BBC issue clarification following reports of Casualty being axed after 38 years

After reports surfaced about Casualty being scrapped after 38 years on-air, the BBC has put an end to speculation and has issued a clarification on the rumours. A spokesperson for the BBC told the Northern Echo: “Casualty isn’t going anywhere. The latest recommission is simply part of the normal business cycle.”

The news was first reported on Saturday morning when The Sun stated that the long-running medical show only had two series left on air. A source told the publication: “Never mind on life support, it feels like Casualty has now received its death warrant.

“The official messaging is that all is well because the show was recently recommissioned for two more years. But when that new round of contracts were signed, the feedback was ‘two years, then we’re done.’

“To be honest, no one was very surprised. The writing has been on the wall for a while now.” The cast and crew are currently filming the 39th series of the BBC show, with the milestone 40th series being reported to be its last.

The source continued: “Casualty films three to four months in advance, so it’s business as usual for now as they crack on with series 39.

“38 will end in July, and then, all being well, the new episodes will continue to air from there.

“But the general word to everyone was ‘two more years then bye’ and ‘we’ve got two more years.’”

“The contracts are rolling, so they don’t have an expiry date on them, so you never know, things could be extended again.”

 

A mid-series break was implemented, meaning Casualty was off-air from September 16 until December 30.

A whole host of famous faces have starred in the drama over the years, including Christopher Eccleston, Kate Winslet and Orlando Bloom.

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