List of The Royal episodes

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This is a list of episodes of the British television medical drama series The Royal.

When the episodes are aired or repeated abroad some tracks have been replaced from the original UK episode/s, this is due to either copyright or clearance issues from the various record companies.

87 episodes of The Royal have aired.

Series overview[edit]

Series Episodes Originally broadcast DVD release dates
Series premiere Series finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 7 19 January 2003 2 March 2003 TBA 3 October 2011[1] 5 December 2012[2]
2 6 25 May 2003 29 June 2003 TBA 27 February 2012[3] 6 March 2013[4]
3 14 16 November 2003 15 February 2004 TBA TBA TBA
4 12 5 December 2004 6 March 2005 TBA TBA TBA
5 12 12 March 2006 22 October 2006 TBA TBA TBA
6 12 25 March 2007 4 November 2007 TBA TBA TBA
7 12 22 June 2008 5 July 2009 TBA TBA TBA
8 12 12 July 2009 31 July 2011 TBA TBA TBA


Series 1 (2003)[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewers
(in millions)[5]
1"First Impressions"[6]Paul Walker[6]John Flanagan and Andrew McCulloch[6]19 January 2003 (2003-01-19)11.96

Dr. David Cheriton arrives at St. Aidan's Royal Free Hospital in Elsinby, newly qualified and keen to impress at his job interview – only to discover they are not even expecting him. Meanwhile, Dr. Jill Weatherill's professional competence is called into question during a home visit, and hospital porter Ken Hopkirk's efforts to put up a television aerial end in disaster. Heartbeat characters: Gina Ward (Briefly) (Tricia Penrose), PC Phil Bellamy (Mark Jordon), Claude Greengrass (Bill Maynard)

First Appearance of Julian Ovenden as Dr David Cheriton, Amy Robbins as Dr Jill Weatherill, Robert Daws as Dr Gordon Ormerod, Ian Carmichael as T.J. Middleditch, Zoie Kennedy as Staff Nurse Meryl Taylor, Linda Armstrong as Sister Brigid, Denis Lill as Mr Rose, Michael Starke as Ken Hopkirk, Michelle Hardwick as Lizzie Hopkirk, Andy Wear as Alun Morris, Wendy Craig as Matron
2"Second Time Around"[7]Terry McDonough[7]Deborah Cook[7]26 January 2003 (2003-01-26)10.68

A romantic escapade goes horribly wrong when a young couple are involved in a motorbike accident, and the tragic events of the night leave the staff of St Aiden's struggling to heal more than just a broken heart. Dr. Ormerod grows suspicious when one of his patients is uneasy about returning home, but an investigation by Matron soon reveals the reasons for his reluctance. Meanwhile, Ken and Alun face trouble when a plague of rodents looks set to close down the hospital – but is Claude Greengrass really the best person to ask for advice?

Heartbeat characters: Claude Greengrass (Bill Maynard)
3"Coffin Fit"[8]Paul Walker[8]Mark Holloway[8]2 February 2003 (2003-02-02)10.09

Claude Greengrass causes a kerfuffle with a coffin containing the remains of his deceased sister and a mysterious phone call only serves to raise suspicions. Jill Weatherill has trouble with a patient who refuses to accept her condition, while Dr. Cheriton panics when he arrives at the scene of an accident bereft of vital medical equipment.

Heartbeat characters: Claude Greengrass (Bill Maynard), David Stockwell (David Lonsdale), PC Phil Bellamy (Mark Jordon)
4"Sister Of Mercy"[9]Keith Boak[9]Jane Hollowood[9]9 February 2003 (2003-02-09)9.77

Sister Bridget discovers a baby on the steps of the hospital. PC Bellamy and Dr. Alway link it to a girls disappearance for a couple of days. Dr. Alway sets out to find the girl and informs her shocked parents that their daughter has had a baby. Heartbeat characters: Claude Greengrass (Bill Maynard), PC Phil Bellamy (Mark Jordon)

First Appearance of John Axon as Nigel Harper
5"Immediate Care"[10]Keith Boak[10]Deborah Cook[10]16 February 2003 (2003-02-16)9.03

Dr. Cheriton has the unenviable task of informing a patient she has little time to live, and the situation soon prompts the wedding of the year. Arriving at the scene of an accident at the railway station, Dr. Ormerod is forced to make a drastic decision, but an oncoming train signals disaster. Gambling fever grips the hospital when a champion jockey is admitted and, as always, Greengrass is in the thick of the furore.

Heartbeat characters: Claude Greengrass (Bill Maynard), Bernie Scripps (Peter Benson)
6"Kiss and Tell"[11]Tim Dowd[11]Neil McKay[11]23 February 2003 (2003-02-23)9.63

The cause of a schoolboy's illness is found too close to home, while a bit of teamwork brings Ormerod and Weatherill closer than they expect. Cheriton's flatwarming party goes with a bang, and Ventress spots an impostor on the ward.

Heartbeat characters: PC Alf Ventress (William Simons)
7"Crash"[12]Tim Dowd[12]Mark Holloway[12]2 March 2003 (2003-03-02)9.71

On Dr. Alway's last day before retirement, a serious coach crash throws the Royal into chaos. For one member of the staff, the incident proves exceptionally traumatic. Cheriton has a bombshell for Nurse Taylor and Greengrass is re-admitted to the hospital.

Heartbeat characters: Claude Greengrass (Bill Maynard), PC Phil Bellamy (Mark Jordon)

Series 2 (2003)[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewers
(in millions)[5]
8 (1)"All At Sea"[13]Keith Boak[13]Sarah Bagshaw[13]25 May 2003 (2003-05-25)7.04

Dr Ormerod struggles to cope with the news about his wife and turns to Weatherill for comfort. When an emergency at sea arises, Dr Cheriton and Staff Nurse Taylor are sent to help. Greengrass is surprised when he learns he has a long-lost daughter. Eve Peterson comes to the hospital after undergoing an illegal abortion. The staff have to perform an urgent hysterectomy. Meanwhile, the hospital morgue is used as temporary storage when a Fish-and-Chip shop fridge breaks down.

