BBC iPlayer series Back to Ours is back for another special, this time with Casualty actors Cathy Shipton (Duffy) and Derek Thompson (Charlie) looking back at 30 years of the medical saga.
The series, which to date has only featured EastEnders stars, features co-stars in their on screen homes watching their character’s unforgettable moments and sharing behind the scenes stories.
In the new special Derek and Cathy, both original cast members, look back on their Casualty filming days from Bristol to Cardiff and Lapland to Cambodia. Join the pair as they share unique insights into production and funny personal stories from nearly 30 years of working together.
Chatting to Cathy as they take a trip down memory lane, Derek recalls memories from the first series in 1986:-
“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, take it, have it’. What a feller, happy days. I don’t know what my agent was trying to tell me, but just about every show I did for 3 years I got shot in. They keep trying to shoot me; it’s the only way they’ll get me out of the show. They keep trying to kill me off, genuinely.”
Cathy, who re-joined the show in June this year as a regular cast member, adds:-
“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, and you were the union leader.”
Derek also looks back on a guest stint from Kate Winslet in series 7:-
“She was very young, she was exceptional. She worked like hell, and when she was in front of the camera she was so relaxed, so to the point that actually you’d find that those who had a great deal more experience, she’d brought their game up. I’m so pleased she’s so successful.”
A series of six episodes of Back to Ours built up to EastEnders‘ 30th anniversary last year with three more EE themed editions made since that time. The beeb note that, in total, all instalments have received 4.6 million views on BBC iPlayer to date. This new episode of Back to Ours will be available from Saturday 20 August at 6.00pm for 30 days.
Casualty‘s feature-length anniversary special airs Saturday 27 August on BBC One and follows the dramatic series finale cliff-hanger, where Steph (Tonicha Lawrence) had her revenge on Connie (Amanda Mealing) by forcing her off the edge of a cliff in a heated car chase.