BBC denies reports Casualty is ending

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BBC denies reports Casualty is endingBBC

The BBC has denied reports that Casualty will be ending.

On Friday (March 8), The Sun reported that the Casualty cast and crew had been warned that the BBC was planning to end the show after its 40th season.

A spokesperson for the BBC has denied those claims, telling Digital Spy: "Casualty isn't going anywhere, the latest recommission is simply part of the normal business cycle.”

We understand that Casualty has been on a traditional cycle of rolling commissions, so there's been nothing unexpected about this latest renewal.

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Related: Casualty confirms another return for Charlie's final episode

It was announced last year that Casualty would have a reduction in the total number of episodes produced for the 38th season, which is currently underway.

The continuing drama was off the air between mid-September through December to reflect this change in the production cycle.

There has understandably been concern about the future of continuing drama at the BBC, following Casualty's companion show Holby City being axed in 2022.

More recently, it was announced that Doctors was being decommissioned after 23 years on the air at the BBC.

The controversial axing has drawn widespread criticism, with cast and fans both campaigning for the series to be saved. A spokesperson for the show has since insisted Doctors' cancellation was "not based on low [viewing] figures".

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Related: Casualty star Derek Thompson confirmed for new role after Charlie exit

Meanwhile, Casualty is in the middle of a huge month as former cast member Sunetra Sarker returns for a two-part farewell to Derek Thompson's character Charlie Fairhead after 37 years on the show.

The show has also just announced that former Hollyoaks star Angus Castle-Doughty will be joining Casualty as part of Charlie Fairhead's exit storyline.

Last weekend, Casualty aired an exit for Strictly Come Dancing star Nigel Harman as Max Cristie in a dramatic episode.

Casualty airs on Saturdays on BBC One and streams on BBC iPlayer.

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