Heartbeat characters: Claude Greengrass (Bill Maynard), Oscar Blaketon (Derek Fowlds), Constable Philip "Phil" Bellamy (Mark Jordon)
9 (2)"Snakes and Ladders"[14]Paul Duane[14]Michael Russell[14]1 June 2003 (2003-06-01)7.32

A teenage boy is brought into the Royal having fallen from a cliff, but it soon emerges that the incident was a suicide attempt. Cheriton contacts the youngster's psychiatrist, but is taken aback when electroshock therapy is suggested as a form of treatment, so ventures to the family home to recommend an alternative — only for tragedy to strike. Meanwhile, a hypochondriac causes chaos at the hospital when she insists her dog be treated following a snake bite, and a heart-to-heart between Weatherill and Ormerod leads to a passionate kiss. Heartbeat characters: Constable Philip "Phil" Bellamy (Mark Jordon)

First Appearance of Polly Maberly as Dr Lucy Klein
10 (3)"Thicker Than Water"[15]Paul Walker[15]Jane Hollowood[15]8 June 2003 (2003-06-08)7.52

Sister Brigid has a crisis of faith over a mother whose life is in danger. Family secrets are exposed when a hunting trip ends in tragedy, and Ken and Harper clash over the hospital laundry.

Heartbeat characters: Constable Philip "Phil" Bellamy (Mark Jordon), David Stockwell (David Lonsdale)
11 (4)"Wishing And Hoping"[16]Michael Russell[16]Judith Dine[16]15 June 2003 (2003-06-15)6.75
A frantic mother and father bring their daughter to the Royal for whooping cough treatment, and Cheriton is shocked to hear the girl has not been vaccinated because of her parents' fears of the side-effects. Tragically, the youngster dies — leaving the worried staff to cope with an influx of children in need of immunisation. Mr Rose reveals his intentions to operate on himself.
12 (5)"One of Those Days"[17]Terry McDonough[17]John Flanagan and Andrew McCulloch[17]22 June 2003 (2003-06-22)7.19

Ormerod rushes to help following a boating accident, but realises he has been sent to the wrong location. When he arrives at the accident, his efforts to save a man's life are in vain. He angrily chastises Lizzie for the misinformation — only to realise he was too hasty in blaming her. He also turns away his regular hypochondriac patient Mrs Lyons, but this time she really did have a problem, detatched retinas. Meanwhile, PC Ventress comes to the Royal with two men who had been fighting over a girl, and one promptly collapses due to a brain haemorrhage. Weatherill is tested when she helps deliver a stillborn baby, but Sister Brigid revives the baby by dipping him in water. Nurse Meryl believes she is pregnant to Dr Cheriton.

Heartbeat characters: Constable Alfred "Alf" Ventress (William Simons)
13 (6)"The Last Waltz"[18]Paul Duane[18]Mark Holloway[18]29 June 2003 (2003-06-29)7.16

As preparations get under way for the Royal's charity ball, Ken Hopkirk is forced to rescue the band hired for the evening when their van breaks down en route. Meanwhile, Dr. Weatherill faces a traumatic time as one of her patients discovers she has contracted syphilis and Dr. Ormerod resolves to move on when it emerges that his wife will not recover from her coma. Meanwhile one of his patient's illnesses may not be what it seems.

Heartbeat characters: Gina Ward (Tricia Penrose)

Series 3 (2003–04)[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewers
(in millions)[5]
14 (1)"The Unbreakable Chain"[19]Adrian Bean[19]Sarah Bagshaw[19]16 November 2003 (2003-11-16)9.47

A student nurse causes quite a stir when she arrives in the middle of the night, while Ken and Alun contend with a farming family suffering a crisis. Brigid and Jill deliver a Down's syndrome baby whose parents do not want anything to do with it, and Lizzie's crash diet has alarming consequences. First Appearance of Anna Madeley as Student Nurse Samantha Beaumont

Heartbeat characters: Constable Philip "Phil" Bellamy (Mark Jordon)
15 (2)"If Not For You"[20]Adrian Bean[20]Deborah Cook[20]23 November 2003 (2003-11-23)9.35

Alun is involved in a road accident caused by a man who recently suffered a stroke. Student nurse Samantha Beaumont fails to impress Matron and Sister Brigid when she put pink sheets on the ward's beds. Meanwhile, tragedy strikes at The Royal vs. Ashfordly General rugby match, as Cheriton dives to score a try, only to be pounced on by opponents. His injuries are serious and despite Ormerod's efforts to save him, Cheriton dies. Last Appearance of Julian Ovenden as Dr David Cheriton

Heartbeat characters: Constable Alfred "Alf" Ventress (William Simons)
16 (3)"Doing The Rounds"[21]Tim Dowd[21]Mark Holloway[21]30 November 2003 (2003-11-30)8.77

New GP and anaesthetist Dr. Jeffrey Goodwin has a tough first day when he witnesses a car crash, gets attacked by one of the drivers involved and has his own vehicle and possessions stolen. After recovering from his injuries, Goodwin treats local landowner Lord Firminger who collapsed on his estate and he gets off to a bad start with Mr. Rose when he asks him to perform emergency surgery on a cancer patient. Elsewhere, Cheriton's mother Annette arrives to collect her son's things, surprising staff nurse Meryl Taylor by revealing a photo of a fiancée she never knew about. First Appearance of Paul Fox as Dr Jeff Goodwin

