Casualty: 30 years of the show celebrated in BBC iPlayer exclusive ‘Back to Ours’

Derek Thompson (Charlie Fairhead) and Cathy Shipton (Lisa “Duffy” Duffin) take a walk down memory lane

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The iPlayer special ‘Back to Ours’ sees Derek and Cathy, two stalwarts of the show, seated side by side on hospital beds and taking a look back at the most memorable moments from the past 30 years of Casualty.

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They talk about some of the storylines, stunts and Hollywood stars that have featured in the show, reminiscing about filming locations ranging from Cardiff to Cambodia.

Thompson, who joined Casualty when the show started in 1986, is one of the only original cast members left. Harking back to the first ever series, he says to Cathy: “Do you remember the wonderful speech that Geraint Morris made after the first read-through? He said “Right, the audition is over, it’s yours now. It’s up to you.” What a fella, happy days.” 

Cathy Shipton, another original cast member who rejoined the show this year after two stints away, recalled: “It did feel like it was going to be a thorn in someone’s side at the start. It caused ructions in the House of Commons. Edwina Currie stood up, there were questions in the House and it was on the front of the Observer. Our show was pro NHS and public service”.

Many well-known actors have passed through the A&E doors at Casualty at one point or another, including Kate Winslet who had a guest role in series 7. Thompson remembers that she was talented even at a young age: “She was exceptional. When she was in front of the camera she was so relaxed. I’m so pleased she’s so successful.”

‘Back to Ours’ is available to watch on iPlayer from Saturday 20 August for 30 days. 

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Casualty’s 30th anniversary episode airs Saturday 27 August