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|Written by||Paul Abbott
|Directed by||Steve Finn
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||12|
|No. of episodes||143|
|Production location(s)||Bolton, Greater Manchester, England, UK|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Granada Television|
|Original network||ITV Network (CITV)|
|Original release||15 March 1989– 4 May 2000|
Children's Ward (retitled The Ward from 1995 to 1998) is 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 Ward B1, the children's ward of the fictitious South Park Hospital (known as Sparky's), and told the stories of the young patients and the 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 in 1989 and running from then until 2000.
Filmed at Bolton General Hospital (now the Royal Bolton Hospital), in Bolton, Greater Manchester. Some exterior shots (such as the exterior entrance to the children's hospital) were filmed outside the now demolished Maternity Hospital entrance at the former Withington Hospital, South Manchester.
30 Years of CITV, which aired on ITV1 on 29 December 2012, revealed that interior sets for the hospital were filmed next door to some of the Coronation Street interiors.
These are the original main characters from the first three series. Some lasted several years and appeared in subsequent series.
|Dr. McKeown||Ian McCulloch||Consultant Paediatrician||1989||Staff|
|Dr. Charlotte Woods||Carol Harvey||Originally Houseman to Dr McKeown, later Consultant Paediatrician||1989–1991|
|Charge Nurse Dave Spencer||Andrew Hall||Charge Nurse||1989|
|Sister Diane Meadows||Janette Beverley||Staff Nurse (1989–1992)
Senior Staff Nurse (1992–1994)
Ward Sister (1996)
|Senior Sister Margaret 'Mags' Davis||Rita May||Auxiliary Nurse (1989–1993)
Senior Staff Nurse (1993–1995)
Ward Sister (1995–1997)
Senior Ward Sister (1997–1999)
Clinical Matron (1999–2000)
|Student Nurse Gary Miller||Tim Stanley||Student Nurse||1989–1991|
|Jack Crossley||Ken Parry||Porter and Sweet Trolley Man||1989–1991|
|Staff Nurse Jan Stevens||Nina Baden-Semper||Staff Nurse||1989|
|Unnamed Character||Ross King||Hospital Radio DJ||1989|
|Steve Bailey||Michael Bray||Social Worker||1989–1991|
|Sister Sandra Mitchell||Judy Holt||Staff Nurse (1991)
Senior Staff Nurse (1991–1992)
Acting Deputy Clinical Matron (1992–1993)
Ward Sister (1993–1994)
|Dr. Kieran Gallagher||Tom Higgins||Senior House Officer, Emergency Medicine||1990–1991|
|Katie Grahams||Margery Bone||Student Nurse||1990–1991|
|Keely Johnson||Jenny Luckraft||Patient (1989)
|Billy Ryan||Tim Vincent||1989–1991|
|Fiona Brett||Rebecca Sowden||1989|
|Darren Walsh||William Ash||1989–1991|
|Dawn Khatir||Leyla Nejad||1989–1990|
|Mathew McCann||Dean Gatiss||1990|
|Lisa Dixon||Rachel Egan||1990|
|Ian Cassin.||Paul Swaine||1998|
|James Boyce||Carl Rice||1990|
|Lee Jones||Kieran O'Brien||1990|
|Cal Spicer||Mark Dixon||1990|
|Bryony Shaeffer||Sarah Cooper||1990|
|Ben Rowlingson||William Mellor||1990|
|Mickey Bell||Stephen Graham||1990|
|Scott Morris||Anthony Lewis||1996–1998|
- Actors to go on to other theatre and television work include Chris Bisson, Tina O'Brien, Samia Ghadie, Adele Silva, Alan Halsall, Stephen Graham, Steven Arnold, Danny Dyer, Jeff Hordley, Nikki Sanderson, Andrew Lee Potts, Vicky Binns, Ralf Little, Anthony Lewis, Tim Vincent, Kieran O'Brien, Ben Sowden, William Ash and Jane Danson.
- Exact title unknown, possibly Children's Ward. Edited by Lawrence Till (contains selected scripts from the series by Paul Abbott, Kay Mellor and John Chambers), published by Heinemann Plays/Oxford in 1992.
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