Heartbeat characters: Constable Alfred "Alf" Ventress (William Simons)
17 (4)"Consequences"[22]Tim Dowd[22]John Flanagan[22]7 December 2003 (2003-12-07)10.54
Ormerod faces a difficult dilemma when Caroline's father Henry suggests they turn off her life-support machine. The guilt-ridden doctor wonders whether he would only be letting Caroline die, so he can be with Weatherill. Meanwhile, Goodwin puts his career on the line when he allows a bonesetter to cure a back injury. Student nurse Samantha Beaumont is less than impressed by a date with theatre technician Alun Morris and a patient's pet parrot causes chaos in the hospital.
18 (5)"Poison"[23]Paul Duane[23]Mark Holloway[23]14 December 2003 (2003-12-14)9.14
The Health Authority announce they plan to reorganise management at The Royal, leaving Mr Harper less than keen to re-apply for his job, so Ken and Alun decide to convince him otherwise by moving him into a luxurious new office, but their plans end in disaster after he accidentally spoons cockroach poison into his tea. Meanwhile, Goodwin's medical skills are questioned when he wrongly accuses a cafe of making a local jazz band ill and a dinner party turns murderous for Ormerod and Weatherill when their host reveals he suspects his wife is trying to kill him.
19 (6)"Famous for a Day"[24]Tim DowdJane Hollowood21 December 2003 (2003-12-21)8.84

A TV film crew comes to the hospital, which excites the staff. Mr Harper is desperate to be caught on camera and his dreams of stardom may come true when Mr Middleditch gives him an important job for the Christmas broadcast. Elsewhere, Dr. Ormerod and Meryl are called out to help a boy who has been trapped below the surface of an icy lake for 20 minutes. To make matters worse, the ambulance carrying him to hospital gets caught in a snowdrift. Meanwhile, Ray Piper is brought in with a huge bump on his head – and there's much hilarity when it turns out his wife has hit him with a frozen turkey. Before the day is out, he is not the only member of his family to be admitted.

Heartbeat characters: Constable Alfred "Alf" Ventress (William Simons)
20 (7)"Skin Deep"[25]Paul Duane[25]Sarah Bagshaw[25]28 December 2003 (2003-12-28)8.41

Brigid arrives at a decision and Lucy Klein is disturbed by the reappearance of a figure from the past. Mr. Harper rests on his laurels, certain his future is assured, while Ormerod and Weatherill reveal they are about to end their relationship – only to find the news is already common knowledge.

Heartbeat characters: Constable Philip "Phil" Bellamy (Mark Jordon)
21 (8)"Cliffhanger"[26]John Greening[26]Mark Holloway[26]4 January 2004 (2004-01-04)9.39

Goodwin comes to the aid of a man brought in with a leg injury, which his friend claims was sustained in an agricultural accident, but it soon emerges that it is a gunshot wound, prompting his friend to pull a revolver on the hospital staff. As armed police surround the Royal, the doctors strive to persuade him to hand over the gun, but will they be able to prevent further bloodshed? Meanwhile, Ormerod helps fossil collectors hurt in a landslide, Matron tries to convince Sister Brigid to return to work and Samantha is less than impressed at the offer of a date with Alun.

Heartbeat characters: Constable Alfred "Alf" Ventress (William Simons)
22 (9)"All the Fun of the Fair"[27]John Greening[27]Nick Saltrese[27]11 January 2004 (2004-01-11)8.93
A fair comes to Elsinby. When the waltzer operator becomes trapped in the ride's mechanism, Jeffrey and Samantha have their work cut out to rescue him. He is rushed to the hospital, where Mr. Rose operates and reveals his father has been suffering dizzy spells recently. A concerned Jeffrey heads back to the fairground, but he is too late to prevent disaster. Meanwhile, Ken hatches a dubious money-making scheme and Jill is forced to confront a patient's wife.
23 (10)"Holding on Tight"[28]Tim Dowd[28]Patrick Melanaphy[28]18 January 2004 (2004-01-18)9.28
A group of drunken mods arrive at the hospital in a shocking state, and Ken Hopkirk soon makes the grim discovery that they have been drinking industrial alcohol supplied by Alun. Meanwhile, a fourth member of the boozing group is brought in and has his stomach pumped immediately – but it soon emerges that the illicit hooch has blinded him. Elsewhere, Mr Rose and his surgical team treat a widow with a gangrenous toe at her farmhouse, and Samantha receives a telling-off for laying out operating instruments in an incorrect order.
24 (11)"For Those In Peril"[29]Tim Dowd[29]Deborah Cook[29]25 January 2004 (2004-01-25)9.35
Ken Hopkirk is flagged down on the road by a man whose son was badly injured; Ken saves the lad by advising against removing the metal spike in his leg, which Mr Rose pointed out was stopping him from bleeding out. Meanwhile, Jeffrey Goodwin is shocked to discover a farmer's cattle herd have contracted a disease, which has passed into cheese that is available in the area, and Jill Weatherill, Matron and Sister Brigid encounter a runaway girl. A well-liked local tramp Sebastian is found dead, and Ken and Mr Rose discover that he was a decorated Navy hero, Lt. Commander Sebastian Fox-Kirby. When a relative is traced, but refuses to help with funeral arrangements, the Royal team decide to give him a fitting send-off by scattering his ashes at sea.
25 (12)"Reckoning"[30]Graeme Harper[30]Sarah Bagshaw[30]1 February 2004 (2004-02-01)8.93
Dr. Ormerod is furious to discover the police have launched an investigation into his wife's death, and reveals in a heated outburst that she was planning to leave him at the time of the accident. Bad news strikes a family when it emerges a couple's son has developed a hereditary heart disorder, a mother-to-be suffers kidney failure during childbirth and hospital porter Ken Hopkirk needs an operation after injuring himself while lifting a piano. Romance blossoms for Dr. Goodwin and Samantha Beaumont, while Lizzie's driving lesson ends in disaster when she slams into the back of Mr. Harper's parked car.
26 (13)"Doing Time"[31]Graeme Harper[31]Nick Saltrese[31]8 February 2004 (2004-02-08)8.89

Ormerod faces a taxing time when a prison van overturns on the moors. The driver is killed, a guard is seriously injured and one of the convicts escapes, while the others are rounded up and taken for treatment at the hospital, where Ken Hopkirk recognises an old friend. Goodwin fails to diagnose a serious case of post-natal depression – an error which almost ends in tragedy when the mother is found standing perilously close to a cliff-edge. Samantha discovers she has an unexpected love rival.

