All Saints (1998–2009)

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All Saints (TV Series 1998–2009)

This is an Australian medical drama set in the fantasy All Saints Western General Hospital. It focuses on what happens in ward 17 (affectionately known as the garbage ward) and the lives of the nurses on the ward and two doctors that spend a lot of time there. In also has the paramedic team of Bron and Ben.
Australia
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Creators
Creator Peter Fisk
Creator Cath Roden
Creator Louise Crane
Creator Susan Bower
Information
Release Date1998-02-23
Runtime
GenreDrama
Content Rating
AwardsAwards12 wins & 48 nominations
Company7 Network
CountryAustralia
LanguageEnglish
Von Ryanas Von Ryan…
Terri Sullivanas Terri Sullivan
Dr. Charlotte Beaumontas Dr. Charlotte Beaumont…
Luke Forlanoas Luke Forlano…
Jared Levineas Jared Levine
Dr. Frank Campionas Dr. Frank Campion…
Bronwyn Craigas Bronwyn Craig…
Ben Markhamas Ben Markham
Jack Quadeas Jack Quade…
Nelson Curtisas Nelson Curtis…
Mitch Stevensas Mitch Stevens…
Dan Goldmanas Dan Goldman…
Connor Costelloas Connor Costello
Conrad Coleby
Conrad Coleby
Scott Zinenkoas Scott Zinenko…
Vincent Hughesas Vincent Hughes
Dr. Bartholomew 'Bart' Westas Dr. Bartholomew 'Bart' West…
Gabrielle Jaegeras Gabrielle Jaeger
Cate McMastersas Cate McMasters…

All Saints (TV series)

All Saints is an Australian medical drama television series that first screened on the Seven Network on 24 February 1998. Set in the fictional All Saints Western General Hospital, it focused on the staff of Ward 17 until its closure in 2004, which is when the focus changed and began following the staff of the Emergency Department. It was produced by John Holmes alongside Jo Porter, MaryAnne Carroll and Di Drew. The final episode aired on 27 October 2009, completing its recording-breaking 12-year run.


Plot

All Saints follows the lives of the staff at All Saints Western General Hospital. Until its closure in 2004, the show primarily focused on the staff in Ward 17. Known as the "garbage ward" as it took all the overflow from the other wards, Ward 17 was run by compassionate nun, Sister Terri Sullivan (Georgie Parker). Her staff included her nurses Connor Costello (Jeremy Cumpston), Von Ryan (Judith McGrath), Bronwyn Craig (Libby Tanner), Jared Levine (Ben Tari) and Stephanie Markham (Kirrily White) and her ward clerk Jaz Hillerman (Sam Healy). Luke Forlano (Martin Lynes) and Peter Morrison (Andrew McKaige) were doctors who frequently worked with Terri and her staff. Ben Markham (Brian Vriends) was an ambulance officer who worked closely with Luke, despite their rivalry. Bronwyn left Ward 17 and became an ambulance officer at the end of 1998 but returned to the ward full-time at the end of season 3.


Cast

Main cast

ActorCharacterSeason
123456789101112
Judith McGrathVon RyanMain
Georgie ParkerTerri SullivanMainDoes not appear
Jeremy CumpstonConnor CostelloMainDoes not appear
Sam HealyJaz HillermanMainDoes not appear
Martin LynesLuke ForlanoMainDoes not appear
Andrew McKaigePeter MorrisonMainDoes not appear
Libby TannerBronwyn CraigMainDoes not appear
Ben TariJared LevineMainDoes not appearGuestDoes not appear
Kirrily WhiteStephanie MarkhamMainGuestDoes not appear
Brian VriendsBen MarkhamRecurringMainDoes not appear
Erik ThomsonMitch StevensDoes not appearMainDoes not appear
Conrad ColebyScott ZinenkoDoes not appearMainDoes not appear
Jenni BairdPaula MorganDoes not appearGuestRecurringMainDoes not appear
Paul TassoneNelson CurtisDoes not appearGuestRecurringMainDoes not appear
Tammy MacintoshCharlotte BeaumontDoes not appearRecurringMain
Christopher GabardiVincent HughesDoes not appearMainDoes not appear
John HowardFrank CampionDoes not appearMain
Wil TravalJack QuadeDoes not appearMainDoes not appear
Natalie SaleebaJessica SingeltonDoes not appearMainDoes not appear
Alexandra DaviesCate McMastersDoes not appearMainGuestDoes not appear
Mark PriestleyDan GoldmanDoes not appearGuestDoes not appearMainDoes not appear
Chris VanceSean EverleighDoes not appearGuestMainDoes not appear
Andrew SupanzBartholomew WestDoes not appearMain
Jolene AndersonErica TempletonDoes not appearMainDoes not appear
John WatersMike VlasekDoes not appearGuestMain
Virginia GayGabrielle JaegarDoes not appearMain
Allison CratchleyZoe GallagherDoes not appearGuestMainDoes not appear
Jack CampbellSteve TaylorDoes not appearGuestMain
Kip GamblinAdam RossiDoes not appearMain
Ella Scott LynchClaire AndersonDoes not appearMain
Alix BidstrupAmy FieldingDoes not appearGuestMain
Mirrah FoulkesJo MathiesonDoes not appearMain

