‘Ethan wants re­venge’

Ge­orge Rains­ford tells us about the dark days that lie ahead for his griev­ing Casualty medic…

TV Times - - Interview - Emma Bul­limore

Ethan spi­rals out of con­trol

Casualty satur­day / BBC1 / 9.00pm

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Casualty’s most lov­able medic, Ethan, dis­cov­ered his brother Cal had been mur­dered.

But with the po­lice un­able to charge the killer, Scott Ellison, and with Ethan tor­tur­ing him­self with ‘what-ifs’, his ini­tial grief was just the tip of the ice­berg. The mild­man­nered regis­trar is about to be con­sumed by re­venge!

This week the team lays Cal to rest, but Ethan is busy at the ED, analysing the post-mortem and work­ing on his pay­back. With time tick­ing, will he get to his brother's fu­neral in time?

TV Times caught up with star Ge­orge Rains­ford, 34, (who in real-life is fun and full of smiles!) to re­veal the ter­ri­ble times that lie ahead…

It’s Cal’s fu­neral and in true Casualty style, Ethan ends up at work. What’s he up to? At the start of the episode he’s try­ing to write a eu­logy for his brother, then he gets a phone call to go in and pick up some of Cal’s pos­ses­sions. He gets dis­tracted by the busy hos­pi­tal, then he finds Cal’s post-mortem and dis­cov­ers he was ask­ing for Ethan when he died. Ethan can’t han­dle that, and he spi­rals out of con­trol.

Ev­ery­body’s pres­suris­ing him to get to the church and it’s a ques­tion of whether he’ll make it.

Last week, Ethan con­fronted Cal’s killer, Scott, but he’s no closer to any clo­sure, is he? No – he needs jus­tice first. Ethan’s a trust­ing, moral per­son and he put his faith in the po­lice, but there’s not enough ev­i­dence to charge Scott. Now Ethan wants re­venge and we’re go­ing to dis­cover his dark side.

Ethan is iso­lat­ing him­self – this can’t be good for his re­la­tion­ship with Ali­cia?

Just when they could be happy, he loses his brother. It’s a test­ing time – both she and Char­lie want to help, but he’s push­ing them away. He’ll ditch any­one who tries to stop him get­ting jus­tice.

Ethan’s fight­ing back tears at the mo­ment, Are those scenes drain­ing to film?

It’s been tir­ing and the sched­ule is mad, but it’s an en­joy­able chal­lenge. I’ve had to keep to my­self on tough scenes, rather than chat­ting to my friends on set. Luck­ily, I come home and my child talks to me about di­nosaurs, so I have to snap out of it!

You’re friends with Rich Win­sor, who played Cal; you even lived to­gether. It must be strange with­out him?

I’ve gen­uinely missed him but we still meet up. He ac­tu­ally came and watched his last episode with a few of us in my flat – the same one he lived in with me. It was great, but quite strange be­cause we were hav­ing a house party, and then we had to watch Rich’s death on the telly! There’s also a mon­tage of pho­tos at the fu­neral, some of which are just of me and Rich hav­ing a drink on nights out. That was a bit close to the bone.

Would you have liked the door to have been left open for Cal to re­turn? Yeah, it’s so fi­nal, but I guess it’s a big com­pli­ment to the char­ac­ter that you can give him an exit with such im­pact.

Please say Ethan won’t go... It’s a re­ally ex­cit­ing time to be on the show and my con­tract runs for a good while yet! I’ve started film­ing an in­ter­est­ing new re­la­tion­ship for Ethan, with one of the reg­u­lars who he doesn’t or­di­nar­ily in­ter­act with. That will be on screen in the au­tumn…

Thirst aid for the first-aiders. The ac­tors off duty They way they were: Broth­ers Ethan and Cal

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