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Series 33 is the 33rd series of Casualty and commenced airing on 11 August 2018. Filming for the series' first episode likely took place in spring 2018. This series is set to comprise 47 episodes, the highest number of episodes in a series since series 28. In November 2018, new titles were introduced.

In February 2019, it was revealed that the 26th episode of the series would be the first part of a two-part crossover with sister show Holby City - the first since December 2005.[1]

The beginning of the series saw the departure of paramedic Sam Nicholls, portrayed by Charlotte Salt. In November, Gabriella Leon and Shaheen Jafargholi joined the main cast as student nurses Jade Lovall and Marty Kirkby respectively. Over three years after her first appearance on the show, Chelsea Halfpenny made her final appearance as registrar Alicia Munroe. Four episodes later, Azuka Oforka departed from her role as senior staff nurse Louise Tyler, over six years after her arrival during the show's 27th series. In February 2019, the show's spring trailer revealed that Genesis Lynea and Jack Nolan would join the cast as Archie Hudson and Will Noble respectively; they made their first appearances on the show the following month. In April, Neet Mohan, who portrayed junior doctor Rashid Masum, temporarily departed from the show, and it was announced that Amanda Mealing would take a break from portraying consultant Connie Beauchamp. In May, it was revealed that after three years on the show, Jaye Griffiths would make her final appearance as Elle Gardner later that month.[2]

Series guest appearances

The series opener saw the introduction of Max Parker as recovering drug addict Alasdair "Base" Newman. Di Botcher continued her role as senior paramedic Jan Jenning, a role she started in the previous series; Rebecca Ryan also continued her role as porter Gem Dean, who first appeared in the show's 31st series. Also continuing into series 33 was Blake Gardner, portrayed by Kai Thorne.

In June, it was announced that Sharon Gless would return as neurosurgeon Zsa Zsa Harper-Jenkinson.[3] In August, it was revealed that Ellen Thomas would appear as Omo Masters, the mother of nurse Jacob Masters.[4] Later that month, a trailer was released, revealing that Brian Carroll, portrayed by Matthew Marsh, would make another appearance on the show; his last appearance was during the show's 30th series in 2016.[5]

Episode 2 saw Belinda Stewart-Wilson reprise her role as Ciara Cassidy; she had previously appeared earlier that year in March. The following episode saw the final appearance of Joe Gaminara as foundation doctor Eddie McAllister after a long storyline which saw his character rape registrar Alicia Munroe. In the same episode, Clive Wood made his first appearance as Bill Crowthers who would later become involved in a storyline surrounding Charlie Fairhead and Lisa "Duffy" Duffin. Buckso Dhillon-Woolley reappeared as Madia Masum; she would make an additional appearance in episode 9.

Episode 5 saw the first appearance of Ciara Cassidy's estranged husband Joel Dunns, portrayed by Gyuri Sarossy. Chris Gordon also joined the show as drug dealer Ross West. In episode 7, Sujaya Dasgupta and Jennifer Hulman made their first appearances as Jamila Vani and Rachael Crowthers respectively. Gareth David-Lloyd made his first appearance as Joshua Bowers in episode 12. In the subsequent episode, Paul Barber joined the show as homeless patient Ernest Maxwell.

In episode 22, Amy Noble reprised her role as DC Kate Wilkinson, a character who had appeared on-off since 2015. In February 2019, it was announced via a tweet from Charles Venn that Ellen Thomas would make reprise her role as Omo Masters later that year.[6] . In episode 23, Sacharissa Claxton made her first appearance as Lilley Maxwell. The following week, Siân Reeves returned as Kim Harrison; she last appeared in the series 31 episode "Binge Britain".

On 20 February, the full cast list for the first part of the crossover with Holby City was released, revealing that 14 characters from the show would make a guest appearance, including former Casualty regular Adrian "Fletch" Fletcher, portrayed by Alex Walkinshaw.[7]

Cast

For a listing of character appearances in this series, see Character appearances#Series 33.

Main characters

Recurring/Guest characters

Episodes

Episode Series Episode Centric character Original airdate
1093 1 Episode 1 Iain 11 August 2018
Iain and Ruby tend to Mia, a suicidal frequent flyer, who claims to have taken an overdose. Iain assesses her and deems her not to be at immediate risk of harming herself and takes a call from Alicia's house. However, on their way to the hospital, Iain swerves to avoid Mia, as she jumps from a footbridge, and causes the ambulance and multiple other vehicles to crash. After the ambulance team and the fire service manage to free survivors from the wreckage, a fuel tanker explodes. At the ED, Ethan asks Alicia why she didn't come to him for support after her rape. After a talk with Duffy, he tells Alicia that he will be there for her. At the ambulance station, Sam fights for her life after shrapnel from the explosion nicks her liver. Iain finds her bleeding out and desperately tries to save her, but she soon succumbs to her injuries.

