Duffy the central character in ‘intense and emotional’ one-take Casualty 30th anniversary finale

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Duffy's in the spotlight as Casualty's 30th year draws to a close... (Image credit: BBC/Alistair Heap)

The team at Casualty are putting together a unique episode to conclude Casualty’s 30th anniversary year. Here’s what we know so far…

There’s no denying BBC1’s Casualty has pulled out all the stops to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the long-running medical drama. And they’re not finished yet!

It’s just been announced that Casualty are marking the end of the 30th series – which started with THIS catastrophe – with a unique ‘one-shot’ episode called One.

Eight things we know about the ambitious special episode so far…

  1. It will all be filmed in one take and on a single camera
  2. The story centres on nurse Lisa ‘Duffy’ Duffin, who is mentoring two teenage girls called Chloe and Diamond. They're being shown around the department as part of their work experience
  3. It’s a first for Casualty and the episode is due to air during the summer
  4. Paul Unwin, the original creator of Casualty, has written the episode
  5. It will cover a single hour in Holby ED and feature many of our favourite regular characters
  6. In order to make the episode work, a cable-free mobile camera will be used to cover all the action from the ED and also from inside a moving ambulance!
  7. There will be 360-degree shots, and a number of rooms in the Casualty Ambulance station are being converted into control rooms for the crew
  8. Sound in the ambitious episode will come via 40 hidden radio microphones and five boom operators disguised as part of the set!

A release from the BBC states: "Casualty viewers will be taken on a journey to observe the daily highs and the lows of the hospital, and how despite numerous obstacles, the medical staff remain dedicated and passionate about saving patients’ lives."

Speaking about the groundbreaking episode, Cathy Shipton, who plays Duffy said: “It is so exciting and nerve-wracking to be working on this episode and unlike anything any of us, cast or crew, have ever attempted before. It is a brilliant fly-on-the-wall episode in real time, placing nurses central in the storyline. It will become a classic Casualty.”

Casualty’s series producer, Erika Hossington, added: “This very special episode will give the audience a unique insight into an hour in A&E. It will be an intense, emotional hour where staff and patients are faced with life changing events. We want to reflect the front line in its unedited, rawest form, and this one shot episode with a brilliant script from Casualty creator Paul Unwin, has given us the opportunity to do that.”

No confirmed date for the episode's broadcast has been confirmed.


Elaine Reilly
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