Casualty 1900s

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Casualty 1906
Casualty 1906 title.png
Casualty 1906 title sequence
Genre Medical drama
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 1
Production
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel BBC One
Original airing 3 December 2006
Chronology
Followed by Casualty 1907
Casualty 1907
Casualty 1907 title.jpg
Casualty 1907 title sequence
Genre Medical drama
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 3
Production
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel BBC One
Original run 30 March 2008 – 17 April 2008
Chronology
Preceded by Casualty 1906 (Pilot)
Followed by Casualty 1909
Casualty 1909
Casualty 1909 title.png
Casualty 1909 title sequence
Genre Medical drama
Directed by Bryn Higgins (eps 1–3); Mark Brozel (eps 4–6)
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 6
Production
Producer(s) Bryn Higgins
Running time 58 Minutes
Production company(s) Stone City Films
Broadcast
Original channel BBC One
BBC HD
Original run 14 June 2009 (2009-06-14) – 19 July 2009 (2009-07-19)
Chronology
Preceded by Casualty 1907

Casualty 1900s (broadcast in the U.S. as "London Hospital") is a British hospital drama spin-off miniseries, broadcast by the BBC.

It places the viewer in the Receiving Room of The London Hospital in London's East End. The drama is shot with the pace and action of its modern day counterpart ER, not to be confused with the new US series, The Knick, which also portrays a hospital in the 1900s. In the London Hospital 1900, every case and character is based on real cases, characters and events taken from the actual hospital records, nurses' Ward Diaries and intimate memoirs. Casualty 1909, like its preceding series, is an unbroken experience of life with pioneering doctors and nurses a hundred years ago amongst the desperately poor.

It began with a single episode of Casualty 1906, followed by three episodes of Casualty 1907, and six episodes of Casualty 1909.[1]

Episodes[edit]

Casualty 1907[edit]

Episode one[edit]

Nurse Ada Russell has to decide whether or not to take the job of Ward Sister of Wellington ward, as it threatens to spoil her engagement to Dr James Walton. The hospital is using a radical new technique, ultra-violet light, to treat skin disease caused by unsanitary living conditions in the East End. Queen Alexandra visits with her sister the dowager empress of Russia to see the hospital.[2]

Episode two[edit]

Probationer Ethel Bennett goes through a night of rising tension as she nurses Thomas Hooley, the injured docker whose leg wounds are not healing. She clashes with ward sister Ada Russell, who is overwhelmed by the strain of running of a large, busy ward and worried about her true feelings for her fiance. Nobby Clark, leader of the violent Blind Beggar Gang, is hospitalised with alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver, aged just 15. Driven mad by cravings and nightmares, his path crosses with Ada with unexpected results.[3]

Episode three[edit]

With the hospital facing imminent financial collapse, chairman Sydney Holland launches an inspired campaign to raise money. The cost of building the modern city is revealed when workers on the new Rotherhithe Tunnel are admitted with agonising diver's bends. Ethel, working in the receiving room, contracts scarlet fever from a patient.[4]

Casualty 1909[edit]

Episode one[edit]

Revolution grips the East End as an explosion brings fears of a bomb, and Ethel Bennett and Dr Millais Culpin struggle to control the angry victims. When detectives arrive, Matron Luckes and Chairman Sydney Holland fear the hospital is in danger of becoming an extension of Scotland Yard. Meanwhile, Sister Ada Russell battles with irascible star surgeon Mr Henry Dean, whose addiction to cocaine is an open secret. And ambitious young Dr Ingrams faces catastrophe in the operating theatre.[2]

Episode two[edit]

A scandal brews as Nurse Goodley suspects that Mr Dean is ignoring the terrible side-effects of a new anaesthetic, and battles internally as whether she should risk everything and turn whistleblower. Sister Ada Russell copes with her first day in reception following reassignment. Nurse Bennett fears that her secret alliance with Dr Culpin has been discovered when Matron Luckes sends her into private nursing.[3]

Episode three[edit]

The strain of being 'married to the hospital' takes its toll on Sister Ada Russell, as she nears collapse. On one of the London's Jewish wards, Nurse Goodley finds herself increasingly drawn to the charismatic radical Saul Landau – but Saul has a life-threatening illness.[4]

Episode four[edit]

Sister Russell discovers the secret of probationer Nellie Bowers when she catches her sneaking out to see a mysterious young man. The London admits a woman brought in wearing pauper's clothes yet with silk underwear underneath. Meanwhile, the brilliant pioneer Dr Henry Head commits to performing a dangerous experiment on himself.[5]

Episode five[edit]

