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Casualty: More than any of us can imagine

Casualty - Series 33 - Ep42(Series 33, ep. 42 by Isla Gray 6.7.19) Have a look at Metro to see my full review of this episode. But first…

– What was Jade doing with Marty’s eyebrows? It took a long time and made no difference at all. Like every hairdressing scene ever in Coronation Street, where Audrey and Maria can talk for days while hovering a comb over someone’s hair without actually touching it.

– I wonder how far Jade will have to go now she’s decided to pose as Marty’s girlfriend? I’m expecting various other members of his family to show up just to make things spectacularly awkward.

– It was nice that Kian got a mention (he’s on Holby if you don’t watch it, and he’s supposed to be Marty’s cousin).

– It was also nice that Iain has finally relaxed into understanding what his support systems are and that he has coping strategies to help him through hard times. And yes – Michael Stevenson is brilliant. Always. 

– Bless Robyn for offering to give Gem the money to go travelling! I bet wee Charlotte would be thrilled to know that Robyn is giving away her inheritance to a person who can’t even work out that overseas call rates can be expensive.

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Holby City: Bombshells

evan chloe holby 28 copy(Series 21 ep. 28 ’Reckless’ by Nick Fisher 10.7.19) You know the drill – full review over at Metro. But first…

– I think we can definitely file Evan under ‘wouldn’t trust him as far as you could throw him.’ And I am really rubbish at throwing things. I’m sure he didn’t want to get himself stabbed, but once he had been stabbed he definitely spotted an opportunity to get Chloe to agree to marry him.

– We still don’t know what drives Evan to behave in the controlling way he does. Perhaps when we meet this ‘Sophie’ who’s his next of kin we’ll start getting some answers.

– I’m still loving Jack Ryder’s work as Evan.

– I also loved Helen, Lofty’s Vegas fling. She reminded me quite a bit of Jac’s sister Jasmine and you could see why Lofty would be attracted to her. It was nice that as soon as she discovered that Lofty was married she tried to back off without causing any upset.

– A while back, Dominic was quite keen on the idea of having a baby and it was Lofty who was reluctant. I wonder whether that’s the last we’ll see of Helen…

– Fleur Fanshawe is wonderful. There’s something about that Obs & Gynae ward that produces really good characters (yes, I still miss Mr T. And Mubbs. And Owen).

Dialogue of the week:

Ric ‘You go, girl.’

Serena ‘Did you just say “go girl”?’

Ric ‘Yes. It was a bit weird, wasn’t it?’

Serena ‘It was disturbing.’

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Holby City: Zav smells of damp

sue holby 27(Series 21, ep. 27 ‘Flying Solo’ by Martin Jameson 9.7.19) I’ve written a nice (I hope it’s nice) long review of this episode over at Metro, so please have a look. But first…

– Line of the week was anything to do with Xavier’s vest. I loved the way the idea of Zav having a smelly vest played against the fact that he is so good-looking and very probably smells as nice as he looks.

– Cringey line of the week was Evan’s “She stepped up to the plate and ate dinner off it.” I was glad that Cameron pointed out that it didn’t even work as a metaphor. No, it doesn’t. Two completely different kinds of plate.

– Was all the talk about an attacker on the loose (who’s apparently now been caught) a red herring, or will it come up again at some point? The Mythical HR Department sending a message out saying they didn’t want anyone leaving the hospital unaccompanied seems too sinister a detail to waste.

– I think Cameron was right to think Kian was out of order in theatre, but should probably have taken it up with him rather than going to Hanssen.

– Will Serena welcome Bernie’s boy to AAU, do you think?

– Carole Copeland and Scary Sue break my heart every time. I completely want to see Hanssen and Carole dancing, though. Remember when Tess and Abs used to dance together on Casualty many moons ago?

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Holby City news: Elliot Hope to return! Diane Lloyd back from the dead!

image002Yet another brilliant piece of news for Holby City fans, as it’s been confirmed that one of the show’s most beloved former characters Elliot Hope (played by Paul Bradley) will be returning for five episodes this year.

Paul says, “I’m really looking forward to returning to a programme on which I spent so many happy years. Holby has always been a hive of really exciting and imaginative stories and this won’t be any different, it’s going to be a cracker!”

As well as Paul’s return, there’s going to be another fan favourite coming back to the show. Diane Lloyd (played by Patricia Potter) was last seen in 2007 – when her character died. Executive Producer Simon Harper explains: “It’s not often we literally bring a character back from the dead, and no, Diane won’t be walking out of the shower and telling her colleagues it was all a decade long dream. Her return is in itself an anniversary homage to a time on the show when we experimented quite regularly with genre and style, so the audience can expect something very different indeed in a unique and quirky episode where Ric faces a terrifying and life-changing choice, and the world of the hospital is literally turned upside down. I’m so pleased Patricia agreed to return in this most unusual way. Diane was a huge and popular character in Holby’s first decade, and this will be such a treat for our long-term viewers.”

image004Patricia herself is excited. “It’s lovely to be returning to Holby,” she says. “I really enjoyed my time there and made fantastic friends as well as meeting my husband [doctor Jim Down]. Returning after a decade is very weird but it’s as friendly as ever and revisiting Diane feels like putting on an old glove! She had a tragic end and this storyline feels like it puts the character to bed with some peace and resolution. It’s great.”

