Save the Casualty Five

The following article appeared in 'The People' Newspaper, on Sunday 13th October:

THE CASUALTIES!

THE cast of hit BBC1 hospital drama Casualty were in shock last night after FIVE of its top stars were axed in a bloodbath by bosses. The bombshell came as the BBC decided to bring new blood into the show which has been running for an incredible 17 years.

But one stunned insider said: "Casualty? It's more like a massacre - people are walking around like zombies, they just can't believe it."

The casualty list is:
Charge nurse Lisa "Duffy" Duffin, played by Catherine Shipton, who has starred since the first episode.
Receptionist Jack Vincent (Will Mellor).
Nurse Dillon Cahill (Dan Rymer).
Nurse Colette Kierney (Adjoa Andoh).
A&E assistant Tony Vincent (Lee Warburton).

Our source revealed: "The actors were called in one by one to see the producer and were expecting to discuss scripts or pay rates. "Some came close to tears and now morale has plummeted. Everyone is waiting to see who'll be knifed next."

The show was an instant hit, regularly pulling in 10 million viewers and in 1998, 18 million were tuning in.

Viewing figures are now just eight million - yet big-name stars are still queueing to appear on the show.

Gillian Taylforth, Patsy Kensit and Griff Rhys Jones have all appeared in this series alone - and telly hunk Robson Green launched his career there, playing a porter.

But Beeb bosses fear viewers are becoming bored with the same old faces. An insider said: "The sacked actors will leave throughout the year with big storylines and be replaced with new blood to keep it interesting."

Former Hollyoaks star Will Mellor is believed to have resigned in disgust of the mass axings. No cuts are expected at spin-off show Holby City.

A BBC spokesman confirmed: "It's true but throughout its 17 years Casualty has been invigorated by regular changes of cast."

As I'm sure you can see this is horrendous!! Please do send your thoughts to the BBC and let them know what a huge mistake they are making. I hope to add the address here at some point.

In the meantime, please sign the petition to
SAVE THE CASUALTY FIVE!

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casualty.me.uk/thefive
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