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Casualty : S29 Ep 9 .. 1 November 2014
Lee Mead as Nurse Ben 'Lofty' Chiltern, BBC Casualty SERIES 29, EPISODE 9 - ENTRENCHED

Aired this week was the World War I commemorative storyline described by Erika Hossington (series producer) in this Digital Spy interview - it allowed for some powerful themes in which Lofty was centrally involved. Principled, caring, brave... Lofty was heroic and Lee delivered a beautifully pitched performance. I like more and more each week the way the character of Lofty is developing and the scope this gives Lee to demonstrate his considerable acting skills.

There's no Casualty next week, as BBC One will be showing the Festival of Remembrance, but Lee and others have now been included on the cast list for the first of the 'Casualty noir' standalone episodes, 'Deadfall', which is airing on 15 November. Lofty also features in the next regular episode on Saturday 22 November, so there's plenty to look forward to.

Speaking of which, the prospect of a 'Dylan / Lofty double act' as discussed (at 2min 50sec) in the interview right with Erika Hossington and Executive Producer, Oliver Kent, sounds very promising...

Synopsis: On local derby day Cal treats a woman with relationship trouble, Ash can't function at work and a pre-match fight ends with tragic consequences. After Briony (Georgia Moffatt) is injured at the local derby game, it soon becomes apparent that she hiding something from her fiancÚ Matthew (Antony Costa).

Some raucous footballs fans find themselves in the ED after a fight gets out of hand, leaving Big Mac, Lofty and Charlie to try and control the chaos. But will they be able to prevent any more damage? Meanwhile Ash struggles under the pressure at work, and Dixie continues to grieve for Jeff.

Finally, there are some screencaps for you to enjoy and, with my ever grateful thanks to the anonymous editor and my apologies to those of the cast who have hit the cutting room floor, here's the 'Meady bits' edit!

Details of all Lee's episodes can be found at HOLBY & CASUALTY INDEX.

Last updated: 05/11/2014
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