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The Royal
TheRoyalTitles.JPEG
The Royal intro.
FormatMedical drama
StarringDenis Lill
Wendy Craig
Michelle Hardwick
Robert Daws
Andy Wear
Linda Armstrong
Amy Robbins
Glynis Barber
Gareth Hale
Neil McDermott
Diana May
Lauren Drummond
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series8
No. of episodes87 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)ITV Studios
Broadcast
Original channelITV, STV, UTV
Picture format16:9
Original run19 January 2003 (2003-01-19) – 31 July 2011 (2011-07-31)
Chronology
Related showsHeartbeat
The Royal Today
External links
Website
 
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The Royal
TheRoyalTitles.JPEG
The Royal intro.
FormatMedical drama
StarringDenis Lill
Wendy Craig
Michelle Hardwick
Robert Daws
Andy Wear
Linda Armstrong
Amy Robbins
Glynis Barber
Gareth Hale
Neil McDermott
Diana May
Lauren Drummond
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series8
No. of episodes87 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)ITV Studios
Broadcast
Original channelITV, STV, UTV
Picture format16:9
Original run19 January 2003 (2003-01-19) – 31 July 2011 (2011-07-31)
Chronology
Related showsHeartbeat
The Royal Today
External links
Website

The Royal is a British medical drama series produced by ITV that ran from 2003 to 2011. The show comprised one-hour episodes which were normally first aired on ITV in the Sunday early evening slot.

The title of the series refers to the fictional "St Aidan's Royal Free Hospital", located in Elsinby, a fictional rural seaside town, portrayed as being close to Aidensfield, the fictional setting of the UK TV series Heartbeat. The series was shot in Whitby and Scarborough, in the North Riding of the county of Yorkshire. The Royal is an NHS hospital serving the local town, countryside and visitors. The show was set in the 1960s and the outside scenes were filmed in the North Yorkshire holiday resort of Scarborough. It began as a spin-off from another popular ITV show set in North Yorkshire, Heartbeat.

Stars of the show include Ian Carmichael, Wendy Craig, Robert Daws, and Amy Robbins. The last episode of the show aired at 7.00 pm on Sunday, 31 July 2011 on ITV.

Overview[edit]

The Royal was introduced in the 14th episode of the 12th series of Heartbeat entitled 'Out Of The Blue' and The Royal benefited from this connection to the extremely popular parent series; several Heartbeat characters appeared in the first couple of series of The Royal, most notably Bill Maynard as a bed-ridden Claude Greengrass, but as the series progressed it generally dropped its character crossovers with Heartbeat to become its own entity.

The majority of the plots centred around medical emergencies and the moral dilemmas created or exposed by the emergencies. Typically there are several on-going crises, each being confronted by one or more staff members. The show tends to avoid political topics on the whole although the Vietnam War was touched upon in one episode, the conflict between progressive and conservative social ideals is central to the show and these issues were addressed in greater detail in series 5 following the arrival of the black woman Doctor Joan Makori, who joined The Royal in episode 49. She later departed for Cameroon in episode 55 with Nkeshi the Biafran refugee. The ethical challenges and social changes faced by the hospital staff and their patients mirror those faced by the world in the 1960s.

The Royal appears to be set primarily in 1969 and includes references to events such as the coming of colour television and the Vietnam War. Like Heartbeat, all road tax discs bear the expiry date "31 DEC 69". However anachronisms sometimes appear, such as characters in the series 7 episode "To Love & To Lose" referring to "the new Beatles film" (there were no new Beatles films that year). Some such anachronisms are likely to be accidental, such as a reference in the same episode to a career "glass ceiling", a phrase not coined until some years later. Another inauthentic aspect is the portrayal of steam trains in this drama - the last steam locomotive passenger service was withdrawn by British Rail in 1968 and most of the local rail services in North Yorkshire were operated by diesel multiple units by the mid 1960s.

An unsolved mystery in The Royal concerns the name of the hospital matron, who is referred to simply as "Matron". She never used a name throughout the series, nor was she ever referred to by one (even her niece Susie Dixon only referred to her as "Auntie"). All that is known is that her nickname during the Second World War, when she served as a nurse, was "Toffee".

Filming often took place at Scarborough South Cliff by Holbeck Clock Tower during the summer months. Many of the old cars used in the filming can be seen residing at the Motor Museum at Thornton-le-Dale just outside Scarborough. Interior scenes were filmed in the former Maternity Wing of St. Luke's Hospital, Bradford and The Leeds Studios. St Luke's was chosen because it had not been updated in many years, and was very similar to how a 1960s hospital would have appeared.

