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Casualty star Arin Smethurst has opened up on the exciting new improvised episode of the BBC drama. Their character Sah Brockner will be in the thick of a new twist with close colleague Jan Jennings (played by Di Botcher). The special Christmas instalment is set to air later this month without a traditional script involved.
Arin has revealed plans for the hospital drama to dive into the deep relationship between Sah and Jan.
They teased: “Jan plays a major role in this, she is pushed to the limit and it all comes to a head at one point which I won’t spoil.
“Sah and Jan are paired up and they have a rough four days, and Teddy (Milo Clarke) and Iain (Michael Stevenson) are paired up and they also have a rough four days. Teddy is having a bit of a confidence crisis as well.
“We explore all that through this journey.”
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Arin went on to explain each paramedic goes through a “dynamic” and “varied” day with Sah and Jan’s relationship developing.
Jan has previously been supportive of Sah so the episode will see them grow closer.
They explained Sah will “take charge” and ensure “Jan is okay – which she isn’t”.
Over the course of a week, spoilers show the anger at the call-outs they have to undertake begin to take their toll on Sah and Jan.
As fans get a chance to learn more about their lives away from the Holby hospital, Jan will face a career setback.
She has some bad news to deal with regarding the performance of her paramedics unit.
Her emotions become too much to hold in towards the end of the week, where she is set to break down while in the hospital.
Is Jan set for a devastating twist which could end her career?
News of the improvised episode was sprung upon the cast of the long-running medical drama.
Arin explained to Digital Spy: “When we got the scripts, there were no lines in it – it was just a synopsis of the scene and what was happening in the scene.”
Meanwhile, Teddy star Milo said the idea is “scary but fun” and hopes “people enjoy it”.
Speaking to Inside Soap, he said: “We have a paramedic special looking at the strain on the NHS – pretty much all of that was improvised.”
Casualty’s schedule has suffered a number of schedule changes this year so news of the improvised episode will no doubt be a welcome relief for fans.
In October the drama was taken off air for a month in the wake of the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
The show returned to screens in November but has also been the victim of a move around Saturday night to accommodate the BBC’s World Cup coverage too.
Casualty returns on Saturday at 8.10pm on BBC One
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