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

Holby City: All that drama

Holby City(Series 21, ep. 37 ‘Gods and Monsters’ by Alex Straker 10.9.19) For a thorough probing of this review pop over to Metro (and be delighted by all the other Holby coverage there). But first…

– It was a while ago since I watched this episode (I’ve been on holiday) so my recollections are a bit hazy. Hence this will be a poor selection of further thoughts and I apologise for it. 

– Everyone accepted Isla as Essie’s adopted daughter very readily, but nobody thought it was odd that she hadn’t mentioned it before. And wouldn’t she be entitled to some adoption leave? Anyway… plot reasons etc.

– I was amused when Chloe announced that ‘all that drama is now behind me.’ Hello? You do realise you work in Britain’s most dramatic hospital?

– I honestly thought Fletch had had his pretty head turned by Evil Evan, but I should have more confidence in Holby’s King of Nurses. And so should Ange (but I’ve known him longer than she has, so I do feel guilty).

– ‘Does Mr Griffin seem a little more highly strung this morning?’ Lofty wondered. Yes he does. Though I’m not surprised he couldn’t remember his password – it was ridiculously long and meaningless.

– The return of the Tan twins was very sweet and Mrs Tan was lovely. The scene where she advised Ric to not ignore his problems was very emotional.

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Casualty & Holby City

joseph holby trailerWhile I’m away on holiday I won’t have much access to the internet, so I won’t be posting my usual ‘further thoughts’ posts and links to my Metro spoilers and reviews for a couple of weeks.

In the meantime you could bookmark the link to all my Metro stuff and keep an eye out – particularly for the exclusive chat I had with Luke Roberts, the legend who (despite all his busy stuff elsewhere) is and forever will be Joseph Byrne, The World’s Most Beautiful Heart Surgeon.

Here’s the link you need: https://metro.co.uk/author/sue-haasler/

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Holby City: Essie gets a baby for a week

essie holby 34(Series 21, ep. 34 ‘Where Does It Hurt?’ by Ed Sellek 20.8.19) For my proper review of all this week’s medical mayhem, please have a look at Metro. But first…

– I realised this week that I proper heart Kian. Not in the way I hearted (and will always heart) Joseph Byrne,* but as a really brilliant character. Ramin Karimloo has such a relaxed way about him, he makes Kian look as though he’s been at Holby forever. I love the way you’ll see the supporting artists sometimes give him little swoonsome glances (in character, obviously, because they are superbly professional) as he swans through the department dispensing smiles and doughnuts. He’s absolutely authentic and natural in every scene he’s in – whether talking to Nicky or Jac or Fletch or Essie, there’s a real connection between his character and theirs. It’s quite lovely to watch.

– What is wrong with Ric? I’m worried. But he’s magnificent when he’s angry, and he was absolutely fuming.

– Are Fletch and Ange over already, then, or will they get back together? I have to say I don’t much mind either way.

– Evil Evan! Putting the camera in the flat was a properly sinister move and one I did not expect.

– Was it poignant that Frankie handed over her baby more-or-less in the shadow of the Raf Di Lucca Memorial Lump?

– *On the subject of Joseph Byrne I had the absolute pleasure of talking to Luke Roberts (who plays him) yesterday, about the forthcoming Joseph/Faye return. Look out for that interview on Metro next week.

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Casualty: Major incident declared

Casualty - Series 34 - EP1(Series 34, ep. 1 by Mark Catley 17.8.19) Pop your lovely self over to Metro for my full review of this episode. But first…

– Blimey, that was a rollercoaster ride of an episode, wasn’t it? I felt like the budget that had been saved on the somewhat underwhelming prison riot of a few weeks back was blown on today’s terrorist attack. It was as well done and gripping as anything you’d see on Line Of Duty or The Bodyguard. I thought the editing was especially good in the scene where the bomb went off – events happened quickly but there was still enough time for a real sense of dread to build.

– Beautiful work from George Rainsford. Ethan is such a beloved character so we’re always rooting for him, and George made sure that we were feeling everything that Ethan was feeling.