Cast[edit]

NamePortrayed byOccupationYears
'03'04'05'06'07'08'09'11
Dr. Gordon OrmerodRobert DawsGPMain
Dr. Jill WeatherillAmy RobbinsGPMain
Dr David CheritonJulian OvendenGPMain
Dr Lucy KleinPolly MaberlyConsultant PsychologistMain
Dr Jeff GoodwinPaul FoxGPMain
Dr Joan MakoriKananu KirimiGPMain
Dr Mike BannerSam CallisGPMain
Dr Nick BurnettDamian O'HareGPMain
Meryl TaylorZoie KennedySenior Staff NurseMain
Samantha BeaumontAnna MadeleyStudent NurseMain
T.J. MiddleditchIan CarmichaelChair of the Middleditch TrustMainSpecial Guest Star
Sister BrigidLinda ArmstrongWard SisterMain
Mr. RoseDenis LillConsultant, General SurgeonMain
Ken HopkirkMichael StarkeHead PorterMain
Lizzie HopkirkMichelle HardwickReceptionistMain
Alun MorrisAndy WearPorter, Theatre TechnicianMain
MatronWendy CraigMatronMain
Nigel HarperJohn AxonAdministratorMain
Frankie RobinsonScott TaylorAmbulance DriverMain
Stella DavenportNatalie AndersonStaff NurseMain
Catherine DeaneAmelia CurtisStaff NurseMain
Marian McKaigKari CorbettStaff NurseMain
Adam CarnegieRobert CavanahHospital SecretaryMain
Susie DixonSarah Beck MatherStudent NurseMain
Bobby SheridanChris CoghillAmbulance DriverMain
Jack BellGareth HaleHead PorterMain
Jean McAteerGlynis BarberHospital SecretaryMain
Carol SelbyDiana MayStaff NurseMain
Dr. Ralph EllisNeil McDermottLocum DoctorMain
Faye ClarkLauren DrummondStudent NurseMain

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ActorCharacterDuration
Stefanie WilmoreAuxiliary Nurse Roz Hopkirk2003
Lisa HoggMoira O'Donaghue2008 – 2009
Rachel LeskovacMarie Beattie2007
Lauren Leake-SmithCassie Beattie2007
Harvey Leake-SmithAlfie Beattie2007
Isabella Eades-JonesStephanie Beattie2007
David BusfieldBen Beattie2007
Sophie FosterKatie Ormerod #12003 – 2006
Daniel FelthamTom Ormerod #12003 – 2006
Helena BlairAngela Deane2006
Matthew HallSam Myerson2009 – 2009

Doctors, Consultants and Surgeons[edit]

Episode list[edit]

Ratings[edit]

Below is the list of ratings of The Royal, giving an overall result for each series.

SeriesYearRank #Average Audience Share
1200310th10.12 m
2200311th7.16 m
32003–200413th9.17 m
42004–200512th8.49 m
5200610th7.93 m
6200711th7.24 m
72008–200915th4.91 m
82009–201115th4.62 m (Incl. ITV1+1)
Overall Rating 2003 - 2011Rank #Average Audience Share
12th7.45 m

End of production[edit]

The production of both Heartbeat and The Royal has been completed.[1] It was announced on 4 March 2009 because of job losses for ITV Yorkshire Studios, that the future of The Royal and Heartbeat was in doubt.[2] ITV have now confirmed[where?] production of The Royal has ended. ITV showed the final episode on 31 July 2011.[3]

HD availability[edit]

Episode 73 entitled "In The Air" was the first episode of The Royal to be shown in HD format. The episode was transmitted on ITV HD on 21 June 2009. Subsequent episodes are expected to be shown in high definition on ITV HD as well as being shown in standard definition.

The Royal Today[edit]

A daytime spin-off, The Royal Today, comprising fifty thirty-minute episodes featuring the staff of The Royal set in the present day aired in January 2008.

This is a list of media releases of the television series Heartbeat, which includes DVD & VHS.

DVD release[edit]

DVDs of the Series have been released by ITV Studios Home Entertainment. See table below for release dates. So far, Series 1 and 2 of The Royal have been released in the UK (Region 2) and in Australia (Region 4). Some music has been partly changed or removed due to copyright grounds, however the tracks are consistent with those used for International broadcast.

DVD SeriesEp #Region 2 (UK)Region 4 (Australia)
The Royal Series 173 October 2011 [4]5 December 2012 [5]
The Royal Series 2627 February 2012 [6]6 March 2013 [7]
The Royal Series 314TBATBA
The Royal Series 412TBATBA
The Royal Series 512TBATBA
The Royal Series 612TBATBA
The Royal Series 712TBATBA
The Royal Series 812TBATBA

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paul Revoir (28 January 2009). "Cash-strapped ITV axes family dramas Heartbeat and The Royal". Daily Mail. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Heartbeat and The Royal future in doubt: SIGN THE PETITIONS HERE - Local". Scarborough Evening News. 6 March 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "The Royal". tv.com. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Royal - Series 1 [DVD]: Amy Robbins, Wendy Craig, Linda Armstrong: Film & TV". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  5. ^ The Royal Series 1 (Australia)
  6. ^ "The Royal - Series 2 [DVD]: Amazon.co.uk: Amy Robbins, Wendy Craig: Film & TV". Amazon.co.uk. 9 September 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  7. ^ The Royal Series 2 (Australia)

External links[edit]