Note: This episode marks the death of paramedic Sam Nicholls (Charlotte Salt).

1094 2 Episode 2 Iain 18 August 2018
In the aftermath of Sam and Mia's deaths, Iain confesses to Jan that he omitted Mia's threat of self-harm from her clinical record; she warns him that he could be fired. They get Ruby on board with their version of events, but when she considers telling the truth in her statement, Iain admonishes her. However, after an encounter with two internet pranksters who witnessed Mia's suicide, he decides to admit to his mistake and is promptly suspended. Meanwhile, Connie warns the senior staff of the possibility of a CQC investigation. Dylan throws himself into work and ends up treating a friend of Ciara Cassidy, a woman he met at an AA meeting. When she begins to suffer the consequences of going cold turkey, he promises to look after her and, in the process, guarantees an investigation after she breaches the four-hour rule. Elsewhere, Jacob tries to console Blake once he learns of Sam's death.

Note: This episode marks the final appearance of paramedic Sam Nicholls (Charlotte Salt).

1095 3 Episode 3 Alicia 25 August 2018
Alicia returns to work, following the crash, and is made medical lead for the shift. Later, she attends Eddie's plea hearing and tells him that, if he pleads not guilty, she will delight in putting what happened on their night together on public record; he chooses to plead guilty. Back at the ED, Connie is pleased when Alicia tells her that she wants to specialise in paediatrics. Meanwhile, Dylan receives a letter from human resources asking him to clear out Sam's locker, and he asks Jacob to help. That evening, he and Ciara share a passionate kiss and decide to spend the night together. When his parents decide to go away together, Rash invites Gem over, but their intimacy is interrupted as they unexpectedly return. Elsewhere, Duffy reunites with an old friend.
1096 4 Episode 4 Iain 1 September 2018
1097 5 Episode 5 Dylan 15 September 2018
1098 6 Episode 6 Dylan 22 September 2018
1099 7 Episode 7 Ruby 29 September 2018
1100 8 Episode 8 Jacob 6 October 2018
1101 9 Episode 9 Dylan 13 October 2018
1102 10 Episode 10 Dylan 20 October 2018
1103 11 Episode 11 Iain 27 October 2018
1104 12 Episode 12 Louise 3 November 2018
Note: This episode marks the first appearance of student nurse Jade Lovall (Gabriella Leon).
1105 13 Episode 13 Dylan 17 November 2018
Note: This episode marks the first appearance of student nurse Marty Kirkby (Shaheen Jafargholi). New titles are introduced.
1106 14 Episode 14 Dylan 24 November 2018
1107 15 Episode 15 Iain 1 December 2018
1108 16 Episode 16 Charlie 8 December 2018
1109 17 Episode 17 Dylan 22 December 2018
1110 18 Episode 18 Iain 5 January 2019
1111 19 Episode 19 Alicia 12 January 2019
1112 20 Episode 20 Alicia 19 January 2019
Note: This episode marks the final appearance of registrar Alicia Munroe (Chelsea Halfpenny).
1113 21 Episode 21 Iain 26 January 2019
1114 22 Episode 22 Iain 2 February 2019
1115 23 Episode 23 Louise 9 February 2019
1116 24 Episode 24 Louise 16 February 2019
Note: This episode marks the final appearance of senior staff nurse Louise Tyler (Azuka Oforka).
1117 25 Episode 25 Iain 23 February 2019
1118 26 Episode 26 Ruby 2 March 2019
Note: This episode is part one of a crossover with Holby City.
1119 27 Episode 27 Gem 9 March 2019
1120 28 Episode 28 Archie 23 March 2019
Note: This episode marks the first appearance of registrar Archie Hudson (Genesis Lynea).
1121 29 Episode 29 Will 30 March 2019
Note: This episode marks the first appearance of registrar Will Noble (Jack Nolan).
1122 30 Episode 30 Charlie 6 April 2019
1123 31 Episode 31 Connie 13 April 2019
Note: Guest appearance of Adrian "Fletch" Fletcher (Alex Walkinshaw).
1124 32 Episode 32 Will 20 April 2019
Note: This episode marks the temporary departure of junior doctor Rashid Masum (Neet Mohan).
1125 33 Episode 33 Iain 27 April 2019
1126 34 Episode 34 Iain 4 May 2019
1127 35 Episode 35 Will 11 May 2019
1128 36 Episode 36 Elle 25 May 2019
Note: This episode marks the final appearance of consultant Elle Gardner (Jaye Griffiths).
1129 37 Episode 37 TBC 1 June 2019

References

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