Casualty (series 31) part 02

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The thirty-first series will consist of 45 episodes, with Oliver Kent continuing his role as executive producer, and Erika Hossington remaining as the series producer. Mark Catley, the show's story consultant, was credited as co-executive producer for the first episode only. Kent was appointed Head of Continuing Drama Series for BBC Scripted Studios in late 2016. Simon Harper, the series producer of Holby City, was subsequently appointed acting executive producer of both shows. Harper was promoted to the show's official executive producer on 8 June 2017, with Oliver Kent stepping down from the show after nearly four years.

The feature-length anniversary episode that began the series, aired for 99-minutes on 27 August 2016, and featured a storyline event that connected Casualty with its sister show Holby City, with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales recording a special soundtrack for it at BBC Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff Bay. Plans for the special were teased in August 2014, hinting that the show would do something "no other show had done before". In an interview with What's on TV, Chucky Venn revealed that his character, Jacob Masters, would play "an integral part" in the anniversary special, before further stating that both cast and crew members had nicknamed the anniversary episode as Casualty: The Movie while it was being filmed. Kent later stated that the episode would make the audience "gasp, laugh and cry buckets".

Hossington teased the series finale in an interview with Sophie Dainty of Digital Spy, promising to give viewers "a live experience" without making a live episode. She described the episode as "very, very special and unique" and said it would be "something that the show has never, ever done before." Hossington also promised several stunts, including a "really big falling stunt within the hospital" in the latter half of the series. On 7 February 2017, Digital Spy revealed that a regular character will be killed off in a "shock storyline twist". Further details on the series finale were revealed on 5 April 2017, where it was announced that the episode will be shot in "one take", using a single camera and "forty radio microphones and five boom operators". The finale will be one hour long and will be written by Paul Unwin. Hossington commented on the one shot episode, saying the special episode will "give the audience a unique insight into an hour in A&E". She added that the episode would be "intense" and "emotional".


The thirtieth anniversary episode received an overnight rating of 5.10 million viewers, a 26% share of the total audience. BBC Media Centre later revealed the episode was watched by an audience of 7.20 million viewers.

The anniversary episode received strong praise from fans, who "demanded the show won an award". Radio Times reported that viewers were left "stunned" by the episode, while Digital Spy stated that fans were left in "shock and awe" over the episode. The Daily Mirror reporter Sharon Marshall praised the episode, branding it as a "pitch-perfect episode mixing gore, heartache, drama and nostalgia". Marshall added that the episode "showcased what Casualty does best – beautiful writing and a stellar cast who grab your heartstrings," before concluding her review by praising the episode as being able to make the show "look as fresh and exciting as the day it was born." However, the show also received criticism, with the episode being branded "insensitive" by the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

On 25 January 2017, Casualty was awarded Best Drama at the annual National Television Awards. Commenting on the win, series creator Kathleen Hutchison said: "Thank you, this is absolutely wonderful, we are completely overwhelmed - it was a very strong category. A wonderful way to celebrate our 30th anniversary. And thank you all for keeping us there, thank you." The show was shortlisted against Cold Feet, Game of Thrones, Happy Valley and The Night Manager. Hossington said the reaction to the win was "electric" and it had "a huge impact on everybody". She added that the show's team were "so chuffed that the sheer love and hard work that they put into the show has been appreciated by the audience and the fans". It was announced on 11 April 2017 that Casualty had been nominated for a BAFTA under the Soap & Continuing Drama category. Other nominations in the category include EastEnders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks. Casualty missed out on the award, with Emmerdale winning instead.

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