Heartbeat characters: Constable Philip "Phil" Bellamy (Mark Jordon)
27 (14)"Home To Roost"[32]Tim Dowd[32]John Flanagan and Andrew McCulloch[32]15 February 2004 (2004-02-15)9.20

Dr Ormerod's father-in-law arrives demanding to know whether he was seeing Dr. Weatherill, while his late daughter was still alive. It soon emerges that the disgruntled patriarch has hired a private detective to investigate the couple. But this served to reinforce his opinion that Dr Ormerod is a decent man who was good for his wayward daughter. The situation just drove Drs Ormerod and Weatherill closer, culminating in a marriage proposal. At the Royal, a painfully thin girl causes concern for Goodwin – whose green-eyed monster emerges when student nurse Samantha Beaumont agrees to a date with a younger man. The hospital is evacuated after a suicide victim's corpse is brought in emitting toxic fumes.

Last Appearance of Polly Maberly as Dr Lucy Klein

Series 4 (2004–05)[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewers
(in millions)[5]
28 (1)"For Better For Worse"[33]Terry McDonough[33]Deborah Cook[33]5 December 2004 (2004-12-05)9.43

Jill and Gordon's wedding day finally arrives, but a huge explosion at a nearby care home disrupts proceedings in spectacular fashion. As the Royal staff help pull the elderly residents out of the rubble, the horrifying truth behind the cause of the accident is discovered. Lizzie tearfully tells her dad Ken that her husband has left her for another woman.

First Appearance of Scott Taylor as Frankie Robinson
29 (2)"Beggers and Choosers"[34]Terry McDonough[34]Sarah Bagshaw[34]12 December 2004 (2004-12-12)9.27
Mr. Harper prepares for the arrival of an important private patient, who proves useful when a badly injured teenager is brought in after an industrial accident after Dr. Goodwin puts his career on the line to fight for justice for the accident victim. Sister Brigid helps a terminally ill alcoholic called Rory, and Lizzie comes to terms with her husband's recent behaviour and looks ahead to the future.
30 (3)"No Room for Ravers"[35]Frank W Smith[35]Mark Holloway[35]19 December 2004 (2004-12-19)7.80
A routine visit turns into a nightmare for Jill when she is taken hostage by a psychologically damaged ex-prisoner of war, who has barricaded himself into his house and booby-trapped the surrounding land with mines. Meanwhile, Harper is spotted paying frequent visits to a woman in town and Alun is suspended from duty when his noisy band practice causes a woman to slip and break her hip.
31 (4)"The Rose Queen"[36]Frank W Smith[36]John Flanagan and Andrew McCulloch[36]9 January 2005 (2005-01-09)7.88
Dr. Weatherill is involved in an air rescue to save an unconscious girl and finds herself braving a cliff abseil to reach the youngster. Dr. Ormerod faces a difficult time when he misdiagnoses a patient who is left fighting for life later in hospital. Sister Brigid has an accident on her bike, while Harper faces a staff revolt.
32 (5)"It's What's on the Inside That Counts"[37]Ken Grieve[37]Patrick Melanaphy[37]16 January 2005 (2005-01-16)8.31
New recruit Thelma Parker catches the eye of Harper, but proves to be less popular with the rest of the team, and an injured boxer causes concern for the staff at the hospital. Dr. Weatherill finds herself caught in an ethical battle when the parents of a dangerously ill baby refuse treatment, while Samantha receives unwanted news.
33 (6)"Duty Bound"[38]Ken Grieve[38]Robin Mukherjee[38]23 January 2005 (2005-01-23)8.53

Samantha struggles to cope with the reality of her recent discovery and takes desperate action which leaves her life hanging in the balance. Frankie and Gordon attempt a daring rescue to help a teenager in danger on the weir, while Ken has something to hide from Harper. Jeff's casual encounter with a friend of Lizzie's suddenly turns serious when he realises his career could be at risk.

Last Appearance of Anna Madeley as Student Nurse Samantha Beaumont
34 (7)"Sins of the Father"[39]Tim Dowd[39]Sarah Bagshaw[39]30 January 2005 (2005-01-30)8.72

Nurse Stella Davenport arrives at the Royal with a less than favourable reputation, and soon causes a stir among the staff and patients as rumours about her circulate the hospital. Matron and Harper discover a new approach to interviewing when they try to fill a ward domestic vacancy, while Dr. Ormerod is left to deal with the dramatic aftermath of a domestic dispute, and Lizzie realises her new scooter might have been an ill-advised purchase.

First Appearance of Natalie Anderson as Staff Nurse Stella Davenport
35 (8)"Everybody Needs Somebody"[40]Tim Dowd[40]Patrick Melanaphy[40]6 February 2005 (2005-02-06)8.35
When Matron is attacked by a thief, everyone is surprised to discover who was responsible—but there appears to be more to the case than meets the eye. Goodwin is upset when it becomes clear he has acquired a bad reputation around the hospital and the staff worry about the threat of a tuberculosis epidemic.
36 (9)"Say a Little Prayer"[41]Graeme Harper[41]Jane Hollowood[41]13 February 2005 (2005-02-13)8.06
Sister Brigid faces a struggle as she tries to convince her superior at the convent to seek medical help when it becomes obvious she is seriously ill. Jill discovers the answer to a puzzling medical case in an unlikely source, before receiving news from Samantha about the father of her baby. Frankie tells Lizzie his amorous plans, then finds them thwarted when he sees Staff Nurse Taylor with Dr. Goodwin.
37 (10)"The Way We Were"[42]Graeme Harper[42]Deborah Cook[42]20 February 2005 (2005-02-20)7.95
Dr. Goodwin faces the pressure as rumours about him frantically circulate the hospital and when Dr. Weatherill passes on some important news, he wastes no time in using it to set the record straight. Nurse Taylor's happiness about her future with Frankie is sensationally shattered as the extent of his dishonesty is revealed, while Matron is shocked to see a familiar face on the ward.
38 (11)"Sinking Feeling"[43]Frank W Smith and Judith Dine[43]John Flanagan and Andrew McCulloch[43]27 February 2005 (2005-02-27)8.87
Johnny Lomax's proposal to Matron causes Nigel Harper to worry about the effect her decision will have on the hospital, and Jill comes into conflict with a strict Catholic family. Ormerod and Frankie face a tough rescue operation as they try to save an injured fisherman trapped on board a sinking ship, while Staff Nurse Taylor's plans for the future are once again scuppered.
39 (12)"While the Cat's Away"[44]Jane Hollowood[44]Judith Dine[44]6 March 2005 (2005-03-06)8.77

Matron is forced to change her plans after a tragic turn of events and decides to withdraw her resignation. Nurse Taylor grows closer to Jeff as they tackle an unusual medical emergency, but later finds herself confronted by an angry Frankie. Harper's money-saving schemes backfire in spectacular fashion when his attempt at fixing the hospital boiler causes it to explode, while an argument over a patient's health sparks off a chain of events which leaves Gordon's life hanging in the balance.

