16/9/00 – 28/4/01
Alexei de Keyser continued as Producer for Series 15, as this season also saw another increase to 36 episodes. This included two more 2-part episodes; one of which was ‘Choked’ that featured Casualty’s first gay wedding and ending in Adam’s exit. Although the show did cause some controversy, Pal Aron was delighted at his exit scenes, ‘We think this is the first time a gay wedding has been shown on primetime TV so it’s real ground-breaking stuff.’
Last series left us with a cliffhanger, after Charlie was left collapsed in the hospital toilets. Viewers were pleased to discover after suffering a pulmonary embolism, he was back on his feet. He rediscovers a love for his job but also has to cope with his son’s move to Canada with Baz. There was also a new look for Charlie; gone was his trademark white coat replaced by new dark blue scrubs.
New cast members, as ever, also arrived; including nurse Colette Kierney, anaethestist Tom Harvey and manager Dan Robinson. Spencer, who had a minor role as an alcoholic in the previous series manages to get a job as a porter. Plus paramedics Fin Newton and Melanie Dyson make a bigger impact this series. Receptionist Jack Vincent and student nurse Anna Paul also arrived later in the series. As does Duffy’s husband– her rocky marriage to Andrew leads to an unexpected pregnancy.
There were some notable episodes this series, including two specials; ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ which focused just on the paramedics. ‘We’ve been wanting to experiment with the formula for a long time. Casualty’s been going for 15 years and we wanted to be more adventurous. I always felt more could be done.’ Not all went to plan however, Twiggy was planned to guest star in the episode but fell ill and had to be replaced. Other special was ‘Something from the Heart’ which featured a hotel explosion and guest starred Marina Sirtis.
The Christmas episode ‘Merry Christmas Dr Spiller’ was also popular with viewers which focused on key characters Holly and Patrick. The episode was filmed on a cold location site with fake snow aplenty.
One of the main storylines that hit Casualty this series was the whodunnit stalker storyline of Holly Miles. Constantly been watched, with her flat being broken into, things came to a head and it was discovered that anaesthetist Tom Harvey was her stalker. In the dramatic two-part last episode, ‘Breaking the Spell’, Tom had kidnapped Holly. As the men rushed to find her; Andrew was pushed by Tom down some steps leading to his death and Charlie has to face telling a heavily pregnant Duffy the news. Dan chased Tom to a building top, where Tom then fell to his death. While Patrick resusiciated Holly and Robbie Wiliams ‘Angels’ played appropriately, Holly woke and Patrick cuddled her in his arms.
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