Emergency – Ward 10
|Emergency – Ward 10|
|Also known as||Calling Nurse Roberts|
|Created by||Tessa Diamond|
|Ending theme||Silks and Satins|
|Country of origin||UK|
|No. of episodes||1016|
|Running time||30 mins|
|Original release||19 February 1957 – 27 June 1967|
Emergency – Ward 10 is a British medical soap opera series shown on ITV between 1957 and 1967. Like The Grove Family, a series shown by the BBC between 1954 and 1967, Emergency – Ward 10 is considered to be one of British television's first major soap operas.
The series was made by the ITV contractor ATV and set in a fictional hospital called Oxbridge General. Growing out of what was originally intended to be no more than a six-week serial (entitled Calling Nurse Roberts), the series became ITV's first twice-weekly evening soap opera. Although somewhat cosily genteel by modern standards, Emergency – Ward 10 was the first hospital-based television drama to establish a successful format combining medical matters with storylines centring around the personal lives of the doctors and nurses. To this end, the series was also British TV's first soap set in the workplace.
Emergency – Ward 10 attracted attention for its portrayal of an interracial relationship between surgeon Louise Mahler (played by Joan Hooley) and Doctor Giles Farmer (played by John White), showing the first kiss on television between black and white actors in July 1964, some four years before Star Trek 's Kirk/Uhura kiss in the episode "Plato's Stepchildren". However, after complaints the producers wrote Mahler out by sending her to Africa, where she succumbed to snake bite.
Emergency – Ward 10 finally ended in 1967 when ratings began to slide after the show had been on air for ten years. ATV executive Lew Grade later admitted that cancelling the series was one of the biggest mistakes he ever made in his career.
Australia's Charles "Bud" Tingwell starred in the series as surgeon Alan "Digger" Dawson, enjoying a heart-throb status because of his role.
Its haunting closing theme tune was "Silks and Satins" by Peter Yorke.
In March 2008, Network released a DVD set containing the 24 earliest surviving episodes which date from 1959 and 1960. A second 24-episode volume was released in July 2008, while a third 24-episode set was released in 2010. A 1966 episode was included on Network's Soap Box Volume One DVD as was the sole-surviving episode of spin-off Call Oxbridge 2000.
- Jill Browne ... Nurse Carole Young
- Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Dr. Alan Dawson
- Desmond Carrington ... Dr. Chris Anderson
- Peter Howell ... Dr. Peter Harrison
- Barbara Clegg ... Nurse Jo Buckley
- Frederick Bartman ... Dr. Simon Forrester
- Jane Downs ... Audrey Blake
- Richard Thorp ... Dr. John Rennie
- John Barron ... Harold de la Roux
- Stephen Hancock ... John Faulkner
- Robert MacLeod ... Dr. Whittaker
- Victor Winding ... Dr. Fairfax
- John Alderton ... Dr. Moone
- Rosemary Miller ... Nurse Pat Roberts
- John Carlisle ... Dr. Lester Large
- Ray Barrett ... Dr. Don Nolan
- Paul Darrow ... Mr. Verity
- Janet Lees Price ... Nurse Jones
- Jane Rossington ... Nurse Kate Ford
- Frazer Hines ... Tim Birch
- Ian Cullen ... Dr. Kent
- Sonia Fox ... Staff Nurse Amy Williams
- Glyn Owen ... Dr. Patrick "Paddy" Meara
- Pik-Sen Lim ... Nurse kim-Yen Kwei
- William Wilde ... Dr. Brooke
- Zulema Dene ... Sister Wright
- Elizabeth Kentish ... Sister Crowley
- Caroline Blakiston ... Lena Hyde
- Albert Finney ... Tom Fletcher
- Tom Adams ... Mr. Guy Marshall
- Sheila Fearn ... Elizabeth Benskin
- John Arnatt ... Mr. Fitzgerald
- Stella Tanner ... Sister Ransome
- Douglas Ives ... Potter
- Joan Hooley ... Dr. Louise Mahler
- John White ... Dr. Giles Farmer
- Noel Hood ... Mrs. Anderson
- Pat Nye ... Sister Jenkins
- Norah Gorsen ... Nurse Ann Guthridge