(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
(Series 19, ep. 57 ‘Kingdom Come’ by Ed Sellek 7.11.17) Remember a few weeks ago when Hanssen told Fletch that a storm was coming? This week, the storm arrived. The proposed merger with The Mythical St Francis is underway, and Holby is in danger of being closed down.
Obviously this must not be allowed to happen. I refuse to spend my Tuesday evenings watching a programme called St Francis’s. Though they’d probably call it ‘Frank’s.’ No, it won’t do. Holby must stay. Continue reading
(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
(Series 19, ep. 48 ‘How Loud It Is’ by Andy Bayliss 5.9.17) My goodness, Holby City is getting more like Shakespeare every week. The sheer amount of detail in this episode – in the writing, the performances and the way it was directed – was just breathtaking.
Holby is under threat of a merger with The Mythical St James’s, and there’s a recruitment freeze.
As if this wasn’t stress enough for Hanssen, his son, Fredrik, was back. Last time we saw him, he’d been responsible for a very dodgy drugs trial, and there was a huge moral face-off in which Hanssen risked never seeing his grandson again by informing the Swedish medical authorities about it. It seems that Fredrik was acquitted in Sweden, but his “reputation is compromised.” So he’s now working at Holby City, where a compromised reputation and a frosty relationship with the CEO/your father won’t hold you back. Continue reading