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Author of the official Holby City book; latest novel Half A World Away out now. www.suehaasler.com

Casualty: No loo rolls were harmed in the making of this episode

Casualty - Series 33 - Ep43(Series 33, ep. 43 by Daisy Martey and Dana Fainaru 20.7.19) You’ll be wanting to read my proper review over at Metro. But wait! I have a couple of random thoughts first.

– With the caveat that I watched it on a tiny wee window in the corner of my laptop, I thought the prison riot was a tad underwhelming. I’m sure it’ll look much more spectacular on a big telly though.

– Ciaran manages to get more loathsome every week, doesn’t he? Excellent work by Rick Warden.

– I wonder how a Connie Beauchamp on full power would have dealt with him, though? Currently she’s too fragile to go full Connie with him. Which of course makes the rights and wrongs so much more interesting, as we know she’s a complete liability currently – but because she’s Connie we’re still on her side.

– I’m also on Archie’s side, and will be on Duffy’s side if Connie tries to pin the blame for this latest mistake on her.

– I liked the young prison officer, Matt, who was so sweet about the old man. Duffy had her Compassion switch turned up to 11.

– It was all very intense, wasn’t it? A bit of humour wouldn’t have gone amiss just to lighten things up a bit. Holby always manages to get a bit of humour in – but I suppose they have the luxury of an extra 10 minutes in which to tell their stories.

– Liz’s sudden decline after being injected with lidocaine was especially traumatic. There was a real atmosphere of panic in the room as Connie realised what had happened.

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Holby City: The one with the Tooth Fairy

dominic evan holby 29 copy(Series 21, ep. 29 ‘Reckless’ by Gerard Sampaio 16.7.19) For an in-depth probing of this episode please pop over to Metro. But first…

– I know we’re supposed to hate Evan – and I do, honestly – but isn’t Jack Ryder doing a beautiful job with the character?

– It didn’t take long for Dominic to work out what Evan really is. He’s seen the pattern before and Evan doesn’t scare him.

– Cameron’s one-day-long journey from feeling under Bernie’s shadow to accepting that she did what she had to do and he’s all right with that, to finding out she’s missing in action was a bit blatant, but Serena’s face when she saw an army officer talking to Cameron packed a powerful punch all the same. She clearly still loves Bernie.

– If you’d said a year ago that I might be wishing for a romance between Henrik Hanssen and Carole Copeland I would probably have laughed at you. But here we are – it looks like it could possibly happen and it would actually be beautiful. I love how Guy Henry and Julia Deakin play their scenes together. There’s a real lightness of touch and emotional heart to them. Hanssen’s character is so well-developed now that they could take the character into a love story without him losing the essential Hanssen-ness – that formal, slightly stern, eccentric demeanour that we know and love.

– Zav and Donna. I say it every week almost but… adorable.

– Ric was a tiny bit forgetful this week, did you notice? I wonder what’s going on there.

– Dialogue of the week:

(Hanssen) ‘Rationality is the greatest gift one can give a child.’

(Carole) ‘You can’t really put that under a pillow.’

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Casualty: More than any of us can imagine

Casualty - Series 33 - Ep42(Series 33, ep. 42 by Isla Gray 6.7.19) Have a look at Metro to see my full review of this episode. But first…

– What was Jade doing with Marty’s eyebrows? It took a long time and made no difference at all. Like every hairdressing scene ever in Coronation Street, where Audrey and Maria can talk for days while hovering a comb over someone’s hair without actually touching it.

– I wonder how far Jade will have to go now she’s decided to pose as Marty’s girlfriend? I’m expecting various other members of his family to show up just to make things spectacularly awkward.

– It was nice that Kian got a mention (he’s on Holby if you don’t watch it, and he’s supposed to be Marty’s cousin).

– It was also nice that Iain has finally relaxed into understanding what his support systems are and that he has coping strategies to help him through hard times. And yes – Michael Stevenson is brilliant. Always. 

– Bless Robyn for offering to give Gem the money to go travelling! I bet wee Charlotte would be thrilled to know that Robyn is giving away her inheritance to a person who can’t even work out that overseas call rates can be expensive.

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Holby City: Bombshells

evan chloe holby 28 copy(Series 21 ep. 28 ’Reckless’ by Nick Fisher 10.7.19) You know the drill – full review over at Metro. But first…

– I think we can definitely file Evan under ‘wouldn’t trust him as far as you could throw him.’ And I am really rubbish at throwing things. I’m sure he didn’t want to get himself stabbed, but once he had been stabbed he definitely spotted an opportunity to get Chloe to agree to marry him.

– We still don’t know what drives Evan to behave in the controlling way he does. Perhaps when we meet this ‘Sophie’ who’s his next of kin we’ll start getting some answers.

– I’m still loving Jack Ryder’s work as Evan.

– I also loved Helen, Lofty’s Vegas fling. She reminded me quite a bit of Jac’s sister Jasmine and you could see why Lofty would be attracted to her. It was nice that as soon as she discovered that Lofty was married she tried to back off without causing any upset.

– A while back, Dominic was quite keen on the idea of having a baby and it was Lofty who was reluctant. I wonder whether that’s the last we’ll see of Helen…

– Fleur Fanshawe is wonderful. There’s something about that Obs & Gynae ward that produces really good characters (yes, I still miss Mr T. And Mubbs. And Owen).

