Casualty keeps viewers in suspense with one-shot episode
The hospital drama tried a new approach.
Casualty fans were on the edge of their seats for the first ever one-shot episode of the hospital drama.
Viewers were taken on a one-hour journey through the BBC One show’s A&E department, following in the footsteps of Nurse Lisa “Duffy” Duffin (Cathy Shipton) as she guided teenage work experience visitors Chloe and Diamond.
A cable-free camera and 360-degree shots captured everything from hospital wards to the inside of a moving ambulance in just one single scene.
Fans of the BBC One series thought that the unusual episode had worked brilliantly.
One tweeted: “Nah, but let’s just appreciate @BBCCasualty for actually even attempting that! That was phenomenal.”
Someone else added: “An incredible episode to end an incredible series!! So, so proud!! #CasualtyOne”
An incredible episode to end an incredible series!! So, so proud!! #CasualtyOne— M♡ (@MiniMealingxo) July 29, 2017
Another agreed: “#CasualtyOne Awesome episode, brilliant acting. Made you feel part of it. Congrats to all who made it happen.”
#CasualtyOne Awesome episode, brilliant acting. Made you feel part of it. Congrats to all who made it happen— Julie Hall (@JulesH0410) July 29, 2017
People were impressed by the realistic take on what hospital staff face at work.
A viewer tweeted: “Tonight’s #Casualty really showed a representation of the physical & emotional stresses in our NHS & hospitals.”
Someone else agreed: “That episode captured the real struggles and huge challenges of a busy ED beautifully.”
That episode captured the real struggles and huge challenges of a busy ED beautifully #CasualtyOne— paige in a pear tree (@amandaftconnie) July 29, 2017
However, some viewers complained that the innovative filming had an unpleasant effect.
One tweeted: “My goodness! How good was #CasualtyOne ! A bit dizzy vision but was excellent x”
My goodness! How good was #CasualtyOne ! A bit dizzy vision but was excellent x— Joanne Howey (@Elscajewel) July 29, 2017
Another wrote: “Finding #CasualtyOne hard to watch! Givin me a headache.”
Finding #CasualtyOne hard to watch! Givin me a headache 🤕— Lauren 💁🏼 (@laurenmills7) July 29, 2017
Fans were worried about how they would fill their Saturday nights after the series finale.
One wrote: “Casualty will return in three weeks” this is not okay.”
Another complained: “Now #CasualtyOne is over. What do we do next week, and the week after….”
Commenting on her role in the episode, which concludes the show’s 30th anniversary series, Shipton said: “It is so exciting and nerve-wracking to be working on this episode and unlike anything any of us cast or crew have ever attempted before.
“It is a brilliant fly-on-the-wall episode in real time, placing nurses central in the storyline. It will become a classic Casualty.”