Dr Culpin is powerless to help when Ethel Bennett rushes to her dying brother in a naval hospital. Star surgeon Mr Dean faces destruction through his cocaine addiction. Sister Russell breaks the strict rules of Matron Luckes when she sneaks out of the London to help a young mother.[6]

Episode six[edit]

All the secrets burst open, as Matron Luckes clashes with Sister Russell for leaving the London to help a family in the slums, while Dr Culpin clashes with Bennett for giving up studying to be a doctor. Mr Dean, supposedly clean, returns to work in the Operating Theatre. In the dead of night a sweatshop catches fire, bringing in scores of injured children, and the staff struggle to avert tragedy.[7]

Medicine as portrayed in Casualty 1900s[edit]

Jason Watkins in Casualty 1906

Casualty 1900s portrays the use of early anesthesia, predominately chloroform and ether, the first standardised use of spinal anesthesia, and the growing need for trained anesthetists. No electronical equipment means doctors have to physically check a patient's pulse during surgery. CPR is largely based on the Silvester Method in which a patient's arms are raised above their head and then back down in an effort to stimulate muscles.

With penicillin still undiscovered, infections such as Erysipelas are largely incurable. Emphasis is placed on keeping wards and operating theatres clean.

The hospital is shown to have an X-ray room complete with X-ray machine. At the time protection against radiation emitted from such a machine was inadequate, little more than a thick pair of gloves was standard. Earnest Wilson, portrayed by Jason Watkins, was one of Britain's first radiologists and is shown with burns to both hands due to the unsafe levels with which he must work.

Broadcast[edit]

Casualty 1907 was broadcast on BBC One. After the initial broadcast of each episode, they were repeated four days afterwards but only in certain areas.

Episode Channel Broadcast date Viewer avg. Share Refs
One BBC One 30 March 2008 6.7 million 27% [2][8]
Two BBC One 6 April 2008 5.3 million 22% [3][9]
Three BBC One 13 April 2008 3.5 million 14% [4][10]

Casualty 1909 was broadcast on Sunday nights through June and July 2009 at 9pm on BBC One and – a first for the Casualty 1900s series – BBC HD. February 2011 saw the series broadcast on BBC Entertainment in Europe, South Africa, U.A.E & Israel as London Hospital.

Episode Broadcast date Channels Viewer avg. Share Refs
One 14 June 2009 BBC One & BBC HD 3.5 million 16% [2][11]
Two 21 June 2009 BBC One & BBC HD 3.1 million 13% [3][12]
Three 28 June 2009 BBC One & BBC HD 3.1 million 13% [4][13]
Four 5 July 2009 BBC One & BBC HD 3.3 million 14% [5][14]
Five 12 July 2009 BBC One & BBC HD 2.9 million 12% [6][15]
Six 19 July 2009 BBC One & BBC HD 3.3 million 15% [7][16]

DVD release[edit]

The complete Casualty 1900s series has been released on Region 2 DVD in the UK. The DVD comprises Casualty 1906, Casualty 1907 and Casualty 1909.

Cast[edit]

Casualty 1906[edit]

Casualty 1907[edit]

Casualty 1909[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Supporting characters[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BBC One to screen 'Casualty 1909'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 21 June 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Episode One 'Casualty 1907'". BBC. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Episode Two 'Casualty 1907'". BBC. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Episode Three 'Casualty 1907'". BBC. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  5. ^ a b "Episode Four 'Casualty 1909'". BBC. Retrieved 13 July 2009. 
  6. ^ a b "Episode Five 'Casualty 1909'". BBC. Retrieved 13 July 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "Episode Six 'Casualty 1909'". BBC. Retrieved 13 July 2009. 
  8. ^ Holmwood, Leigh (31 March 2008). "Week ending 30th of March TV ratings: Sunday". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  9. ^ Tryhorn, Chris (7 April 2008). "Week ending 6th of April TV ratings: Sunday". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  10. ^ Tryhorn, Chris (14 April 2008). "Week ending 13th of April TV ratings: Sunday". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  11. ^ Deans, Jason (15 June 2009). "Week ending 14th of June TV ratings: Sunday". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 13 July 2009. 
  12. ^ Plunkett, John (22 June 2009). "Week ending 21st of June TV ratings: Sunday". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 13 July 2009. 
  13. ^ Holmwood, Leigh (29 June 2009). "Week ending 28th of June TV ratings: Sunday". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 13 July 2009. 
  14. ^ Deans, Jason (6 July 2009). "Week ending 5th of July TV ratings: Sunday". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 13 July 2009. 
  15. ^ Holmwood, Leigh (13 July 2009). "Week ending 12th of July TV ratings: Sunday". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 14 July 2009. 
  16. ^ Holmwood, Leigh (20 July 2009). "Week ending 19th of July TV ratings: Sunday". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 30 July 2009. 

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