The Royal Today
was a British
medical soap opera
, a spin-off
of the similarly themed drama, The Royal
. The concept is that whilst The Royal
is set in the late 1960s, The Royal Today
featured the same hospital in the present day, with a new set of characters working in the same location. Each episode followed the events of a single day, and the show was broadcast daily (except for the weekends), so the series could be said to progress in real time
. The first series of 50 half-hour episodes began on 7 January 2008 on the ITV
network. Although there were a number of running storylines, the series generally eschewed the use of cliffhangers
. The series was axed in March 2008 after poor ratings. On an average of 1.175 million viewers.
Cast and characters
There are two separate blocks at St. Luke's in Bradford used for shooting The Royal
and The Royal Today
. One of the previously unused blocks has undergone a makeover to transform it into a modern hospital, this also includes a bar area (seen in episode one) having been built. The last day of shooting the series was Friday 16 November 2007.
Named wards include:
- Former EastEnders actor Jack Ryder auditioned for the role of a radiology student but was later cast as charge nurse Adam Fearnley. However, feeling he was too young to play a charge nurse, Ryder withdrew from the role before filming started and was replaced by Ben Hull.
- It was rumoured that the show would......