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
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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 3 ~ Review

The third episode of series 32, and what a belter it was, eh? Wow! Great continuation amongst other things – the show is a class above at the moment. Here are a few of the zillions of highlights! 

Dr Keogh ~ I have to call this one Dr Keogh – the number of times I’ve highlighted Dylan’s scenes is getting ridiculous! However, regardless of his obvious discomfort in this instalment, following his accident and the dislocation of his knee – twice, how hilarious were his scenes? When he kept telling David not to touch his leg I couldn’t contain my mirth! He is the odd-ball of the ED but the character gets better and better, kudos to the writers and of course, Will Beck. Also good continuation of the story with Dylan’s young ward.

Side-kick ~ David has become Dylan’s side-kick, it appeared to be happening gradually over the course of the previous series, but now they’re like the Morecambe & Wise of the ED! David was exceptional in this episode, I can’t help but chuckle upon recalling him falling in to join Dylan instead of rescuing him. Great work from Jason Durr, though. Popping Dylan’s knee back in must have been ‘fun’ to do!

Lily & Iain ~ We had been somewhat left in the lurch as to whether things would pick back up for Lily and Iain following their botched attempt at romance. However, when Iain ends up as Lily’s date to her cousin’s wedding, another part of their journey on the road to love is in place. Their journey to the wedding does not go smoothly, a broken down car and mud being two factors. The wedding itself is a revelation when Lily introduces Iain as a Heart Surgeon… but hearts are a running theme with these two as they bond over Lily’s choking Uncle and it gets a little steamy in the ED lift!

Ethan’s meltdown ~ Ethan has been struggling to hold it together since his deed against his brother’s murderer. This episode brought it all to the fore and resulted in him submitting is letter of resignation to Connie with a full explanation. It seems he was unable to live with effectively ‘getting away with it’.

Connie’s dilemma ~ So, Connie is placed in a sticky situation having received Ethan’s letter. What does the Ice Queen decide to do? Well, Ethan still has a job….

Iain Dean (MICHAEL STEPHENSON) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Credits

Role Contributor
Ethan Hardy George Rainsford
Dylan Keogh William Beck
David Hide Jason Durr
Lily Chao Crystal Yu
Iain Dean Michael Stevenson
Connie Beauchamp Amanda Mealing
Charlie Fairhead Derek Thompson
Max Walker Jamie Davis
Noel Garcia Tony Marshall
Robyn Miller Amanda Henderson
Elle Gardner Jaye Griffiths
Sanosi Jemal Tut Nyuot
Raquel Kovak Harriet Thorpe
Mia Kovak Aude des Pallieres
Maxine Parish Skye Hallam
Wong Oi Ling Lucy Sheen
Lee Ming Bruce Wang
Scott Ellisson Will Austin
Stan Miller Peter Benedict
Writer Laura Poliakoff
Producer Gwenllian Gravelle
Director James Larkin

Casualty Series 32, Episode 2 ~ Review

This week’s instalment of Casualty brought yet more edge of your seat drama, I am extremely impressed with the quality of the episodes. In fact it feel as though the one-shot led the way for the show stepping up to another gear – it just gets better. Sad to bid farewell to a much-loved character, though – here are some highlights!

Robyn Miller (AMANDA HENDERSON), Jez Andrews (LLOYD EVERITT) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Horror for Robyn ~ When a fire is started with malicious intent at Jez’s place, it’s Robyn and Charlotte who are caught up in it. Jez is not at all helpful as his mind wanders back to the baby lost in the previous fire we saw him attend. It’s up to Max to rescue his sister and niece. However, following baby Charlotte’s discharge from the ED, Jez is quick to spot that all is not well with the infant and jumps to action to remedy the situation when she stops breathing. What a day for Robyn, for Charlotte and not least, for Jez.

Comeuppance for Denise ~ The fire was an attack against Jez, with the Ellisons still at large the suspect in the frame was Denise. Following a careful ploy concocted by Jez, Iain and Mickey to catch her out, Mrs Ellison was carted off to prison. The introduction of the Ellison family which began in series 31 has not ended well for any of the characters involved, except maybe for Mickey.

Dylan’s dicing with danger ~ Some of the team are still in France and following the tragedy that played out in last week’s episode, Dylan is attempting to leave France with a stow-away! David is not on board with the idea, but leaves it to unfold when Dylan informs him that he will be taking the blame if the worst happens. How they escape the authorities and get away with their plan is a mystery!

Farewell Jez! ~ Mickey is moving abroad and he wants Jez to go with him. It’s all a bit of a last minute dash to catch up with the remaining Ellison as Jez finally decides to join him, and a will they/won’t they ensues. All’s well that ends well and the pair head off in the sunset together. The sadness being that we lose Jez, and I will miss him – Lloyd Everitt is a fine actor and I hope to see him in another role soon.

Inside Soap Awards ~ Casualty are fairing well at the Inside Soap Awards which are voted for by the public, so why not vote now? Here’s the link: Inside Sopa Awards 2017 Voting Link

Categories that Casualty are nominated in….

