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Emergency - Ward 10: Volume 1

Emergency - Ward 10: Volume 1

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Pre-dating television favourites Casualty and Holby City by decades, Emergency - Ward 10 was Britain's first medical soap opera. Initially thought of (much like Coronation Street) as a filler programme, the twice-weekly serial rapidly became a favourite with the nation's viewing public. Between 1957 and 1967 it regularly pulled in audiences in excess of 15 million and spawned two spin-off programmes and a feature-film adaptation.

Set in the fictitious Oxbridge General Hospital, Emergency - Ward 10 concentrated as much on the private lives of the staff as it did on their jobs, setting the template for today's modern medical soaps. It also introduced the viewers to medical procedures, earning praise from the British Medical Council for helping to allay the public’s fears of hospitals.

High in dramatic content, the series had a low mortality rate (patient deaths were strictly limited to five per year) and made stars out of the doctors, nurses and indeed patients who walked the wards. This series, in common with many from the 1950s and '60s, no longer exists in its entirety; included in this set are 24 of the earliest surviving episodes from 1959 and 1960:

247 - 30 June 1959
254 - 24 July 1959
255 – 28 July 1959
260 - 14 August 1959
261 - 18 August 1959
262 - 21 August 1959
263 – TX 25 August 1959
265 – TX 1 September 1959
266 – TX 4 September 1959
268 – TX 11 September 1959
269 – TX 15 September 1959
270 – TX 18 September 1959
385 – TX 25 October 1960
386 – TX 28 October 1960
387 – TX 1 November 1960
388 – TX 4 November 1960
389 – TX 8 November 1960
390 – TX 11 November 1960
392 – TX 18 November 1960
393 – TX 22 November 1960
394 – TX 25 November 1960
396 – TX 2 December 1960
397 – TX 6 December 1960
399 – TX 13 December 1960


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Emergency - Ward 10: Volume 1
Reference
7952791
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Classification
PG
Number of Discs
4
Picture
1.33:1 / Black and White
Sound
Mono / English
Subtitles
None
Region
2 / PAL
Time
600 minutes approx