Recurring cast

ActorCharacterSeason
123456789101112
Elizabeth MaywaldSophie WilliamsRecurringGuestDoes not appear
Kim HillasJoan MardenRecurringGuestRecurringGuestDoes not appearRecurring
Michael AngusJohn AhearnRecurringGuestDoes not appear
John NobleJohn MadsenRecurringGuestRecurringGuestDoes not appear
Justine ClarkeSamantha O'HaraRecurringDoes not appear
Damon HerrimanDanny BucknellRecurringGuestDoes not appear
Rod MullinarProf. Richard CraigRecurringDoes not appear
Robert ColebyDoes not appearGuestDoes not appear
Jake BlundellTony HurstDoes not appearRecurringGuestDoes not appear
Celia IrelandRegina ButcherDoes not appearRecurringDoes not appearGuestRecurringDoes not appear
Joy SmithersRose Carlton StevensDoes not appearRecurringGuestDoes not appear
Ling-Hsueh TangKylie PreeceDoes not appearRecurringDoes not appear
Kim De LuryMick ToddDoes not appearRecurringGuestDoes not appear
Sarah VassalloA&E Nurse StellaDoes not appearGuestRecurringDoes not appear
Pia MirandaBrittany FinlayDoes not appearRecurringDoes not appear
Belinda EmmettJodi HornerDoes not appearRecurringDoes not appear
Emma Jane FowlerVicky DernakovDoes not appearRecurringDoes not appear
Natasha BeaumontRebecca GreenDoes not appearRecurringDoes not appear
Josh Quong TartMatt HornerDoes not appearRecurringGuestDoes not appear
Rochelle WhyteCara WindomDoes not appearRecurringDoes not appear
Chris HaywoodPeter BuchananDoes not appearRecurringDoes not appear
Rebecca MasseyVariousDoes not appearGuestDoes not appearGuestDoes not appear
Troy PlanetDennis PooleDoes not appearGuestRecurringGuestRecurringDoes not appear
Alan FlowerMorris the FloristDoes not appearRecurringDoes not appear
Rachel McNamaraFrances ReganDoes not appearRecurringDoes not appear
Fletcher HumphrysAlex KearnsDoes not appearRecurringDoes not appear
Henry NixonSterling McCormackDoes not appearRecurringDoes not appear
Liz AlexanderAlison NewellDoes not appearRecurringDoes not appear
Anne LoobyJulia ArcherDoes not appearRecurringDoes not appear
Grant BowlerNigel "Mac" MacPhersonDoes not appearRecurringDoes not appear
Jaime MearsKerry LyttonDoes not appearRecurringGuestDoes not appear
Peter PhelpsDoug SpencerDoes not appearRecurringGuestDoes not appear
Sibylla BuddDeanna RichardsonDoes not appearRecurringDoes not appear
Nicole da SilvaSasha FernandezDoes not appearRecurringDoes not appear
Panda LikoudisBryce the AmboDoes not appearRecurringGuestDoes not appear
Guy EdmondsStuart MaplestonDoes not appearRecurringDoes not appear
Wendy StrehlowLorraine TannerDoes not appearRecurringDoes not appear
Douglas HansellAaron RothDoes not appearRecurringDoes not appear
Celeste BarberBree MatthewsDoes not appearRecurring
Alexandra FowlerEve BallantyneDoes not appearGuestRecurringDoes not appear
Jacinta StapletonJo HendersonDoes not appearRecurringDoes not appear
Mike SmithHeath VelagaDoes not appearRecurringGuest
Jonathan WoodElliott ParkerDoes not appearRecurring

