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

Holby City: Max and Selfie sitting in a tree

louis holby 13(Series 22, ep. 13 by Simon Norman 7.4.20) Click on the link to read my full review over at Metro. But first…

– Max and Selfie. Can you imagine those two together, really? I suppose they’re both two extremely damaged souls who also happen to both be mega brain surgeons, so they do have a lot in common. And compared to Max’s relationship with Louis, Selfie’s relationship with Zosia makes him seem like Parent of the Year so perhaps he can give her tips.

– Max is just horrible, and once again I love that she’s horrible. Good work by Jo Martin.

– Essie, Dominic and Sacha. Not only are Kaye Wragg, David Ames and Bob Barrett all brilliant actors, they work brilliantly together. There’s an intimacy and real affection there that shines through and makes these scenes totally heartbreaking.

– Jac and Kian. Absolutely yes, as far as I’m concerned. They have that shared history which gives Kian a key to Jac’s inner self which most people don’t have. She’s ice and he’s fire (a nice cosy fire rather than the blazing scary sort). They just work.

– As do Zav and Donna, so boo hiss to Cameron for breaking up one of the nicest couple ever on Holby. In my book that’s far worse than killing Evil Evan who frankly deserved it.

– There’s an interview with Tyler Luke Cunningham (Louis) here if you’re interested – not talking about Holby but more generally.

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Casualty: Is Dylan heading for a broken nose?

Casualty - Series 34 - EP30(Series 34, ep. 30 by David Semple and Hilary Frankland 4.4.20) For a full review of this episode pop over to Metro. But before you do that…

– Oh, Marty. It’s all because his self esteem has been shattered by his rubbish dad and that rubbish boyfriend Jack and a rubbish succession of useless men. All he wants is to be loved.

– But at least he and Jade are friends again.

– And at least he said no to Danny right at the end.

– Danny was an interesting character. Superficially charming but with a self-centred streak a mile wide, he was just a lost and lonely boy.

– Poor Ethan. He’s never lucky in love (though I suppose it’s to be expected if you’re a character in a TV drama). Though I don’t think Fenisha is at all the woman for him and Will is welcome to her.

– The Faith/Lev/Dylan triangle, though – I do think that Faith and Dylan would be a much more interesting couple than Faith and Lev, who don’t seem to have a huge amount of chemistry going. I worry that it will all end in Dylan getting his face rearranged by former football hooligan Lev if anything should happen between Dylan and Faith.

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Holby City: You think you’re a man

PLA dominic 2 holby city 12(Series 22, ep. 12 by Ed Sellek 31.3.20) I’ve reviewed this episode for Metro as usual, so have a look over there. But before you go…

– Important stuff first. What do we think of Ange’s new hairstyle? I quite like it, I think.

– Jo Martin is impressive at making Max so completely horrible, and I really felt for Louis.

– It’s the first part of a two-part episode, and it felt like it. The Lindsay story is still unresolved, and the flashback of Max ranting in the car park and Louis smashing the watch hasn’t been revisited yet. And there’s Essie… Next week can’t come soon enough.

– Line of the week: (Jac welcomes David, who usually works in the ED) ‘If you miss the violent threats and vomit, just let me know.’

– Once again we had a BAFTA-worthy performance from David Ames’ face when he realised that Essie’s cancer was back. And I’m already worried about how Sacha will cope.

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Casualty: The one where Charlie quits

Casualty - Series 34 - EP29(Series 34, ep. 29 by Hilary Frankland 28.3.20) As usual, you can find a full and frank review over at Metro. But before you go…

– It always amuses me that when people leave their jobs on TV programmes they always take a box of stuff with them. Never a carrier bag – it’s always a box. There’s usually a plant in it as well, but Charlie didn’t have a plant. I bet he had a picture of Duffy so he’ll probably have to go and get the box back out of the bin when nobody’s looking.

– Will he be back, though? I mean properly? Casualty without Charlie feels like the end of days, as if we didn’t have enough apocalyptic stuff to worry about already. The ravens will be leaving the Tower of London next.

