Holby City: Blue eyes, old soul

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(Series 17, ep.33Following last week’s Whisper With The Dangerous Edge, this week Hanssen showcased his mastery of the Long Scary Pause. He gave Elliot a little talk along the lines of needing to have everyone working well because a team was only as strong as its weakest link. Elliot tried a bit of humour with “You are the weakest link. Goodbye.” To which Hanssen replied, “I beg your pardon?” followed by that LSP. Not an Anne Robinson fan, then.

The weakest link on Elliot’s sadly depleted team is currently Oliver Valentine, because he’s still being O. Negative and his “gap yah” (as Jesse insisted on calling it) hasn’t really helped him sort his post-Tara life out.  Continue reading


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Holby City: Looks better in blue

zosia annabelle holby(Series 17, ep.32) “I picked you because you’re bloody brilliant,” Dr Annabelle Cooper told Dr Zosia March. Zosia must be brilliant, too, because the thing Annabelle picked her for was to operate on her own brain (Annabelle’s, not Zosia’s, obvs). This made me mumble crossly to myself the way I do, wondering exactly when it was that Zosia got so brilliant at brain surgery, considering she’s only been doing it for five minutes. Scriptwriter Peter Mattessi got round my objections in a cunning scene in which Zosia listed all of the relevant experience she’s had. My word, she really is an expert. So that left only Selfie to convince. He wanted his daughter to “steer clear of the Annabelle thing – given your situation.” Was he genuinely worried about Zosia’s mental health, or his own ego? It’s never easy to tell with Selfie.  Continue reading


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Casualty: Connie and Charlie’s big adventure

charlie connie casualty(Series 29, ep.32) It’s not often we get to leave the grim confines of Holby, but this Romanian adventure was well worth the air fare. It was gripping and thoroughly enjoyable.

In pursuit of Charlie’s waste-of-skin son Louis, Connie and Charlie hurtled to Bucharest, pausing only for Connie to grab her Touche Eclat, a gorgeous woolly jumper and some hand sanitiser.

Bucharest looks rather lovely, albeit cold. There was snow on the tops of the buildings, but mainly slush underfoot, which was nicely atmospheric but probably a bit of a nightmare for the actors.  Continue reading


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Holby City: Danger – unauthorised spectators, infested dogs and trembling hands

adele oliver holby(Series 17, ep.31) “Stick to your work and don’t try to fix everything,” Dr Oliver Valentine told Adele. He was being Managerial because Elliot had left him in charge (and he’s also still somewhat O. Negative) and he wasn’t taking any nonsense. And, frankly, I cheered him. I’m getting more than a bit tired of Saint Adele of the Trillion Skills, and there’s been nobody to take her down a peg since Jac disappeared.

Most irritatingly even when Adele is wrong, she ends up being right. “I was just trying to hold on to somebody I love,” she said, in her best surely-you-can’t-argue-with-that voice, and Ollie didn’t argue with that and assumed his Thinking Face. Was he thinking about Penny (his patient was a twin) or Tara, people he loved and couldn’t hold on to? Or was he just wondering what was in the fridge for tea? Such is the magic of Adele that it could have been all, some, or none of these things.  Continue reading


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Holby City: Looming marvellous

ric serena holby(Series 17, ep.30) The new CEO was going to be introduced at a specially convened meeting. Everyone sighed and looked a bit bored or cross as they trundled towards the board room. Many of them expected to see the mythical Olivia Sharpe installing her shoes under the table of corporate power (though Elliot had bumped into Olivia and she hadn’t mentioned anything), or some tedious pen-pusher in a suit. Nobody noticed that Serena Campbell was wearing a Knowing Expression. Then the door opened to reveal… an empty table.  Continue reading


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Casualty: End of a short stretch

connie casualty(Series 29, ep.31) Free the Holby One! Who’s going to join me in my campaign to get Connie out of prison? I’ve got the placards, I’ve prepared the online petition…

Oh, hang on. She’s already out. Blimey, that was quick. And we have to thank none other than Charlie Fairhead, the Hercule Poirot of Wyvern. He didn’t even have to look in Rita’s locker to know that the missing pills were there (how thick is Rita to keep them in her locker anyway?). He just knew, because he’s Charlie and he sees into the human soul. “Do you really hate her that much?” he said to Rita, with a shake of that grizzled head, before convincing the police that the pills just happened to turn up.

So Connie is free. She hardly had time to get used to walking in flat shoes and sleeping in low thread-count sheets and she was out again, feeling the green green grass of Holby beneath her Louboutins.  Continue reading


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Holby City: We need to talk about Guy

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(Series 17, ep.29) The episode was officially titled ‘Small Disappointments,’ but the only small disappointment about it from the point of view of thousands of excited Hanssenites was that the man in the black raincoat took so long to appear. There was an early sighting of him eating a sandwich in the Linden Cullen Memorial Shrubbery, but it wasn’t until the last minute when he was properly seen and actually heard.  Continue reading


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