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Casualty 1900s [DVD]

Cherie Lunghi , Nicholas Farrell , Bryn Higgins , Mark Brozel    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Cherie Lunghi, Nicholas Farrell, William Houston, David Troughton, Charity Wakefield
  • Directors: Bryn Higgins, Mark Brozel
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 20 July 2009
  • Run Time: 600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ATVD8M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,383 in Film & TV (See Top 100 in Film & TV)

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Product Description

Casualty 1906, 1907& 1909
All ten episodes of the acclaimed historical hospital drama.

“Classy Sunday-evening drama”--Daily Telegraph

Featuring true cases, characters and events taken from the London Hospital records, nurse's ward diaries and intimate memoirs, these gritty medical series show the lives – and forbidden romances – of pioneering doctors and nurses a hundred years ago.

Run with a will of iron by formidable Matron Eva Luckes, the hospital in London’s poverty-stricken East End deals with anything from infectious diseases like syphilis, pneumonia and tuberculosis to shocking injuries of the times such as self-abortion injuries, victims of anarchist bombings and an East End gang member wounded in a shooting.

For the volunteer nurses and doctors – including Nurse Russell, Dr Culpin, Nurse Bennett, Dr Walton and the surgeons Hurry Fenwick and cocaine-addicted Dr Dean – work is tough and relentless. Relationships between staff might be strictly forbidden, but romance continues to blossom away from the Matron’s gaze.

In a time of great change, the hospital constantly faces up to the future. Pioneering radiographers work with the perilous x-ray equipment, chloroform is scandalously introduced as an anaesthetic and the use of revolutionary new electro-mechanical devices are instigated.

Equally gritty and heart-warming, these series bring the Edwardian hospital compellingly to life – illuminating the dramas and romances of a fascinating medical era.

Product Description

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Box Set, Interactive Menu, Multi-DVD Set, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: All ten episodes of the acclaimed historical hospital drama. Featuring true cases, characters and events taken from the London Hospital records, nurse's ward diaries and intimate memoirs, these gritty medical series show the lives - and forbidden romances - of pioneering doctors and nurses a hundred years ago. Run with a will of iron by formidable Matron Eva Luckes, the hospital in London's poverty-stricken East End deals with anything from infectious diseases like syphilis, pneumonia and tuberculosis to shocking injuries of the times such as self-abortion injuries, victims of anarchist bombings and an East End gang member wounded in a shooting. For the volunteer nurses and doctors - including Nurse Russell, Dr Culpin, Nurse Bennett, Dr Walton and the surgeons Hurry Fenwick and cocaine-addicted Dr Dean - work is tough and relentless. Relationships between staff might be strictly forbidden, but romance continues to blossom away from the Matron's gaze. In a time of great change, the hospital constantly faces up to the future. Pioneering radiographers work with the perilous x-ray equipment, chloroform is scandalously introduced as an anaesthetic and the use of revolutionary new electro-mechanical devices are instigated. Equally gritty and heart-warming, these series bring the Edwardian hospital compellingly to life - illuminating the dramas and romances of a fascinating medical era. ...Casualty 1900s - Complete Series - 4-DVD Box Set ( London Hospital ) ( Casualty 1906 / Casualty 1907 / Casualty 1909 )


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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely addictive 20 July 2009
Format:DVD
Casualty 1900s is a brilliant series that takes place in the London hospital in the early 20th century, when medical science was still developing. The storylines are based on real events recorded in diaries, notebooks and police reports. This is a period drama with a difference, as it focuses on the lives of the poor, immigrants, doctors, nurses and police. There is plenty of action, drama, suspense, humour and brilliant acting that make it addictive viewing. You can't help but care about the characters involved, the nurses and doctors who literally dedicate their lives to helping others. Although I love programmes like Cranford and Lark Rise, Casualty 1900s is unique because it focuses on city life, and is an original drama, and you learn a lot about this fascinating time in history just by watching each episode. This DVD is brilliant because it combines the latest series, Casualty 1909 with the earlier series, Casualty 1907 and the one-off special Casualty 1906. Definately recommended.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Formidable ! 2 Jan 2010
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If, like me, you missed out on some of these fantastic authentic historical-educational-medical-romantic romps but really enjoyed the odd episode you tuned into, then this dvd is a real must! Be reasurred, ALL 10 episodes have the same quality of production standards as that little gem of an epiosde you caught on the hop. What's really nice is having a complete series in a shelf-freindly pack. It's the bbc showing off it's greatest asset - historical costume drama second to none. Nice to have some authentic historical interest running through the series. TV should have been the greatest educational tool ever - this series sits on the shelf with pride and is perfect for those stay-in evenings! There are no extras, which might disappoint some fans of certain actors, but there are subtitles and the picture quality of this box set is very high grade. Highly recommended.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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I am a fan of most good Victorian era dramas set in England and this one doesn't disappoint. The casting, writing, and acting are all very good, but of course the BBC does historical drama like no one else. There is no attempt to gloss over the grittiness and difficulty of life during this period in the East End of London and it is rather educational without the educational feel. There is just something about the fact that it is based on actual events that makes it especially intriguing. I only wish there were twice as many episodes, but it is a good value as is and one I will watch repeatedly.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deserves wider appreciation 27 Dec 2010
By prfb
Format:DVD
Never heard of this one in the USA: found it by accident on Amazon.uk.

