24 Hours in A&E

Series 4 - Episode 4

24 Hours in A&E
Radio Times
Review by:
Claire Webb

“It’s almost like a battle scene,” says consultant Liz, on a day when King’s College Hospital’s casualty will treat 406 patients. Yet it’s the quieter moments that make this series such a joy to watch: the silly conversations in the waiting area, the words of comfort whispered in cubicles, the candid interviews with the patients and their families. Tonight we meet an octogenarian who suffers from Alzheimer’s and has fallen for the second time in two months, and learn how her doting husband accidentally proposed over half a century ago. 

A 75 year-old rushed in with a suspected heart attack banters with the nurse and reflects on being an older dad. Out in the waiting area, a young man pokes fun at his little brother and cradles a swollen finger that turns out to be more serious than it looks.

About this programme

4/6. Peggy, 85, arrives at the hospital by ambulance, having injured her knee at home. It's the second time she has fallen in two months and medics want to find out if there's a more serious underlying cause. Meanwhile, the team keeps a close eye on 75-year-old Bob, who has had a suspected heart attack, and Ben, 25, isn't overly concerned by his swollen finger, until a doctor diagnoses cellulitis.

Cast and crew


Executive Producer
Nick Curwin
Executive Producer
Hamo Forsyth
Executive Producer
Jonathan Smith
Series Producer
John Douglas
Series Producer
Jackie Waldock