Production

After the death of Dr. Mitch Stevens (Erik Thomson) and the departure of Bron Craig (Libby Tanner) in 2003, the producers decided to do something in response to considerable drop in ratings and to prolong the life of the series.

In February 2004, John Holmes told The Age journalist Debi Enker that All Saints would be undergoing "major surgery" when the focus shifted from Ward 17 to the Emergency Department. He also stated that while four familiar faces will be leaving, new characters will be introduced to fill the void. Holmes recalled a statement that he made in May 2003 in which he said, "we were seeing the scripts and watching episodes and we were feeling that there was a little bit of a sameness in it. We started to think, 'Don't know about this. Sixth year. Maybe we've had a few too many people through the door of Ward 17 on a trolley and had the 'Hi, I'm Von, I'm your nurse. Room Three, thanks Sterlo.'" After tossing up between cancelling the show and using it as the foundation of a spin-off series, Holmes and Lee decided to rejuvenate the show by changing the setting. Ward 17 would then close and the show would be relocated to the Emergency Department.

As a result of the shift, several cast members decided to leave the show. Paula Morgan (Jenni Baird), Luke Forlano (Martin Lynes), Alex Kearns (Fletcher Humphrys) and Sterling McCormack (Henry Nixon) were all written out of the show. Former Always Greener star John Howard signed a three-year deal and was added to the cast as the cranky head of Emergency, Dr. Frank Campion. Other new faces included Wil Traval as Dr. Jack Quade, Mark Priestley and Natalie Saleeba as nurses Dan Goldman and Jessica Singleton and Alexandra Davies as ambulance officer Cate McMasters.

In 2009 another attempt to stem the softening ratings and add a bit of excitement to the series, Seven Network executives decided to rejuvenate again, introducing a medical response unit to deal with tricky rescues which involved a helicopter going to remote locations to rescue patients who needed assistance. They would then bring those patients back to the ED and the staff there would assist in their treatment. Along with the addition of the new "department" the show was also renamed to All Saints: Medical Response Unit, the introduction of Mirrah Foulkes and the new MRU proved to lift the ratings substantially, but then levelled out at where they were prior to the revamp.

In June 2009, after months of rumours that the cancellation of All Saints was imminent, a spokeswoman from the Seven Network informed The Daily Telegraph that the episode order had been trimmed. Season twelve of All Saints would screen 24 episodes instead of the usual 40 episodes and that production would cease in August instead of November.

In July 2009, exactly one month later after the first announcement, Tim Worner, Seven's Director of Programming at the time announced that All Saints had been cancelled. He told Michael Idato of the Sydney Morning Herald, "All Saints is a show which Seven and viewers have loved. However, an audience shift and increased production costs are behind this tough decision." He also informed Idato that the episode order trim had been reverted and the season would complete a 37 episode order, finishing on episode 493. It was reported after the announcement that since the introduction of the MRU in 2009 it inflated the cost of each episode to $500,000. Many people still argue as to why the MRU was introduced in the first place or should have been removed instead of axing the show if the network was wanting to cut costs.

In the Feb/Mar 2010 GQ magazine in 2010, Tim Worner said his one regret was "Axing All Saints. But it was the right call at the time and we have two new drama projects in development."

Controversy

Episode 265

On 20 April 2004, episode 265, "Brave New World" aired, which saw the introduction of John Howard's character, Frank Campion. It was also the first episode to be set in the Emergency Department. This episode attracted lots of controversy.

One patient came into the triage and tried to get help, but he was told to wait. Later on, Nelson heard a phone ring coming from the patient and asked him to turn off the phone. It was later hinted that he had been using the phone to masturbate and it had gotten stuck in his rectum.

