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The BBC have responded to reports from The Sun newspaper that long running medical drama Casualty is set to be axed after crew were reportedly told the two-year recommission would be its last.

A source told The Sun: "Never mind on life support, it feels like Casualty has now received its death warrant. The official messaging is that all is well because the show was recently recommissioned for two more years...

They continued: "But when that new round of contracts were signed, the feedback was ‘two years, then we’re done’. To be honest, no one was very surprised. The writing has been on the wall for a while now."

A BBC spokesperson responded: "Casualty isn’t going anywhere. The latest recommission is simply part of the normal business cycle."

Casualty, which holds the title of the world's longest-running medical drama, launched in 1986. Last year the BBC announced it had reduced the number of episodes of Casualty broadcast per year due inflation in production prices.

In a statement at the time, a BBC spokesperson said: "This is not the first time the show has taken a break due to the busy autumn schedule...

"Our priority is always delivering quality over hours and due to super inflation in drama production we’ve taken the decision to slightly reduce the number of episodes per year in order to maintain the quality. We’ve received no complaints from cast and crew, and it will be back on air later this year."

Casualty is available on BBC iPlayer.


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