reap The Whirlwind: Part One’ ~ Episode Review

What an episode! Jam-packed with everything you can imagine, from strike action, to the patient care debate to a cliff-hanger that had fans panicking that we’ve lost a well-loved character. Here are some highlights from a stellar episode…

Dr Lily Chao (CRYSTAL YU), Bridget Haas (DAME SIAN PHILLIPS) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

There’s a Dame in the ED ~ Dame Sian Phillips was one of the esteemed guest stars putting in an outstanding performance as a patient who is told that she has months to live due to spreading Cancer. There were some excellent scenes featuring the Dame with Duffy (Cath Shipton) and Lily (Crystal Yu) and I know how much they enjoyed having her on set. A popular guest choice, it seems!

Robyn returns ~ Robyn (Amanda Henderson) and baby Charlie are still spending their time at Holby City, but this current visit involves a spot of eavesdropping for Cal (Richard Winsor), a disapproving Lily soon catches on and mum and baby leave. Robyn can’t stay away from the place, that’s for sure and the strike seems to provide her with a reason to be there. I say enjoy maternity leave!

Sam Strachan (TOM CHAMBERS), Caleb Knight (RICHARD WINSOR) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Strike! ~ Cal is still defiant against Sam (Tom Chambers) in his strike action, and most of the doctors are with him – how long will the two lock horns before a compromise is reached? I foresee a drama ahead before any light at the end of the tunnel is visible.

Sam vs Patient Care ~ Sam is also rubbing staff up the wrong way as he throws his weight around quoting breached waiting times and suggesting that patients waiting to go to a ward are moved into the corridor. Duffy (Cath Shipton) is up in arms and Lily (Crystal Yu) sees the sense in Duffy’s work ethic too.

Gemma’s off the rails (again!) ~ Finally, Gemma (Rebecca Ryan) is in trouble with big brother, again! Iain (Michael Stevenson) discovers that Gemma is behind the recent photos of Alicia (Chelsea Halfpenny) because she has felt belittled by the young doctor and is also jealous of her dalliance with Sam. Iain declares it to be the last straw and Gemma finds herself out on her ear. Of course she has a meltdown which results in her calling Lily, who has already washed her hands of the young tearaway and by the time Lily reaches her ‘pupil’, she is recklessly driving around the car park. This does not end well… cue cliff-hanger.



Casualty ‘When The Whistle Blows’ ~ Episode Review

An episode that showed a commitment to the continuation of a few plots, which is one of the show’s strengths at the moment, but also gave a meaty storyline to a guest character – this episode is one of my favourites from the current series… here’s a few highlights:

Lisa Duffin (CATHY SHIPTON) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Duffy’s at the hub ~ With the much publicised one-shot episode featuring Duffy (Cath Shipton) at the hub, it was a pleasant change to be able to enjoy Duffy at the heart of the action in this episode. She knew copper, Jay (Tim Dantay) from way back when, and it was a fascinating if not tragic storyline as Duffy inadvertently covers for her old friend when he reacts badly to the death of his young colleague. If this was anything to go by, I think we’re going to be in for something special later in the year.

Cal’s revolt rolls on ~ Cal (Richard Winsor) made it abundantly clear to Sam (Tom Chambers) that he was not going to take news of the department cuts lying down. What began as a mutual respect between the pair when they first met, had become a toxic relationship very rapidly. Let’s face it, Sam is ruthless so whether he was a genuine supporter of the junior doctor was always in question. When Sam stops over-time/locum shifts Cal is outraged, even Dylan (Will Beck) doesn’t take the news well. However, with Cal hell-bent on going on strike and not everybody behind him in his action, I spy disaster.

Sam Strachan (TOM CHAMBERS), Caleb Knight (RICHARD WINSOR) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Jez’s hi-jinks ~ Jez (Lloyd Everitt) has made no secret of the fact that he likes men and women, however his recent dalliance with Louise (Azuka Oforka) had left the nurse in hope that he was devoted to her. Not the case, in fact he has only gone and bedded Elle’s son, Kalen (Percelle Ascott) (without realising who the mother of his latest fling was) – so romance with Louise is off the table…

Elle’s surprise ~ Elle (Jaye Griffiths) made a few quips about Jez throughout the shift, only to be rendered speechless when she discovered the truth. Her son is gay and Jez spent the night with him under her roof, and then swinging from the roof when he attempted to hide! Elle’s initial reaction is not a favourable one, however, she shows a reasonable and supportive side to her nature as the news settles in.

