The 30th anniversary of Casualty will be marked with what the BBC are billing as “an action-packed, high adrenaline feature-length film”.
Old faces and current Holby City cast members are set to guest star in the episode as the emergency department regulars deal with the fall out from “a bigger than ever dramatic and shocking stunt that will hit the very heart of the hospital”.
Fans can expect key Casualty characters being put in peril as Holby’s Jac (Rosie Marcel), Hanssen (Guy Henry) and Fletch (Alex Wakinshaw) are drafted in to help.
The big birthday instalment will also see stalwart nurse Charlie (Derek Thompson) notch up 30 years of service to the NHS, but his shift will not prove to be a smooth ride.
In an unusual move for Casualty, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales will also record a special soundtrack for the episode at their home in Cardiff Bay.
Derek Thompson – who has played Charlie since the series’ inception – said of the show’s anniversary: “From day one of filming Casualty in 1986, I’ve been so proud of its true-to-life storytelling, representing everything the NHS stands for.
“I’ve been a part of a few anniversaries over the years, but this really feels like a significant moment in British television history.”
Executive producer Oliver Kent added: “Casualty’s 30th anniversary episode is a huge celebration of everything that the show does best. The episode, titled Too Old For This Shift, written by Matthew Barry and Andy Bayliss, and directed by Steve Hughes, is a feature-length action movie which will make the audience gasp, laugh and cry buckets.
“There will be plenty of surprises for the audience, including some old faces that they won’t have seen for a while. Best of all, it has the incredible Charlie Fairhead centre stage.”