Casualty scraps 'inappropriate' episode in wake of coronavirus outbreak

Casualty scrapped its latest installment after it was deemed too ‘inappropriate’ to air during the coronavirus pandemic.

At the start of March, Boris Johnson sent the UK into lockdown where he urged Brits to stay at home in order to stall the spread of Covid-19.

As it stands, more than 28,000 people have died from the virus with over 177,000 cases confirmed in the UK alone.

And it looks as though the popular soap was about to follow a similar scenario, seeing an episode axed from television at the last minute.

Before the show started, on Saturday night, a voice-over explained: ‘The episode we were due to watch tonight, filmed before the spread of Covid-19, was considered inappropriate to show at the moment.’

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However, fans were given a short catch up before the next episode, to show them all the central story lines they’d have missed.

‘But never fear,’ the voice-over continued: ‘Everything we need to know from that episode is in a catch up right at the start of the programme.’

Right on cue, people took to Twitter where they speculated over what the episode could have been about.

‘That #Casualty episode that didn’t air looks like the best episode yet… NOW LET ME SEE IT,’ one wrote while another added: ‘I thought I was going mad when I turned on #Casualty to see that the “previously on…” showed juicy scenes I hadn’t seen.

‘I assumed I’d missed one so checked iPlayer but no. Turns out the BBC decided to cut it! Please put it on iPlayer so I can decide whether to watch it!!’

Others felt the same: ‘Watching last nights #Casualty on record, turns out there was supposed to be an episode about a virus breakout. Only it’s apparently ‘inappropriate’ to show it right now.’

And more called for the episode to be put on iPlayer so they had the choice to tune in: ‘The BBC should make the missed episode of @BBCCasualty available on iPlayer with a flag to say it’s sensitive and you have to agree to watch it! Or be over 16!!’

Filming for Casualty has been put on hold during the current pandemic, however, the showrunners have played their part by donating medical equiptment to the NHS.

The executive boss of both Holby City and Casualty, Simon Harper, told ‘Casualty and Holby City are all about celebrating NHS heroism, so we are only too happy to help out and do what we can for the courageous and selfless real life medics battling this situation.

‘We are in discussion with local NHS services and will be donating personal protective equipment (PPE) and other useful medical items to assist them.’

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