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. Emergency – Ward 10 was the first hospital-based television drama to establish a successful format combining medical matters with storylines centring on the personal lives of the doctors and nurses.
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 second kiss on television between black and white actors in July 1964, the first such kiss being in a Granada TV play You in Your Small Corner in 1962. However, the producers wrote Mahler out shortly afterwards by sending her to Africa, where she succumbed to snake bite.
When ratings began to slide it was decided to convert the programme from a soap to a one-hour drama for Saturday nights, produced by Jo Douglas. It didn't work. Emergency – Ward 10 ended in 1967 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.
- Tom Adams ... Mr Guy Marshall
- John Alderton ... Dr Moone
- John Arnatt ... Mr Fitzgerald
- Jean Aubrey ... Nurse Julie Wayne
- Ray Barrett ... Dr Don Nolan
- John Barron ... Harold de la Roux
- Frederick Bartman ... Dr Simon Forrester
- Caroline Blakiston ... Lena Hyde
- Jill Browne ... Nurse Carole Young
- Kathleen Byron ... Margaret de la Roux
- John Carlisle ... Dr Lester Large
- Desmond Carrington ... Dr Chris Anderson
- John Carson ... Dr Donald Latimer
- Barbara Clegg ... Nurse Jo Buckley
- Ian Cullen ... Dr Kent
- Paul Darrow ... Mr. Verity
- Zulema Dene ... Sister Wright
- Jane Downs ... Audrey Blake
- Sheila Fearn ... Elizabeth Benskin
- Albert Finney ... Tom Fletcher
- Sonia Fox ... Staff Nurse Amy Williams
- Norah Gorsen ... Nurse Ann Guthridge
- Stephen Hancock ... John Faulkner
- Frazer Hines ... Tim Birch
- Noel Hood ... Mrs. Anderson
- Joan Hooley ... Dr Louise Mahler
- Peter Howell ... Dr Peter Harrison
- Douglas Ives ... Potter
- Elizabeth Kentish ... Sister Crowley
- Janet Lees Price ... Nurse Jones
- Pik-Sen Lim ... Nurse kim-Yen Kwei
- Robert MacLeod ... Dr Whittaker
- Kerry Marsh ... Nurse O'Keeffe
- Rosemary Miller ... Nurse Pat Roberts
- Pat Nye ... Sister Jenkins
- Glyn Owen ... Dr Patrick "Paddy" Meara
- Jane Rossington ... Nurse Kate Ford
- Stella Tanner ... Sister Ransome
- Richard Thorp ... Dr John Rennie
- Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Dr Alan Dawson
- John White ... Dr Giles Farmer
- William Wilde ... Dr Brooke
- Victor Winding ... Dr Fairfax
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