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Holby City: Which one of us made the monster?

hanssen sacha holby 23(Series 21, ep. 23 ‘In the Right Place’ by Ed Sellek 4.6.19) For this week’s proper review, please pop along to Metro, the Home of the Best Soaps Coverage (I’m not contractually obliged to say that, it just definitely is). But first…

– Ed Sellek, the man who brought us Hanssen Playing The Theremin (but you already knew that) today brought us Hanssen’s Precious Anatomical Model. Hanssen’s poor face as clumsy Sacha dropped all the internal organs on the floor was quite delightful. And it produced a lovely metaphor when Oskar found a piece on the floor. ‘Ah. You’ve found my heart. Well done,’ said Hanssen. I’m looking forward to seeing Oskar finding Hanssen’s considerable but sometimes hidden heart in the coming weeks.

I thought this was going to be the last we’d see of Isaac after Dom told him to jog on, but apparently not (see summer trailer, below). 

– I actually winced when Dominic dropped that saxophone on the ground. That is not the way to treat a musical instrument.

– Some of the scenes between Dominic and Jon reminded me of that very tense episode where Sacha had to look after Essie’s dying Nazi grandfather, in the conflict between his instincts as a doctor and his instincts as a person.

– One day in the future Ange might ponder why both her children are susceptible to controlling, manipulative men – because Evan is shaping up to be almost as nasty as Isaac Mayfield. Currently he’s at the fairly early stages of ‘I-know-best-what-you-need-don’t-I-babe.’ As viewers we can see exactly what’s happening, but I think the only characters who can see it are Cameron and possibly Nicky. I wonder what role Dominic will be able to play in the story as someone who’s survived that kind of relationship?

– And finally… the summer trailer. My heart skipped a beat at Jac’s glimpse of Joseph in the rain (it had to be Joseph) and I might have made an eeking sound when he actually appeared. Of course that wasn’t the only excitement and intrigue to be had from that trailer, and I’ve detailed all the other fun in yet another article for Metro here.

Watch the trailer on the BBC Holby website or on YouTube

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Holby City: He’s not your baby, he’s mine

carole holby 13(Series 21, ep. 13 ‘Running’ by Tony Higgins 26.3.19) Pop over to Metro for a full review of the episode. But first…

– I’ve already said on Metro that I’m not keen on the Ange/Dominic storyline. Possibly it’s in large part because I still haven’t warmed to Ange as a character and anything that upsets the glorious Carole Copeland is not fine with me at all. I should wait to see how the drama plays out in the coming weeks, I suppose. Am I just letting my fondness for Carole get in the way of a jolly good plot development?

– In another upsetting plot development, it seems that Frieda has gone again. She’s taken the obligatory box of whatever she keeps in her locker, and Gary the dog, and gone off to do Good Works. I hope it’s not long before she’s back again, because there is no character like her and she’ll be missed. And she’s left a load of boxing stuff in the basement.

– I was amused by Zav calling Cameron ‘Silver Spoon.’ If only he’d met Joseph Byrne, son of Lord and Lady Byrne… (Sorry, I wandered off into a Joseph-based daydream there. I’m back now). I still want the old Cameron back, though – the one who was good enough for Morven to fall in love with.

– Frieda and Ange both had their radio alarms tuned in to the same station. Even if Holby FM is the only station destination on the Holby dial this would not happen. Unless Frieda was listening to T’Pau ironically.

– It’s not all doom and gloom, though. Sacha was back and he’s all better. Hurrah!

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Holby City x Casualty: So much to enjoy

For a full review of both episodes head over to Metro. But first, it’s random thoughts time…

Well that was all very exciting, wasn’t it? I think the thing I enjoyed the most about the crossover episodes was seeing unfamiliar combinations of familiar characters. Dylan working with Serena was a highlight and I really want Dylan to be lured to Elstree as soon as possible. They have a Lidl really close to the studios – I think anyone would be tempted.

