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FIRST LOOK CASUALTY: Duffy and Charlie’s relationship in tatters!

Cathy Shipton (Duffy) and Derek Thompson (Charlie) in emotional Casualty episode
(Image credit: BBC)

Seeing is believing! Duffy’s affair in Casualty revealed in official BBC-released pictures…

Casualty breaks hearts this week when nurse Charlie Fairhead discovers wife Duffy has had an affair. There’s no denying the truth, as the other man, Bill Crowthers, tells Charlie face-to-face about his complicated relationship with Duffy – not realising Charlie is Duffy’s husband!

Having heard the hard truth from the horse's mouth, Charlie has no choice but to have a heart-to-heart with Duffy. Will their thirty-year courtship go up in flames in a single hospital shift? Or can Casualty’s beloved couple find a way to salvage their rocky relationship?

Here we reveal more. Warning: Contains spoilers!

  1. Just another day in the ED, until...

    Ethan and Charlie tend to ill Bill, unaware of what's about to unfold
    An argument with his recovering alcoholic daughter, Rachel, sees Bill brought into the ED with worrying chest pains. Charlie, knowing a thing or two about troubled off-spring and health concerns, instantly takes a liking to patient Bill Crowthers, setting the scene for a devastating revelation...

Ethan and Charlie tend to ill Bill, unaware of what's about to unfold

Ethan and Charlie tend to ill Bill, unaware of what's about to unfold (Image credit: BBC)
  1. Duffy can't believe her eyes!

    Duffy, who has been diagnosed with anxiety and depression, can't believe her eyes
    When Duffy spots husband Charlie treating her childhood sweetheart, Bill, she goes into flight mode, and runs off, horrified. Will Bill (London's Burning Clive Wood) spill the details of their one-night stand to Charlie? You can bet your Internet connection he will!

Duffy, who has been diagnosed with anxiety and depression, can't believe her eyes

Duffy, who has been diagnosed with anxiety and depression, can't believe her eyes (Image credit: BBC)
  1. The moment of truth

    Bill unwittingly opens up to Charlie about his complicated affair with Duffy
    Feeling completely at ease with Charlie, Bill confides in his recent dalliance with Duffy. Charlie's heart collapses into his soft-soled shoes, as he digests the undeniable truth that Duffy cheated on him.

Bill unwittingly opens up to Charlie about his complicated affair with Duffy

Bill unwittingly opens up to Charlie about his complicated affair with Duffy (Image credit: BBC)
  1. Time for the tissues! Charlie and Duffy face the ugly facts

    Charlie's face says it all. He's devastated by Duffy's betrayal
    One look at Charlie and Duffy (Cathy Shipton) realises how hurt he is by Bill's revelations. She wants to talk, while shocked Charlie (Derek Thompson) questions everything he thought he knew about his wife.

Charlie's face says it all. He's devastated by Duffy's betrayal

Charlie's face says it all. He's devastated by Duffy's betrayal (Image credit: BBC)
  1. Please, forgive me!

    Charlie and Duffy are devastated when her affair is exposed
    Duffy does her level-best to explain to Charlie why she turned her back on their thirty-year friendship and fledgling marriage. But is Duffy ready to reveal the mitigating circumstances? If there was ever a time to tell Charlie about her depression and anxiety diagnosis, plus her suspicions about developing dementia, surely that time is now!

Charlie and Duffy are devastated when her affair is exposed

Charlie and Duffy are devastated when her affair is exposed (Image credit: BBC)
  1. Duty calls!

    It's not the first time Duffy has urgently cared for troubled Rachel Crowthers
    Chuffy's heart-to-heart is put on hold when Bill's condition suddenly worsens and his daughter Rachel also needs urgent medical care. Can Charlie and Duffy put their personal differences aside and work as a team on the people involved in their personal crisis? It's a tough ask, but #TeamChuffy attempt to rise to the challenge...

It's not the first time Duffy has urgently cared for troubled Rachel Crowthers

It's not the first time Duffy has urgently cared for troubled Rachel Crowthers (Image credit: BBC)
  1. Heart of the matter & ray of hope

    It's now or never. Charlie and Duffy make a decision about their future
    Medical emergency over, Duffy and Charlie realise how well they work as a team and arrange crisis talks. It's a faint glimmer of hope, but we'll take it!

It's now or never. Charlie and Duffy make a decision about their future

It's now or never. Charlie and Duffy make a decision about their future (Image credit: BBC)
  1. Don't leave me this way!

    Will heartbroken Charlie and Duffy fight for their marriage?
    Crunch time! At the end of the emotive shift, Charlie and Duffy decide whether or not they're going to solider on together, or call it a day. Duffy's got her coat on, but has she pulled her man back on side?
    Find out when Casualty airs on Saturday 08 December, BBC1 at 9.10pm.

Will heartbroken Charlie and Duffy fight for their marriage?

Will heartbroken Charlie and Duffy fight for their marriage? (Image credit: BBC)