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The ED staff are tested to their limits in Casualty one-shot

Casualty one-shot
Duffy attempts to juggle real work and her work experience students (Image credit: BBC/Adrian Heap)

How will the staff of Holby ED cope in this special Casualty episode filmed in one continuous take?

It’s the long awaited one-shot episode of (opens in new tab) Casualty and we think fans will be impressed. In fact, even if you’ve not watched Casualty since the 1980s, this makes for exhilarating TV…

Filmed in one continuous take, the final episode of the current series of Casualty is called One and it follows an ensemble of Casualty characters as they deal with a typical day in the ED.

Casualty one-shot

It's the beginning of a harrowing shift for paramedics Jez and Iain... (Image credit: BBC/Adrian Heap)


The shift starts explosively when paramedics Jez and Iain attend a terrifying house fire. Later at Holby ED the medical team deal with the fall-out of what turns out to be an arson attack, in which a baby is still unaccounted for. From consoling a stricken mother and a furious father, to putting aside personal feelings to treat the suspected arsonists the entire ED team have their work cut out for them.

With receptionist Noel off sick, nurse Louise (Azuka Oforka (opens in new tab)) desperately tries to manage the in-flow of patients to the ED, but the behaviour of some in the waiting room pushes her into unprofessional territory.

Casualty one-shot

Will Ethan's deadly secret come to light amid life and death on the ED? (Image credit: BBC/Adrian Heap)

Meanwhile, nurse Duffy (Cathy Shipton) has to contend with two work experience students – one of whom is determined to stir up trouble on the ED. And doctor Ethan Hardy is clearly distracted – we can’t imagine why that is…

Elaine Reilly
Elaine Reilly

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