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Children's Ward - S04E11
Children's Ward (S01 to S07 & S11 to S12 (retitled The Ward from S08 to S10) was a British children's television drama series produced by Granada Television and broadcast on the ITV network as part of its Children's ITV strand on weekday afternoons. The programme was set,as the title suggests,in the children's ward of a hospital,and told the stories of the patients and staff present there. Aimed at older children and teenagers,Children's Ward was a long-lived series for a children's drama,starting life in 1988 as a contribution to the Dramarama anthology strand, "Blackbird Singing In The Dead of Night",then first broadcast as a series 1989 and running from then until 2000.
The series was conceived by Granada staff writers Paul Abbott and Kay Mellor,both of whom have subsequently gone on to enjoy highly successful careers as award-winning writers of adult television drama. At the time,they were both working on the soap opera Coronation Street,and had recently collaborated on a script for Dramarama.
Abbott,who had been through a troubled childhood himself,had initially wanted to set the series in a children's care home rather than a hospital,but this was vetoed by Granada executives. During the course of its run,however,Children's Ward won many plaudits for covering difficult issues such as cancer,alcoholism,drug addicton and child abuse in a sensitive manner. The programme won many awards,including in 1996 a BAFTA Children's Award for Best Drama,won by an episode in which a murderer lures children to him via the internet and is - highly unusually for children's television - not eventually caught.
As well as Abbott and Mellor,the series was worked on by many writers who have gone on to enjoy successful careers in adult television drama, erhaps most notably Russell.T.Davies,who was the show's producer,and writer of several episodes,from 1992 to 1995.
The decision to end Children's Ward came in mid-2000,after transmission of the final series,and ironically came as the sole original cast member Rita May said she had no plans to leave the show.
There were 142 Episodes in total including a Special Episode, but I have obtained 95 Episodes.Recorded from Granada Plus,Channel 4 & Carlton Kids repeats and CITV original airings.
I have the following...
Series 01 (13 Episodes/Complete Series)
Series 02 (Episodes 1,6 & 13) (10 Missing)
Series 03 (0 Episodes) (13 Missing)
Series 04 (Episodes 8 to 11) (7 Missing)
Series 05 (1 Unknown Episode) (9 Missing)
Series 06 (Episodes 5 to 10) (4 Missing)
Series 07 (10 Episodes/Complete Series)
Series 08 (12 Episodes/Complete Series)
Special (Inside The Ward)
Series 09 (12 Episodes/Complete Series)
Series 10 (12 Episodes/Complete Series)
Series 11 (13 Episodes/Complete Series)
Series 12 (Episodes 1 to 9)
Please Note:- I'll be naming all Episodes as "Children's Ward" to save any confusion,and to keep the series in running order.
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