Casualty trailer teases Zoe Hanna's return as show goes off air

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It’s been reported that the amount of episodes per series of Casualty has been reduced.

The world’s longest-running medical drama has been running since 1986, with the latest series beginning last month.

This time round, the series will only be 36 episodes long, with this change continuing into the future.

When the show first began, it would air around 48 episodes a year.

Today (September 23), the Casualty Twitter account confirmed that the show is on a break and will return later this year. has contacted the BBC for a comment.

A small trailer was also released, teasing fans with what’s ahead when it eventually returns to BBC One.

It is only a few seconds long but features more trouble for the likes of Iain (Michael Stevenson) and Stevie (Elinor Lawless), as well as a first look at Zoe Hanna’s (Sunetra Sarker) return to the ED.

Sunetra will be reprising her role as Zoe as part of Charlie Fairhead’s (Derek Thompson) final storyline.

Charlie has been a part of the cast since the very beginning, but will leave Holby ED next year.

Discussing the exit, Executive Producer, Jon Sen, said: ‘Derek and I would often joke that, after such a long and dramatic career in the NHS, there was almost nothing that Charlie hadn’t seen. So it was an amazing surprise to me when Derek arrived with a brilliant idea for Charlie’s exit as part of an upcoming storyline, which was too good to pass up. We will all miss Derek enormously.

‘Over nearly four decades, Derek has crafted an iconic character who is woven into the fabric of British TV history. We will miss his craft, his humour and his on-screen presence. We’re also going to miss a friend, so for the next few months we’re going to have a ball filming Charlie’s final chapter.’

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