CHRISTOPHER STEVENS: A mystery illness, a lack of PPE... that could NEVER ...

CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reviews the weekend's TV: A mystery illness, a lack of PPE... that could NEVER happen here

By Christopher Stevens for the Daily Mail

Published: 02:35 BST, 28 September 2020 | Updated: 02:35 BST, 28 September 2020

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Casualty: The Lost Episode

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Trigger warning: some readers may be traumatised by the issues discussed in this column. If you have been affected, please lie down in a darkened room and sob hysterically until you feel better.

Every episode of Casualty and its medical soap sister, Holby City, features disaster scenes but few can be more distressing than the ghastly nightmare of Dr Dylan and the steamed up mask.

The cantankerous-yet-brilliant surgeon, played by William Beck, was struggling to do his job with the hospital in lockdown, on Casualty: The Lost Episode (BBC1), when his visor started to fog up. 

Then he realised his colleague couldn't understand what he was saying.

Casualty has shown few more distressing scenes than the nightmare of Dr Dylan and the steamed up mask

Casualty has shown few more distressing scenes than the nightmare of Dr Dylan and the steamed up mask

Instinctively, Dr Dylan tore off his protective gear — and touched his own face. The horror! Small wonder the Beeb felt such imagery was too fearful to be screened to a nation in the grip of a pandemic.

This chapter of the long-running soap (Series 33, Part 34) was hauled from the schedules back in May. BBC execs felt viewers might regard it as poor taste to see fictional medics trying to cope with an unknown contagion without the proper protective equipment.

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Well, that could never happen in real life, could it?

Auntie shouldn't have been so afraid of upsetting us. It was quite a relief to see the cast getting decontaminated by stripping off their yellow plastic suits and dabbing themselves with damp tissues. I'd prefer that to self-isolation any day.

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