Streaming service Britbox has given veteran medical drama Casualty a ‘racist’ warning.
The BBC series – which has been airing since 1986 and is still in production – has been added to the Britbox catalogs, but it seems that several plots have not aged well.
Warnings have been added to dozens of old episodes, according to The Sun, for content that racially abuses black characters.
Warning! Streaming service Britbox has beaten veteran medical drama Victim with a ‘racist’ warning [pictured are stars Charles Venn and Jaye Griffiths in 2018]
Most episodes contain a warning that reads, “Contains emotional scenes and medical procedures.”
One in particular warns: “Contains emotional scenes and racist language and attitudes that may offend some viewers.”
A BritBox spokesperson told The Sun: “We are constantly reviewing and updating BritBox’s program catalogue.
“Programming on the service that contains potentially sensitive language or attitudes of their time has brought with it appropriate warnings since our launch in November 2019, to ensure appropriate guidance is in place for viewers who choose to watch on demand. ‘
The BBC series – which has been airing since 1986 and is still in production – has been added to the Britbox catalogs, but it seems that several plots have not aged well [pictured is Charles Venn in 2020]
Long-running: Casualty has aired 1200 episodes and 35 series. It is the longest running medical drama series in the world [Patrick Robinson and Derek Thompson are pictured in 2013]
Casualty has aired 1,200 episodes and 35 series. It is the longest running medical drama series in the world.
Writer Susan Wilkins said in 2016 that the show aims to convey an anti-racism message, while Derek Thompson, who plays the long-running character Charlie Fairhead, said the same year, “From day one of filming Casualty in 1986, I’ve been so proud of being real-life stories, representing everything the NHS stands for.
“I’ve been through a few anniversaries over the years, but this really feels like a significant moment in British television history.”
Casualty spawned two spin-offs – the short-lived Holby Blue and Holby City, which will be canceled in 2022 after 23 years on the air.
One episode in particular warns: ‘Contains emotional scenes and racist language and attitudes that may offend some viewers’
Cast: Azuka Oforka and Tut Nyuot are pictured in a 2017 episode
The BBC announced this in June, labeling it a ‘difficult decision’, bringing the on-screen medical drama to an end in March next year.
The BBC said in a statement: ‘We are incredibly proud of Holby City.
“But it is with great sadness that we announce that after 23 years, the show will end on screen in March next year.
“We sometimes have to make difficult decisions to make room for new opportunities and as part of the BBC’s drive to make more programs in the UK.
“We have made the difficult decision to end the show in order to reshape the BBC’s drama series to better represent, represent and serve all parts of the country.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank the amazing team at BBC Studios and all the cast and crew who have been involved with the show since 1999.
End of the road: Holby City will end in 2022 after 23 years on the air, the BBC announced last month
It’s cut! The BBC insisted they would make sure the program comes out ‘on a climax’ [pictured Ramin Karimloo as Dr Kian Madani]
“Holby has been a loyal following, delighting millions of viewers every week and winning hundreds of awards with a compelling mix of cutting edge medical storytelling and explosive personal stories.”
The BBC insisted that they will ensure that the program comes out ‘at a peak’.
They added: “We look forward to working with the team over the coming months to ensure Holby comes out on a high afterwards.”
Many fans of the program took to social media to express their disappointment at the show’s ending, with some questioning the reasoning behind the BBC’s decision.
Premiere: The show – which is broadcast weekly on BBC One – was launched on January 12, 1999 as a spin-off of the BBC medical drama Casualty, which began in September 1986 [the original cast is pictured]
‘Hard decision’: The network has scheduled the medical drama to wrap up on screen in March next year [pictured is a cast shot from 1999]
The show featured big names on British TV such as Phyllis Logan, Lisa Faulkner, Angela Griffin, Nicola Stephenson and Michael French.
And the likes of Adrian Edmondson, Patsy Kensit, Jane Asher, Sheridan Smith, Phill Jupitus, Johnny Briggs, Suzanne Shaw, and Anita Dobson have also guest-starred on the show over the years.
A devastated fan started an online petition to keep the show going. Calling himself Mr Holby, the supporter wrote: ‘The pandemic has shown the public value of the NHS, and Holby City is an important representation of the work the NHS does, and the problems facing the NHS and its staff and patients face. ‘
The show – which is broadcast weekly on BBC One – was launched on January 12, 1999.
Cast: The show featured big names on British TV such as Angela Griffin [L] and Lisa Faulkner [R]
Guest star: John Barrowman appeared on the show in 2020
Holby City exists in the same canon as Casualty, with the two series crossing over occasionally.
It was initially developed because lead writer Mal Young wanted to investigate what happened to patients treated in Casualty after they were taken to the hospital’s surgical wards.
The BBC previously ran mini-dramas titled Casualty@Holby City, in which various characters from the two shows interacted.
In 2006, the BBC commissioned Holby Blue, a police spin-off. There was a two-part crossover episode with Holby City in 2008.
But despite a promising first-time viewership, Holby Blue only lasted two series and was discontinued.
Casualty airs on BBC One and is next on Saturday at 9.35pm. Holby City is broadcast on BBC One and is on the following Tuesday at 9.20pm.