24 Hours in A&E

Series 5 - Episode 3

24 Hours in A&E
Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

One of the things that marks out 24 Hours in A&E is its treatment of old people. It’s not an area where television always does a great job, but in this series we often get interesting, complicated older characters who you can’t help noticing seem a lot more appreciative of the treatment they receive than some younger patients.

Eighty-nine-year-old Alyce – this episode's star – is a good example. Her medical story is undramatic (she’s had a fall and is feeling rotten) but her general wit and warmth are a joy. There’s also excellent light relief in the form of Dylan (6) and his mischievous sister Daisy, who take to playing with the medical equipment in their cubicle. Stick around for the very funny payoff at the end.

About this programme

3/8. Doctors run tests on 89-year-old Alyce, who has been brought to King's by ambulance after falling near her home, and 23-year-old groom-to-be Sean is examined following an epileptic seizure lasting most of the night. Meanwhile, John, 57, has suffered bouts of delirium as a result of liver disease and may have developed hepatitis C after experimenting with drugs 40 years ago. John is learning to live with the consequences of his actions and trying to spend as much time as he can with his son Sean, who has a terminal brain disorder.

Cast and crew


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