Historical Drama set in 1907 at the Royal London Hospital, based on the diaries of the Ethel Bennett. This episode takes place over a single night when all the lead characters are forced to confront their doubts and fears.
Probationer Ethel Bennett nurses injured docker Thomas Hooley, whose leg wounds are not healing. She clashes with ward sister Ada Russell, who is overwhelmed by the strain of running the ward, and her true feelings for fiance Dr Walton.
Leader of the Blind Beggar Gang, Nobby Clark, is hospitalised with cirrhosis of the liver, aged 15. Children are dying from an epidemic of diarrhoea and vomiting sweeping through the slums.
Chairman Sydney Holland calls an emergency meeting when the hospital runs out of funds and faces closure. Lord Rothschild arrives with news that plans for a Jewish hospital are going ahead, denying the Royal London vital funding.
|Matron Eva Luckes||Cherie Lunghi|
|Ada Russell||Sarah Smart|
|Dr Millais Culpin||William Houston|
|Ethel Bennett||Charity Wakefield|
|Sydney Holland||Nicholas Farrell|
|Hurry Fenwick||David Troughton|
|Dr Lawes||Hywel Simons|
|Dr James Walton||Tom Riley|
|Laura Goodley||Lydia Leonard|
|Nobby Clark||Alfie Allen|