POPULAR ITV drama The Royal, which is partly filmed in Scarborough, is back on our screens again.
Fellow show Heartbeat may have flatlined, but after a two-year break the spin-off medical drama returns – still nursing a chronic case of nostalgia.
This series features episodes that were recorded some time ago and were awaiting transmission.
Production on The Royal stopped in early 2009 when ITV bosses announced that production would be “rested” to clear a backlog of unaired episodes. It is understood that no new episodes will be made. The current series – series eight –is set to run until the end of July.
Hundreds of fans signed a petition to save the show, along with Heartbeat, which was also axed.
The programmes are seen as a major boost to North Yorkshire’s tourism economy as they showcase Scarborough, Whitby and the surrounding villages.
More than 300 people signed the online petition to save The Royal. Petitions for Heartbeat, at The Grapevine Cafe in Whitby and Goathland Post Office and Gift Shop as well as online, attracted around 15,000 signatures.
The Royal is screened on ITV1 on Sunday at 7pm and this series will feature 12 episodes.
This Sunday will see the fifth episode go to air, Should I Stay or Should I Go Now. In the episode a new student nurse arrives at the Royal. Lizzie (Michelle Hardwick) falls for a motorcycle stunt rider who is convinced he’s destined to live fast, die young. But Dr Ormerod (Robert Daws) comes up with a different diagnosis.
Episode six will screen on Sunday June 19. Dr Ormerod’s future is on the line when a grieving family point the finger of suspicion at him. Dr Ellis (Neil McDermott) deals with a different sort of outbreak at the local prison.
And Faye (Lauren Drummond) overcomes her fear of needles when Jack (Gareth Hale) requires a tetanus shot.
Some of the episodes in the series feature legendary actor and The Royal stalwart Ian Carmichael, who died in February 2010.