Other things I enjoyed:

Hanssen walking along the corridors with a torch. Finally we’ve discovered the only way to stop him looming is to put lights on him so you can see him coming.

– Zosia’s comment ‘Wouldn’t be Holby without a crisis.’ Indeed not.

– The guilty/delicious feeling of listening to Ric having a go at Sacha about his parenting skills (when he thought Beka might be pregnant) when we knew Ric was going to have to take a close look at his own family very soon.

The evil electronic door locks that kept Connie out of her trauma theatre and locked Essie and Beka into the CT room. It was like the hospital had a mind of its own. Evil!

Elle and Ric. It’s about time Ric walked down the aisle again and I like Elle a lot more than I like that Francoise.

Sacha’s favourite shirt had to be ripped! I expect by next week Jac will have sourced him another one, because she’s good like that.

– Ange seriously deep-down thinking that the entire scenario was just an elaborate ruse to get her off the Holly Cartwright case.

– Jac pretends to be all head and no heart, but as soon as Sacha is in peril she’s fighting Connie tooth and claw. And Connie gave as good as she got.

– The touching scene between Essie and Beka.

Noel coming clean to Hanssen about clicking the link and the email, and hearing that Hanssen really had nominated him for an award.

And now we’ve got the spring trailer to watch as well! Some interesting-looking new characters, and the return of some old faces – including a total shock at the end…

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Holby City: Not under control

(Series 21, ep. 9 ‘Guts’ by Martin Jameson and Patrick Homes 26.2.19) Head over to Metro to read my full review of this episode.

Before you go, a few random thoughts.

– Is it a bit odd that Jac’s making such a thing about Zosia settling for second best by being at Holby? If Holby is that inferior, why is Jac (best CT surgeon in the world) still there? Frieda came back to Holby to ‘learn from the best.’ Might that not be what Zosia is doing? I suppose Jac’s line ’You were supposed to grow up’ is the significant thing. Jac feels that Zosia is still in a drama loop rather than lifting herself to the next level of surgical brilliance.

– Arlo looked absolutely nothing like George Clooney. Nothing.

– Al Nedjari (who played Tarek) has hardly changed since he was Deirdre Barlow’s toyboy Moroccan husband on Corrie.

– I hope Sacha and Patricia do get together because they’re both lovely.

– I suppose Lofty’s ‘honeymoon with Sheilagh’ is just a ruse to give Lee Mead some time off to pursue his singing and other projects. I hope they don’t use it as an excuse to quietly bump Sheilagh off (due to a nasty bug on a cruise ship or whatever). She hasn’t met Carole Copeland yet.

– Line o’ the week was from Hanssen: ‘This situation is many things, but under control is not one of them.’ This could be the motto for almost every Holby episode ever.

– And it’s certainly the motto for the upcoming crossover episodes. Watch out for some juicy spoilers for both episodes from me on Metro on Saturday morning. To make sure you don’t miss anything follow me on Twitter  and Facebook

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Holby City & Casualty news: Huge crossover episodes next month!

Exciting news for fans of both Casualty and Holby City! On Saturday 2nd and Tuesday 5th March there are going to be two special crossover episodes, with characters from both shows plunged into a dramatic, action-packed situation.

The story involves a cyber-attack which takes out most of the hospital’s automated systems. Worse still, Sacha (Bob Barrett) and his daughter Beka (Francesca Barrett), along with Ric Griffin’s granddaughter Darla (Naomi Katiyo), are involved in a car crash. Sacha’s injuries are serious and Jac Naylor (Rosie Marcel) is ready to operate to save his life – but there’s only one theatre available and Connie Beauchamp (Amanda Mealing) needs it to try to save one of her own team.

Executive Producer Simon Harper promises ‘pure, nail-biting, taut, emotional medical drama’ as well as ‘delicious conflict’ between Jac and Connie as they battle to save their friends and colleagues. He also hints at a secret relationship: ‘Who from Casualty has been secretly carrying on with whom from Holby?’

