Holby City: Fight club

mo fletch holby(Series 17, ep.47) Thought we’d seen the last of Clifford? No chance. Back he came to AAU, this time as a patient, with a black eye, some broken ribs and intestines full of little packages of drugs. Oh, Clifford. This is what happens when you mess with Nasty Men.

Speaking of whom, on the next bed we had the Nasty Man himself, the very one who threatened to harm Clifford’s daughter and then got it a bit wrong and harmed her sister/cousin instead.

fletch holbyThis gave Fletch, and then Mo, opportunities for Revenge. Fletch had an encounter with Nasty Man in the lift, in which Nasty threatened him and his lovely children. “Threatening the bloke that gives you the morphine isn’t the best idea,” said Fletch through clenched teeth, making it quite clear where the balance of power lies if you happen to be lying on a trolley with tubes stuck in you.

Later on Mo had her chance when she went to confront Nasty and spotted that he was bleeding profusely. Mo actually looked extremely kick-ass in this scene and looked well ready for a fight, but both she and Fletch are good people and medical professionals first and foremost.

Nasty Man ended up dying in theatre anyway, so that’s him out of the way. And the legal system will be dealing with Clifford, but not before he had a father/daughter bonding moment with Mo.

Fletch, meanwhile, has taken a job at the mythical The Grange. Maybe this is the new brand name for The Hadlington. The main thing is it will get him some regular shifts and get him away from the disapproving gaze of Mo.

zosia ollie holbySo there was drama on AAU, but for a proper fight we need to go to Darwin. Sexual tension simmered all episode long between Ollie and Zosia. At one point they found themselves in The Zone – the one where two people get their faces fairly close and then they go a bit still and their gaze flutters between eyes and lips and a kiss looks imminent. She actually pounced on him (only a little pounce because they were sitting down. It wasn’t one of those lunges she used to do to Digby) but he jumped away like a scared wee beastie because he’s not yet ready for That Sort of Thing.

seb ollie holbyThere’s the additional problem of Slimy Seb, who is still officially Zosia’s boyfriend. This week he wanted to take her to New York to meet his father, or “Pops,” as he’s known. Throw all of this together and add in a disagreement about the way to best approach a patient who wants a gender reassignment but doesn’t want her father to know, and you have an explosive situation. This culminated in the funniest fight, with Ollie and Seb grappling like schoolgirls. If I tell you the cry of “Not the hair!” went up, you can guess just how brutal the encounter was. It was Seb who was worried about his hair (snork) and he ended the encounter moaning, “That’s an £80 shirt!” I think we know who claimed the victory there.

Unfortunately Seb is still the official boyfriend, and Zosia is going to New York with him to meet “Pops.” The way Seb ostentatiously kissed Zosia at the end of the episode and waved Ollie away with a flutter of his fingers was totally creepy, and I think Ollie should spend the time while they’re away in New York taking martial arts lessons, so he can give the £80 shirt a good kicking when it returns.

hanssen holbyIn other fight club news, Selfie and Jesse faced the wrath of Hanssen for last week’s scrap in Albie’s. Selfie whined that it wasn’t a hospital issue because it had happened “off-site.” “There’s no such thing as ‘off-site,’ Mr Self,” said Hanssen. For the rest of the episode Selfie and Jesse stayed on-site and bickered.

Next time: Selfie and Fletch in deadly danger! Ollie and Zosia in life or death situation!


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EastEnders: Life’s ups and downs

kush shabnam eastendersI’m constantly amazed at how good EastEnders is. Though there are still too many tedious scenes involving superannuated beetroot-faced thug Phil Mitchell, or Ronnie and Roxie bleating “you’re my sister and I love you” at each other every five minutes, there’s also brilliant drama like the current baby storyline and the fiendishly clever way the Lucy Beale murder story seemed to be resolved and then came roaring back into life. I feel like I actually care about a lot of the characters, and in a soap that used to be accused of being relentlessly bleak there’s now a lot of comedy, thanks to some great writing and some very versatile actors.

The last few episodes have been astonishingly good. Thursday’s was one of the funniest half hours of television I’ve seen for ages – Masood’s sudden transformation into an awkward lothario, bedding Bonnie Langford and trying to kiss his sister in law in the space of 30 minutes; Martin happily chundering all over the Square while Stacey gave him her best disapproving face (which is actually Stacey’s only face, as her default setting is miserable) and wondered if he was really parent/boyfriend material; the long-suffering Tamwar as always gazing around him like he’d just arrived from Planet Normal to be faced with an out of control world.  Continue reading


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Casualty: The beating heart of the hospital

charlie casualty(Series 30, ep.1 & 2) Wow. Talk about emotional rollercoaster. Leading directly on from last week’s (literally) explosive wedding episodes, series 30 kicked off in dramatic style. Who better to save the life of Dr Zoe Hanna/Walker than Charlie Fairhead? After all, he’s the heart and soul of Holby A&E, as someone pointed out during the episode. He’s been in Casualty since day one, his eyes failing to focus on anything in particular but his attention always firmly on the task in hand. He’s stalwart, dependable, loveable Charlie.

