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The BBC has confirmed that it's reducing the number of episodes of Casualty broadcast per year due to inflation in production prices.

Casualty, which holds the title of the world's longest-running medical drama, launched in 1986. In a statement, 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."

A source added to The Sun: "Casualty peaked in the Noughties when it was on our screens on a Saturday night almost all year round, and that’s what many people have come to expect...

"The only year that saw a shorter series was in 2021 because of the pandemic, when all TV productions were severely affected. Now it seems the cost of living crisis could prove just as devastating."

Casualty is available on BBC iPlayer.

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