One-shot ~ News that the one-shot episode is in the can has come as a welcome and much anticipated treat for me, especially as Duffy is leading the episode and I know how capable Cath is of handling such a demand. I can’t wait to see it and look out for my interview with a relieved Cath, just after filming had finished.

Casualty ‘Slipping Under’ ~ Episode Review

This week’s Casualty took a slightly sinister turn as Connie (Amanda Mealing) came face to face with Steph (Tonicha Jeronimo) not once, but twice in one day! It’s up to ‘Uncle Charlie’ (Derek Thompson) to offer a shoulder. Elsewhere Charlie’s missus, aka Duffy (Cath Shipton) is also providing an ear. Plus there’s the simmering chemistry between Lily (Crystal Yu) and Iain (Michael Stevenson) – here are the highlights of the episode:

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Picture Shows: Sam Strachan (TOM CHAMBERS) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Steph’s Suicide Bid ~ Steph (Tonicha Lawrence) made a come-back this episode, we first see her as a prison inmate when Connie (Amanda Mealing) decides to take it upon herself to obtain a visiting order. The exchange between the pair is heated and the Ice Queen Consultant leaves the convict in no doubt as to her feelings on the subject in hand, i.e. Grace! However, whether driven to it by Connie’s bullying or whether it was a plan, regardless, Steph turns from inmate to in-patient as she takes an overdose and finds herself at Connie’s mercy. It’s a 50:50 choice for Beauchamp when faced with an opportunity to finish off the pitiful mother. Harrowing scenes indeed and played fantastically well by Mealing and Lawrence. Plus, there was an opportunity for Sam (Tom Chambers) to show off his swanky skills learned in the States. Cal (Richard Winsor) fan-boys over this, he’s like an eager little puppy, bless!

Gem’s job hunt ~ Gem (Rebecca Ryan) continues to create mayhem as she steals Iain’s (Michael Stevenson) belongings and then later wonders why she can’t get a job! Her criminal record is playing havoc with her prospects and her loyal brother takes the opportunity to plea for her to have an interview with Patsy (Lynne Pearson) who had landed herself in the cr*p quite literally prior to her admission to the ED. Iain’s persistence and judging by the look on Duffy’s face, possibly a nod from her secures the job for the tearaway, so let’s hope she does her brother proud.

Dear Duffy ~ The aforementioned Patsy had more problems than merely the messy and smelly state that she arrived in the ED sporting. Menopausal symptoms were the bane of her life, she confides in Duffy, and she no longer feels sexy. Unbeknownst to her, the symptoms that she is experiencing are the reason that her husband (Bill Fellows) has been feeding her the medicine meant for the dog. Duffy saves the day with her friendly ear and advice, I think that was a great reinforcement of the reasons why it’s so good to have Duffy back. Plus someone needs to look after Charlie boy of course!

Charlie’s Chiding ~ Charlie, ever-sensible and policy-driven is on Connie’s back when she tries to ‘attend’ to Steph. He appears at a moment’s notice when he sees that she is trying to interfere and steps in when Connie has the chance to let her nemesis choke. Luckily for Connie, Charlie is on her side and despite his inward battle with his feelings regarding right vs wrong when it comes to what he has just witnessed, he chooses to say nothing.

Grumpy Grace ~ As if Connie’s day wasn’t difficult enough, her killer instincts being one of the major factors, Grace (Emily Carey) is being discharged. When her parents arrive to take her home Grace is adamant that she wants to get their attention and holds up her ipad, the message she has written informs her mother in no uncertain terms that she blames her for everything. Good luck with that Connie!

Photo credits: BBC

Casualty ‘The Stag, The Dog and The Sheep’ ~ Episode Review

Going to the (hospital) chapel and we’re gonna get married, that’s the unofficial title of this week’s episode, as chosen by me! We all know what will dominate my highlights of this instalment so let’s get on with it!

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Picture Shows: Lisa Duffin (CATHY SHIPTON) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Stag Do! ~ So the spontaneous trip to Barry for Charlie’s (Derek Thompson) stag do resulted in a missing groom, the reappearance of Josh (Ian Bleasdale) as best man, Noel (Tony Marshall) being led to believe that his name is Leslie, Ethan (George Rainsford) getting a tattoo that reads ‘Be More Cal’. Should I go on? There’s a sheep in the B&B room, Cal (Richard Winsor) is showing his hurt and anger following cufflink-gate and not only has Dylan (Will Beck) driven the mini bus, but his dog, Dervla went with them too! Before going AWOL, Charlie almost has a lap dance… yes, he declines (because Duffy (Cath Shipton) would kill him), and instead takes away a nugget for his vows from the lap dancer in question. Not a stag do to be forgotten in a hurry, especially with it being one that resulted in Charlie eventually being fetched from prison having given Dylan’s name.

