Time in the ambulance service (1987-88)
Shirley was teamed up with Keith Cotterill from October 1987, responding to those injured in riots between the police and residents on her own estate. On returning home the next day, Shirley found her own son had been wrongly arrested, locked in a cell overnight and subjected to a police search. (CAS: "The Raid")
In September 1988, student nurse Alison McGrellis spent a night shift with Shirley and Keith and helped carry equipment when they have to abandon the ambulance and respond on foot to a patient having a stroke due to poor parking and narrow streets. (CAS: "Absolution")
One night in October 1988, Shirley was in a foul mood stating she has problems at home as her kids are playing up and her mortgage payments have increased. She got annoyed with Keith’s permanent happy outlook. Later in the shift they made up after delivering a teenage girls baby in the back of the ambulance. (CAS: "Burn Out")
Behind the scenes
Ella Wilder portrayed Shirley Franklin in Casualty from 1987 to 1988.