Casualty 1900s 2009

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All ten episodes of the BBC historical drama series set in a London hospital in the first decade of the 20th century. Based on true cases, characters and events taken from hospital records, the series explores the lives and pioneering medical practices of doctors and nurses 100 years ago. Cherie Lunghi stars as formidable hospital matron Eva Luckes.

Starring:
Nicholas Farrell, Charity Wakefield
Rental Formats:
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Discs
  • Casualty 1900s - Disc 1 ages_15_and_over
  • Casualty 1900s - Disc 2 ages_15_and_over
  • Casualty 1900s - Disc 3 ages_15_and_over
  • Casualty 1900s - Disc 4 ages_15_and_over
Runtime 9 hours 30 minutes
Starring Nicholas Farrell, Charity Wakefield, David Troughton, Cherie Lunghi, William Houston
Director Bryn Higgins
Genres Drama
Studio 2 ENTERTAIN VIDEO
Rental release 20 July 2009
Main languages English

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By princess jem on 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 By M.LABRUYERE on 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 By F. McMillan on 21 Mar 2010
Format: DVD
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 By prfb on 27 Dec 2010
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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 By MedPed on 30 Aug 2009
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 By Serindipity on 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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