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Frontline medical workers win the competition to develop storylines for accident victims

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Three frontline medical workers who won a writing contest are joining the Casualty team, where they will work on shadow scripts and help develop future storylines, the BBC has announced.

The trio – Samantha Bacchus and married couple and writing duo Laura and Chris Griffiths – were the winners of the BBC Writersroom and BBC Studios competition, held as part of the celebrations of the 35th anniversary of the long-running medical drama.

The competition was launched in September last year and was the first for the series in around 20 years, according to the BBC.

I’ve been a huge fan of the series since the beginning and it inspired my decision to get into nursingSamantha Bacchus

It invited anyone with frontline medical experience to apply, and applicants were asked to write and submit part of a casualty episode based on a briefing about the show’s clinical lead, Dylan Keogh, played by William Beck , who had “the day before hell in the ER”. .

Winners will join the show’s shadow script team, giving them the opportunity to work on test scripts for the drama, which has been running since 1986.

Based on their work on the shadow scripts, for which they are being paid, the BBC has said there is potential for more writing opportunities on the show at a later date.

Samantha Bacchus said, “I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to work with the Casualty team to develop an episode – I’ve been a huge fan of the series since the beginning and it inspired my decision to get into nursing.”

She was a frontline medical worker for over 15 years, working in the maternity, emergency and ventilator departments before moving into prison service as a facilitator for abusive behavior programs. Today she is a full-time writer.

Laura and Chris Griffiths added, “We are excited to have this opportunity to work with the Casualty team. Your enthusiasm for highlighting the challenges that the NHS and its staff face every day is fantastic and we really look forward to bringing our own voices and perspectives to the table.”

We were very impressed with the quality of all the applications, but Samantha, Chris and Laura really stood outScreenwriter Sarah Beeson

Laura, who is currently a District Nurse, has worked for the NHS for more than 33 years.

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Chris began his career as a paramedic before converting to become an anesthetist and more recently has worked on the resuscitation team, treating trauma and training doctors and nurses in CPR.

BBC Studios Script Producer at Casualty, Sarah Beeson, said: “We were very impressed with the quality of all the applications, but Samantha, Chris and Laura really impressed us with their authentic creative ambition and clear passion for Casualty.

“We are thrilled to be working with them now on their shadow screenplays and look forward to developing them into future casualty writers while learning from their fascinating true life experiences.”

https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/frontline-medical-workers-win-competition-to-develop-casualty-storylines-41552104.html Frontline medical workers win the competition to develop storylines for accident victims

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