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Holby City: Facing up

(Series 19, ep. 60 ‘Hiding Places’ by Gerard Sampaio 28.11.17) They’re dropping like flies at Holby. We lost lovely Damon Ford and spooky Fredrik Johanssen last week, and this week we waved goodbye to the beautiful smile of Nina Karnik and the luscious locks of Matteo Rossini. It’s just as well some new blood is arriving soon, because Holby is just haemorrhaging staff at the moment.

It seemed certain this week that we’d lose Nina, but it was less clear what would happen to Matteo. Determined to bring her baby up in a supportive family atmosphere, Nina was planning to move to Amsterdam, where her sister and nieces and nephews would provide the family. Matteo, meanwhile, signalled his distress with what Ollie called “a slight but appreciable dip in his grooming standards.” In other words, his hair was not looking quite as luscious as usual.  Continue reading

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Holby City: Will Holby survive?

(Series 19, ep. 59 ‘Hungry Heart’ by Sian Evans 21.11.17) Holby fans are reacting in one of two ways to the character of Fredrik Johanssen – they either love to hate him, or just plain hate him. Either way, that’s job done as far as the excellent Billy Postlethwaite is concerned. Personally I’m in the ‘love to hate him’ camp. I like the way we see the petulant, rejected child at the heart of his various schemings, and I enjoy his “mwah ha ha ha!” face.

He had plenty to brood about in this episode, starting with learning that he hadn’t won the Junior Doctor Prize, which has gone to the lovely Dominic Copeland. Fredrik had brought celebratory cakes, too. No prize, no Holby job, but Nina is impressed by the Swedish Sulker and invited him to apply for a registrar post.  Continue reading

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Holby City: The one that got away

(Series 19, ep. 58 ‘It Has To Be Now’ by Becky Prestwich 14.11.17) I know it’s all about the career and that, but you have to say that perhaps Zosia was a bit hasty going off to America and leaving brand new husband Oliver Valentine behind. Because, let’s face it, he’s absolutely adorable. Even if we put his beautiful blue eyes to one side (if you see what I mean), he’s just a really lovely person.

This week he was going head-to-head against neurosurgeon Roxanna MacMillan (Hermione Gulliford) for funding. It was either his biopatch project, or her virtual reality/dementia project. Ollie had a suitable candidate in Mr Duffy (Nick Raggett), who had a tumour called Medusa who was a bit of a diva, apparently (don’t ask). It looked like things were going Ollie’s way when a computer problem meant Roxanna had no access to her notes, but luckily her husband dashed to the hospital with a copy. Her husband was David Hopkins (Fraser James), a big cheese in the CT world. Ollie went quite fangirly for a moment.  Continue reading

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Holby City: But can you trust him though?

(Series 19, ep. 55 ‘Things Left Unsaid’ by Robert Goldsbrough 24.10.17) Oh, I miss Mr T. These days when people want to have pregnancies confirmed on Holby they have to see a Mr Fitzwallace. He doesn’t say much, but what he did say came as a shock to Nina. It seems she’s With Child, but sadly she’s not With Matteo, the presumed father of the child. He’s found a new flat and is about to move out, because he just can’t get past her thinking for one minute that he might have harmed their missing-presumed-dead child, Nico.

In typical soap fashion, whenever she tried to tell him about the baby his phone rang or there was some other interruption. Luckily, there was one person she could confide in. Unluckily it was Fredrik Johanssen, who had spotted the aforementioned Mr Fitzwallace looking for Nina, and had spotted Nina about to barf. He’s a father himself and medically qualified, so was easily able to draw the correct conclusion.  Continue reading

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Holby City: Do you mind not mentioning that?

(Series 19, ep. 52 ‘Left Behind’ by Wendy Granditer 3.10.17) Matteo and Nina were all romantic and couply at the start of the episode. Could their happiness last for an entire 60 minutes?

Maybe it could have, if it wasn’t for AAU patient o’ the week Maxine (Kate Anthony – AKA Auntie Pam from Coronation Street). Maxine never forgot a face. She remembered that Donna had occasionally frequented her pub, and she remembered Nina’s face from… where was it now? Possibly Coronation Street, but that would have been no use to Holby, plot-wise. When Matteo was called to consult on Maxine’s case, she remembered where she’d seen Nina and Matteo before – they were the tragic couple whose son had gone missing.This made Nina suffer from blurred vision effects in theatre, which isn’t what you want in a surgeon and Ric had to be called in to finish off while she went to have a sit down. Continue reading

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Holby City: Wedding presence not required

(Series 19, ep. 50 ‘Veil of Tears, Part One’ by Joe Ainsworth 19.9.17) Ollie was delighted to see pocket-sized, Herzig-hearted God botherer Lexy, who had turned up to officiate at the Zollie wedding. Frankly I wouldn’t have been so pleased – have we ever seen Lexy preside over something that ended happily?

But surely nothing could go wrong this time. The wedding was in a magnificent location (Brocket Hall in Hertfordshire, which looked like it deserved a BBC drama all to itself). The bride looked incredibly beautiful and the groom was adorable. The guest list had been whittled down to a bare minimum – Ollie’s marvellously sarcastic mother (Diana Kent), his old pal Nick (Christopher Goh), Dominic and boyfriend Freddie and – because nobody had remembered to un-invite him – Lofty. Curly Watts and his David Bowie tribute act had also been cancelled, somewhat frustratingly for those of us who were eager to experience his ‘Space Oddity.’  Continue reading

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Holby City: Jobs for the boys

(Series 19, ep. 47 ‘Keep On Running’ by Michelle Lipton 29.8.17) It was the Holby Half Marathon (in aid of skin cancer charities in honour of Arthur Digby) and Lofty was wearing a chicken suit. He fully expected Dominic to be wearing an egg costume because they were supposed to see what would come first, the chicken or the egg. That would have been hilarious (and educational), but Dominic hadn’t taken the plan seriously and had come dressed as a Proper Athlete, and accompanied by his new boyfriend Freddie (Aaron Fontaine). Poor Lofty. Luckily he had a man dressed as Where’s Wally for company.

The Curse of the Holby Friend/Relative struck poor Freddie when a car ran into the marathon and Freddie ended up as the main victim. This gave Dominic the chance to have some doubts about whether he was ready for a relationship. It gave Lofty the chance to look sad that, if Dom was ready for a relationship, it was going to be with someone who wasn’t Lofty.  Continue reading

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