The end of the episode saw Frank go introduce himself to Terri (Georgie Parker), who was recovering from heart surgery. During a heated argument about staff members, Frank blatantly said to Terri, "if you ever use your influence with your previous employees to white-ant me again, you will never work in Emergency." Before Terri could get a word in, Frank added, "can I make it any fucking clearer?"

The next day, Channel Seven announced that they had received more than 100 phone calls in Melbourne alone. Parker told the media, "it's a good response because it's not about the shock words—we've sworn on the show before—but because people clearly feel really protective about Terri. It's like they really feel for her as a character and don't like her being under attack by a very confronting man. It's great to know they care for her so much."

On 22 April, the network issued a statement that read, "within an M classification code, coarse language is permitted provided it is appropriate to the storyline or program context." An apology was not made.

Episode 432

On 27 May 2008, episode 432, "Never Tell" aired.

This episode saw a woman pregnant from an incestuous relationship with her brother, told her child may have Down syndrome as a result.

Leading geneticist Dr. David Amor of Murdoch Children's Research Institute stated, "There is absolutely no increase in the risk of Down syndrome for the offspring of incestuous relationships."

Down Syndrome Australia considered legal action, complained to the media regulator, the Australian Communications and Media Authority and called for a boycott by the show's advertisers if an apology and correction was not aired on All Saints the following week.

Seven responded with, "All Saints values its audience and has the greatest respect for their commitment to the program. Without reservation, to any members of the audience who have found an element of a recent story offensive, Channel Seven apologises."

The final episode

The longer-than-usual 49-minute episode aired at 9:30pm on Tuesday, 27 October 2009. The episode, unlike those in the rest of the season, went back to basics and focused more on the lives of the nurses and doctors as they tended to patients.

The episode saw Judith McGrath's character, Von Ryan tending to a teenage girl who comes into the ED and gives birth without knowing she was pregnant. Tammy Macintosh and John Howard finished their seven- and five-year reigns as Dr. Charlotte Beaumont and Dr. Frank Campion respectively, caring for a woman played by Heather Mitchell who had cystic fibrosis. Ella Scott Lynch and Jonathan Wood left the show on a high with their characters, Claire Anderson and Elliott Parker treating a man (Luke Pegler) with a disease consistent with diabetes and promiscuity.

Secretly, Von decides to resign from All Saints, telling only Frank that she wouldn't be returning. He offers to take her out for dinner, but instead plans a surprise farewell dinner for her. Throughout the dinner, Gabrielle (Virginia Gay) and Steve (Jack Campbell) decide to raise their child together and get back together, Bart (Andrew Supanz) proposes to his girlfriend Amy (Alix Bidstrup) and Charlotte and Adam (Kip Gamblin) share an intense moment.

At the table, Von is pressured to make a speech by her colleagues and friends and reluctantly, she does, uttering her famous line: "I spent a lot of time at All Saints and I'd just like to thank you all for your loyalty, your support and love. Oh bugger this, here's to us." She raises her glass and toasts.

The finale is capped off by a montage of scenes from over the show's twelve-year run, including Mitch's final scene, the closure of Ward 17 and Bron & Ben's wedding, all to The Beatles song, "In My Life".

The final scene sees Frank raise his glass at Von, who raises hers and smiles.

Opening credits

The first opening theme song for All Saints began with several deep breaths and then went into a tune played by a saxophone. The melody bears a striking similarity to "Fly By Night", the first track on Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson's 1983 debut album Walk Into Light. This played over the top of several shots of the cast members. Actors names were in the font Zurich Extra Condensed and underlined. Intercut were shots of hands, various medical equipment and medicine.

The second opening theme song was first used when the opening was upgraded in mid-season two. The same song was used however drums were added to give it more of an authentic sound. The shots of cast changed and names of actors and their characters were now present. The font remained the same. Shots of hands, medical vehicles and equipment were also present.

The first major overhaul of the opening happened in season four, when the titles were completely changed. They now began with several deep breaths over a blue screen with a vision of hands in the background. The screen was set up with a slide of the actor in the centre, with deep blue all around and medical notation. The theme was more stringy and only involved a small saxophone part. Medical crosses, bottles and syringes were present in the opening. This coincided with the change from the standard TV 4:3 aspect ratio to widescreen 16:9.

