The hard-working nurses of St Angela's Hospital are back, in the second series of Paula Milne's ground-breaking medical drama. After the huge success of the first series, the student nurses return to face a new set of challenges, both in their working hospital lives and at home. The show continues to tackle the real-life issues that face the medical profession, and is not afraid to deal with the hard-hitting aspects of hospital care or face up to controversial personal issues. Angels is critically acclaimed for being the first authentic and gritty portrayal of the lives of modern NHS staff, paving the way for later harder-edged medical dramas such as Casualty, Holby City and A&E. It helped launch the careers of numerous British actresses at a time when strong female roles were rare, including Fiona Fullerton, Lesley Dunlop and Julie Dawn Cole. Series 2 also marks the first appearance of Pauline Quirke as Nurse Vicky Smith.