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TV series brings nurses of the past to life

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The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel is the inspiration for a new three-part BBC1 series called Casualty 1907, which goes on air this month.

Characters are based on real people – brought to life from ward notes, case notes, autopsy records and diaries from the hospital’s archives of that year.

Starring Cherie Lunghi (pictured left) as Matron Eva Luckes, it follows the success of Casualty 1906, a one-off costume drama about the lives of staff and patients at hospital screened in 2006.

Bryn Higgins, producer of Stone City Films, who made the programmes for the BBC, said: ‘Not only were the medical case notes beautifully detailed but there were anecdotal and candid bits of information in the ward notes about the nurses and patients which would have been omitted from the official hospital record.’

The programmes will be broadcast at 9pm on 30 March, and 6 and 13 April.

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