Following the 30th Anniversary One Shot series finale, BBC One today announced that Britain’s longest running medical drama, Casualty will return later this summer, starting with a two-part episode set in France.
Made by BBC Studios, the opener sees Dylan (Will Beck), David (Jason Durr), Louise (Azuka Oforka) and Alicia (Chelsea Halfpenny) head to a refugee camp in Northern France to offer medical assistance.
Shown over two weeks, the story centres around Dylan, who bonds with 12 year-old Sanosi and his sister Mariam at the camp, and later finds himself in a difficult situation over their future. The episodes are written by Dana Fainaru and Dominique Maloney, directed by Steve Brett and were filmed in Fishguard and Cardiff.
Will Beck, who plays Dylan Keogh, says: “It was so nice to do a story set away from the hospital, the look and feel is more filmic. The main thing however was the importance of telling this story, which has been slightly forgotten in the news recently, and realising, when you boil it down to one human story, just how relevant it still is.”
Succeeding the two-part series opener, episode three of Series 32 will be an extended 70-minute special as the results of the inquest into Scott’s (Will Austin) death are finally made public.
Later in this series, multi-Emmy and Golden Globe winning actress, Sharon Gless (Cagney & Lacey, Queer As Folk, Burn Notice) – will join the cast for an episode as Zsa Zsa Harper-Jenkinson, a maestro of surgery and former mentor to Dylan.
Sharon Gless says: “I’m a rabid Anglophile. Some of our finest American TV is British. Zsa Zsa is a wonderful character and I hope you all enjoy her too.”