The popular BBC medical drama Casualty is turning 35 this week and Welshman Charles Dale is making a return for the hour-long episode.
Beginning in 1986 Casualty has taken a prime time Saturday night TV slot on BBC1 for 35 years and created many memorable characters along the way.
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The drama is filmed at the BBC Roath Lock studio in Cardiff and has created many memorable characters such as Staff Nurse Duffy, played by Cathy Shipton, and nurse Charlie Fairhead played by Derek Thompson who has remained in the programme from the very first series and a list of stars who went on to further success including Tom Hiddleston and Kate Winslet.
Now the programme is celebrating its 35th birthday with a feature-length episode that will air on Saturday, August 14th on BBC1, and loveable Welsh porter ‘Big Mac’ played by Charles Dale is making a return for the episode that will go back in time.
Charles Dale left the show in June 2016 after his character became addicted to drugs and started stealing from the hospital’s pharmacy.
Big Mac who appeared in the programme for nine years, was known for his close and tight-knit friendship with receptionist Noel Garcia, played by Tony Marshall, with the pair getting up to a lot of mischief together.
Tony Marshall is also making a return for the anniversary special after his tragic death in the show earlier this year meaning that Big Mac and Noel will be back together again.
The special will take the cast back in time as another character, Cal Knight played by Richard Windsor, is also making a return and two new characters will also be introduced.
The Casualty 35th anniversary special will air at 8.45 pm on Saturday, August 14th on BBC One.
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