Britain in a Box - Series 6 - 3. Casualty
Paul Jackson visits the purpose-built studios of the longest-running medical drama in the world. He discusses the programme's origins with the show's creators and commissioners.
Paul Jackson presents a further edition of the show that not only celebrates classic television programmes, but also uses them as a window on a particular period in our cultural and social history.
In the final programme of the current series, he visits the purpose-built studios of the longest running medical drama in the world. Born out of necessity (as a weapon in the weekly battle for audience-share on Saturday nights) "Casualty" has become one of BBC 1's most consistent performers.
Paul discusses the programme's origins with the show's creators (Jeremy Brock & Paul Unwin) and the people who commissioned it and then stood by it during its lean years (Lord Grade and Jonathan Powell). He assesses how much it has changed in its 27 year life with the help of its current (and long-standing) cast (including the returning Patrick Robinson who plays Ash, the ever present Derek Thompson who from the very first episode played Charlie Fairhead, and Pete Salt, the medical consultant on whom Charlie is based) and series Producer Nikki Wilson. And he gauges the future of the programme with the head of BBC 1's scheduling, Dan McGolpin.
Producer: Paul Kobrak.