Duffy’s Distressed ~ Charlie’s lack of communication is palpable for poor Duffy, and she not only has the jitters, she convinces herself that Charlie has changed his mind. Which is so sad when we get to see the groom to be and he is professing his love for his fiancée and has a photo of her as his phone wallpaper! Duffy’s hen do is a bit of a poor show in comparison to Charlie’s drunken shenanigans, a few Quavers in a bowl just doesn’t say last moment of freedom to me. Still, with David (Jason Durr) having put his foot in it and asked if this is a way of keeping Duffy distracted, within her earshot… the crisps on the work top are soon forgotten.

Elle vs Connie ~ So, it seems that Connie (Amanda Mealing) is still hell bent on forcing Elle (Jaye Griffiths) out of the ED. A second complaint against the wilful doctor has come to light and threatens Elle’s entire career. Jacob (Charles Venn) is on hand to kick his old mucker up the backside, but there’s little he can do other than lend support. Connie is planning to buy a leaving card for her colleague, so determined is she that this will be the end for Elle. I doubt that Connie buys greetings cards as a matter of course, she doesn’t seem the sort, does she? In short, as Connie goes out of her way to intimidate her target, it doesn’t bode well for Elle.

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Picture Shows: Josh Griffiths (IAN BLEASDALE) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Wedding of the Year ~ Tradition is well and truly left at the hospital doors at this wedding, Duffy is waiting nervously for her fiancé to arrive, and he walks down the aisle to meet her. Not on Josh’s arm, I might add, but that would have been funny… Duffy looks stunning, Charlie boy, I think we can safely say, is a very lucky lad. Their vows are beautiful, poignant and tearful, it’s an unforgettable moment and completely done justice to two original characters. I loved the deliberation over whether Duffy should be called Lisa or Duffy, and the decision was the right one, too. The reception was equally perfect, splendid bit of dancing from David, in his white suit… moving on… Cal is still out to seek his revenge with the knowledge that Alicia (Chelsea Halfpenny) has cheated with his brother, eating away at him. Focusing attentions back on the bride and groom, the first dance happens, properly and of course to ‘Have I Told You Lately’. All is blissful in Chuffy land, there’s just the small matter of that tattoo that Charlie has had – but I’m sure that can be lasered off. If it had only been Duffy’s name across that heart on his arm I’d have urged Charlie boy to keep it.

Cathy ~ I want to take this final point to pay tribute to my colleague and friend, Cath Shipton. I am honoured and privileged to call her both of those things and if it hadn’t have been for her encouragement (together with Carol Royle’s support), this website would not be taking off in all of the exciting directions it’s going in. I have watched Casualty since episode one, series one. Duffy was my favourite from there on in. Cath didn’t inspire me to want to become a nurse, but I was inspired to do something in the arts either as an actress or something else. I took the ‘something else’ route and I’ve got Cath’s support with that, so I can’t ask for more, really. I think she’s an incredible actress and an amazing person. Duffy was the catalyst for my career ideas, I’m beyond delighted that she’s back and thank heavens she finally made an honest man of Charlie boy!

Casualty ‘Little Sister’ ~ Episode Highlights

Here’s this week’s episode highlights from another amazing instalment of Casualty, I think that this series of the show is one of my favourites to date…

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Picture Shows: Gemma Dean (REBECCA RYAN) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

The Love of Charlie’s life ~ The best part of this episode had to be Charlie (Derek Thompson) telling Connie (Amanda Mealing) how much he loves the Hospital and that he has met the woman of his dreams, there! That’s Duffy (Cath Shipton), in case you’re wondering. No, not Baz (Julia Watson) – wash your mouth out! Chuffy fans everywhere went on full meltdown and even I had a little smile on my face. All together now… awww!

Trouble when she walked in ~ Iain’s (Michael Stevenson) little sister, Gemma (Rebecca Ryan) burst onto the scene with a cracking storyline, quite literally having cracked the head of her mean supervisor. Oh and there’s also the small matter of the pneumothorax that she incurs after taking a fall and chooses to ignore. I am already enjoying the fact that someone from Iain’s family has made an appearance and that she’s a bit spunky too.

