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Children's Ward DVD

First screened in 1989, the entire first series of Children's Ward is now available on DVD

When a tv show is written by Paul Abbott (Shameless) and Kay Mellor (Playing the Field, Fat Friends) you expect something special, and Children's Ward doesn't disappoint. The programme deals with serious issues such as alcoholism and anorexia, but there is also space for humour and a dash of romance.

ITV soap Children's Ward

The grown ups in the cast are also engaging and likeable, but the writers don't shy from acknowledging to young viewers that adults can make big mistakes and let children down.

Although it was made for children, Children's Ward can be enjoyed by adults, whether you are watching for the nostalgia trip or seeing the programme for the first time. There is only one downside to viewing the show - it is a sad reminder that television executives today won't invest in good quality homegrown drama for children. It is hard to imagine Children's Ward being commissioned today.

Children's Ward - Famous faces

Andrew Hall (Dave Spencer), who found fame playing Russell in Butterflies and, more recently, Marc Selby in Coronation Street.

Rebecca Callard - credited here as Rebecca Sowden - (Fiona Brett) is the real-life daughter of Corrie actress Beverley Callard. She most recently starred in BBC1's 32 Brinkburn Street.

Tim Vincent (Billy Ryan) went on to present Blue Peter, and to star in Dangerfield and Emmerdale. He is now based in the US.

Paul Varney (Dean) became one half of the pop duo Yell! who had a Top 10 hit with Instant Replay in 1989.

Ross King (DJ) was the voice of the hospital radio DJ in each episode of the show. Ross is now based in the US and can be seen on Daybreak and Lorraine.

Network DVD release available from July 4th

Tim Vincent as Billy Ryan in Children's Ward
A young Tim Vincent as Billy Ryan
 
   
 
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