Last Appearance of John Axon as Nigel Harper

Series 5 (2006)[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewers
(in millions)[5]
40 (1)"Loved And Lost"[45]Tim Dowd[45]Sarah Bagshaw[45]12 March 2006 (2006-03-12)8.78

Dr. Ormerod returns to work after his accident, but when his brusque treatment of a hypochondriac schoolgirl ends in tragedy, it is clear he still needs time to recover. New nurse Catherine Deane starts her rounds on the wards, and Mr. Middleditch has a surprise announcement to make. First Appearance of Amelia Curtis as Staff Nurse Catherine Deane

Last Appearance of Zoie Kennedy as Staff Nurse Meryl Taylor
41 (2)"Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Man"[46]Tim Dowd[46]Deborah Cook[46]19 March 2006 (2006-03-19)8.88

Mr. Middleditch brings his reign to an end as he hands over the ledgers to the new administrator - having craftily secured the hospital's future. Dr. Ormerod's plaster comes off, Mr. Rose risks his own skin to save a friend during a game of golf, and a trivial accident leads a family to make a major and heartbreaking discovery. First Appearance of Robert Cavanah as Adam Carnegie

Last Appearance of Ian Carmichael as T.J. Middleditch as a regular character
42 (3)"Thinking Too Hard"[47]Tim O'Mara[47]Patrick Melanaphy[47]26 March 2006 (2006-03-26)9.09
A local nightclub owner is admitted with symptoms of poisoning, and his son is quick to point the finger of suspicion at his father's glamorous wife. Frankie is shocked to see Dr. Ormerod doubt himself as they tend to a drunken farmer after a tractor accident, while Dr. Goodwin deals with a case of domestic abuse and a stationery salesman takes a shine to Lizzie.
43 (4)"Seeking Refuge"[48]Tim O'Mara[48]John Flanagan[48]2 April 2006 (2006-04-02)8.87
Dr. Goodwin is accused of taking sides when he goes too far to help a woman who claims her husband is hitting her, and there is a mystery to solve when a patient is admitted under a false name. Meanwhile, Dr. Ormerod's strange behaviour shows signs of becoming worse - and Frankie fears the surgeon is becoming addicted to his medication.
44 (5)"Fever"[49]Duncan Foster[49]Mark Holloway[49]9 April 2006 (2006-04-09)8.84
The hospital has its hands full when a typhoid epidemic breaks out in the community. Things get worse as the disease's source is traced back to the wards and staff struggle to locate it. Dr. Weatherill is forced to reprimand Dr. Ormerod after catching him sleeping on the job - but also has a startling piece of news to give him.
45 (6)"Letting Go"[50]Duncan Foster[50]Stephen Bennett[50]16 April 2006 (2006-04-16)8.04
Frankie's in trouble when someone tries to steal his motorbike. Dr. Ormerod and Dr. Weatherill uncover a family secret when a woman refuses to be admitted to hospital.
46 (7)"Love Is All You Need"[51]Tim Dowd[51]Jane Hollowood[51]17 September 2006 (2006-09-17)7.26
When a day at the beach ends in tragedy for a local family, Carnegie questions Weatherill's competence. An outraged Dr Ormerod leaps to Jill's defence, but divulges her condition in doing so.
47 (8)"Waifs And Strays"[52]Tim Dowd[52]Sarah Bagshaw[52]24 September 2006 (2006-09-24)6.22
While treating a sick baby, Dr Goodwin uncovers some dark secrets that its parents would prefer to keep hidden. Rose and Ormerod have an adventure at a hippy encampment. Catherine gains an admirer.
48 (9)"Winners and Loser"[53]Alan Wareing[53]Ken Blakeson[53]1 October 2006 (2006-10-01)6.68

The arrival of a new locum ruffles some feathers. A day at the races seems a perfect location for Carnegie and Catherine to enjoy they first date - but only if they can keep out of everyone's way.

First Appearance of Kananu Kirimi as Dr Joan Makori
49 (10)"Price of Progress"[54]Alan Wareing[54]John Flanagan and Andrew McCulloch[54]8 October 2006 (2006-10-08)7.17
Dr. Makori takes a crash course in dealing with Yorkshire folk. Stella deals with the confessions of a window cleaner. Carnegie has some news.
50 (11)"Keep On Running"[55]Tim Dowd[55]Sarah Bagshaw[55]15 October 2006 (2006-10-15)8.14

A patient who set fire to his own shop attempts to avoid police questioning by leaping into an ambulance and driving off towards the pier - unaware that Alun and a sick man are in the back of the vehicle. Dr Makori fears for her relationship with Dr Goodwin when he tells her he has been offered a job in Biafra

Return of Ian Carmichael as T.J. Middleditch
51 (12)"From This Day Forward"[56]Tim Dowd[56]Stephen Bennett[56]22 October 2006 (2006-10-22)7.30
A wedding reception at Elsinby Pier goes with a bang, when a fishing trawler careers off track. Adam Carnegie is forced to make a difficult choice and the hospital look forward to a new arrival when Dr. Weatherill goes into labour.

