All Saints (season 11)

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All Saints (season 11)
All Saints 2008 Season DVD.jpg
2008 Season DVD
Country of origin Australia
No. of episodes 40
Release
Original network Seven Network
Original release 12 February (2008-02-12) – 25 November 2008 (2008-11-25)
Season chronology
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The eleventh season of the long-running Australian medical drama All Saints began airing on 12 February 2008 and concluded with episode 40 on 25 November 2008.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main Cast[edit]

Character Actor(s) Profession Duration
Ryan, VonVon Ryan McGrath, JudithJudith McGrath ED Nurse, Patient Liaison Nurse 418 - 457
Beaumont, CharlotteCharlotte Beaumont Macintosh, TammyTammy Macintosh ED Doctor 418 - 457
Campion, FrankFrank Campion Howard, JohnJohn Howard Director of Emergency Medicine (Doctor) 418 - 457
Quade, JackJack Quade Traval, WilWil Traval ED Doctor 418 - 456
Goldman, DanDan Goldman Priestley, MarkMark Priestley Nurse; Nursing Unit Manager 418 - 456
West, BartholomewBartholomew West Supanz, AndrewAndrew Supanz ED Doctor 418 - 457
Jaegar, GabrielleGabrielle Jaegar Gay, VirginiaVirginia Gay Nursing Unit Manager 418 - 457
Gallagher, ZoeZoe Gallagher Cratchley, AllisonAllison Cratchley 2IC of Emergency Medicine (Doctor) 418 - 437
Templeton, EricaErica Templeton Anderson, JoleneJolene Anderson ED Nurse 418 - 449
Vlasek, MiklosMiklos Vlasek Waters, JohnJohn Waters Surgical Registrar 418 - 457
Taylor, SteveSteve Taylor Campbell, JackJack Campbell ED Doctor 418 - 457
Rossi, AdamAdam Rossi Gamblin, KipKip Gamblin ED Doctor 453 - 457
Anderson, ClaireClaire Anderson Scott Lynch, EllaElla Scott Lynch ED Nurse 454 - 457

Recurring Cast[edit]

Character Actor(s) Profession Duration
Fielding, AmyAmy Fielding Bidstrup, AlixAlix Bidstrup Nurse 443 - 457

Plot overview[edit]

The season opens by following up with the cliffhanger of the final episode of the previous season in which the ED is held at gunpoint by three intruders. The bomb set up by the intruders goes off, blowing up the Pathology lab.

Von has a traumatic experience on a house call in which she is harshly reminded of a time when was sexually assaulted thirty years ago. She faces up to this secret she has been carrying and tells Gabrielle.

Ann-Marie's health deteriorates she initially refuses treatment but Bart persuades her into doing so. As her battle against cancer becomes harder for her to fight, she discontinues treatment, leaving Bart traumatised. After arguing with her that treatment is the best option, Bart finally respects her decision. Ann-Marie passes away in Bart's arms in her apartment.

Frank's conflict with hospital administration continues. He makes a disparaging comments about hospital administration to the media in the aftermath of the bomb blast which nearly costs him his job. Oliver Marone uses Elizabeth Foy as a mole to try to get Frank to admit that he was the whistle-blower in the 'faulty bed' incident. At the pinnacle of the conflict Franks resigns as head of ED with Oliver pushing for Zoe to become the new head of the ED. A short time later, Oliver discovers how closely knit the ED team are and pleads that Frank returns to hold the ED together. Zoe leaves All Saints hospital for a position at St Angela's. Mike donates his kidney to his son. Erica disappears and is found murdered and Dan also disappears.

Mark Priestley's Death[edit]

Actor Mark Priestley, who played Dan Goldman on the show, took his own life on 27 August 2008. As a result, the show's final two episodes had to be re-filmed. It is presumed that the nature of these episodes, in which Mark's on-screen wife goes missing, led Mark to suicide. The Seven Network paid tribute with a video clip in the following episode, along with actor John Howard in a plea to all those suffering from depression to get help.

As a result of Mark's death, the on-screen wife, played by Jolene Anderson was killed off the show as Jolene believed she could not go on playing the role. Mark's final episode was aired on 18 November.

Controversy[edit]

The Seven Network faced potential legal action after the airing of episode 432, "Never Tell" on 27 May 2008. The episode suggested that children with Down Syndrome are a result of incestuous relationships, provoking advocacy group Down Syndrome Australia to lodge a complaint with the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and the Australian Communications and Media Authority, insisting that major advertisers in the show's timeslot boycott it and asking for a public apology from Seven. In the episode, a brother and sister are told that their unborn child is at risk of developing Down Syndrome as a result of their sexual relationship - according to Down Syndrome Australia, there is no evidence to support such a claim:[1]

All Saints has stigmatised every person with Down syndrome and their families. We already know of one instance where a child has been victimised because of this episode.

— Peter Sloan, Down Syndrome Australia

Seven responded with an apology through a newspaper on 2 June.[2]

All Saints values its audience and has the greatest respect for their commitment to the program.

Without reservation, to any members of the audience who have found an element of a recent story offensive, Channel Seven apologises.

Down Syndrome Australia rejected the apology on 3 June, saying that the Seven Network's response was insufficient.:[3]

We're not going to accept a wishy-washy attempt at an apology that's come second-hand through a newspaper. They must say once and for all that there is categorically no link between Down syndrome and incest. We'll give them the opportunity to make a retraction during tonight's episode before we formally pursue legal advice and write official letters of complaint to the show's advertisers.

