The Royal

Series 2 - 2. Snakes and Ladders

Snakes and Ladders
× Sky+ customers can now set up recordings and download directly to their Sky+ box using this button.

About this programme

2/6. A teenage boy is brought into the Royal having fallen from a cliff, but it soon emerges that the incident was a suicide attempt as evidence of extreme depression comes to the surface. Dr Cheriton contacts the youngster's psychiatrist, but is taken aback when electroshock therapy is suggested as a form of treatment, so ventures to the family home to recommend an alternative - only for tragedy to strike. Meanwhile, a hypochondriac causes chaos at the hospital when she insists her dog be treated following a snake bite, and a heart-to-heart talk between Drs Weatherill and Ormerod leads to a passionate kiss. Honor Blackman guest stars.

Cast and crew


Dr David Cheriton
Julian Ovenden
Wendy Craig
PC Phil Bellamy
Mark Jordon
Jeffrey Carpenter
Martin Compston
Lizzie Kennoway
Michelle Hardwick
Ken Hopkirk
Michael Starke
Alun Morris
Andy Wear
Nigel Harper
John Axon
Jack Griffin
Christopher Goulding
Sister Brigid
Linda Armstrong
Dr Jill Weatherill
Amy Robbins
Dr Gordon Ormerod
Robert Daws
Staff Nurse Meryl Taylor
Zoie Kennedy
Mr Rose
Denis Lill
Jim Carpenter
Jonathan Magnanti
Alice Carpenter
Carole Cassidy
Dr Arthur Clarkson
Gary Whelan
Bertie Hathaway
Terence Mann
Mrs Lyons
Honor Blackman
Dr Lucy Klein
Polly Maberly


Paul Duane
Ken Horn
Michael Russell