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Holby City: Familiar faces

(Series 19, ep. 32 ‘Project Aurous’ by Claire Miller) I loved Carli Norris when she was last on Holby as Fran, so it was very nice to see her back. Not so nice for Jac Naylor, though. Even though she’d promised to support Fran in that dramatic encounter on the roof, it was like one of those situations where you bump into an old acquaintance in the street, insist you really must meet up for coffee one day, and then spend the next few days hoping they won’t follow up on it. But now here was Fran, ready to call in that favour (to get Jac to help her prosecute the care home they used to live in), and with the added problem of having a super-complex heart condition that Jac was best placed to sort out. As if this wasn’t enough trouble for Holby’s snarkiest surgeon, she was also about to unleash a ground-breaking piece of research on an excited world. Hanssen had his eye on her.  Continue reading

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Casualty: Connie behind the camera

robyn-dylan-casualty(Series 31, ep. 9) This episode was directed by Amanda Mealing, though I don’t know how much that had to do with me enjoying it more than I’ve enjoyed Casualty for a while.

The focus was on the characters I like – Dylan was once again rather marvellous as he found himself drawn in to supporting Robyn while she pondered life-altering choices, and Robyn is just so sweet and sad. David and Max added some excellent comedy value as they bombed around in a bizarre little vehicle (is that Robyn’s?) trying to find Glen.

ethan-casualtyThe patient stories were also interesting – I liked the man who was a friend of Glen, and that he was able to reassure Robyn that Glen really did love her. The other patient was a pretend zombie, whose chief purpose seemed to be so that the girl he liked, who was a total miserable whinge-bag, would be able to persuade Ethan that he wasn’t worth the affections of the radiant Alicia. This almost made me throw the remote control at the TV, because it’s obvious Alicia likes him and he likes her, but he keeps letting Cal get in the way and it’s getting tedious.

Because Connie was behind the camera, she was too busy to appear on screen and instead sent a text to everyone to let them know that Grace is awake. But did I hear a hint from Elle that Jacob may have strayed a bit while Connie has been keeping vigil at the bedside? I don’t actually care, to be honest, though “Jonnie” fans may well have spent a sleepless night on Saturday.

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Casualty: The good news, then the bad news

casualty-robyn-wedding(Series 31, ep. 8) Fans of Holby City/Casualty crossovers will have spotted vicar Lexy Morrell (Jenny Howe) in the background, preparing to preside over the wedding of Robyn and Glen. The last wedding we saw her officiate at was between Arthur Digby and Morven Shreve, a union which ended up being all too brief. Robyn’s wedding didn’t even get to the “will you take this man” bit, because the man had already legged it.

Poor Robyn. I expect Glen thought he was doing her a good turn by not putting her through the anguish of watching him die, but he’s wrong. And particularly now we know (though Glen doesn’t) that she’s pregnant.

connie-casualtyMeanwhile, Connie Beauchamp was back at work, and was being horrible to Elle and Jacob. I’m probably not going to make myself popular at all when I say that Connie is really getting on my nerves at the moment. We’re meant to cut her all sorts of slack because of Grace, and because she’s Connie, but this week she put patients at risk and was patronising and dismissive of a man who’s shown her nothing but patience, understanding and love, and a colleague who was only trying to help.

Grace opened her eyes a little bit, so maybe now she’ll make a speedy recovery and Connie can relax a bit and get less nasty. I hope.

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Casualty: The koala grip

glen-robyn-casualty(Series 31, ep. 7) The Curse of the Holby Friend/Relative has hit poor Robyn big-time. This week her boyfriend became her fiancé, but he couldn’t really share in the celebrations because he was recovering from being stuck in a lift having his head drilled by Dr Dylan Keogh, after hitting his head while having a seizure because his brain tumour has gotten worse.

I imagine Robyn could be a total nightmare of a girlfriend/fiancée, because she can be somewhat intense. As she described it, she clings on to people she loves like a koala gripping a tree. But she’s lovely, and I can totally see why Glen loves her. I can also totally see why he’s not keen on living out the rest of his days on the superfood diet Robyn has imposed on him.

Food was something of a motif for the episode. We had the revelation that Jacob used to be a bit on the chubby side till he converted the fat to muscle and then added some extra muscle and then a bit more, to become the beefcake he is today. And patient o’the week was a very overweight woman who died of heart problems. Her husband had also been overweight, and his worry that their daughter would end up with the same kind of health issues had him going all shouty and punchy whenever a chocolate biscuit appeared in his line of vision. This was obviously not good for his daughter, who ended up taking an overdose. Luckily Jacob and Elle were there to sort them both out.

Meanwhile, I missed last week’s Casualty but it seems that Cal slept with Alicia, which didn’t impress either of them much. Ethan must sometimes wonder what evil thing he did in a previous life to deserve Cal as a brother.

Next time: Connie’s back – and she says she’s “fighting fit.”

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Casualty: Thunderbolt and lightning, very very frightening

jac-casualty(Series 31, ep. 3) A man was struck by lightning near the beginning of this episode, and his wife said it was nature’s way of letting him know he’d been too cautious and had to embrace new experiences. Personally the lesson I took from it is not to hang out of a metal-framed window during a thunder storm, but that’s me being excessively cautious again.

robyn-casualtyThe lightning  message resonated with Robyn, whose boyfriend Glen only has two years to live. He doesn’t have a “bucket list” but Robyn does, so they’ve started on her bucket list with a trip to Euro Disney. Bless.  Continue reading

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Casualty: Different ways to get attention

rita casualty(Series 30, ep. 40) Oh good grief. Is there really nothing better to do with the characters of Rita and Connie than having them go all stupid about men? This week Rita let everyone think her ex had given her a black eye (it was actually the wing mirror of a car she was hiding behind) so that they’d be cross with Iain for not protecting her and he’d be cross with himself and realise he’d been a stupid fool to let her go. And of course the truth came out, and now it’s Rita who looks like a stupid fool, and I’m cross about that because Rita is worth ten of Iain. Though on the other hand it’s given Louise someone new to frown at, because since Charlie forgave Elle for dobbing him in to Hanssen, Louise’s face has had nothing to do. She’s only happy when she’s giving someone evils.  Continue reading

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Casualty: It’s a special place

duffy casualty(Series 30, ep. 39) Once again, Duffy is back in Holby ED. And, once again, she neglected to tell her oldest and bestest friend Charlie Fairhead that she was back, but as soon as they clapped eyes on each other they went all warm and wistful. Actually, every time nobody was looking apart from we viewers at home, Duffy was looking a little worried. What problems have pursued her from New Zealand only time will tell.

I’m not actually a huge Duffy fan. Cathy Shipton is an excellent actress, but as a character I’ve always found Duffy’s saintliness a bit much. The way she sat with a man who thought he was about to lose his second child but instead lost his wife would have totally creeped me out – she’s just too intense. And she keeps gazing radiantly about her, telling everyone how special Holby is.  Continue reading

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