– Though I do hope Ethan isn’t going to become Traumatised Person of the Series. We’ve just got Iain back to health and Connie safely in rehab, I don’t want to see episode after episode of Ethan quivering in corners.

– I feel very sorry for Gem. She must have managed about two days of happy holidays with her beloved before he was whizzing off back to Holby, leaving her in charge of the Elephant Cam.

– But I’m happy that Rash is back.

– It already feels like Rosa has been in Casualty since forever. There’s something completely real and believable about both the character and the way Jacey Salles plays her.

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Holby City: Farfar away

hanssen oskar holby 33(Series 21, ep. 33 ‘Work-Life Balance’ by Simon Norman 13.8.19) My full review of this episode is at Metro as usual so zip over there to find out what’s what. But before you go…

– Line of the week has to be one of Hanssen’s trademark multi-syllable efforts: “Medical innovation doesn’t wait for unscheduled personal appointments, Nurse Di Lucca.” This is where being a Shakespearean actor helps.

– Though it’s closely followed by Dom’s attitude to working on AAU rather than Keller: “It’s like Meryl Streep agreeing to be in Geordie Shore”

– I don’t know how long Hanssen has gone for this time but I certainly hope it isn’t for long (it was confirmed on Twitter that he will be back). Holby is not the same without him. And we never got to see him dance with Carole Copeland.

– Scenes between Hanssen and Oskar have been absolutely precious. What a star that little boy is.

– Some viewers will have recognised the actress who played Freda Hopley (the Darwin patient’s wife) as Julia Foster, who has had an incredible film and TV career. Her first TV job was on Emergency Ward 10, ITV’s first hospital-based serial drama which was also filmed at Elstree.

– Evan really is a sinister individual, isn’t he? I’m still loving Jack Ryder’s work.

– Well done Sacha for brilliant bowel surgery. He’s as much of a genius surgeon as Jac in his own modest way.

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Casualty: Still a tough cookie

Casualty - Series 33 - Ep46(Series 33, ep. 46 and 47 by Hilary Frankland, Patrick Homes and Katie Douglas 10.8.19) For this week’s review please head over to Metro. But first…

– In the end I felt really sorry for Connie. Compare this exit to her magnificent departure from Holby City in the Snow Queens episode to see just how low she’s fallen. And, like she told Charlie, it all stemmed from that brutal attack.

– Almost needless to say, but Amanda Mealing really has been wonderful in this storyline.

– The ‘previously’ bit at the beginning – there’s something about the way Ciaran says “You threw Duffy under the bus” through gritted teeth that makes me laugh.

– Good to know that Hanssen is still capable of pulling off a magnificent loom when he needs to. He didn’t so much loom in that pharmacy as manifest himself. Classic.

– I was amused by Iain telling Siobhan she couldn’t bring “that sort of baggage” (i.e. being an alcoholic) into the ED. There’d be no staff at all if that rule was rigorously applied.

– Line of the episode, and important piece of life advice: (Iain) “If you’re gonna mess up, do it after Jan’s had summat to eat.”

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Casualty news: Dixie returns!

tt34Kb8wExcellent news from Casualty HQ today. Jane Hazlegrove will return to the ED in the autumn in two special episodes.

She’ll arrive as part of the HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) team to assist the paramedics with a patient with a life-threatening chest injury.

Executive Producer Simon Harper says, “It’s wonderful to have the brilliant Jane Hazlegrove back in the Casualty family fold. Dixie was and remains a massively popular character with the audience who miss her to this day, and she and Iain are clearly going to have a lot to catch up on after his tumultuous year.”

Dixie’s return is going to have a massive impact on Iain which leads him to think about his own future. Is Iain ready for a new challenge and pastures new?

Jane Hazlegrove has already filmed her episodes and says, “It was really great to see some familiar faces again and of course to hang out with Sir Michael Stevenson…despite the fact that his jokes haven’t got any better!”

Read more: Dixie’s last episode

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