Exciting news for fans of both Casualty and Holby City! On Saturday 2nd and Tuesday 5th March there are going to be two special crossover episodes, with characters from both shows plunged into a dramatic, action-packed situation.
The story involves a cyber-attack which takes out most of the hospital’s automated systems. Worse still, Sacha (Bob Barrett) and his daughter Beka (Francesca Barrett), along with Ric Griffin’s granddaughter Darla (Naomi Katiyo), are involved in a car crash. Sacha’s injuries are serious and Jac Naylor (Rosie Marcel) is ready to operate to save his life – but there’s only one theatre available and Connie Beauchamp (Amanda Mealing) needs it to try to save one of her own team.
Executive Producer Simon Harper promises ‘pure, nail-biting, taut, emotional medical drama’ as well as ‘delicious conflict’ between Jac and Connie as they battle to save their friends and colleagues. He also hints at a secret relationship: ‘Who from Casualty has been secretly carrying on with whom from Holby?’
Both episodes were written by Michelle Lipton and directed by Steve Brett. Harper says he’s ‘so proud of both the Cardiff Casualty and Elstree Holby crews and casts in making the mind-boggling logistics work, quite aside from their creative wizardry.’
(Series 33, ep. 23 by Debbie Owen 9.2.19) I’ve written a full review of this episode for Metro, so pop over and have a look. Just before you go, a couple of other things…
– If you know anything about me you’ll know I have a soft spot for anything to do with Liverpool, so it’s been lovely to have Paul Barber in these episodes as Ernest. The character was a really nice one – a rogue, used to living on his wits and his wiles, but ultimately sympathetic.
– It’s always useful to have Dylan around in moments of high emotion as curmudgeonly contrast. Maybe that’s why I couldn’t quite get on board with the Dylan/Ciara story a while back. I want Dylan to be cynical and detached, not emotionally overwrought.
– The attack on Connie at the end was truly shocking in its brutality – all the more so because we didn’t see the attacker or even see the blows land, we just saw the force that was being used by the jerking of Connie’s body.
– Louise might be feisty and occasionally bitchy, but her heart is of the finest gold. I’ve seen on social media a few people speculating that possibly it was Louise who attacked Connie. I think that anyone who could even consider that idea has been watching a different programme to the one I’ve been seeing.
– I can’t wait to find out what’s going to happen to Connie – and who dunnit (it wasn’t Louise).
(Series 33, ep. 22 by Rachel Paterson 2.2.19) There’s a proper Casualty review over at Metro, but one or two extra ponderings before you go.
– I really like the way Jan says Iain’s name in her Welsh accent, especially when she’s a bit cross with him. She did turn on him rather quickly, though, didn’t she? I suppose she was blinkered by maternal love for Nasty Ross. Charlie wasn’t fooled, though. Not only is he an excellent judge of staff, but he’s also been-there-done-that with waste of skin son Louis, so he knows a wrong ’un when he sees one.
– Michael Stevenson has been doing excellent work with what must have been a rather gruelling storyline. Iain’s speech to the DC about the drug victims he’d had to pick up in his job was really powerful.
– I think Ethan deleting Alicia’s number was just meant to be symbolic. As someone on Twitter pointed out, the next time she rings him her number will reappear on his phone again so it hasn’t gone forever, unless she never rings him again of course.
– I’m looking forward to Louise fighting the powers-that-be to protect her nurses. I love Louise when she’s having a good old righteous scowl at people.
My full review of this episode is over at Metro as usual. Before you go, I’ve a few random thoughts to add.
– Is Iain the unluckiest man ever to drive a Casualty ambulance? I expect you’d be able to give me a list of other unlucky paramedics (dear departed Jeff springs to mind – at least Iain is still alive), but even so – the poor lad has been through it, hasn’t he? I can’t help thinking Base’s death will tip him right over the edge, because Base was Iain’s project to help himself feel better for not saving Mia.
– The scene in the farm with gunshots spraying everywhere was extremely tense. Excellent work once again from Maddy Hill, who looked absolutely terrified.
– It’s always a bit weird when a surgeon from ‘upstairs’ appears and they’ve never even been mentioned on Holby City. I know they can’t have the Holby staff dashing over to Cardiff all the time, but I can’t help thinking that Andrew Ackroyd wouldn’t last five minutes in Jac Naylor’s department. She’d demolish him.
– Ernest Maxwell and Louise are very sweet together. I like how he’s a bit of a rogue but she sees his sweet side, and he brings out the best in her. I’m very worried that it’s not going to end well, though.
– Alicia’s moved fast on the house selling, hasn’t she? She must have taken quite a shine to Manchester.
(Series 33, ep. 20 by Rebecca Wojciechowski 19.1.19) My full review of this episode can be found over at Metro, but before you go I have a couple of things to add.
– I found myself pondering, not for the first time and probably not for the last, exactly where Holby is supposed to be these days. How far from Manchester is it? Would a long distance relationship between Holby-based Ethan and Manchester-based Alicia have been so difficult? I suppose when you factor in the long shifts etc, it might have been.
– And what did the fine hospitals of Manchester make of Connie’s conviction that Ethan going there would be ‘career suicide’? Surely there’d be an opening somewhere, with a possibility of career progression, for an experienced ED doctor?
– So many questions, but the fact remains that George Rainsford and Chelsea Halfpenny did a beautiful job with this storyline, considering that until this week I was not quite certain that they were even a proper couple. The ending was suitably tear-jerking. I was just glad that Charlie wasn’t in this episode, because Charlie saying goodbye to beloved colleagues totally does me in.
(Series 33, ep. 19 by Julie Dixon 12.1.19) This week’s Casualty review can be found over at Metro.
So what do we think? Does Duffy have dementia, or will it be some fixable thing that Holby’s ‘neuro team’ (currently very diminished after Professor Gaskell killed Roxanna then himself, and Selfie left for wherever) be able to sort out? And will Charlie and Duffy fix their relationship? I’m guessing a definite yes to the second question, because Charlie is an angel of a man and when he realises that Duffy has been struggling with more than just lust for Bill Crowthers he’ll be full of remorse and compassion. On the other hand, it’ll be difficult for him to come to terms with the fact that she confided in Bill and not in him.
Oh, I don’t know what’s going to happen! But I do know that Louise and Robyn are currently Not Helping.
(Series 33, ep. 5 by Jerome Bucchan-Nelson and Dana Fainaru 15.9.18) I’ve reviewed this week’s Casualty for Metro, so please head over there and take a look. First, some random thoughts.
– Asan N’Jie, who played Femi, has previously guested in Holby City in Series 19, ep. 23. When I spent some time in AAU as part of the research for the Holby book, he was the patient in the scene I saw being filmed. He was being intubated by Jasmine with help from Fletch and Morven. Needless to say, they didn’t really intubate him or he probably wouldn’t have agreed to be in Casualty.
– I wonder how Dylan’s going to react now he’s found out that Ciara is married?
– I also wonder how long Iain will hold out before he begins to love Ruby as much as I love her. There’ll probably be an episode where she has to do some ninja-level work in order to prove herself. And even that will have to be accompanied by Charlie Having A Word with Iain.
– Ethan has a heart of gold, but is he being a bit full-on with Alicia, do you think? I can’t quite decide. If it was anybody but Ethan you would probably think so. At any rate, I would not be happy about another person choosing the paint colour for my bedroom.