Series 6 (2007)[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewers
(in millions)[5]
52 (1)"Absent Friends"[57]Tim Dowd[57]Jane Hollowood[57]25 March 2007 (2007-03-25)8.37
Dr. Weatherill decides to return to work after having a baby. A local family prove a handful for the hospital staff. In Africa, Goodwin faces the horrors of war and makes a promise to a dying woman – but can he keep his word?
53 (2)"Home and Dry"[58]Tim Dowd[58]Sarah Bagshaw[58]1 April 2007 (2007-04-01)8.06
Goodwin returns to England with Nkeshi, but his plans for her future face some opposition. A singing superstar requires a hospital stay, but Frankie almost loses his job when the paparazzi catch them in flagrante.
54 (3)"Hoping for the Best"[59]Duncan Foster[59]John Flanagan and Andrew McCulloch[59]8 April 2007 (2007-04-08)7.10
When a mother falls seriously ill, staff at the hospital are faced with a dilemma.
55 (4)"Fear of the Expected"[60]Duncan Foster[60]Patrick Melanaphy[60]15 April 2007 (2007-04-15)8.05

Lady Isabella Martindale has had a horse riding accident and is driven to The Royal by her chauffeur Tom, who Lizzie takes an instant liking to. While Mr Rose diagnoses Lady Isabella with a broken ankle, Adam Carnegie tries to charm her into making a donation to the private wards.

Last Appearance of Kananu Kirimi as Dr Joan Makori
56 (5)"Dr Who?"[61]Ian Bevitt[61]Mark Holloway[61]22 April 2007 (2007-04-22)8.08

Due to a mix-up over the job offer two new doctors arrive at the hospital to take up the position. Meanwhile, Catherine makes her feelings clear to Carnegie about their relationship and Stella's night out ends badly.

First Appearance of Sam Callis as Dr Mike Banner
57 (6)"Cursed and Blessed"[62]Ian Bevitt[62]Sarah Bagshaw[62]29 April 2007 (2007-04-29)6.78

An expectant mother attends for treatment, but is harassed by her ex-husband. Stella is relieved to find she has not contracted an infection from her attacker, but suffers accusations of lying to save her reputation. Meanwhile, Sister Brigid makes a misguided suggestion, and a surprise visitor from overseas forces Goodwin to reconsider his future plans.

Last Appearance of Paul Fox as Dr Jeff Goodwin, Amelia Curtis as Staff Nurse Catherine Deane
58 (7)"Starting Over"[63]Tim Dowd[63]Marc Pye[63]16 September 2007 (2007-09-16)6.62

Mr Middleditch makes a surprise return to the hospital in the back of an ambulance, having hurt his ankle while fishing. Stella grudgingly welcomes Marian McKaig as her room-mate, but the new nurse quickly catches Alun's eye. Meanwhile, a frantic mother calls for Mike's help at a hippie commune, where her hostile husband is refusing help from the outside world. First Appearance of Kari Corbett as Staff Nurse Marian McKaig

Return of Ian Carmichael as T.J. Middleditch
59 (8)"Coming to the Boil"[64]Tim Dowd[64]John Flanagan and Andrew McCulloch[64]23 September 2007 (2007-09-23)6.64

A patient is admitted with a fever and a swollen arm covered in black lesions, but Mike is nowhere to be seen. Blood tests confirm a case of anthrax, prompting an investigation by the Public Health Officer. Elsewhere, a specialist is summoned when a woman's dizzy spells cause concern, while Alun and Lizzie are intrigued by the mysterious appearance of a young woman.

First Appearance of Sarah Beck Mather as Student Nurse Susie Dixon
60 (9)"Scabs"[65]Ian Bevitt[65]Mark Holloway[65]30 September 2007 (2007-09-30)6.62
A piano teacher (guest star George Costigan) remains suspiciously secretive about his past when brought in to casualty after collapsing outside the hospital. Matron's revelation about Susie cools Alun's interest in her, and Mike takes pity on a mother while he treats her son. Elsewhere, Jill delivers bad news to an elderly patient and the porters are forced to take industrial action in support of a colleague
61 (10)"Laura"[66]Ian Bevitt[66]Jane Hollowood[66]21 October 2007 (2007-10-21)6.84
A commuter train crash initiates an emergency caesarean operation on a pregnant woman, unfortunately the baby is transported to Ashfordly General, and fate claims the life of the premature infant, making Jill more determined than ever to support Carnegie's plans for a premature baby unit at the hospital. Meanwhile, local farmer Sam Benson (guest star Jack Deam) causes concern with his erratic behaviour, and Stella's rapist requires life-saving surgery after being attacked by the father of another victim.
62 (11)"Can't Buy Me Love"[67]Tim Dowd[67]John Flanagan and Andrew McCulloch[67]28 October 2007 (2007-10-28)6.79

Suspicion falls on Adam over missing hospital funds and Mike attends a meeting to assess the mental welfare of a 50-year-old man (guest Andrew Dunn) who still lives with his mother. Elsewhere, Gordon's ex-father-in-law pays an unexpected visit with some sobering news and Ken has a confession to make to his colleagues.

Return of Ian Carmichael as T.J. Middleditch
63 (12)"Love and Loss"[68]Tim Dowd[68]Sarah Bagshaw[68]4 November 2007 (2007-11-04)7.04

Jill becomes unwell after earlier receiving the results of a pregnancy test. Elsewhere, when a baby goes missing, suspicion falls on the parents of a girl admitted with a broken ankle. Meanwhile, Gordon makes a discovery about a diabetic patient that explains his behaviour and, in a dramatic finale, tragedy looms over the hospital.

Last Appearance of Sam Callis as Dr Mike Banner

Series 7 (2008–09)[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewers
(in millions)[5]
64 (1)"Against All Odds"[69]Ian Barber[69]John Flanagan and Andrew McCulloch[69]22 June 2008 (2008-06-22)5.46

The train on which Marian was travelling crashes, trapping her in the wreckage. Although she cannot escape, she's free to move around the carriage to help those injured, assisted by fellow passenger Dr Nick Burnett - who turns out to be the Royal's new locum. Back at the hospital, a shortage of staff puts the casualty department under pressure when the crash victims begin to arrive.