So when he went down with a heart attack not long after his brave rescue of Zoe, it was tense. And upsetting. The entire regular cast threw themselves into the proceedings and were completely believable as they struggled with the apparently imminent loss of their beloved mentor, confidante and friend.  Continue reading


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Holby City: A breath of fresh air

selfie holby(Series 17, ep.46) Why is Selfie still at Holby? And why are we still having to endure him working through the loss of his wife? I know that sounds heartless, but he’s fictional so I don’t feel too bad about it.

He’s had some brochures printed for his Self Centre of Neurosurgery. They have a picture of him on the cover (just to tempt any funders who may be enticed by craggy features) and they reminded me of Plastic Bhatti, another ego on a stick who liked pictures of himself in brochures. Look how he turned out.

Anyways, the Self Centre was temporarily shunted down to AAU this week, because Keller was apparently full, but it turned out to be handy when a face from Selfie’s past appeared with a broken wrist. Milly (Amber Aga) had gone through chemotherapy with Selfie’s late wife, so it was almost inevitable that she would have more than a broken wrist wrong with her. What she had was cancer in her brain, and Selfie persuaded her (against her wishes, really) to have surgery. This was only partially successful and Milly died, leaving her husband distraught and Selfie drowning his miserable sorrows in Albie’s and picking fights with Jesse (who apparently used to be a surgeon. Did we know this or is it new?).  Continue reading


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Casualty: The wedding goes with a bang. And a splash

max zoe casualty(Series 29, ep.46) Soap weddings are never uneventful – that would be a major waste of a plot opportunity. Even worse, they usually end in some kind of tragedy. So when Max and Zoe decided to get married, I had mixed feelings. She’s my favourite Casualty character and he’s the prettiest man in the hospital, so on paper it’s all good, but knowing it would turn out to be some kind of bad wasn’t good. If you see what I mean.

max casualtyIn a nod to her bad girl days, Zoe ended her hen night by sleeping with a random stranger. Despite Max being the most sensible, kindest and loveliest person in the world (as well as the prettiest), Zoe was having second thoughts. She almost didn’t go through with the wedding, but Max persuaded her that the fag breaks and the Curlie Wurlies were too good to give up. The wedding was low key, but the reception was a big do in a marquee. In hindsight they should have perhaps chosen a less flammable venue, like the pub across the road or Rodolfo’s.

A careless word by Dylan (reunited with Dervla but now officially diagnosed with OCD) alerted Max to Zoe’s hen night infidelity, and there were tears. Zoe ended up on Dylan’s boat asking him to steer off to Anywhere But Here.

zoe casualtyBack at the marquee, a fight broke out between Max and Charlie’s waste of skin son Louis, a patio heater went over, and there was a fire. Zoe saw the flames from the boat and asked Dylan to steer back to shore, but a bit of burning debris also set fire to the boat. Dylan couldn’t put the fire out and said they’d better swim. Zoe didn’t consider what a wet bridal gown might weigh, and jumped into the murky waters of the River Wyvern (I’m just guessing that bit). When last seen, she was treading water – but will she be able to stay afloat? Will Max rescue her? Where was Dervla? And would everyone back at the marquee be alright?

So many questions, hopefully to be answered next weekend, which is also a two parter.

In other news, it turns out that Louise used to be a nurse. And Dr Lily Chao is apparently mutating into Connie Beauchamp.


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Holby City: Bring on the day

dominic holby(Series 17, ep.45) How adorable is Dr Dominic Copeland? You’d have to say “very adorable,” unless you were Hanssen, who remains to be convinced.

This week, the medic formerly known as Darren was charged with looking after a group of girls, A level students who were thinking about a career in medicine. They were a bit of a handful, at one point practically storming the ward and causing Hanssen to have to use his Cross Voice to sort them out. I didn’t think their behaviour was the most realistic thing I’d ever seen, but it gave Dominic plenty of opportunities to be snippy and sarcastic and put-upon, all of which he does gloriously well.  Continue reading


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Casualty: Tess leaves, world just about carries on turning

tess charlie casualty(Series 29, ep.44) This episode was the exit of beloved senior nurse Tess Bateman, a woman who has endured much during her time in Casualty, including being impaled on a spike for a whole episode and an affair with Fletch – two experiences that are in no way comparable. Personally I’ll remember her most fondly for her dancing partnership with the wonderful Abs. They were so sweet.  Continue reading


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