A Look Inside the World’s Longest-Running Medical Drama

Jenny Thompson, a story producer for the BBC’s Casualty, breaks down the show’s unique writing process.

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Episode Notes

This week, host June Thomas talks to Jenny Thompson, the story producer for the long-running U.K. medical drama Casualty. In the interview, Jenny explains what a story producer does, and why it’s different from a script-writing job. She also shares what it’s like to create character arcs for a show with such a long and rich history and explains how the U.K.’s National Health Service impacts the storylines and characters.

After the interview, June and co-host Isaac Butler talk about why shows like Casualty are so beloved in Britain.

In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Jenny shares some of her favorite examples of TV storytelling.

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Podcast production by Cameron Drews.


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