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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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Holby City: That whole hospital needs sorting out

jac fletch holby 9(Series 22, ep. 9 by Damian Mullen 26.2.20) Please feel free to visit Metro for the enjoyment of the second Holby review of the week. But before you go…

– I know we’re not supposed to like Max particularly, but she really was quite obnoxious in this episode. There were moments when I felt sympathetic towards her, but generally I just find her to be bullying, patronising and very unprofessional.

– And the playground politics on Keller was a bit tedious, too. Ben is quite a strange character. I can’t work him out.

– It was obvious that Jac and Kian would share the clinical lead job, but Jac is traditionally not a terribly collaborative person so we’ll have to see how long it lasts.

– Ange looked lovely when she was all ready for her date with Fletch. But Mamma Mia? That is my worst nightmare. Poor Fletch.

– When I saw Agency Olivia I thought she was going to be a ray of sunshine Chantelle Lane sort of person. She wasn’t. She was quite interesting though.

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Holby City: The broken thing

fletch jac holby 50 pla(Series 21, ep. 50 ‘Kintsugi’ by Martin Jameson 10.12.19) Pop over to Metro to read my review of this week’s episode. But before you do that…

– The ‘three wise men’ idea was quite sweet for a seasonal episode. There was a suspicion of tweeness about the gold, frankincense and myrrh gifts, but it was undercut by Jac’s relentless horribleness to Fletch and Sacha.

– Imagine slapping Sacha! You just couldn’t.

– I did love the Kintsugi idea of the mended thing being even more beautiful than the unbroken thing. Poor Jac has been broken and mended so many times she must be about the most beautiful thing possible now.

– Line of the week: So many to choose from, from funny lines like Fletch saying it was like Mission Impossible trying to get into the psychiatric unit and Jac saying, ‘What, you came through the ceiling?’ to Jac’s terribly sad words to Elliot: ‘Without you and without Emma who am I? No one.’ The episode was beautifully written by Martin Jameson.

– It’s a horrific situation that Chloe finds herself in – not least because now she’s got Cameron trying to work through his own guilt by stepping up to co-parent Baby Evil Evan, and she’s got Phoebe gearing up to be the clingy aunt from hell.

– If Jac is the sister Sacha never had, and Elliot is the father Jac never had, Elliot must be the father Sacha doesn’t even realise he needs.

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Holby City: I know what you did

holby 48 pla(Series 21, ep. 48 ‘Blurring the Lines’ by Andrew Rattenbury 26.11.19) Dash over to Metro to read my proper, long review. But before you go…

– What did we all think of Fletch’s new hairstyle, then? It it ‘cool’ as Ange suggested? Or do we need to campaign to #BringBackTheQuiff?

– I was shocked by what Kian did in theatre. Shocked.

– I’m also shocked by how annoying I find Bea. Partly it’s because she calls him ‘Kee,’ and ‘Bea and Kee’ is just silly. Though it does avoid the pronunciation difficulties that some of the characters have with his name, which ranges from ‘something rhyming with Ian’ to ‘Kee-yong’ via ‘Kee-yawn.’

– Jac looked so alone at the end of the episode. Needless to say but Rosie Marcel has been acting her socks off throughout this storyline, with more to come (oh my gosh is there more to come), but I do find myself wishing her health could be left alone for a while to let her get on with ninja-level medicine and withering put-downs.

– Helen’s love for Lofty must have been accentuated by wanting to cling to him in their mutual grief. Verity Marshall has been playing Helen brilliantly – still making you feel sorry for her, but at the same time being deeply suspicious of the way she’s trying to split Dofty up.

– Did you notice that Kian got himself a hot cross bun from Pulses? That’s a very out-of-season snack! They’ll be serving mince pies in August at this rate.

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Holby City: Flange is a Thing

donna xavier holby 25 copy(Series 21, ep. 25 ‘Pigeon’ by Andy Bayliss 20.6.19) My full review of this episode is over at Metro as per. Before you go, I have a few random thoughts.

