Sep. 06, 1986
Returning Series
50 min.
BBC One TV Network

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Casualty (UK)

Drama depicting the private and working lives of the patients, doctors, nurses and others attending a small but frantically busy accident and emergency department of the large Holby General hospital

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William Beck is a Welsh-born actor, best known for his appearances on television in the United Kingdom ...

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Shambolic Dylan lived in picturesque chaos on a house boat with the love of his life - his dog, Dervla! He often got people's names wrong and happily made up stories about his personal life to misdirect people or to get a rise. Dylan was the ultimate cynic, but could occasionally demonstrate a soft side and a strong moral compass.

When it came to medicine, he always picked the unusual cases, rather than the big results stuff, and he loved the Sherlock Holmes aspect to medicine. Dylan was a brilliant clinician but his abrupt and tactless manner won him few friends (although Zoe took to his acerbic sense of humor and quickly became the closest thing Dylan had to a friend in the ED) Dylan was extremely reluctant to engage with his patients as people rather than as a collection of symptoms. However, this detached attitude sometimes caused him problems.

On his first day in Holby he rescued a woman, Hannah Fleet, from a bus crash. The severely traumatized Hannah latched onto Dylan as her 'savior' but he refused to engage with her at all. This meant that he missed the signs that Hannah was suffering from PTSD and had become so disturbed that she ended up fatally wounding paramedic Polly.

Dylan's emotionally closed attitude reached new heights with the arrival of energetic new army doctor Sam Nicholls. Despite the fact that there was a clear history between the pair Dylan kept Sam at arm's length and maintained that they were perfect strangers to each other.

It was only when Dylan and Zoe were trapped in the ED fire and next of kin had to be found that Sam came clean - she was Dylan's estranged wife. It took the pair a long time, Sam being accused of malpractice and the pair getting stuck in an underground cavern, before they were able to work through the collapse of their relationship and finalize their divorce.

The difficulty of emotional involvement with a former patient once again reared its head for Dylan - this time in the form of Amanda, a young woman he saved after a prolonged entrapment in a rock fall. Amanda began to do volunteer work in the ED as a way of expressing her gratitude to the team who saved her life. Encouraged by Sam, the pair went on a date but it became increasingly clear that Dylan still held a torch for Sam.

Kindly Amanda only wanted to be a friend to Dylan but he became increasingly convinced that she had developed an unhealthy obsession with him and humiliated himself at the Christmas party by rudely warning her off. Around the same time as this incident Sam began a relationship with colleague Tom. Feeling increasingly swamped by his unresolved feelings for Sam and resentful of the happy pair, Dylan attempted to get Tom suspended.

However, Tom returned to work and Dylan finally lost his temper and revealed his true feelings. Realizing that he could no longer handle his current situation he handed in his notice - effective immediately. After saying goodbye to his good friend Zoe he walked away from the ED into the snow.

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14x23 - Burned Out Hearts
Season 14, Episode 23
23x41 - Fight or Flight
Season 23, Episode 41
24x13 - The Devil You Know
Season 24, Episode 13
27x34 - The Morning After
Season 27, Episode 34
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