It is fascinating! Extremely well done; very high production values; good acting and intelligently written scripts tell interesting stories and provide food for thought. (As you may have heard, American health care is still basically trapped where this series plays out: if you can't pay up, you can only throw yourself on "charity.")

My whole family watched these episodes with rapt attention and wondered if any more might be forthcoming. What a pity we have to have a special DVD player to see it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action and Accuracy - a must see! 30 Aug 2009
By MedPed
Format:DVD
"ER" or "Casulaty" in a historical setting, where the stories are based on hospital records; personal memoirs or newspaper clippings. You follow the staff at the the Royal London Hospital around the clock and during various events. The nurses are supposed to live like nuns - remain unmarried; live within the hospital walls and be on constant call. They have to dress in corsets; large aprons; starched collars and caps. The doctors at the London are men only, although women doctors were allowed at the time, but not at the London. No romancing between nurses and doctors is allowed. If an attraction should occur, the nurse has to leave the hospital. The population is from London's East End; the poorest of the poor; many immigrants from all parts of the world. The main problem is not disease itself, but poverty and lack of knowledge - very much a similar situation to a developing country of today, but this is London only 100 years ago. There are no antibiotics; x-rays are just started to be used as a diagnostic tool. The different stories are brought to life by excellent actors portraying, not only the personal aspects of life, but also professional dilemmas, which someone working in a hospital setting today can easily relate to. As always with BBC the set production is fantastic! I couldn't stop - I just watched all the episodes in one go and recommend everybody else to do the same!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Casualty 1900's 9 Sep 2012
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This is a great work, well written, well acted and hopefully authentic as it claims. I began watching it through Amazon videos and was so taken emotionally and every other way over the stories and medicine generally at that time and in that particular hospital/district-I purchased the DVDs-- so I could also access subtitles which invariably fill in the gaps for me with any film. I was stunned by the desire to HELP the poor. One line in the film I always think about "I have so much and they are denied everything"..I am an American, which doesn't mean too much -- but in my entire life, I have seen very little poverty,hunger and total desperation up close. The Saul Landau character just tripped me out, kudos to Adrian McCardle [I think that is his name] "You have to open your eyes to open your mind"..Believe it or not, I had to find out if that character was real or not -- I found OUR own Saul Landau as a result, a very leftist zealot, writer of lots of books of which I now own five (5) because of this movie. I am so glad I can purchase British films via Amazon UK, Early on I purchased a multi regional DVD player so I would be able to watch British and ? films - so many aren't set up for USA 'whatever' here. God Bless the Internet!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars THEN AND NOW
A totally absorbing account on how hospitals worked to serve the nation in years gone bye. Poverty and hardship made no difference to the dedicated people who served medicine under... Read more
Published 2 days ago by An Old Greybeard
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Quality Drama!
Nobody does costume drama better than the BBC. Their period dramas are of consistently high quality and Casualty 1900's is no exception. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kee Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT EXCELLENT EXCELLENT
As you might guess - I though this set was GREAT. Factually and historically based and riveting. In the 1950s, my wife was hospitalised and looking at this 50 years before that we... Read more
Published 6 months ago by D
5.0 out of 5 stars The PAST brought to Life!
This series combines several intermittent sets of programmes recreating from original documents, records and diaries, life in the London Hospital in 1906-10. Read more
Published 7 months ago by jim honeybun
5.0 out of 5 stars Casualty DVD
Bought this for my daughter who is a modern nurse although she loved this programme. DVD arrived promptly and perfectly packed very pleased
Published 8 months ago by CAROLE A GILLARD
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
What i love in British quality dramas is the exelence of the characters No other country's actors Can match the brits.
Just sad that it ended
Published 8 months ago by Ole Jepsen
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
thanks for the opportunity to purchase this dvd , I can not give too much of a review as its a Christmas present for some one but im sure it will be loved
Published 9 months ago by bernard.richmond
5.0 out of 5 stars Casualty 1900 DVD
% stars. A fascinating glimpse at turn of the last century medicine, long before the NHS. The story lines are truly touching and the scenes of poverty in the East end are terrible. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bill Crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic series
Very good acting and interesting dramas.Love it. It is interesting to see how they did things back then. I would reccomend.
Published 9 months ago by M. D. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Casualty 1900s
I give this five stars because the acting is excellent, the times are portrayed wonderfully well. and I would recommend this dvd to everyone, especially because the episodes are... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Marilyn Paul
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