Casualty (series 5)

Casualty (series 5)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of episodes13
Original networkBBC One
Original release7 September (1990-09-07) –
7 December 1990 (1990-12-07)
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The fifth series of the British medical drama television series Casualty commenced airing in the United Kingdom on BBC One on 7 September 1990 and finished on 7 December 1990.[1]



The fifth series of Casualty features a cast of characters working in the emergency department of Holby City Hospital.[2] The series began with 6 roles with star billing. Derek Thompson continues his role as charge nurse Charlie Fairhead, Cathy Shipton stars as sister Lisa "Duffy" Duffin, and Brenda Fricker appears as state enrolled nurse Megan Roach. Geoffrey Leesley and Ian Bleasdale portrays paramedics Keith Cotterill and Josh Griffiths, while Robson Green plays porter Jimmy Powell.[3]

Nigel Le Vaillant, Mamta Kaash, Patrick Robinson, Maggie McCarthy and Eamon Boland joined the cast in episode one as registrar Julian Chapman, senior house officer Beth Ramanee, staff nurse Martin "Ash" Ashford, receptionist Helen Green and social worker Tony Walker.[3] Caroline Webster debuted in episode two as paramedic Jane Scott.[3] Boland left the series in episode ten and McCarthy departed in episode fifteen.[3] Leesley and Fricker chose to leave the series after three years and four years on the show respectively. Leesley made his final appearance in episode five and Fricker departed in episode fifteen.[3]