Both episodes were written by Michelle Lipton and directed by Steve Brett. Harper says he’s ‘so proud of both the Cardiff Casualty and Elstree Holby crews and casts in making the mind-boggling logistics work, quite aside from their creative wizardry.’

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Holby City: The race to save Jac

(Series 20, ep. 47 ‘One of Us’ by Katie Douglas 20.11.18) Please pop over to Metro to have a look at my full review/recap of the episode, but before you go here are a few more thoughts.

– Sacha and Fletch, eh? If you ever wanted a sign that Jac Naylor is deep down a lovely, lovely person, you need only look at the amount of love for her shown by these two men. Absolutely adorable.

– And, talking of adorable – Mo Effanga. Casualty fans may recall after paramedic Jeff died and the ED staff were finding it hard to cope, Connie Beauchamp got Dr Zoe Hanna to come back, because what was needed was a people person with heart, warmth and compassion. That’s what we have in Mo. She’s the anti-Gaskell, sent to soothe us and make us smile and I couldn’t have been more pleased to see her.

– I also loved seeing Selfie, which isn’t a sentence that at one point I could have imagined saying, but there you go. John Michie played this episode perfectly, with Selfie fully aware of his own tarnished reputation, a slightly more humble and self-aware person but still (thankfully) confident in his skills.

– You have to wonder how Hanssen is holding himself together after everything that he’s been through. He truly is made of the finest Swedish steel.

– Donna and Zav really are a very lovely couple. I like how he’s like a snail who gets back in his shell whenever life gets too tricky or things get too personal, but Donna is nothing if not persistent. And she has a smile you’d have to be Gaskell to resist.

– Word of the day: ‘flirtingship.’

– Holby book news: There are hardly any left anywhere now. Thank you to everyone who bought one and especially everyone who got in touch or left reviews – I’m so happy that you enjoyed reading it and that it did justice to the brilliant work the people at Holby City do every week. For those who didn’t manage to get a copy yet, SilverWood books might still have a couple, but otherwise your best bet is to get it in ebook form (Kindle, Nook or Kobo).

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Holby City: People are dead! People are in agony!

Holby City Series 20 - Ep46(Series 20, ep. 46 ‘Report to the Mirror, Part Two’ by Andy Bayliss 13.11.18) This week’s review is over at Metro as usual. A few additional thoughts:

– This episode went total body-horror, with Jac having the awful and full knowledge that to get the dreaded implant out of her she had to place her life in the hands of a man she knew she couldn’t trust at all. It’s scary enough having surgery when you know the surgeon is sane and competent and has your best interests at heart, but Gaskell? Yikes. And you could see all of that playing across Jac’s face coupled with the absolute determination that she had no alternative.

– The sight of Lana’s body with open wounds in Gaskell’s lab was one of the most disturbing things I’ve ever seen on Holby. I loved how for a few seconds Ric and Sacha couldn’t quite comprehend what they were seeing either. It was absolutely horrific.

– The line of the episode for me was the Professor saying that Essie was ‘lying down in a cold, dark room.’ If Hanssen hadn’t immediately chipped in to say that she had a headache, would other people have picked up on just how sinister that sounded?

– The showdown at the lake was quite epic. I liked the hallucinatory bits where Hanssen thought Gaskell was on the bank with him rather than being in the water. Hanssen’s struggle to overcome the effects of the neurotoxin and stay with reality was mirrored by his struggle to understand the full extent of what Gaskell had been doing – particularly when he realised that Gaskell had killed Roxanna.

– This whole storyline has been ambitious and brilliantly done. Gaskell was a bit sinister right from the get-go, but never went full mwah-hah-hah until right at the end. It’s been gruelling, though. Hopefully there’ll be some lighter storylines coming up in the run-up to Christmas. After all this (admittedly brilliant) drama and horror we could do with a bit of sparkle, some romance, and a very large glass of Shiraz.

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