The second major overhaul of the opening happened in season seven, when the whole layout and font used were completely changed to mark the revamp of the show and its change of focus to the Emergency Department. The basic undertone of the theme was still there, however another saxophone overtone was added tho give the theme more authenticity. The images were also upgraded to include ambulances, surgical equipment and people rushing around in the background. The font changed and actors and characters were now in the font Imprint MT Shadow. This set of opening titles continues until the end of season eight.

At the beginning of season nine, the opening titles credits were ditched and the main cast were listed at the last of every episode with the names returning to their original format and font. This continues until the final episode. In seasons ten and eleven, the actor's name and their corresponding character name flew in from either side, however this idea was dumped when the show returned for its final season.

An intertitle card appeared before every ad break in season nine, however the show returned to fading out in the tenth and eleventh seasons.

At the beginning of the eleventh season, a new title card premiered and this appeared at the start of every episode.

This title card was refurbished for the twelfth and final season to coincide with the change of name. This title card saw the show out.


Reception

Awards and nominations

The show has been nominated for fifty six Logie awards and won nine.

YearNomineeAwardResult
1999Georgie ParkerMost Popular Personality on Australian TelevisionNominated
Georgie ParkerMost Popular ActressNominated
All SaintsMost Popular ProgramNominated
Libby TannerMost Popular New Female TalentNominated
2000Georgie ParkerMost Popular Personality on Australian TelevisionNominated
Georgie ParkerMost Popular ActressNominated
All SaintsMost Popular ProgramNominated
All SaintsMost Outstanding ProgramNominated
2001Georgie ParkerMost Popular Personality on Australian TelevisionWon
Georgie ParkerMost Popular ActressWon
All SaintsMost Popular ProgramWon
Georgie ParkerMost Outstanding ActressNominated
Libby TannerMost Outstanding ActressNominated
All SaintsMost Outstanding ProgramNominated
2002Georgie ParkerMost Popular Personality on Australian TelevisionWon
Libby TannerMost Popular Personality on Australian TelevisionNominated
Georgie ParkerMost Popular ActressNominated
Libby TannerMost Popular ActressWon
Erik ThomsonMost Popular ActorNominated
Georgie ParkerMost Outstanding ActressNominated
Libby TannerMost Outstanding ActressNominated
Conrad ColebyMost Popular New Male TalentNominated
All SaintsMost Popular ProgramWon
All SaintsMost Outstanding Drama SeriesNominated
2003Georgie ParkerMost Popular Personality on Australian TelevisionNominated
Libby TannerMost Popular Personality on Australian TelevisionNominated
Georgie ParkerMost Popular ActressNominated
Libby TannerMost Popular ActressWon
Erik ThomsonMost Popular ActorWon
All SaintsMost Popular Australian ProgramWon
All SaintsMost Outstanding Drama SeriesNominated
2004Georgie ParkerMost Popular Personality on Australian TelevisionNominated
Erik ThomsonMost Popular ActorNominated
All SaintsMost Popular Australian ProgramNominated
All SaintsMost Popular Australian Drama SeriesNominated
All SaintsMost Outstanding Drama SeriesNominated
2005Georgie ParkerMost Popular Personality on Australian TelevisionNominated
Wil TravalMost Popular New Male TalentNominated
Natalie SaleebaMost Popular New Female TalentNominated
All SaintsMost Popular Australian Drama SeriesNominated
2006John HowardMost Outstanding ActorNominated
All SaintsMost Popular Australian Drama SeriesNominated
All SaintsMost Outstanding Drama SeriesNominated
2007John HowardMost Popular Personality on Australian TelevisionNominated
John HowardMost Popular ActorNominated
Judith McGrathMost Outstanding Actress in a SeriesNominated
Andrew SupanzMost Popular New Male TalentNominated
Jolene AndersonMost Popular New Female TalentNominated
All SaintsMost Popular Australian Drama SeriesNominated
2008John HowardMost Popular Personality on Australian TelevisionNominated
John HowardMost Popular ActorNominated
Jack CampbellMost Popular New Male TalentNominated
All SaintsMost Popular Australian Drama SeriesNominated
2009Mark PriestleyMost Popular ActorNominated
2010Mirrah FoulkesMost Popular New Female TalentNominated
All Saints: Medical Response UnitMost Popular Australian Drama SeriesNominated

Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards

All Saints has won two AFI Awards from the Australian Film Institute and has been nominated for various others.