Best Drama Star

Amanda Mealing (Connie Beauchamp, Casualty)

George Rainsford (Ethan Hardy, Casualty)

Cathy Shipton (Lisa ‘Duffy’ Duffin, Casualty)

Derek Thompson (Charlie Fairhead, Casualty)

Best Drama Storyline

Cal’s murder (Casualty)

Charlie & Duffy’s wedding (Casualty)

Helicopter crash (Casualty

Credits

Role Contributor
Jez Andrews Lloyd Everitt
Dylan Keogh William Beck
David Hide Jason Durr
Alicia Munroe Chelsea Halfpenny
Louise Tyler Azuka Oforka
Connie Beauchamp Amanda Mealing
Iain Dean Michael Stevenson
Robyn Miller Amanda Henderson
Ethan Hardy George Rainsford
Charlie Fairhead Derek Thompson
Max Walker Jamie Davis
Lily Chao Crystal Yu
Noel Garcia Tony Marshall
Mickey Ellison Mitch Hewer
Denise Ellison Lucy Benjamin
Sanosi Jemal Tut Nyuot
Cameron Hamilton Cian Barry
Hadia Maher Laila Alj
Said Guessous Nabil Elouahabi
Emile Coudert Raphael Desprez
Fida Hamad Lara Sawalha
Officer Lambert Eric Geynes
Writer Dominique Moloney
Producer Dafydd Llewelyn
Director Steve Brett

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 ‘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 ‘War of the Roses’ ~ Episode Review

So Sam is back in scrubs and throwing his weight around in a junior role! An interesting episode of Casualty which sees the team divided over Sam’s self-appointed demotion. Plus there’s Connie’s reaction to it all, here are some highlights:

Picture Shows: Helen Crompton (JODIE MCGREGOR), Iain Dean (MICHAEL STEVENSON) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Love’s young dream ~ Iain and Lily are still not seeing eye to eye – understatement of the episode! Is this really going to be as short lived as it seems? I’m waiting for Gem to come back so that she can make them see that they’re made for each other – but I fear I’m wandering off into territory that is most definitely wishful thinking. The sniping, the sexual tension, it’s all still there, brooding away!

Self-demotion ~ Sam’s decision to step down as Medical Director and take the Registrar’s post has been viewed as controversial to say the least! He’s soon put to the test when he offers to take Elle’s place and attend a scene where there’s a potential life-changing injury hanging in the balance for a man who later turns out to be a bigamist. Naturally he’s the hero of the hour, but he also runs the risk of losing his job if Connie sees fit to send a letter regarding his conduct.

Divided Opinion ~ Sam’s self-demotion has set tongues wagging amongst the department and also divided opinion too. Jacob and Louise think he’s showy and digging his own grave, Duffy thinks he’s wonderful and can’t praise him highly enough! How will he fit in, in the long-term?

Dylan ~ Losing his colleague, Cal, has taken its toll on Dylan and the pressure has been mounting for weeks. It finally breaks free in this episode and a panic attack sets in while he is dealing with a patient. He is unable to reach a decision about her condition and absconds to the toilets when the going gets tough, leaving David to handle a dicey situation and Elle to step in quickly. Was that the overall culmination of Dylan’s demons or is there more to come?

Teamwork ~ I couldn’t not comment on the teamwork demonstrated by Connie and Duffy, what a team! They delivered a baby in not so easy circumstances and it’s one of the few times that we’ve seen the characters interact fully. I liked it!

Casualty Cast Link

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 ‘Life’s For Living’ ~ Episode Review

Casualty has really upped its game this series and their recent plot involving David’s (Jason Durr) Bipolar has been unsettling yet fantastic to engage in. The climax that the storyline reached in this week’s episode was extraordinary, here are a few highlights:

David Hide (JASON DURR) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Dylan’s dire warning ~ Dylan (Will Beck) makes a frantic (or as frantic as it gets for Dylan) telephone call to Robyn (Amanda Henderson) who is currently a passenger in David’s car. Everything is put into perspective when Dylan reveals that the Psychiatrist David has talked of is a figment of his imagination. Having to keep an expressionless face and calm persona so as not to alarm the driver is surely one of the toughest challenges Robyn has had to handle so far – and yet there’s so much more to come!

Determined David ~ David is enjoying the freedom of the open road and completely oblivious to the fear or predicament of his passenger. Declaring that he wants to live in the now, he throws Robyn’s mobile phone out of the car with thoughtless abandon and cuts off her line of communication. I was biting my nails and hiding behind a cushion, I don’t know about you?!

Team Chuffy ~ Team Chuffy aka Duffy and Charlie (Cath Shipton and Derek Thompson) are on the case helping Max (Jamie Davis) to track Robyn’s whereabouts. Luck favours their efforts when they are able to trace Robyn’s mobile phone, which is of course lying in the wet road. Their discovery means it’s time for the rescue team to jump into action, thank heavens!

Robyn Miller (AMANDA HENDERSON), Charlie Fairhead (DEREK THOMPSON), Lisa Duffin (CATHY SHIPTON) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Grave danger in the graveyard ~ David’s destination of choice is that of a church, the graveyard of which is home to his brother’s remains. It seems that David is not the only member of the Hide family to suffer with mental health issues and his brother’s Depression led him to suicide. Robyn is in labour, meanwhile and with a drained car battery and no answer at the church, she is forced to have David as her unwitting midwife. While she lies on his brother’s grave, and it pours down with rain. The scenes between Henderson and Durr are nothing short of outstanding. I will stick my neck out here and say they’re probably some of the finest that I’ve seen Casualty produce. Robyn’s baby girl arrives alarmingly quickly and to add to the already horrendous situation, the new mum has retained the placenta which means she’s bleeding out. It’s fortunate that Team Chuffy and their sidekick, Max are on the scene before long – but it doesn’t look good!

Help is at hand ~ It may have been the very last thing that David wanted, but help is at hand in the form of the Mental Health team and he goes along willingly. Whether he would have done without a pep talk from Dylan? Who knows? Dylan puts some responsibility onto David’s shoulders by advising him of the tribunal that he’ll face for a Nurse on his shift having to be sectioned. It seems to catalyse the lightbulb moment for David, fortunately for all concerned.

 

 

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