Sunday, 28 February 2016
First Viewed : Uncertain
I'm not sure when I first caught this series which had been running since 1975 but May 1978 when it was switched from Mondays to Tuesdays and didn't clash with Coronation Street anymore seems a good guess. I could take it or leave it but my mum and sister were huge fans.
Angels followed the adventures of a group of student nurses, initially at a hospital called St Angela's Battersea although the setting was switched to a hospital in Birmingham. Despite its early evening time slot, the storylines were quite hard-hitting and caused some unease with the suggestion that nurses were not all Florence Nightingale types and might be fallible human beings. This was typified by the character of Rose Butchins played by Kathryn Apanowicz, a loud , stroppy nightmare.
With its regularly refreshed cast of attractive young women in uniforms the show had a considerable male following and switched to a twice weekly soap format - though it wasn't on all year round - from 1979 onwards. It finished in 1983 because its creators Julia Smith and Tony Holland had a bigger fish to fry and some of the angels ,including Apanowicz , later turned up in Albert Square.