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Picture Shows: Gemma Dean (REBECCA RYAN) Dr Lily Chao (CRYSTAL YU) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

It just got interesting ~ Lily (Crystal Yu) involves herself in Gemma’s business, thus adding another dimension to Iain and Lily’s ever-growing and will they/won’t they relationship. The result of Lily’s interference on this occasion sparks a tantrum from the troubled Paramedic, but that spark could be lit and go all kinds of crazy if you ask me! Looking forward to it!

Lean on Me ~ The time has come for Robyn’s (Amanda Henderson) next baby scan and who is there to hold her hand? Charlie boy of course… Like a surrogate grandfather to the unborn baby, the dependable stalwart eases the anxious mum-to-be’s worries, which allows her to enjoy looking at her baby on screen. Bless! It looks like he will need to be purchasing pink baby clothes if he’s thinking of going on a shopping excursion with Duffy anytime soon. I had a feeling the baby was going to be a girl, hooray!!

Good old Charlie!

Light at the end of the tunnel ~ Who for? Elle (Jaye Griffiths) as she finds out that Connie’s (Amanda Mealing) case against her has been dropped. Whether this means there’s light at the end of the tunnel for Jacob (Charles Venn) remains to be seen. Although Connie continues to sport a face like a smacked backside and continues the battle for territory with Elle – her light is well worth waiting for when she returns home to find Grace making progress she has longed to see. I hope we see a happy Connie, now, although it’s much more interesting to see her on the rampage!





Casualty ‘What Lurks In The Heart’ ~ Episode Review

Twerking to Beyoncé at Charlie (Derek Thompson) and Duffy’s (Cath Shipton) wedding and as the first dance? Sounds like a winner to me, although the bride-to-be isn’t all that keen! With Cal’s (Richard Winsor) assistance in the planning of the wedding of the year having been sought by Charlie, it could well be on the cards. Watch this space….!

The title of the episode is hugely apt as we discover that an affair has started between Ethan (George Rainsford) and Alicia (Chelsea Halfpenny) – naughty, and injected a lot of humour into the opening of the episode. Their relationship has the capacity to be fun, but a more loving kind of fun than Alicia has with game-playing Cal (Richard Winsor). Duffy’s interruption of a near-kiss for the pair in a cubicle paved the way beautifully for the bride-to-be to impart advice to her younger colleague, which was a fantastically crafted scene.

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Picture Shows: Charlie Fairhead (DEREK THOMPSON), Lisa Duffin (CATHY SHIPTON), Caleb Knight (RICHARD WINSOR) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Then Lily (Crystal Yu) realises that she has made an idiot of herself with Archie Grayling (James Wilby), although it leaves the way clear for Iain (Michael Stevenson). It’s obvious the cheeky Paramedic is developing feelings for his friend and I think they’d make a great mis-matched match. I was also mightily impressed that Sebastian (Rik Makarem) found it in his heart to tell the truth about his encounter with Dylan (Will Beck) as indeed Dylan had afforded him the favour of talking him though a procedure he was all set to bottle. I find myself quite delighted that not only has Sebastian come to his senses, but that also the relationship between the junior doctor and his mentor, Dylan seems to be pretty solid after all that. I think it certainly went some way to show that Dylan is the bigger man.

There was an appearance from Amy Robbins (who had played a semi-regular character in the 90’s) as a COPD sufferer who was secretly in love with the man she was marrying to help him out with a VISA acceptance. Amy’s performance was a highlight of the episode for me, her natural connection with the character was quite something. I was pleased to see her storyline give a much needed nudge to Alicia to pick Ethan, but telling Cal doesn’t look like it will be so easy. I was willing them to break it to him but it looks as though a pesky cufflink has provided the link to the affair and it will be quite interesting to watch this play out.

Adding to this week’s dramatic slice of one of the best dramas on television (in my humble opinion) was Connie (Amanda Mealing) laying the blame at Elle’s (Jaye Griffiths) door, she has been on a quest to find a culprit for Grace’s (Emily Carey) delayed recovery. Looks like the proverbial has hit the fan.

Don’t forget you can vote for Casualty in the Drama category at the National Television Awards!




Casualty ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ ~ Episode Review

It’s Christmas party time and Charlie (Derek Thompson) is getting a name for himself as a swinger! Yes, Charlie! This reputation is ‘out there’ courtesy of Duffy (Cath Shipton), who is well and truly ensconced in a full blown relationship with Charlie boy and they’re not doing a great job of hiding it. A quick kiss stolen in full view of Jez (Lloyd Everitt), who else belly laughed at the look on Jez’s face?

