Casualty to air twice next weekend as it faces May scheduling changes

Sam Warner
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Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

Casualty is set to air two episodes next weekend on BBC One, breaking from tradition.

The broadcaster has released its schedule for the soap over the next two weeks, and while this weekend (May 1) will go ahead with one episode as per usual, the following week will have a change-up.

Saturday, May 8 will air its first episode at 8.40pm, with the follow-up showing straight after at 9.20pm.

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While it is unclear exactly why the schedule has been altered, the most probable reason is the Eurovision Song Contest, which takes place on May 22. This will likely cause the soap to miss its weekly appointment, which might be the reason why it's airing two episodes ahead of time to keep up with its own schedule further down the line.

In other Casualty news, the soap has confirmed an exit for paramedic Leon Cook. Digital Spy understands that this move is permanent, and not just a break for the actor and character. But the door will always be open for a possible return.

Bobby Lockwood only joined the soap recently, with his character set to bow out in scenes set to air this coming weekend. There are spoilers below as to how he will leave, so turn back now if you'd rather avoid them.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

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In the upcoming scenes, Leon will lose out on the paramedic job to Iain Dean, who recently returned amid Jan Jenning's drugs storyline.

After feeling dejected, Leon decides to leave the hospital to get more experience, though is hopeful he will return one day.

Casualty continues this Saturday, May 1 on BBC One at 8.20pm.

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