Casualty (series 3)

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Casualty (series 3)
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 10
Original network BBC One
Original release 9 September (1988-09-09) – 4 November 1988 (1988-11-04)
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List of Casualty episodes

The third series of the British medical drama television series Casualty commenced airing in the United Kingdom on BBC One on 9 September 1988 and finished on 4 November 1988.[1] Unlike the previous two series', Casualty's third came with a reduced episode count of just 10 altogether.



The third series of Casualty features a cast of characters working in the emergency department of Holby City Hospital.[2] The series began with 8 roles with star billing. Bernard Gallagher portrayed emergency medicine consultant Ewart Plimmer. Derek Thompson appeared as charge nurse Charlie Fairhead, whilst Brenda Fricker played state enrolled nurse Megan Roach. Cathy Shipton and Eddie Nestor starred as staff nurses Lisa "Duffy" Duffin and Cyril James. Ella Wilder and Geoffrey Leesley portrayed paramedics Shirley Franklin and Keith Cotterill. Christopher Rozycki portrayed porter Kuba Trzcinski. Brian Capron also appeared in two episodes as locum emergency medicine medical registrar Peter.[3]

Gallagher chose to leave the show, with Ewart being killed-off in episode five.[3] Five new cast members joined the series in episode 1: Paul Lacoux as senior house officer David Rowe; Julie Graham and Shaheen Khan as student nurses Allison McGrellis and Kiran Joghill; Carol Leader as receptionist Sadie Tomkins; and Susan Franklyn as administrator Valerie Sinclair.[3] Lacoux, Graham, Khan and Leader departed the series at its conclusion. Wilder and Rozycki also departed at the end of the series.[3]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]


No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
31 1 "Welcome to Casualty" Michael Owen Morris David Ashton 9 September 1988 (1988-09-09)

It's straight in the deep end for new faces David Rowe, who has to give some despairing news and Outpatients Officer, Valerie Sinclair, who has a difficult first meeting with Ewart.

David Rowe, Valerie Sinclair, Alison McGrellis, Kiran Joghill and Sadie Tomkins are introduced.
32 2 "Desperate Odds" Graham Theakston Ginnie Hole 16 September 1988 (1988-09-16)
A social worker is assaulted while investigating the abuse of a child, David misdiagnoses a pickpocket and Duffy can't tell anyone why she's moody and withdrawn.
33 3 "Drake's Drum" Keith Washington Keith Dewhurst 23 September 1988 (1988-09-23)
A gay vicar giving himself a false name arrives at A&E while one of his parishioners is brought in with a rare disorder that requires and operation in crash.
34 4 "Absolution" Jeremy Silberston Wally K Daly 30 September 1988 (1988-09-30)

David and Charlie argue over patient confidentiality and a Priest refuses to reveal information after a suicide attempt in his church. Duffy discloses the cause of her grief.

Guest starring Gabrielle Glaister, Daphne Oxenford and Mark Strickson.[4]
35 5 "Burn Out" Michael Owen Morris Jeremy Brock 7 October 1988 (1988-10-07)
The team have to deal with a young pregnant squatter, Megan's friend suffering from septic-shock after plastic surgery and a staff emergency in the newly-saved Observation Ward. Ewart Plimmer dies.
36 6 "A Quiet Night" Graham Theakston David Ashton 14 October 1988 (1988-10-14)
Megan is back at work and Valerie is shadowing the night shift but for Cyril and David the fun of ashtray hockey is soon forgotten when they are called out to a collision of two school minibuses, each packed with pupils.
37 7 "A Wing and a Prayer" Michael Owen Morris Ginnie Hole 5 August 1989 (1989-08-05)[nb 1]

There is no bed available for an elderly stroke victim brought to A&E and a foreign worker is brought in with hallucinations and a cut to his face.

Guest starring Roy Kinnear and David Garfield.[5]
38 8 "Living Memories" Keith Washington Sam Snape 21 October 1988 (1988-10-21)

Valerie is doing a customer survey but the staff have to deal with 16-year-old hit and run victim, a 7-year-old with breathing difficulties and a giant, drunk rabbit.

Guest starring John Challis, Pauline Quirke, David Hargreaves, Simon Slater and Jimmy Gardner.[7]
39 9 "Inferno" Keith Washington Ginnie Hole 28 October 1988 (1988-10-28)

Megan wants to resign, Kuba faces the sack and Valerie tells Charlie to make savings in the department. Meanwhile, it's Bonfire Night and they face burns victims, suicide and a young girl with meningitis.

Guest Starring Sadie Frost, George Irving, Paul Alexander, Sharon Duce and Albert Welling.[8]
40 10 "Caring" Tim Dowd Jeremy Brock 4 November 1988 (1988-11-04)

Among the patients are an arthritic suffering from hematemesis – side-effects from a drug prescribed by his GP; an old lady with scalding and a homeless punk with a chest infection. The staff find time for a wheelchair race and Charlie manages to ask Valerie out.

Kuba Trzcinski, Alison McGrellis, Kiaran Joghill, David Rowe, Sadie Tomkins and Shirley Franklin depart.

Guest starring Clive Mantle and Andy de la Tour. [9]

George Irving would later play the role of Anton Meyer in Holby City from Series 1, Episode 1 to Series 4, Episode 46. Clive Mantle would later become a regular on Casualty, playing Consultant Mike Barratt from Series 7, Episode 9 to Series 11, Episode 10 as well as a guest appearance in Everlasting Love, the two-part finale to Series 12.


  1. ^ Broadcast of this episode was delayed until August 1989 following the death of Roy Kinnear, and other episodes were moved forward one week in the schedules.[6]


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