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
531"Penalty"Michael Owen MorrisGinnie Hole7 September 1990 (1990-09-07)
A riot at a football match causes a hectic first day for new members of staff, registrar Julian Chapman (Nigel Le Vaillant), staff nurse Martin "Ash" Ashford (Patrick Robinson) and senior house officer Beth Ramanee (Mamta Kaash). One girl requires an emergency tracheotomy, while a mother is trampled to death in the mayhem. State enrolled nurse Megan Roach (Brenda Fricker) arrives late for her shift after the funeral of her husband, Ted Roach (Nigel Anthony). Meanwhile, paramedic Keith Cotterill (Geoffrey Leesley) delivers twins.
542"Results"Andrew MorganBen Aaronovitch14 September 1990 (1990-09-14)
Keith and new paramedic Jane Scott (Caroline Webster) have their drugs case stolen by drug addicts Melissa (Linda Davidson) and Mike (Jay Simpson). Mike is admitted to A&E after injecting atropine. A young student, Alex (Ben Porter), dies from alcohol poisoning after celebrating passing his exams. An out of control lorry throws a man, Henry Carpenter (Geoffrey Bateman), through an office window. He dies in CRASH. Charge nurse Charlie Fairhead (Derek Thompson) is depressed after discovering his friend collapsed and died while recovering with a broken leg.
553"Close to Home"Alan WareingJim Hill21 September 1990 (1990-09-21)
Charlie is feeling low following his best friend's death. Julian is tactless but later apologises. Megan is charmed by social worker, Tony Walker (Eamon Boland), who saves her when she is attacked by her neighbour who is neglecting her small son. Two firemen, Ralph Peters (Pete Postlethwaite) and Eddy (Kevin O'Donohoe), are injured after a wall collapses on them. Porter Jimmy Powell (Robson Green) spends most of the shift searching for a stolen briefcase belonging to Mr. Parish (Mark Kingston), admitted after collapsing. On finding it, he is surprised that it contains women's clothing.
564"Street Life"Jim HillIan Briggs28 September 1990 (1990-09-28)
Sister Lisa "Duffy" Duffin (Cathy Shipton) spots hepatitis B symptoms in prostitute Jenny Munro (Denise Black), who has human bite marks. Jenny refuses to take Duffy's advice to stay; Jenny is later brought in dead on arrival after being beaten up. Megan worries about two homeless teenage girls, Imogen Wyatt (Robin Weaver) and Nikki (Amelia Shankley), one stabbed in the arm by squatters and the other, seriously ill from a paracetamol overdose. A tyrannical old mother, a young man with a sex-mad girlfriend and the husband of a heart patient who is sicker than his wife are also admitted.
575"Hiding Place"Jim HillTony Etchells5 October 1990 (1990-10-05)
Charlie witnesses a lorry crushing a man on his way to work. He goes with him in the ambulance, but the man dies in CRASH. A former boxer, Jack Morris (John Bardon), uses his old skills on hooligans on a bus but ends up with broken ribs. Beth and Julian clash over the treatment of a drug addict, while a hoaxer poses as a doctor to steal tranquillisers. Tony tempts Megan with a trip to Paris and when Ash warns Megan that Tony is married, she states that she is aware.
586"Salvation"Michael Owen MorrisRobin Mukherjee12 October 1990 (1990-10-12)
A girl's legs become crushed when youths race in cars along a dark country road. A father's religious sect opposes dialysis for his daughter, despite the pleas of the mother and an angry Julian. Finally, the father relents. Charlie lets a drunk person sleep on a cubicle bed, much to Julian and Ash's disapproval. When another supposed drunk person is admitted, Charlie sends him to join the other drunk person, but Jimmy calls the alarm when they find out he is a diabetic, who's had a hypo. Porter Harry (Barrie Gosney) is treated by Beth after falling ill. As Beth treats him, he arrests and dies in CRASH.
597"Say it With Flowers"Alan WareingRona Munro19 October 1990 (1990-10-19)
A girl ends up in A&E after being assaulted by a minicab driver. Duffy draws on her own rape experience to advise her. An old woman collapses in the street and Megan and Beth discover she's carrying several thousand pounds in her handbag. When Charlie begins to drink heavily, Megan warns him of the risks of drinking.
608"Love's a Pain"Andrew MorganSam Snape26 October 1990 (1990-10-26)
A doting grandfather climbs a ladder to retrieve a frisbee from the roof for a young boy. He topples backwards crushing the boy who dies in CRASH. Julian's skills save a knifed taxi driver. Police arrest a patient, Gordon Robinson (Patrick Drury), after attacking the lover of his wife, Diane Robinson (Carolyn Pickles). The lover later dies of a brain haemorrhage. Duffy finds it tough being a single mum and when her babysitter cancels, she is forced to bring her baby son, Peter, to work.
619"A Will to Die"Michael BrayshawChristopher Penfold2 November 1990 (1990-11-02)
A man secretly meets his wife's best friend for sex on a canal barge but after an explosion caused by a gas leak, she is left horrifically burned. An anorexic girl is admitted with her bossy mother but overdoses in the department toilets and dies in CRASH. Beth treats a young remand prisoner who has been beaten up and discovers he has also been raped. Duffy's childcare issues continue.
6210"Big Boys Don't Cry"Jenny KillickGinnie Hole9 November 1990 (1990-11-09)
Paramedics Josh Griffiths (Ian Bleasdale) and Lily (Susan Colverd) find a dead elderly man and his crazed son, who menaces them with a butcher's knife. Later, he threatens Jimmy in the same way before being arrested. The team battle to save Miles Philpott (Jeremy Rampling), a schoolboy who tried to hang himself at school after being bullied. Beth argues and proves to paediatric registrar Esther Macauley (Tessa Peake-Jones) that a bruised baby is not being abused but has brittle bones.
6311"Remembrance"Michael Owen MorrisRobin Mukherjee16 November 1990 (1990-11-16)
Jimmy's latest girlfriend, a student nurse, is admitted after a night of drink-and-drug-taking. Jimmy is suspended when the nurse falsely tells Julian that Jimmy stole the drugs from the department for her. A racist warehouse foreman and a worker are admitted after inhaling chlorine fumes; they survive due to their Sri-Lankan skivvy saving them. A man brings in his difficult mother and asks Julian to end her life.
6412"All's Fair"Alan WareingStephen Wyatt30 November 1990 (1990-11-30)
A teenage girl refuses to admit why she tried to kill herself but her older sister informs Megan that their widower father has been sexually abusing the girl. Julian's weekend "war games" are halted when his gaming partner is admitted with an injured ankle. Diabetic Ash helps another diabetic, while Duffy considers joining a nursing agency.
6513"A Reasonable Man"Andrew MorganBarbara Machin7 December 1990 (1990-12-07)
A schizophrenic man arrives after a road accident but it transpires he has murdered his wife's friend. He panics at the sight of a policeman and pulls a gun from a briefcase, taking Megan hostage in CRASH. He insists that a porter − Charlie wearing Jimmy's uniform − takes out a dead body on a trolley. Megan remains calm but when the police and the man's wife shout, the man panics and fires the gun, wounding Charlie in the chest.


  1. ^ IMDB Casualty Series 5
  2. ^ Pryer, Emma (25 June 2016). "Casualty celebrates 1,000 episodes, 30 years and 2,500 gallons of fake blood". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Series 5 (1990)". BBC. Retrieved 21 July 2016.

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