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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John 'Abs' Denham Casualty (UK)
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John 'Abs' Denham

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James William Forbes Redmond is an English actor, presenter and comedian. He was educated at Clifton ...

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Best known as Abs, his first day at work was particularly memorable. He discovered that an escaped psychiatric patient had stolen his identity and was posing as him within the Emergency Department. Although the impostor successfully fooled Clinical Nurse Manager Tess Bateman, the matter was eventually sorted out and the genuine Abs was able to start doing his job. Abs entered into a short lived marriage with Ellen Zitek, the half-sister of his love interest Nina Farr. Ellen lied to him over the course of many months about the danger she faced in her home country, and Abs agreed to get married simply to help her get a visa. It eventually became clear however, that Ellen's motives had not been genuine, and she was acting simply out of malice toward Nina. She left for a short period, during which Abs reunited with Nina - however, they were soon harassed by a loan shark to whom Ellen owed £15,000. Abs struggled to keep up with the payments, and not only got beaten up but had items repossessed. However, after being beaten up himself, the loan shark was fatally injured and Abs was free of Ellen's debt. Immigration officials also informed him that they would not be investigating his marriage to Ellen any longer, leaving him free to enjoy his time with Nina.
Once Ellen returned, Abs demanded a divorce. However, she soon revealed she was suffering from cancer, and although both Abs and Nina supported her throughout, several months later she was killed in an unrelated incident, run down by a motorbike, leaving Abs a widower. His relationship with Nina disintegrated during this period, with him first reacting poorly to the revelation she had once had relationships with women and identified as bi-sexual. He then became jealous of her relationship with Greg Fallon, and eventually Nina decided to leave Holby.

In March 2008, Abs attended his brother's funeral. At the funeral, he was reunited with his old friend Stacey. However, when his friend's drunken behaviour ended in a violent punch-up, Abs was forced to talk to Stacey about the dangers of alcoholism. Later, he revealed to his mother that he wanted to open up a clinic to treat alcoholism.

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17x13 - Blame
Season 17, Episode 13
30x18 - Lie to Me
Season 30, Episode 18
27x18 - Smoke and Mirrors
Season 27, Episode 18
19x21 - Thrown Out
Season 19, Episode 21
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