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Casualty : S30 Ep 19 .. 16 January 2016
Lee Mead as Nurse Ben 'Lofty' Chiltern, BBC Casualty SERIES 30, EPISODE 19 - BLACK ALERT

Lofty overcomes his nerves and the brooding presence of Henrik Hanssen to acquit himself well in his interview, but in an ED fast approaching breaking point it's his actions later in the shift that finally convince Rita he's Band 6 material.

The transformation to cool, calm, collected leader was a bit of a stretch given the creative team's determination to portray him as nothing but a good-natured klutz, but there have been enough glimpses of his nursing competence over the months to make it credible... just! Lee's acting however was entirely believable and, as ever, a joy to watch.

Synopsis: The Emergency Department is pushed to the limit, but the team pull together under difficult circumstances. Feeling guilty and mentally exhausted after what happened with Olivia, Ethan is determined to give everyone the care they deserve - even though a black alert is called. Stretched to the limit, he fails to deal with a forced marriage and accidentally leaves a patient to die in the corridor.

It's the day of Lofty's interview and he's on the verge of bottling it... [major spoiler removed!] Jess comes to see Dixie to say thank you, and that she's rescinded her complaint. She also asks Dixie out, but Dixie decides to do the right thing, and reluctantly refuses. Cal's head is in a mess and Charlie encourages him to go and see Ben. Meanwhile Big Mac passes his motorbike test.

Finally, there are some screencaps for your enjoyment 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: 17 January 2016
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