First Appearance of Damian O'Hare as Dr Nick Burnett
65 (2)"On the Road"[70]Ian Barber[70]John Flanagan and Andrew McCulloch[70]29 June 2008 (2008-06-29)4.69
Carnegie disapproves when Nick admits several homeless people from Elsinby to the hospital. Gordon is reluctant to let Jill take on heavy duties. However his plans fall apart when she is called to attend to road along the coast when a female victim of a car accident goes into labour. Meanwhile, Matron is stunned when she sees who is the new student nurse, and patient who enjoys gossip discloses where Ken is.
66 (3)"Blood's Thicker Than Water"[71]Dominic Keavey[71]Marc Pye[71]6 July 2008 (2008-07-06)4.26

An accident at the harbour leaves a fisherman concerned for the future of his family when Burnett is forced to amputate his hand. Weatherill treats a woman admitted with pneumonia who is deeply concerned about her father's presence around her daughter. Ken bids a final farewell to The Royal, but Lizzie's resolve flounders at the last minute.

Last Appearance of Michael Starke as Ken Hopkirk
67 (4)"Slings and Arrows"[72]Dominic Keavey[72]Sarah Bagshaw[72]13 July 2008 (2008-07-13)5.41
Eric Fogle is appointed as new head porter, putting Alun's nose out of joint. The hospital receives a letter of resignation from Dr Banner in Australia and has to appoint a partner to the practice - Weatherill believes she knows just the person, but Dr Ormerod favours Dr Burnett. Elsewhere, when Lucy Bayliss is involved in a horse-riding accident an X-ray reveals a more long-term problem.
68 (5)"To Love and to Lose"[73]David Kester[73]Patrick Melanaphy[73]20 July 2008 (2008-07-20)5.12
Maria Dannini suffers injury when her ice-cream parlour is vandalised, but further revelations lead to a more serious medical situation. Sister Brigid faces a dilemma when her pregnant sister Moira arrives wanting advice on an abortion. Elsewhere, a cunning Susie has a plan to get rid of Eric, and Burnett decides to stay at The Royal.
69 (6)"Stolen Dreams"[74]David Kester[74]Jane Hollowood[74]14 December 2008 (2008-12-14)5.13

The hospital staff are pushed to their limits when an amusement arcade collapses. In the search for survivors, a child is found with a suspected blood-clotting disorder and the team must find his mother to obtain his medical history. Stella enters the wreckage to free a girl who is trapped under a fruit machine, but when she becomes blocked in, Frankie tries to save her - and declares his feelings in the process. After another collapse both Frankie and Stella become trapped. The staff work fast to try and free them but after an explosion it is clear there is no survivors.

Last Appearance of Scott Taylor as Frankie Robinson, Natalie Anderson as Staff Nurse Stella Davenport
70 (7)"Home from the Hill"[75]Ian Barber[75]Sarah Bagshaw[75]21 December 2008 (2008-12-21)4.96

As the staff come to terms with the recent tragic events, new ambulance driver Bobby makes a dramatic entrance. Marian finds herself a partner for the gig by Alun's band - but the evening ends in chaos when a fire breaks out at the overcrowded club. Up on the moors, a shooting incident leaves Ormerod and Bobby in danger and the mountain rescue team is called out to an elderly lady lying wounded outside her decaying farmhouse.

First Appearance of Chris Coghill as Bobby Sheridan, Gareth Hale as Jack Bell
71 (8)"Pastures New"[76]Ian Barber[76]Jonathan Critchley[76]28 December 2008 (2008-12-28)4.62
Dr Burnett is called out to a dilapidated farmhouse, where a teenager is running a high fever and his family seem to be struggling to cope. As the staff try to diagnose the youngster's illness, his pregnant mother is rushed to the hospital with the same symptoms and is left fighting for her life. Meanwhile, Ormerod and Rose attend to Sir Edward Fawcett, an eccentric explorer who wants to hike around Mexico, despite having a condition that means his days of adventure are over while jack has to secretly replace the hospital boiler without anyone knowing.
72 (9)"Busman's Holiday"[77]Dominic Keavey[77]Mark Holloway[77]4 January 2009 (2009-01-04)5.77

Mr Middleditch makes a surprise announcement on his birthday which causes an argument between Weatherill and Ormerod, but the celebrations are interrupted when a bus full of day-trippers crashes down a nearby bank. Susie bets Lizzie she will get Carnegie to ask her out, and Jack is given a fright when a body in the mortuary springs back to life.

Return of Ian Carmichael as T.J. Middleditch
73 (10)"In the Air"[78]Dominic Keavey[78]John Flanagan and Andrew McCulloch[78]21 June 2009 (2009-06-21)4.30
With Susie and Carnegie's relationship the talk of the hospital, Matron reaches the end of her tether when her niece turns up late for work and she decides to suspend her. Mr Rose faces a personal trial when his golfing friend ends up in the operating room and Dr Burnett wrestles with a dilemma. Ormerod and Bobby try to rescue a farmer who is trapped under a combine harvester.
74 (11)"Best of Intentions"[79]David Kester[79]Dawn Harrison[79]28 June 2009 (2009-06-28)4.59
Dr Burnett races to save two schoolgirls who have fallen unconscious with carbon monoxide poisoning, while Susie has to think fast when Matron collapses during their picnic and ends up in hospital, giving the student nurse the chance to prove herself. Elsewhere, Weatherill gets to the bottom of a family problem involving a man training for the priesthood.
75 (12)"Compromising Positions"[80]David Kester[80]Sarah Bagshaw[80]5 July 2009 (2009-07-05)4.62

Sister Brigid helps secure a future for Moira and her baby, but when events take a shocking turn Weatherill and Ormerod are left to make a heartbreaking decision. Susie tries her best to be a model nurse and breaks off her relationship with Carnegie - who then proposes to her - while Bobby takes matters into his own hands with the violent stepfather of a local thug.

