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:
Cherie Lunghi, Nicholas Farrell
Rental Formats:
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Product Details

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 Cherie Lunghi, Nicholas Farrell, William Houston, Charity Wakefield, David Troughton
Director Bryn Higgins
Genres Drama
Studio 2 ENTERTAIN VIDEO
Rental release 20 July 2009
Main languages English

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22 of 22 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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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By princess jem on 20 July 2009
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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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By F. McMillan on 21 Mar. 2010
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Serindipity on 9 Sept. 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jim honeybun on 2 Jan. 2014
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This series combines several intermittent sets of programmes recreating from original documents, records and diaries, life in the London Hospital in 1906-10.

I recently got my brother to give me this for xmas, as I have for the last year been acting as voluntary archivist for my local 250 year old hospital. I have handled hundreds of images, documents, and spoken to many elderly nurses, and in virtually every respect this dramatic recreation of the London Hospital in the early 1900s is perfect.

It is also a drama of personalities, ranging from the brilliant but flawed cocaine-addicted Dr Dean to the workaday laconic receiving-room Dr Culpin, from all-seeing and all-considering Matron Eva Luckes to would-be doctor Nurse Ethel Bennett, from members of the committee ever seeking to fundraise, and down to the very poor people always finding their way into the receiving room. Issues with the state of medicine at the time are mixed with personal stories, such as that of Nurse Goodley caring for political agitator Saul Landau, or Dr Henry Head seeking specific answers to questions of the nervous system by having himself operated on and noting the effects. A number of the stories are moving and are not just brilliantly acted but very well set and staged - everything is in front of the camera, and it is very convincing.

I cannot speak for the out-of-hospital issues - for example the gang troubles - that act as catalysts to the hospital drama, but in terms of sets and set dressing, costumes, ward-life and bedside manner, inter-relationships of doctors, nurses, matron, sisters, etc., and the training of the probationers, this recreation is like looking through a prism at the past life.
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