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Casualty's Sunetra Sarker: ‘It’s time for Zoe to leave’

Disillusioned with turning 40, the stresses of work, and her secret romance with hospital porter, Max, Holby consultant Zoe Hanna decides to hand in her notice in Saturday’s Casualty (opens in new tab).

In an interview with What’s on TV (opens in new tab) Sunetra Sarker, who’s played feisty Zoe Hanna since 2007, explained what lies behind her alter ego’s decision to quit: “In this episode Zoe’s at a crossroads, but doesn’t realise it. On the day she turns 40 it all catches up with her as the day unfolds, and she’s forced to recognise she’s in trouble!”

A routine check-up starts the alarm bells ringing for the stressed-out doctor. Later, numerous colleagues suggest she needs a holiday. And even a patient – recovering alcoholic Mollie, played by Tracie Bennett – recommends she take stock.

The icing on the cake is her co-workers’ attempt at a birthday surprise, which backfires spectacularly when everyone overhears Zoe slagging them off! With plenty of humble pie on the table, Zoe realises she needs to drastically rethink her entire life…

Sunetra said: “Her doctor tells her she smokes and drinks too much. Clinical lead Connie wants her to take a holiday. And resident tramp Mollie tells her she needs to assess her life.

“Zoe’s exhausted and everything’s pointing her in the direction of the door! She’s just about mature enough to read the signs and realises it’s time for her to leave!”

To find out how Zoe’s secret lover Max reacts, watch Casualty (opens in new tab) on BBC1, Saturday August 23.

 

Elaine Reilly
Elaine Reilly

With twenty years of experience as an entertainment journalist, Elaine writes for What’s on TV, TV Times, TV & Satellite Week and (opens in new tab)www.whattowatch.com (opens in new tab) covering a variety of programs from gardening and wildlife to documentaries and drama.

 

As well as active involvement in the WTW family’s social media accounts, she has been known to get chatty on the red carpet and wander into the odd podcast. 


After a day of previewing TV, writing about TV and interviewing TV stars, Elaine likes nothing than to relax… by watching TV.