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Casualty

Series 33 - Episode 26

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Review

The reason why Casualty and Holby City haven’t had much crossover in 14 years is all down to practicalities. The two shows are filmed in different locations, so when medics talk about going “upstairs” from the ED to the general wards, this actually means travelling from Cardiff to Elstree. But with this being Holby City’s 20th-anniversary year, the writers are getting ambitious: hence the cyber attack that plunges the hospital into crisis and unites familiar faces from both programmes.

Now, if you’re a fan of US medical dramas, you’ll have seen computer hacker plotlines in Grey’s Anatomy, Chicago Med and The Night Shift. So this doesn’t score high marks for originality. But where Casualty succeeds is in its focus on beloved series regulars rather than the technicalities of the IT failures. Witness Connie battling to save Iain in the face of massive obstacles and Sacha’s daughter Beka ending up as a patient thanks to a particularly crunchy car crash caused by her father. Oh – and you have to wait until Tuesday’s Holby City to see how it all resolves.

Summary

The first of a two-part crossover episode. A cyber-attack rocks Holby hospital at the worst possible time, having a devastating impact across several departments, and Connie, Jac, Serena, Ric and Fletch are called to an urgent meeting with Hanssen. Noel fears he may have caused the cyber-attack by clicking on a bogus link claiming he was nominated for an NHS Award. Meanwhile, Ruby learns to trust her instincts as Iain's life hangs in the balance.

Cast & Crew

Ruby Spark Maddy Hill
Iain Dean Michael Stevenson
Connie Beauchamp Amanda Mealing
Elle Gardner Jaye Griffiths
Gem Dean Rebecca Ryan
Dylan Keogh William Beck
David Hide Jason Durr
Jan Jenning Di Botcher
Noel Garcia Tony Marshall
Charlie Fairhead Derek Thompson
Marty Kirkby Shaheen Jafargholi
Rashid Masum Neet Mohan
Jade Lovall Gabriella Leon
Ethan Hardy George Rainsford
Robyn Miller Amanda Henderson
Lisa `Duffy' Duffin Cathy Shipton
Sacha Levy Bob Barrett
Beka Levy Francesca Barrett
Darla Johnstone Naomi Katiyo
Jac Naylor Rosie Marcel
Henrik Hanssen Guy Henry
Ric Griffin Hugh Quarshie
Serena Campbell Catherine Russell
Adrian 'Fletch' Fletcher Alex Walkinshaw
Essie Di Lucca Kaye Wragg
Donna Jackson Jaye Jacobs
Xavier 'Zav' Duval Marcus Griffiths
Cameron Dunn Nic Jackman
Zosia Self Camilla Arfwedson
Nicky McKendrick Belinda Owusu
Director Steve Brett
Producer Rebecca Hedderly
Writer Michelle Lipton
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