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10 Casualty facts as BBC medical drama turns 35 – from spin-off to A-list cameos

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Casualty has lasted 36 series so far but bosses looked to pull the plug on the show after the second run. It was deemed too political but was reinstated after a rethink.The crew get through two pints of fake blood per episode, while make-up artists replicate pus by spinning yellow colouring through hair conditioner, brain matter by concocting a ­potion of wool, fake blood and gel, and make vomit from packet soup, rice pudding and juice.Derek Thompson, who plays Charlie Fairhead, is the show’s longest-serving actor.

The Belfast-born star, 73, has been in it from the first episode. He also has the show to thank for his wife Dee Sadler – they met on set after she landed a bit part as a character called Maggie.Cathy Shipton, who played nurse.

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