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									Angels (TV series)
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Angels was originally a British television seasonal drama series dealing with
the subject of student nurses and was broadcast by the BBC between 1975                                                   Angels
and 1978. The show's format then switched to a twice weekly soap opera
format (although still seasonal) from 1979 to 1983. The show's title derived
from the name of the hospital where the series was originally set, St. Angela's,
Battersea, although in the early 1980s the scenario changed to Heath Green
Hospital, Birmingham.

The series was devised by Paula Milne.[1] Early producers included Morris
Barry and Ron Craddock. The first episode was directed by Julia Smith who
                                                                                                          Final version of series titles from 1983
became the show's producer in 1979. Her script editor on the later series was
Tony Holland.[2]                                                                                 Genre              Drama

                                                                                                 Created by         Paula Milne
Julia Smith enlisted Tony Holland as Angels script editor after the show
became a twice-weekly soap.                                                                      Starring           Fiona Fullerton
                                                                                                                    Lesley Dunlop
Smith and Holland went on to create EastEnders in the 1980s.                                                        Julie Dawn Cole
Angels, in its 1979 to 1983 weekly soap format, tackled issues such as                                              Pauline Quirke
                                                                                                                    Kathryn Apanowicz
contraception, alcoholism and promiscuity as part of the nurses' lives. Angels
                                                                                                                    Shirley Cheriton
received criticism for its unglamorous depiction of the nursing profession, but                                     Judith Jacob
Smith defended the programme, arguing the need to address such subjects in                                          Clare Clifford
the series. Indeed, with its sometimes hard-hitting portrayal of young nurses                                       Lynda Bellingham
facing up to the demands of the profession, Angels, particularly in its soap                     Country of         United Kingdom
format days of 1979 to 1983, was grittily authentic. To this end, each actress                   origin
taking a part was required to work on a real hospital ward to gain experience                    Language(s)        English
and thus contribute to the realism of the production.
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The series also provided valuable early TV exposure for a variety of young                       seasons
actresses who have gone on to become famous faces and seasoned players                           No. of             220
on British TV such as Fiona Fullerton, Lesley Dunlop, Julie Dawn Cole, Clare                     episodes
Clifford and Pauline Quirke. Additionally, Kathryn Apanowicz, Shirley Cheriton                                          Production
and Judith Jacob all went on to appear in EastEnders, with Cheriton playing
                                                                                                 Producer(s)        Ron Craddock, Morris Barry,
the particularly prominent role of Debbie Wilkins.                                                                  Julia Smith
From 2004 Channel 4 has screened the drama series No Angels, also set in a                                              Broadcast
hospital, and specifically aimed at showing nurses as more fallible characters.
                                                                                                 Original           BBC
References                                                                                       Original run       1 September 1975 – 22
   1. ^                                                      December 1983

   2. ^

External links
      Angels    at the Internet Movie Database
      British Film Institute Screen Online
      St. Angela's unofficial site

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