The return of Elliot Hope is always high on the wish-list of any Holby fan and Simon Harper says, “How could we possibly celebrate Holby’s 20th anniversary without a return stint from one of our most beloved characters?  Elliot was the heart and soul of the hospital and the nearest thing to a father Jac has ever had – and her desire to please and prove herself to him at a particularly fraught time will have huge emotional consequences in our climactic story for 2019.  I’m so delighted to welcome the glorious Paul Bradley back to his Holby family, and I also know just how hungry the audience have been for this moment, so it’s wonderful to finally see it happen.”

There’s also going to be a revisit to an old storyline. In 2008 fans were gripped by the story of the Tan twins, conjoined twins who were separated by Holby surgeons as babies. The twins, now 11 years old, will come back to Holby. Simon Harper says the 2008 storyline “completely transformed the scope and ambition of the way we tell guest stories.  Seeing them all grown up, with their mum, and reunited with their saviour Ric just when he needs them most is a real tear jerker, and I can’t wait for the audience to see it.” 

All of this, along with the already-announced returns of Luke Roberts and Patsy Kensit as Joseph and Faye Byrne, means that Holby is going to continue to be unmissable in the coming months.

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Casualty: Seashells

Casualty - Series 33 - Ep41(Series 33, ep. 41 by Rachel Paterson 29.6.19) For my full review of this episode please pop over to Metro. But first…

– Well this was a sad one, wasn’t it? Ellen Thomas was so touching as Omo, I felt genuinely sad to be losing her. I was glad that she and Jacob had made peace with each other by the time she died.

– I’m quite excited to find out how Ciaran and Archie are going to pursue Connie. I’m definitely on Team Archie in this dispute, because Connie was clearly in the wrong when she blamed Archie for her own mistake. But Connie is clearly not her normal self and for her own good she needs to be stopped before her behaviour gets even more self-destructive.

– Also every week I’m loving Archie more and more.

– David is also an absolutely precious character. Arriving at Omo’s house to give Jacob some support and a break (and Robyn’s lasagne) – what a lovely man.

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Holby City news: New neurosurgeon Max will be ‘complex, with no filter’

image003There’s news today that actress Jo Martin will be joining the cast of Holby City in the Autumn as neurosurgeon Max McGerry.

Jo has previously appeared in Doctors, Fleabag, Silent Witness and Back to Life. She’s looking forward to joining Holby as she’s “been a fan for years.” She promises that Max will be “complex, with no filter.”

Executive Producer Simon Harper says that Max is “wry, funny, passionately driven and with no patience whatsoever for political correctness, or ‘snowflakes’ as she calls them.  So Holby’s staff had better watch out.  Professionally, her story will explore highly topical questions about the future of the NHS, while her personal life becomes increasingly turbulent.”

Max will follow in the footsteps of previous Holby neurosurgeons Roxanna Macmillan, Guy Self and John Gaskell, so it’s a role that tends to come with quite a bit of drama. Simon Harper agrees. “Traditionally, of course, being a neurosurgeon at Holby has been the equivalent of Defence of the Dark Arts at Hogwarts – a poisoned chalice!” he says. “Will Max buck the trend of her unfortunate predecessors? Only time will tell.”

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Holby City: If you text me, I’ll answer

donna zav holby 26(Series 21, ep. 26 ‘Kiss Kiss’ by Katie Douglas, Andy Bayliss, Johanne McAndrew and Elliot Hope 25.6.19) For my nice long review of this episode, please wander over to Metro. But first…

– First off, I have to admit that I have no idea what the Darwin patient was supposed to have done.  ‘MP’s hero hubby turns military murderer.’ What? Can someone explain, please?

– I wonder whether the sinister, controlling Evan story is coming too soon after the sinister, controlling Isaac story? Or maybe, as the two ‘victims’ are brother and sister, it’s all going to tie in nicely? Either way, I am enjoying the very insidious way that Evan is getting at Cameron, in the sense that it’s clever writing and very good acting. Of course I’m on Team Cameron.

  Zav and Donna as a couple are lovely. I love how Donna is setting the goals in the relationship and refusing to settle for anything less than she knows she deserves, and that her daughters need. I know relationships never last on Holby, but wouldn’t it be good if this one did?

– The scene between Zav and Nanette was very moving.

– Fletch does seem drawn to strong, powerful women, doesn’t he? This doesn’t make his life easy, but luckily the strong, powerful women also seem drawn to him. 

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