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5.0 out of 5 stars Sunday nights are not the same., 6 Sept. 2011
This review is from: The Royal, Complete Series One [2003] [DVD] (DVD)
The last installment of 'The Royal' on the 31st July 2011 was clearly not the intended final episode as we were all left frustrated with the 'what happened next' factor? Fortunately the series is captured on DVD beginning with the 2003 Series 1 spin-off of another captivating Sunday-Nighter, 'Heartbeat'. St Aidan's Royal Free Hospital, actually located by the sea in Scarborough, always looked like a cottage hospital coping with major trauma and emergencies in the most unlikely setting and circumstances. The superb cast and script flowed with enormous humour and entertainment and carried the scenario, sealing a loyal following.

The seven episodes commence with administrator T.J.Middleton (Ian Carmichael) working with the marvellous matron,always 'Matron' never a real name, (Wendy Craig) authoritatively in command. The medical team of Dr Jill Wetherill (Amy Roberts), Dr David Cheriton (Julian Ovendon) Dr Gordon Ormerod (Robert Davis) along with the eccentric pipe smoking Mr Rose (Dennis Lill), who can diagnose and operate on seemingly anything even with his pipe in an abdomen along with a scalpel, supply the ingredients of a successful drama. Staff Nurse Taylor (Zoie Kennedy) and later welcome addition of Irish Nun, Sister Brigid, (Linda Armstrong) provide 'hospitable' counterfoils for the other acts. Malingerer Claude Greengrass (Bill Maynard) from 'Heartbeat' adds some comical touches (although he can be irksome at times) along with the scanty portering staff. Michelle Hardwick (Lizzie Kennoway ) adds more than a touch of appeal. We go through roof-top falls, motorbike crashes, rat infestations, car accidents,coffin fits, misdiagnoses, abandoned babies, threats of hospital closure, melodramatic interactions with staff. All borne with fortitude and hence continued survival of 'The Royal'.

The series matured with some changes in personnel to develop it's own identity. More, please, (doubtful) but if these DVD's and others have to do us, they do it with great charm especially with the interplay, friction, romance, ambition,stamina and patient care in an intimate hospital setting. Having been a hospital doctor for forty years the poignancy and recognition of the 'Royal' personalities are plausible in real life, adding to its vibrant character. Marvellous.
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Initial post: 3 Oct 2011 07:42:49 BDT
Errol Meyer says:
HI , can ACB SANSEA tell me the 'age' of ' ROYAL' series 1 . That is, when was it first screened to air.
Thank you

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Oct 2011 11:33:39 BDT
ACB(swansea) says:
First episode 19/01/2003 ran for seven weekly episodes. Hope that helps.

Posted on 19 Aug 2013 09:44:03 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 Sep 2013 23:19:40 BDT
A great Review. I came to viewing "The Royal" only recently and was amazed to find that all the people I had trained with and worked under in my London Hospitals , big and small,were there! My first Surgical boss had an (unlit )pipe in his mouth when he did ward rounds and could tackle alnost anything. When I asked him once where he got all his experience he replied quietly , "on the beaches of Salerno and Normandy my boy". Mr Rose speaking. We were indeed lucky to train under the likes of him. We also had a Matron who would keep us all on our toes! We had Nuns as well! I could go on but can only agree that it is a wonderful, often moving account of Hospital life at that time. I look forward to seeing all the episodes one day. I hope they will bring the rest of the series out on DVD.
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