'Hard to do' Comeback Scenes
Teletext November 2003
Julia Watson has returned to Casualty as Charlie Fairhead's
ex-wife Baz after a five-year absence, but she has hinted this may be the last
She tells Teletext: "I'm only back for eight episodes and I'm sworn to secrecy
about what happens to Baz. But I'm not a permanent fixture."
Watson, 50, has flitted in and out of the show since it began in 1986 but she
quit after Baz married Charlie in 1998 and then abruptly left him with their son
The actress says fans of the series can expect fireworks between her character
and Charlie when she returns this Saturday.
She says: "Charlie will get a big shock as Baz returns from Canada with her
third husband Dan in tow so there's no chance of a reconciliation. She's come
back because her father Kenneth (Frank Windsor) has terminal lung cancer and she
wants to spend time with him so Charlie isn't exactly dominating her thoughts."
Baz and her ex-husband have had a fiery history in Casualty. One-time doctor Baz
is returning to haunt Charlie (Derek Thompson), 17 years after their romance
began. She got pregnant but had an abortion without telling him.
She then left him in 1988 to work in London, got married and began an affair
again with him in 1995. Pregnant again, this time she kept their baby Louis.
They split again but married in 1998 before Baz walked out on him once more.
Filming Christmas scenes in Lapland proved a bonus for the actress. Her
character takes son Louis, eight, to see Santa. Charlie, Baz's husband Dan and
her sickly father also make the trip.
Watson says: "It was fantastic, I had never seen snow like it and we saw the
Northern Lights. It wasn't too cold — only minus five — and we got to see Father
The actress says that she wouldn't be able to cope with making 40 episodes of
Casualty a year. She was used to a more leisurely 13 when the hospital drama
began in 1986.
"I wouldn't be able to commit myself to that workload because it would mean
being away from home and my family — poet David Harsent and daughter Hannah, 13
— for too long. That's why I left in the first place."
But Watson admits to have relished her return as Baz. She says: "I was filming
for four months in Bristol and it was great to team up again with Derek Thompson
(Charlie) and Ian Bleasdale (Josh).
"I left to spend more time with my daughter Hannah but I still managed to do two
series of ITV's kids' drama Welcome To Orty Fou. Being married to a poet I've
also edited two books of poems for weddings and funerals for Penguin."