The long-running BBC medical drama series “Casualty” has been back in Penarth filming on Archer Road and Sully Place – just off the Railway Path.
In this episode the “casualty” is in a critical condition but has been safely picked-up by the paramedics and is comfortably ensconsced in the rear of the famous Holby City ambulance – a vehicle as familiar to Penarthians as real NHS ambulances.
Everything is going swimmingly well until the ambulance turns into Archer Road and then suddenly the trusty vehicle – which has played such a reliable part in the saving scores of fictional lives – splutters to a halt at the kerbside…. and the engine dies.
As the ambulance expires , the patient in the back is also found to be in imminent danger of following suit – and takes a turn for the worse .
…For the ambulance crew, it’s just the worst possible time to have run out of diesel.
The driver gets out and sprints down the road and down into Sully Place to get help – or fuel – or both . Whether he succeeds or not we won’t know until the completed episode hits the screens in about six months from now.
The Casualty production unit is a well-drilled team which shoots its programmes with considerable efficiency, but even so, it took the crew – with two cameras rolling simultaneously – some three hours to get this 15-second sequence in the can.
Casualty is a regular – and welcome – visitor to the streets of Penarth . The producers pick the town because of the huge variety of locations it offers in a relatively compact area within easy travelling distance of the programme’s production centre in Cardiff.
[Note to production crew: The nearest available diesel is at Tesco at 99.9p per litre .]