Dialogue of the week:

Ric ‘You go, girl.’

Serena ‘Did you just say “go girl”?’

Ric ‘Yes. It was a bit weird, wasn’t it?’

Serena ‘It was disturbing.’

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Holby City: Zav smells of damp

sue holby 27(Series 21, ep. 27 ‘Flying Solo’ by Martin Jameson 9.7.19) I’ve written a nice (I hope it’s nice) long review of this episode over at Metro, so please have a look. But first…

– Line of the week was anything to do with Xavier’s vest. I loved the way the idea of Zav having a smelly vest played against the fact that he is so good-looking and very probably smells as nice as he looks.

– Cringey line of the week was Evan’s “She stepped up to the plate and ate dinner off it.” I was glad that Cameron pointed out that it didn’t even work as a metaphor. No, it doesn’t. Two completely different kinds of plate.

– Was all the talk about an attacker on the loose (who’s apparently now been caught) a red herring, or will it come up again at some point? The Mythical HR Department sending a message out saying they didn’t want anyone leaving the hospital unaccompanied seems too sinister a detail to waste.

– I think Cameron was right to think Kian was out of order in theatre, but should probably have taken it up with him rather than going to Hanssen.

– Will Serena welcome Bernie’s boy to AAU, do you think?

– Carole Copeland and Scary Sue break my heart every time. I completely want to see Hanssen and Carole dancing, though. Remember when Tess and Abs used to dance together on Casualty many moons ago?

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Holby City news: Elliot Hope to return! Diane Lloyd back from the dead!

image002Yet another brilliant piece of news for Holby City fans, as it’s been confirmed that one of the show’s most beloved former characters Elliot Hope (played by Paul Bradley) will be returning for five episodes this year.

Paul says, “I’m really looking forward to returning to a programme on which I spent so many happy years. Holby has always been a hive of really exciting and imaginative stories and this won’t be any different, it’s going to be a cracker!”

As well as Paul’s return, there’s going to be another fan favourite coming back to the show. Diane Lloyd (played by Patricia Potter) was last seen in 2007 – when her character died. Executive Producer Simon Harper explains: “It’s not often we literally bring a character back from the dead, and no, Diane won’t be walking out of the shower and telling her colleagues it was all a decade long dream. Her return is in itself an anniversary homage to a time on the show when we experimented quite regularly with genre and style, so the audience can expect something very different indeed in a unique and quirky episode where Ric faces a terrifying and life-changing choice, and the world of the hospital is literally turned upside down. I’m so pleased Patricia agreed to return in this most unusual way. Diane was a huge and popular character in Holby’s first decade, and this will be such a treat for our long-term viewers.”

image004Patricia herself is excited. “It’s lovely to be returning to Holby,” she says. “I really enjoyed my time there and made fantastic friends as well as meeting my husband [doctor Jim Down]. Returning after a decade is very weird but it’s as friendly as ever and revisiting Diane feels like putting on an old glove! She had a tragic end and this storyline feels like it puts the character to bed with some peace and resolution. It’s great.”

The return of Elliot Hope is always high on the wish-list of any Holby fan and Simon Harper says, “How could we possibly celebrate Holby’s 20th anniversary without a return stint from one of our most beloved characters?  Elliot was the heart and soul of the hospital and the nearest thing to a father Jac has ever had – and her desire to please and prove herself to him at a particularly fraught time will have huge emotional consequences in our climactic story for 2019.  I’m so delighted to welcome the glorious Paul Bradley back to his Holby family, and I also know just how hungry the audience have been for this moment, so it’s wonderful to finally see it happen.”

There’s also going to be a revisit to an old storyline. In 2008 fans were gripped by the story of the Tan twins, conjoined twins who were separated by Holby surgeons as babies. The twins, now 11 years old, will come back to Holby. Simon Harper says the 2008 storyline “completely transformed the scope and ambition of the way we tell guest stories.  Seeing them all grown up, with their mum, and reunited with their saviour Ric just when he needs them most is a real tear jerker, and I can’t wait for the audience to see it.” 

All of this, along with the already-announced returns of Luke Roberts and Patsy Kensit as Joseph and Faye Byrne, means that Holby is going to continue to be unmissable in the coming months.

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Casualty: Seashells

Casualty - Series 33 - Ep41(Series 33, ep. 41 by Rachel Paterson 29.6.19) For my full review of this episode please pop over to Metro. But first…

– Well this was a sad one, wasn’t it? Ellen Thomas was so touching as Omo, I felt genuinely sad to be losing her. I was glad that she and Jacob had made peace with each other by the time she died.

– I’m quite excited to find out how Ciaran and Archie are going to pursue Connie. I’m definitely on Team Archie in this dispute, because Connie was clearly in the wrong when she blamed Archie for her own mistake. But Connie is clearly not her normal self and for her own good she needs to be stopped before her behaviour gets even more self-destructive.

– Also every week I’m loving Archie more and more.

– David is also an absolutely precious character. Arriving at Omo’s house to give Jacob some support and a break (and Robyn’s lasagne) – what a lovely man.

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