Casualty has not been on BBC One since last month and we're missing it. But why did it go off air, and more importantly, when will it be back?
Here is everything you need to know...
What has happened to Casualty and why did it go off air?
Casualty is the latest show to fall victim to the ongoing scheduling changes at the moment, having taken a short break due to the ongoing pandemic.
The last episode of the BBC medical drama aired on Saturday May 30, with Michael McIntyre's Big Laughs now airing in its regular Saturday night slot instead
Casualty is far from the first show that's been forced to come off air. Its sister show Holby City took a six week break over the spring, only returning at the start of this month. EastEnders is also due to go off air next week when the show runs out of new episodes to screen.
When will Casualty be back on screen?
Although there has been no official confirmation on when Casualty will return, the good news is that it is not set to last too long.
Digital Spy understands that Casualty's short summer break will last throughout June, before provisionally returning next month.
Given that Casualty films up to four months in advance, the show still has a plenty of new episodes in the bag to keep us going for a while yet once it does return. And watch this space for further updates in a few weeks' time.
When will Casualty return to filming?
It's no secret that Casualty was forced to halt filming in mid-March and has not yet been able to resume. With other soaps either back – or preparing to head back –to filming, it's hopefully only a matter of time before Casualty and Holby follow suit.
However, given the nature of some of the medical scenes filmed in both shows, inevitable work and changes will need to be made beforehand in order to ensure social-distancing measures can be practised safely.
"We're trying to find solutions," Connie Beauchamp actress Amanda Mealing explained to TV Times . "We'll never leave the audience without something. Because Casualty is set in an ED, we're in a better place than many."
Amanda also revealed that the show's current concerns are with how to keep the crew protected, as the actors can "visibly get away with wearing PPE", what with the show taking place in a hospital and all.
"We need protection for the rest of the crew," she said. "We'll find a way!"
What will happen when Casualty returns?
Casualty will be picking up where it left off when it does eventually return in July, with the aftermath of the shocking siege last month.
As the team welcome stalwart Charlie Fairhead back to the team, an injured Dylan is forced to face inevitable awkwardness with Faith following his cumbersome love declaration back in May.
Jade Lovall will also be taking centre stage when the show returns as she prepares to meet her birth mother. The scenes will also explore Jade's hearing impairment and the daily challenges she faces as a result of that.
Looking further ahead, Ethan has some big challenges on the way, while Jacob's friendship with the patient he met a few weeks ago could land him in trouble.
What Casualty stories have been left up in the air?
Casualty's sudden departure from our screens has left us with a handful of burning questions and talking points.
One of the biggest plots that has been left up in the air as a result is regarding Dylan and his blossoming friendship (and maybe more!) with married nurse Faith. Dylan and Faith's story was initially due to hot up over the spring, but will now be taking centre stage later in the summer.
Viewers have also been left waiting for the next development in Fenisha's baby complex baby story, and how long Ethan will kept in the dark. Fenisha found out she was pregnant with Ethan's baby earlier last month, but ongoing scheduling disruptions – and a skipped episode – has meant this story has struggled to gather momentum so far.
The current transmission break has left us to ponder if and when Fenisha will let Ethan and Will into her baby secret; a question that will continue to loom when the medical drama returns to screens.
Jade's journey to finding her birth mum has also faced significant disruption, but will be meaningfully picked up in the show's return episode.
Casualty airs on Saturday nights on BBC One.
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