– It also always amuses me when they have ‘famous’ people on Casualty and Holby. I don’t mean Sharon Gless-type real famous people. I mean pretend ones like Cameron the graffiti artist, AKA Brian Brain or whatever it was. Everyone had heard of him. There used to be a man in my area who would paint tiny pictures on lumps of squashed and dried chewing gum on the pavement (seriously. They were quite good) but his arrival at the local hospital would not have caused anything like the Brian Brain level of excitement.

– And anything at all that happens, gets videoed and put on the internet is always seen within 5 minutes by a staff member (usually Jade) at the hospital. Does this really happen? I’m somewhat old and therefore not quite as glued to my electronics as some, but still…

– I hope we get to see Noel dressed as an elephant on an exercise bike. Though I can’t help thinking there may be trunk/handlebar entanglement issues.

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Holby City: The one with the sausage fingers

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The first rule of Holby Fight Club is to be well-lit at all times

(Series 22, ep. 11 by Ed Sellek 24.3.20) For a full review, head over to Metro. But before you go…

– I really liked the Roger/Ben story and thought it explained Ben’s behaviour in a dramatic and believable way. Ben turned out to be rather a lovely character in the end.

– Xavier v Cameron is compelling stuff, too. I’m constantly amazed at how twisted Cameron is getting. I know it’s wrong of me, but I like it.

– I don’t like it when the Donna/Zav relationship hits problems though, because they are so sweet together.

– Xavier said he was going to ‘dig up the bodies.’ He’ll find a fair few of them in the Linden Cullen Memorial Shrubbery, so he doesn’t have far to look.

– Rather amusing that Max did the Coleen Rooney manoeuvre on Hanssen. But he will have the last laugh, I predict.

– Fletch, Ric and Hanssen’s secret meetings in the basement are rather exciting, and beautifully lit.

– I was also amused by Nicky’s sausage fingers, but I hope she doesn’t suffer any long-term effects from the drugs trial. 

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Casualty: Bumper cars and rollercoasters

Casualty - Series 34 - EP28(Series 34, ep. 28 by Stephen McAteer 14.3.20) Pop over to Metro right now to read my review of this episode. When I say ‘right now,’ I actually mean after you’ve read this next bit…

– Fenisha said she preferred a day that was ‘rollercoasters’ rather than a day of ‘bumper cars’ – i.e. she likes excitement. But it reminds me that it’s been far too long since Casualty featured a disaster at Holby Funfair. I remember Robyn being involved in such an incident quite a while ago. 

– Fenisha herself. Hmm… I’m not sure about her yet. I’m not impressed by her going into flirt mode with every doctor she sets eyes on, but maybe that’s just me being sweet and old-fashioned. I’m going to wait to see what Ruby thinks of her before I decide.

– That man who was chairing the conference that Rash was speaking at was horrible and I was glad to hear that Connie had given him a bit of a dressing down. It was just a shame we didn’t get to see it.

– When Jacob picked up the phone to Fletch my first thought was that Fletch currently has enough on his plate without having to worry that Casualty mainstay Charlie Fairhead is crumbling under pressure.

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Holby City: Cameron Dunn more bad things

cameron donna holby 10(Series 22, ep. 10 by Isla Gray 10.3.20) Pop yourself to Metro to read my review of the episode. But before you go…

– Cameron gets worse every week. He used to be so lovely that I was pleased the glorious Morven fell for him. He certainly wouldn’t be an acceptable Digby replacement these days.

– I miss Digby. My Pilates teacher still plays the Digby dying music during classes, so I think of him on at least a weekly basis. And normally when my knees are higher than my head.

– ‘Where do we all go when we’re having a crisis?’ Dom said when Ben went AWOL. ‘Aha!’ said everybody’s facial expression and Essie headed off purposefully. I’d have headed purposefully for the roof – surely that is where people go to have crises on Holby? It’s even taken over the basement as the crisis venue of choice these days. But no, Ben was in Albie’s and Essie knew this.

– I did feel sorry for Jason. He really didn’t want to get Cameron or himself in trouble, but he just can’t lie. I really hate the fact that Cameron is using this against him.

– Poor Fletch! That man deserves a nice lie down.

– Nurse Tayo was lovely and very competent. I hope we’ll see her again.

– It seems that Nicky has already started the drugs trial – she said she was probably in the placebo group. This means she probably isn’t and she’ll start getting sweaty and weird very soon.

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