'Casualty' will welcome back three much-loved characters for its 35th anniversary

Casualty stars Tony Marshall, Charles Dale and Richard Winsor.
Casualty stars Tony Marshall, Charles Dale and Richard Winsor. (Image credit: BBC)

Casualty is celebrating its 35th anniversary soon, kicking off with a special feature-length episode. As part of this, actors Tony Marshall, Charles Dale and Richard Winsor will be reprising their roles of much-loved characters Noel, Big Mac and Cal for a one-off special.

The episode will air later this summer, and goes back in time to a day in the Emergency Department which, unbeknownst to some of its staff, sets in motion a chain of events which changes the course of their future forever.

By turning back the clock, Casualty is able to welcome back Cal (Richard Winsor) since his devastating death at the hands of Scott in 2017, and receptionist Noel (Tony Marshall) who tragically passed away at the beginning of the year in the Coronavirus episode. Meanwhile, Big Mac (Charles Dale) was last seen in 2016, when he left after admitting to stealing medicine from the hospital.

In addition to the three actors, Tony's son will have a cameo playing the character of Rudi, a young boy who needs help in the ED, and the soap will introduce new character Stevie, played by Elinor Lawless.

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Speaking about their return, Tony Marshall, says: "It was strange to come back but rewarding at the same time as the episode tackles yet another important subject. It was a joy working with my son as well as of course Charlie Dale and Richard Winsor. We had to abide to Covid restrictions which is not easy but we did it. The audience are going to love the episode!"

Loretta Preece, Series Producer, adds: “There is a 35th anniversary smorgasbord to offer both new and old fans of Casualty with huge stunts, faces from the past, some indelible new characters and some wonderful story twists.  Elinor Lawless as new consultant Stevie makes a splash right from her first episode and

"I am confident she will become one of the most talked about characters in Casualty’s history.  There are huge, heart-breaking stories for Ethan and Jacob later in the series and I’m delighted to also announce a wonderful two part special to be written by Barbara Machin, one of television’s most prestigious writers for Christmas 2021."

Lucy Buglass
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