If you happen to’ve watched the brand new Casualty trailer, you’ll know scientific lead Connie Beauchamp is in for a troublesome Summer time.

We talked to Casualty star Amanda Mealing about Connie’s growing desperation as Ciaran Coulson applies extra strain techniques to the Holby ED scientific lead. This week in Casualty the susceptible medic engages in dangerous behaviour with the intention to deal with the stresses of labor and her undiagnosed anxiousness dysfunction.

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Right here Amanda reveals extra about Connie’s wrestle for survival in an more and more hostile working atmosphere…

How does Connie react when she returns from a convention and finds Ciaran Coulson (Rick Warden) has taken over her workplace?

Amanda Mealing: [Laughter] “It doesn’t go down properly. [Its one thing] to have somebody are available in and usurp her energy however then to additionally take her chair?”

Connie’s chair and workplace have a legendary standing in a manner, don’t they?

AM: “Typically after we’re filming the crew will sit in there. If I stroll previous, going onto one other set, they sort of freeze, rise up in a short time and depart the workplace. So even with the forged and crew Connie’s workplace and chair retains authority. It’s fairly humorous!”

There’s one other side to Connie’s workplace in the mean time too. It’s develop into her protected area…

AM: “Sure, and to return and discover Ciaran in her chair, actually… all Connie’s hackles go up! She is aware of she’s in for a struggle. However she’s at a extremely weak level in the mean time as a result of she’s affected by post-traumatic stress dysfunction (PTSD) since being attacked. So that is the worst doable situation for her. Her protected area has been invaded; she has nowhere to cover and is totally terrified.”

Connie Beuchamp looking distressed in Casualty

Connie turns to capsules in Casualty this Saturday

Can we speak about Connie starting to secretly self-medicate this week?

AM: “Connie hasn’t handled the assault and its on-going points. Earlier than Elle left she vocalised that Connie hadn’t handled anybody because the assault and has been hiding in her workplace. This week Connie begins self-medicating with diazepam tablets to numb herself, however they exacerbate the state of affairs.”

How does the treatment have an effect on her?

AM: “Connie takes the capsules and feels artificially okay for a short while. Then the tablets put on off and her vulnerability is doubled, not solely from the PTSD but in addition the come down from the treatment. It’s a vicious circle. Including to that she’s feeling much less and fewer succesful each hour, not daily, now. It’s the worst doable situation for her. We’re seeing Connie at her most susceptible.”

Rick Warden as ED inspector Ciaran Coulson

Rick Warden as ED inspector Ciaran Coulson

Sequence producer Lucy Raffety stated we are going to see Connie struggling to do her job for the primary time in her profession. Are you able to reveal extra?

AM: “I’ve been enjoying Connie on and off for 15 years and the one factor we’ve at all times stated is that you are able to do something to Connie – the world can crumble – however she’s going to at all times be sensible at her job. However not now. Connie has at all times been assured in her work, but now she doubts herself. That’s why she’s been avoiding medical circumstances because the assault. This week she’s compelled to get again on the market and show herself as a result of Ciaran’s eyes are beaming on her. I can’t reveal an excessive amount of, however she offers with a affected person and its questionable whether or not she will get it proper or not. We now have by no means seen Connie like this…”

Will Connie rise to the event as she has so many instances earlier than? Discover out in Casualty tomorrow on BBC1 at 8.25pm