Return of Ian Carmichael as T.J. Middleditch. Last Appearance of Damian O'Hare as Dr Nick Burnett, Kari Corbett as Marian McKaig, Chris Coghill as Bobby Sheridan, Robert Cavanah as Adam Carnegie

Series 8 (2009–11)[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewers
(in millions)[5]
76 (1)"Safe As Houses"[81]David Kester[81]Sarah Bagshaw[81]12 July 2009 (2009-07-12)4.53

Dr. Ormerod and Dr. Weatherill accompany Brigid back to Ireland for Moira's funeral, and uncover shocking family secrets in the process. Meanwhile, a new locum is thrown in at the deep end at the Royal.

First Appearance of Glynis Barber as Jean McAteer, Diana May as Staff Nurse Carol Selby, Neil McDermott as Dr Ralph Ellis
77 (2)"Counting Chickens"[82]David Kester[82]John Flanagan and Andrew McCulloch[82]19 July 2009 (2009-07-19)4.69
Dr Ellis confronts local prejudice when he discovers one of his patients has contracted a rare disease abroad. Jack and Alun begin a crackpot scheme to raise chickens, Brigid makes a decision about baby Aisling's future, while Jean becomes more frustrated with Lizzie's incompetence.
78 (3)"These Foolish Things"[83]Ian Barber[83]Susan Wilkins[83]26 July 2009 (2009-07-26)4.94
Weatherill treats a schoolgirl whose crush on a teacher has spiralled out of control, while Ormerod and Ellis launch a daring cliff rescue when a family picnic goes awry. Jack and Alun use an old map to hunt for buried treasure underneath the hospital, and an old friend of Matron is taken ill.
79 (4)"Any Old Iron"[84]Ian Barber[84]Mark Holloway[84]5 June 2011 (2011-06-05)4.66

Mr Middleditch who has come into St Aidan's hospital, accompanied by his wife, for a routine operation. Noticing that Mrs Middleditch (Susan Hampshire) looks unwell, the hospital decides to give her a blood transfusion. Distracted by the attentions of a rich divorced playboy, who has promised to marry her, Susie Dixon administers the wrong blood, which later results in serious consequences for both her and the patient. Dr Weatherill manages to save Mrs Middleditch’s life, although it’s touch and go for a time. Dr Ormerod is called out by the coastguard to rescue a grieving widow who has got into difficulty on her yacht. Dr Ormerod uncovers some family secrets and persuades his patient that she does have a future to look forward to. A rag-and-bone man is collecting some scrap from Jack and Alun but is trampled by his horse and admitted to the Royal for surgery. Jack and Alun are left to look after the horse, with comic consequences. Last Appearance of Sarah Beck Mather as Nurse Susie Dixon

Final appearance of Ian Carmichael as T.J. Middleditch. Ian Carmichael died on 5 February 2010 at the age of 89.
80 (5)"Should I Stay or Should I Go Now"[85]Neil Adams[85]Patrick Melanaphy[85]12 June 2011 (2011-06-12)4.84

A new student nurse arrives at the Royal. Lizzie falls for a motorcycle stunt rider who is convinced he’s destined to live fast, die young. But Dr Ormerod comes up with a different diagnosis. Faye Clarke, the new student nurse arrives. An extremely timid, jumpy young girl, it’s her first time away from home. She’s faced with a trying first day when a beautiful young model collapses after mistakingly eating the Deathcap mushroom, thinking it to be Magic mushrooms, and dies. But Matron can see she has potential. Motorcycle stunt rider, Jimmy charms Lizzie when he falls off his bike and injures his wrist. Jimmy tells Dr Ormerod he has a hereditary medical condition – polycystic kidneys. He knows he hasn’t got long on this earth so he wants to live fast, die young. But tests reveal an altogether different diagnosis. But before Dr Ormerod can give him the good news, Jimmy takes Lizzie for a ride on the Wall of Death. He crashes the bike – has he used up all his nine lives?

First Appearance of Lauren Drummond as Student Nurse Faye Clark
81 (6)"Please Release Me"[86]Neil Adams[86]Jane Hollowood[86]19 June 2011 (2011-06-19)4.48
Dr Ormerod's career is on the line when a grieving family points the finger of suspicion at him. Dr Ellis deals with a different sort of outbreak at the prison, while Faye has to overcome her fear of needles when Jack requires a tetanus shot.
82 (7)"Tutti Fruity"[87]Tim Dowd[87]Mark Holloway[87]26 June 2011 (2011-06-26)4.22
A secret from Jean's past comes back to haunt her; Dr. Weatherill must break some news to a young couple; Alun may have found true love.
83 (8)"Manoeuvres"[88]Tim Dowd[88]John Flanagan and Andrew McCulloch[88]3 July 2011 (2011-07-03)4.20
A day at the park ends in disaster for the Ormerod family; Dr. Ellis risks getting too involved with a troubled patient.
84 (9)"Dead Air"[89]David Kester[89]Dawn Harrison[89]10 July 2011 (2011-07-10)4.27
A siege takes place during a girls' trip on board a pirate radio ship; a leader recovers from a stroke.
85 (10)"A Hero for Our Time"[90]David Kester[90]Susan Wilkins[90]17 July 2011 (2011-07-17)4.90
A builder disconnects the wrong pipes, causing a flood; a car crashes into the lake during Jack's fishing trip. Jean faces an uphill battle with the DHA when the Chairman's daughter is treated at the Royal.
86 (11)"Below the Surface"[91]David Kester[91]John Flanagan and Andrew McCulloch[91]24 July 2011 (2011-07-24)3.98
A 15-year-old boy is shot by an intruder with his grandfather's shotgun. Dr. Weatherill risks everything to save a homeless man trapped at a building site. An unexpected donor appears to offer funding for the repair of the casualty department.
87 (12)"The Enemy Within"[92]Ian Barber[92]Sarah Bagshaw[92]31 July 2011 (2011-07-31)4.13
Dr. Ormerod opens a can of worms when he attends to the problems of a local family. When violence spills onto the wards, Ormerod is caught in the crossfire, which leaves his life hanging in the balance.


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