– I’m going to have to start with Quote of the Week, which was of course Jac on FaceTime to Emma’s little friend. ‘Who are you? Your face is too big for the internet. Go away.’

– There was also Ric’s little dig at Brexit with his ‘All the good nurses go to Europe’ comment.

– I can completely believe in Donna and Xavier as a couple. The way she watches out for him and cares for him is pleasingly real.

– Which I can’t really say for Fletch and Ange. Thanks to Alex Walkinshaw’s impeccable acting skills, Fletch did look properly pleased and sweet about liking Ange and feeling he needed to tell Jac about it. But it’s weird that we’ve hardly really seen him together with Ange. And we’ve never seen Ange when she wasn’t stressing about ‘my brain-dead patient/my long-lost son/my highly-strung daughter,’ so his description of her as ‘really nice’ will have to be taken on trust.

Poor Sacha! No relationship ever lasts on Holby so it’s probably a mistake that we ever want them to happen in the first place, but he was just starting to be happy with Patricia and now they seem about to be ripped apart. It’s tragic.

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Holby City: No flies on Darwin

kian jac holby 18(Series 21, ep. 18 ‘Vinegar and Honey’ by Ed Sellek 30.4.19) For a full review of this week’s episode please bob over to Metro (the home of top quality soaps coverage). But first…

– The episode was called ‘Vinegar and Honey’ because Fletch told Jac ‘You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.’ I loved Jac’s reply: ‘Why would I want flies?’

– So Kian is the cousin of Marty in the ED. I wonder whether we’ll see Kian summoned to a Casualty crossover one day? It would be even nicer if Marty was there – he hasn’t been seen in a while.

– I understood Ange’s explanation of why Chloe would be devastated to find out Dominic is her brother while she was saying it, but looking back I’m not sure I agree with her now. What do you think?

– Dominic is getting quite obsessive though. When he told Ange ‘You don’t get to abandon me again,’ it sounded borderline threatening – not in a scary way, but in a very needy way. He isn’t a character whose emotions you can just dabble with, as Ange is finding out.

– I knew all wasn’t well in Scary Sue’s romantic life. Bless her.

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Holby City: Baby Zollie!

nicky zosia holby 16(Series 21, ep. 16 ‘North and South’ by Joe Ainsworth 16.4.19) To read my full review of this episode, bob over to Metro. But first…

– I knew the baby was Ollie’s! I suppose it was fairly obvious, really, once Arlo had been ruled out. But how lovely that she’s going to keep the baby and she’s letting him be involved too. Bless. Though I wonder what they’ll give it as a surname. Self-Valentine? Valentine-Self? It sounds like a recipe for bullying, either way.

– Which reminds me of one of my favourite Ollie lines, when Faye Byrne gave birth to her and Joseph’s son Harry: ‘Has anyone signed a card for Byrne Baby Byrne?’

– Sad that Camilla Arfwedson has gone again. Zosia is a brilliant character, I feel there’s still a lot to explore with her. With luck she’ll be back at some point (and bring Ollie with her – please?).

– It’s also sad for Dominic that she’s gone. He was just about to confide in her and he badly needs friends at the moment, especially as you-know-who is returning soon.

– I hate seeing Carole sad. I felt her pain when Dominic called her ‘Carole’ instead of ‘Mum.’ It’s not even funny like when David Platt calls his mother ‘Gail’ on Coronation Street. It’s just sad.

– Ange and Fletch: please, no. Unless it provokes a jealous response in Jac and she takes Ange out to the Linden Cullen Memorial Shrubbery for a good battering. Not that I condone violence at all.

– Can we have Fleur Fanshawe every week, please? She is magnificent.

– Nanette Duval is also magnificent, in her own way. Suzette Llewellyn plays the part really well. Nanette is nasty, spiteful, funny, outrageous and manipulative, but also clearly in a lot of pain. It’s a clever portrayal to make her sympathetic while she’s being horrible to the lovely Zav and Donna.

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