Holby City: Like something out of a Victoria Wood sketch

isaac-carole-dominic(Series 19, ep. 14) Dominic may have mainly shed his Darren days, but there’s one element he can’t escape from, and that’s his parents. His mum, the very wonderful Carole, in particular has a habit of pitching up at Holby to create her own brand of maximum maternal embarrassment for her Dazzle. But what would Isaac make of Carole and Barry? “They’re like something out of a Victoria Wood sketch,” he said. This impressed me a lot, partly because they so absolutely are, but mainly because it’s lovely to have one of my heroes name-checked on Holby, and it’s lovely to know her reach extended to seriously snobby surgeons who are not the sort of people who go to Lapland.  Continue reading

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Gilmore Girls: A Year in the life – Spring

gilmore-girlsFirstly, apologies for the massive delay in my Episode 2 write up, Christmas and a whole host of distractions got in the way but now I’m determined. Also, I think a tiny bit of me is stringing this out as I’m still in denial about the end of GG.

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Casualty: Oh, Ethan. Oh, Dylan

alicia-ethan-casualty(Series 31, ep. 16) I haven’t seen Casualty for quite a while now, but dipping back into it this week it didn’t feel like I’d missed much.

The Ethan/Cal/Alicia love triangle is still a thing, with Cal well ahead at the start of the episode, but Ethan once again in the ascendant by the end. Ethan realised – for the umpteenth time – that Cal is a selfish twonk who (a) doesn’t deserve a brother as lovely as Ethan and (b) doesn’t deserve a girlfriend as lovely as Alicia. So he’s putting his own needs first. And Alicia’s needs, of course, because he’s a gentleman and he’s spotted that Alicia prefers him to Cal. This is perceptive of him, given that she’s been too polite to hurt Cal’s feelings by not kissing him in front of Ethan, because she’s sweet like that. I can’t help thinking that Ethan needs to set his romantic bar a bit higher.  Continue reading

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Holby City: Welcome to our beginning

birdie-mo-holby(Series 19, ep. 13) I want to say what a glorious, funny, touching episode, but that would be to ignore the fact that, by the end of it, Bernie was asking Serena whether her daughter was on the transplant register. It was that kind of episode that Holby does so well – heart-wrenching drama one minute, a tipsy Jac Naylor fending off the attentions of a hairy Swede the next.

hanssen-holbyIt was Mr T and Inga’s wedding – though luckily, as it turned out, not a legally binding wedding but a Swedish “hand-fasting,” presided over by Helga the Hiccuping Humanist. It was quite a splendid affair, with Swedish costumes, Swedish music and a Swedish best man – none other than Henrik Hanssen himself. “Aren’t you in Sweden?” Mo asked him. “No, I believe I’m here,” he replied. Who knew that he and Mr T play chess together, and Mr T is winning?  Continue reading

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Holby City: Take your daughter to work day

elinor-serena-holby(Series 19, ep. 12) I know we’ve seen Elinor before, but once again well done to the people in casting for finding someone who actually looks like she could be related to Catherine Russell. I wonder if Serena was anything like Elinor when she was younger – in other words, a bit of a tiresome brat? Because it has to be faced, Elinor was teetering on the edge of being majorly annoying and I thought she quite deserved that whack on the head – if only for being a bit of a princess over the whole #Berena thing.

She wasn’t the only person with questionable views on AAU. Patient Tracey was suffering from pancreatitis and racism, and this led to Jasmine delivering a brilliant speech to her about the NHS. Of course, Serena couldn’t condone that kind of ranting behaviour in her junior staff – “But, off the record – well done.”  Continue reading

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Holby City: Watch out for that man!

dominic-holby(Series 19, ep. 11) This review may not be up to my usual impeccable standard, because I watched the episode several days ago in a hotel room in Berlin on a television that warmly embraced the concept of British TV without having an entirely secure connection to it. Therefore it’s entirely possible that I missed some important chunks of dialogue. And possibly action. If I was being entirely professional I’d watch it all again and take notes, but it’s Christmas and there’s sprouts to sort out and whatnot.

dominic-zosia-holbyIt was a good episode though. Lee was back. The man who broke Dominic’s heart – and, more significantly, broke his heart at the time that Arthur was ill. He knows how to press Dominic’s buttons, and there was a tense scene when Lee went AWOL from his bed and turned up in the staff room with a knife in his hand. We all remember why that isn’t a good idea. Was he going to stab Isaac, his love rival for the hand of the fair Dominic? Well, no. But by the end of the episode I rather wished that he had. The final scene between Isaac and Dominic was absolutely brutal, with Isaac showing a cruel streak a mile wide and leaving Dominic in tears and Arthur’s granddad’s medal in pieces. All we can hope now is that Dominic will have nothing to do with Isaac ever again, but to do that would take a lot of self-esteem, and Dominic’s self-esteem is quite a fragile thing.  Continue reading

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Holby City: Deck the halls with vows of Zollie

ollie-zosia-holby(Series 19, ep. 10) In a world of doom and gloom it really was nice to have an episode where no-one died, much festive-themed food was consumed (mainly by Mo) and one of the big Holby romances is back on again.

matteo-zosia-ollie-holbyProducer Simon Harper said on Twitter that the reunion of Ollie and Zosia was brought forward specifically to cheer us all up, and it certainly worked for me, anyway. Zosia got Matteo to ask Ollie if he (Matteo) could ask her (Zosia) out, just to make him (Ollie) jealous. It worked a treat, because Ollie has been all prickly and defensive since Matteo arrived, what with his horse riding skills, the whole Italian thing and the fact that he can (allegedly) dance merengue and salsa, speak five languages and play the cello. Good lord, when does the man find the time to keep his beard nicely trimmed? I’m enjoying how Christian Vit seems to relish every second of playing Matteo, thoroughly playing up to all the stereotypes as he does so. It’s going to be interesting to see what kind of man Matteo is under that layer.  Continue reading

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