BBC Cancels Casualty 1909?
The BBC has reportedly cancelled period drama series Casualty 1909 according to actress Cherie Lunghi who played Matron Eva Luckes in the historical drama.
The BBC has reportedly cancelled period drama series Casualty 1909. The six-part drama aired on BBC One last year following on from two previous instalments of the Edwardian based series; Casualty 1906 and Casualty 1907. Although sometimes billed as a historical version of Casualty, the period drama is actually set in the London Hospital and based on historical documents from the time – so is not connected to the long-running Bristol based drama at all.
The cancellation of the series was reported by actress Cherie Lunghi who told The Sunday Telegraph “The BBC have suddenly decided that period drama is not their thing. It was doing very well, but they’ve decided not to do any more”. Last years seies of Casualty 1909 averaged over 5 million viewers in its Sunday evening slot. ATV News contacted the BBC earlier this year enquiring if the series had been cancelled but the BBC did not respond.
Casualty 1909 also starred Sarah Smart, Charity Wakefield, Anton Lesser and Nicholas Farrell. Earlier this year the BBC’s controller of drama Ben Stephenson revealed the corporation would produce fewer peroid dramas and would cut back on some of its established shows to concentrate on newer drama’s instead. Casualty 1909 has been released on DVD in a single pack that also contains Casualty 1906 and Casualty 1909.