YearNomineeAwardResult
1998Ep. 6: Give and TakeBest Episode in a Television Drama SeriesNominated
Ep. 20: RevelationsBest Episode in a Television Drama SeriesNominated
1999Ep. 58: Head to HeadBest Episode in a Television Drama SeriesWon
2000Valley of the ShadowBest Episode in a Television Drama SeriesWon
Dead on TimeBest Episode in a Television Drama SeriesNominated
2002All SaintsBest Television Drama SeriesNominated
Peter Fisk (ep. 169: Opening Night)Best Direction in a Television DramaNominated
Belinda McClory (ep. 169: Opening Night)Best Guest or Supporting Actress in Television DramaNominated
2005All SaintsBest Television Drama SeriesNominated
2006All SaintsBest Television Drama SeriesNominated
John WatersBest Guest or Supporting Actor in Television DramaNominated
2007All SaintsBest Television Drama SeriesNominated
Mark PriestleyBest Guest or Supporting Actor in Television DramaNominated

Ratings

Season# of EpisodesTimeslotSeason
Premiere
Season
Final
Peak
Audience
Average
Audience
Rank
(Australian series)
141Tuesday 8:30 pm24 February 199817 November 1998N/A1,381,0005th
2438 February 199923 November 1999N/A1,435,0005th
3418 February 200021 November 2000N/A1,488,0003rd
44313 February 200127 November 20012,023,0001,595,0003rd
5435 February 200226 November 20021,687,0001,507,0003rd
64311 February 200325 November 20031,544,0001,363,0004th
74027 February 200416 November 20041,424,0001,235,0004th
8418 February 200522 November 20051,559,0001,282,0003rd
94028 February 200621 November 20061,660,0001,419,0002nd
104113 February 200720 November 20071,603,0001,380,0002nd
1140Tuesday 9:30 pm12 February 200825 November 20081,603,0001,245,0002nd
12373 February 200927 October 20091,505,0001,175,0003rd

Home media

Seasons 1 to 5 were released by EMI Australia in 2005 through 2007. EMI lost the DVD rights in 2007, therefore seasons 1 to 5 were discontinued.

Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Australia were later awarded DVD rights to the show, releasing seasons 8 to 12 in 2009 and 2010. The two "missing seasons" - seasons 6 and 7 - were released on 2 March 2011. All 12 seasons are being re-released on DVD in Australia in 2018/2019 by Via Vision Entertainment and Madman Entertainment with the first 3 seasons being released as "All Saints Collection One" and available from September 2018. With "All Saints Collection Two" to follow in November 2018.


DVD Releases

DVD SeasonFormat#
Episodes
#
Disc(s)
Region 4DVD Distributors
The Complete First SeasonDVD411028 November 2005EMI
The Complete Second SeasonDVD431120 June 2006EMI
The Complete Third SeasonDVD411017 November 2006EMI
The Complete Fourth SeasonDVD431027 November 2006EMI
The Complete Fifth SeasonDVD431013 September 2007EMI
2003 SeasonDVD43112 March 2011Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Australia
2004 SeasonDVD40102 March 2011Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Australia
2005 SeasonDVD411129 September 2010Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Australia
2006 SeasonDVD401029 September 2010Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Australia
2007 SeasonDVD41109 September 2010Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Australia
2008 SeasonDVD40109 September 2010Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Australia
2009 SeasonDVD3792 March 2010Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Australia
All Saints Collection One (seasons 1-3)DVD1253119 September 2018Via Vision Entertainment
All Saints Collection Two (seasons 4-6)DVD128311 November 2018Via Vision Entertainment
All Saints Collection Three (seasons 7-9)DVD121315 December 2018Via Vision Entertainment
All Saints Collection Four (seasons 10-12)DVD118296 March 2019Via Vision Entertainment
All Saints Complete Collection (seasons 01-12)DVD4931222020Via Vision Entertainment