Casualty (TV series)

GenreMedical drama
Created byJeremy Brock
Paul Unwin
StarringCurrent and former cast
Theme music composerKen Freeman
Jeremy Holland-Smith
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series33
No. of episodes1,132 (as of 15 June 2019) (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Adrian Bate (1996–97)
Laura Mackie (1997–98)
Ruth Caleb (1998)
Mal Young (1998–2004)
Mervyn Watson (2002–07)
Belinda Campbell (2007–11)
Alison Davis (2007–08)
Johnathan Young (2011–13)
Oliver Kent (2013–17)
Simon Harper (2017−)
Running time50–60 minutes (regular/special episodes)
99 minutes (30th anniversary special)
Production company(s)BBC Studios Cymru Wales
Original networkBBC One (1986–present)
BBC Two (episode 350 moved due to news of Queen Mother's death[1])
Original release6 September 1986 (1986-09-06) –
Related showsHolby City
Casualty 1900s

Casualty, stylised as CASUAL+Y, is a British medical drama series that airs weekly on BBC One (sometimes with a short break in the summer between series, but not always).[2] It is the longest-running emergency medical drama television series in the world,[3] and the most enduring medical drama shown on prime time television in the world.[4] Created by Jeremy Brock and Paul Unwin, it was first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC One on 6 September 1986. The original producer was Geraint Morris.[5]

The programme is set in the fictional Holby City Hospital and focuses on the staff and patients of the hospital's Accident and Emergency Department. The show has very few ties to its sister programme Holby City, which began as a spin-off from Casualty in 1999,[6] set in the same hospital. Casualty is shown weekly on a Saturday evening, which has been its time slot since the early 1990s.

Casualty's exterior shots were mainly filmed outside the Ashley Down Centre in Bristol from 1986 until 2002 when they moved to the centre of Bristol for just over nine years. In 2011, Casualty celebrated its 25th anniversary; following that, for the Bristol finale, they filmed the Emergency department catching fire and subsequently exploding. After 25 years in Bristol, Casualty moved to its new home at the Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff where it is currently filmed.

The 1,000th episode of Casualty aired on 25 June 2016.[7] A feature-length 30th anniversary episode of Casualty aired on 27 August 2016, episode 1 of series 31. For the series 31 finale, creator Paul Unwin returned to write a special episode which was entirely recorded in one take using only one camera, five boom operators and forty microphones.[8]


The series was created by Jeremy Brock and Paul Unwin.[9] According to writer Susan Wilkins, it was meant to be a response to the Margaret Thatcher era, and Unwin said that as young socialists, they wanted to create a "television revolution" that would be feminist, anti-racist, pro-NHS and anti-Conservative.[10]