While the festive spirit has gotten into Mr Fairhead, Connie (Amanda Mealing) is not quite so keen to embrace the spreading of joy. Especially when a young boy with a life threatening condition is in the ED desperately awaiting a heart and lung transplant which looks unlikely to happen. Noel (Tony Marshall) has to do away with his Christmas decorations as Connie goes off on a rampage of cleanliness. Peter Barnes (Brenock O’Connor) is the unfortunate young boy in the ED awaiting new organs, and his estranged mother, Annie (Claire Price) has been called in to see him. I jumped for joy at the casting of Annie, Claire Price is a fine actress, in my humble opinion and she tugged at the heart strings with this role. It was wonderful to see a miracle come to fruition at the last minute and for mother and son to be so happily reunited in the face of a tragic accident from the past.

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Casualty 30 – Series 31 –  BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap Claire Price is pictured as Annie with Amanda Henderson as Robyn.

Love is most definitely the over-riding theme of the show, this week, Alicia (Chelsea Halfpenny) has been trying to play match maker for Ethan (George Rainsford) and poor Ethan has been trying to ignore the hanky panky going on between Alicia and his brother, Cal (Richard Winsor). Hanky panky is the phrase of the episode, with Charlie exclaiming to Duffy that his activities in that area are being discussed among the staff (and not activities such as gardening, Duffy! so many jokes….).

The Christmas party sees a drunken Duffy dancing around with tinsel on her head and hanging mistletoe over as may pairs of revellers as she can find. Alicia and Cal are merrily karaoke-ing and much surprise is being shown that Robyn (Amanda Henderson) is not drinking alcohol. Her pregnancy news which inevitably is broken to those colleagues who are not in the know, already, is met with much joy. Lily (Crystal Yu) is still enjoying the attentions of Archie Grayling (James Wilby), much to the dismay of Iain (Michael Stevenson). Plus, Duffy and Charlie’s news is also broken, in an inebriated stupor  – met with the phrase “Ma and Pa are in love!”. It looks set to be a romantic finish to the evening for ‘Chuffy’ with a park bench and bottle of cider in the offing – swish, Charlie boy! However, there’s always been the question of Ryan (Russell Boulter), Duffy’s husband hanging over proceedings. Guess who was baaaack?

Meanwhile, a snapshot into Connie’s home life reveals frustration as she tries her hardest to take charge of Grace’s (Emily Carey) rehabilitation and Jacob (Charles Venn) is already annoying her with his well-meaning.

Finishing on an Alicia/Ethan cliff-hanger was wholly expected, but what will come next? We shall see! Love triangle ahoy!



Casualty ‘Night Of The Loving Dead’ ~ Episode Review

A particularly special episode as it was directed by Casualty’s very own Amanda Mealing, and she dedicated her spectacular effort to her late father.

The continuation of Robyn’s (Amanda Henderson) misery leads her to send David (Jason Durr) and Max (Jamie Davis) on a mission to find Glen (Owain Arthur) via a tracking device. The hapless pair are on but yards away from Glen’s mobile device and with Dylan (Will Beck) also taking an active role in the hunt, it becomes rather comical. Until it turns out that the man they are tracking is not Glen. Although the story unfolding to reveal that Paulo (Gabriel Lo Guidice) actually has Glen’s phone and met him through the common denominator of Cancer. The fact that a male mastectomy was covered in this episode made for fantastic viewing and should be put into the public eye more so.

While Glen remains somewhat untraceable, Robyn considers an abortion. I absolutely adored the way the relationship between Robyn and Dylan continued to develop throughout, kudos to both actors for making it work so brilliantly. Will Beck delivers some very witty lines which are enhanced by his performance.

Will Robyn ever be reunited with the father of her child?

In the meantime we revisit the ongoing saga between Cal (Richard Winsor) and Ethan (George Rainsford) as Cal is still wounded by Alicia’s (Chelsea Halfpenny) score of his sexual prowess. Ethan has the upper hand when Elle (Jaye Griffiths) offers a pair of tickets to a Trust function and not so subtly suggests that he invites Alicia. Alicia clearly sees this as her opportunity to try and get closer to Ethan, and is somewhat perturbed to find Cal in his place when the taxi arrives.

I admit that although the storyline based around the zombie event which provided the base for the traditional ‘accident’ and gave a pre-Halloween flavour to the episode, I was far more drawn into the comings, going, ins and outs of the regular characters’ business.

It was an emotional finish, too, seeing Robyn’s reaction to the potential loss of her baby and the wonderment on her face when she heard its heartbeat? Best part of the episode!

Huge congratulations to Amanda Mealing on a job extremely well done!

Photo Credits: BBC


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