— Catherine McAlpine, Down Syndrome Victoria

Until there's a formal recognition of error, it's not enough. First they flat refused to apologise at all, and now they've apologised if they happened to offended anyone. The next step is to broadcast a message saying 'if we implied Down syndrome is a product of incestuous relationships, we were wrong. It's an easy thing to do and the only way to put this thing to bed.

— Peter Sloan, Down Syndrome Australia

Episodes[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Australian viewers
417 1 "Against the Wall (Part 2)" Peter Fisk Sean Nash 12 February 2008 (2008-02-12) 1.155[4]
418 2 "The Simple Things" Geoffrey Cawthorn Louise Crane-Bowes 19 February 2008 (2008-02-19) 1.152[5]
419 3 "Comfort Zone" Lynn Hegarty Peter Dick & Lily Taylor 26 February 2008 (2008-02-26) 1.152[6]
420 4 "Event Horizon" Lynn-Maree Danzey Jeff Truman & Linda Stainton 4 March 2008 (2008-03-04) 1.021[7]
421 5 "Caught in a Trap" Nicholas Buffalo Sally Webb 11 March 2008 (2008-03-11) 1.172[8]
422 6 "Careful What You Wish For" Geoffrey Cawthorn Trent Atkinson 18 March 2008 (2008-03-18) 1.093[9]
423 7 "Little Decisions" Peter Fisk Martin McKenna 25 March 2008 (2008-03-25) 1.297[10]
424 8 "Beginnings" Martin Sacks Denise Morgan 1 April 2008 (2008-04-01) 1.073[11]
425 9 "When Tomorrow Comes" Nicholas Buffalo Sam Meikle 8 April 2008 (2008-04-08) 1.077[12]
426 10 "Out of the Fire" Jessica Hobbs Charlie Strachan 15 April 2008 (2008-04-15) 1.185[13]
427 11 "It Ain't Necessarily So" Jean-Pierre Mignon Sean Nash 22 April 2008 (2008-04-22) 1.184[14]
428 12 "The Hand You're Dealt" Ian Watson Blake Ayshford 29 April 2008 (2008-04-29) 1.251[15]
429 13 "Stepping Up" Martin Sacks Robert Haywood 6 May 2008 (2008-05-06) 1.202[16]
430 14 "The Circle of Life" Ian Gilmourn Jeff Truman & Jo Watson 13 May 2008 (2008-05-13) 1.219[17]
431 15 "That Window in Time" Peter Fisk Sally Webb 20 May 2008 (2008-05-20) 1.268[18]
432 16 "Never Tell" Jean-Pierre Mignon Fiona Kelly 27 May 2008 (2008-05-27) 1.330[19]
433 17 "Risky Business" Andrew 'Killer' Bowden Chris McCourt 3 June 2008 (2008-06-03) 1.339[20]
434 18 "Under My Skin" Jessica Hobbs Trent Atkinson 10 June 2008 (2008-06-10) 1.296[21]
435 19 "Blind Faith" Ian Gilmourn Lily Taylor 17 June 2008 (2008-06-17) 1.380[22]
436 20 "Torn Apart" Martin Sacks Charlie Strachan 24 June 2008 (2008-06-24) 1.300[23]
437 21 "Justice for None" Jean-Pierre Mignon Sean Nash 1 July 2008 (2008-07-01) 1.148[24]
438 22 "Fearless and Searching" Daniel Nettheim Blake Ayshford 8 July 2008 (2008-07-08) 1.274[25]
439 23 "Bloodlines" Jet Wilkinson Denise Morgan 15 July 2008 (2008-07-15) 1.356[26]
440 24 "Sons and Lovers" Ian Gilmourn Jeff Truman 22 July 2008 (2008-07-22) 1.407[27]
441 25 "Horses for Courses" Marcus Cole Trent Atkinson 29 July 2008 (2008-07-29) 1.313[28]
442 26 "Wishlist" Nicholas Buffalo Chris McCourt 5 August 2008 (2008-08-05) 1.290[29]
443 27 "Best Laid Plans" Jean-Pierre Mignon Louise Crane-Bowes 26 August 2008 (2008-08-26) 1.273[30]
444 28 "Echoes" Kate Woods Sally Webb 2 September 2008 (2008-09-02) 1.319[31]
445 29 "Solitary Confinement" Ian Gilmourn Fiona Kelly 9 September 2008 (2008-09-09) N/A
446 30 "Better Safe Than Sorry" Marcus Cole Jenny Lewis 16 September 2008 (2008-09-16) N/A
447 31 "Not What You'd Expect" Jean-Pierre Mignon Sean Nash 23 September 2008 (2008-09-23) N/A
448 32 "Training Wheels" Jet Wilkinson Trent Atkinson 30 September 2008 (2008-09-30) N/A
449 33 "When the Party's Over" Kay Pavlou Andrew Kelly 7 October 2008 (2008-10-07) N/A
450 34 "Out on a Limb" Cherie Nowlan Charlie Strachan 14 October 2008 (2008-10-14) N/A
451 35 "Running for Cover" Lynn-Maree Danzey Clare Atkinson 21 October 2008 (2008-10-21) N/A
452 36 "Reality Check" Kate Woods Chris McCourt 28 October 2008 (2008-10-28) N/A
453 37 "Secrets and Lies" Jet Wilkinson Trent Atkinson 4 November 2008 (2008-11-04) N/A
454 38 "A Safe Place" Ian Watson Sally Webb 11 November 2008 (2008-11-11) N/A
455 39 "Spinning Out" Kay Pavlou Fiona Kelly 18 November 2008 (2008-11-18) N/A
456 40 "Time Bombs" Lynn-Maree Danzey Alexa Wyatt 25 November 2008 (2008-11-25) N/A

References[edit]

General
Specific
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