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Holby City: Another memorial in the Memorial Shrubbery

serena alex holby 31(Series 21, ep. 31 ‘Things My Mother Told Me’ by Martin Jameson 30.7.19) Please head over to Metro for this week’s in-depth review (it’s quite a long one, so maybe get the kettle on – and read this bit – first).

– Does Nicky really like Cameron, romantically, do you think? She responded fairly sharpish to his kiss. But she must have seen him mooning about after Chloe?

– When Alex said she was the love of Bernie’s life do you think she was? There was amazing chemistry between them when we first saw Alex soon after Bernie’s arrival on Holby. The army was a huge part of Bernie’s identity and Alex shared that in a way Serena never could. It was clear that Serena was very precious to Bernie, though, and there was no attempt to airbrush her out of her life as soon as Alex was back on the scene.

– It was interesting that the Darwin patient, Delia, was scared of the treatment she was going to have. I’m sure most people are scared before operations but on Holby they hardly ever show it.

– There was a little reminder that Lofty has a baby on the way, although he doesn’t realise it. That’s obviously going to be a Thing in the not-too-distant future.

– As is Evan. Though I do wonder whether Chloe really needs a divorce – was the bedside wedding legal?* I suppose Evan is the type who’d have rushed off and got all the legal stuff sorted the minute his drip was removed.

– Carole can’t leave, because we haven’t seen her and Hanssen dancing yet, and I so much want to see Dancin’ Hanssen.

– Line of the week: (Carole) ‘Dominic has made a new life for himself and I’m very happy for him but if it’s alright with you I’m going to hang on to my Dazzle.’ Said so much in just one line. Beautiful.

* I have now heard from an extremely reliable source that the bedside wedding was indeed legal, so Chloe does need a divorce, or at least an annulment.

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Holby City: So many questions

alex heather peace serena holby 30(Series 21, ep. 30 ‘Don’t Leave Me’ by Gerard Sampaio 23.7.19) For a full review of this episode please head over to Metro. But first…

– I really enjoyed this episode and was gripped from start to finish. There were so many questions: could Bernie really be alive or was Serena just kidding herself? What was the mystery about Sunny/Vanessa and Kian’s insistence that Sunny had to have her operation today, come what may? And is Oskar going to turn out as spooky as his father?

– Beautiful work by Nic Jackman in this episode. For too long he hasn’t had much to do apart from be competitive with Nicky and gaze longingly at Chloe, so it’s good to see him having a big storyline to work with. 

– It’s always wonderful to see Heather Peace in anything. I would love to see her in Holby full-time – she has such incredible screen presence.

– Isn’t it always the way? You just get your hands full of lung and the lights go out.

– Line of the week: (Oskar) ‘‘Is that bloood? So muuuch! Can I touch it?”

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Holby City: Time to be brave

alex bernie holby(Series 18, ep. 28) I’d forgotten what a brilliant actor Heather Peace is. She appeared in Holby yesterday as Alex, locum anaesthetist. This was the same Alex who’d been in the army with Bernie and sent her flowers when she first arrived at Holby as a patient. The charged atmosphere between them just screamed “unfinished business” – even Dominic noticed.

There was such chemistry between Heather Peace and Jemma Redgrave and their scenes together were intense and emotional. Bernie and Alex were in love and Bernie was struggling with the choice she’d made to try and make a success of her marriage and family life. Bernie had a little heart-to-heart with Dominic in the Linden Cullen Memorial Shrubbery. “How wonderful life could be if only I was brave enough,” she told him. Dominic said she shouldn’t live a lie. When we last saw her she was heading off home to have a difficult conversation with her husband. Meanwhile, Alex has gone, because she couldn’t bear to have her heart broken again. She told Bernie to come and find her when she’s sorted her life out. I really hope she does just that, because Holby needs an anaesthetist now Jesse’s gone, and Alex would be an excellent addition to the cast.  Continue reading

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Waterloo Road: A sober conclusion to the term

christine waterloo road(Series 9, ep.20) The end of another term at Waterloo Road, and by WR standards it went off without a hitch. Nobody died, Christine managed to stay sober and the only injury was Kacey Barry plummeting from a climbing wall and breaking her wrist (followed by dreadful first aid – how not to deal with a person who could well have had a spinal injury).

We left Connor and Emo Imogen bound for an exciting life of being a chef and a trainee actress respectively in That London; Nix and Vix off for their own exciting life in That Berlin (and what a lovely happy ending that was for Nikki Boston); Carol Barry sticking with George even though he isn’t rich; Kevin Chalk learning to walk again; Dynasty about to embark on a career in the bizzies; Kacey waiting for her wrist to heal before setting her sights on the Olympics; Christine moving in with Audrey so she can hopefully stay sober enough to teach English next year even if she isn’t head; and Simon Twinkle-Spark wondering why nobody likes him. He’d wonder that even more if he’d seen Sue Twinkle-Spark being kissed by his old buddy Hector Reid. Teamwork makes the dream work, indeed.   Continue reading

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Waterloo Road: Drunk in charge of a school

christine waterloo road(Series 9, ep.19)  Christine’s descent back into alcohol hell was fairly predictable, given that not an episode goes by without she gazes longingly at a bottle at some point. I blame her handbags – they are conveniently big enough to conceal a bottle or a wine bag. She should go either small bag or string bag and there’d be far less temptation.

However, the bag situation is what it is and Christine’s situation was that she woke up next to a tattooed man whose name she didn’t know, and her bedroom carpet had been ruined by red wine.

Christine’s reputation was about to go the way of the bedroom carpet, when she was late for a meeting with Darren’s social worker and didn’t tell her about Darren’s penchant for pervy photography.

George was optimistic. “The occasional defeat doesn’t mean you’re losing the war,” he said. He didn’t know about Christine crashing her car and walking away (in odd shoes) at that point. Though he did know about the boozy breath and fuzzy teeth.   Continue reading

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Waterloo Road: Dynasty seals Barry’s fate

dynasty waterloo road(Series 9, ep.18)  We know that Dynasty Barry is most certainly not the first Barry to have been interviewed by the police, but she’s the first one who’s been interviewed by them for a job and not as a suspect. However, despite doing probably the best interview they’ve ever seen (watching the elegant way she dealt with all the questions, I was thinking that scene should really be shown in schools to help future job-seekers), she was still haunted by being a Barry, as the woman interviewing her knew about her dad, who is currently banged up for armed robbery.

The key question (apart from the diversity one, which Dynasty handled beautifully by saying she had a sister who’d once contemplated a sex change, and that hadn’t thrown her) was whether she’d be able to arrest a member of her family. Dynasty had a little think – the question was rather less hypothetical for her than it would be for most people – and the answer was a resolute yes.   Continue reading

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Waterloo Road: There’s a riot on the roof of the school!

lula waterloo road(Series 9, ep.17) The issue of immigration, both legal and illegal, has been addressed more than once on Waterloo Road, and deportation of illegal immigrants has also featured, most recently with the character of Ndale. This time the situation was addressed differently, because the person due to be deported was fairly long-time cast member Lula Tsibi.

Most of the episode was, predictably, as mad as a box of frogs. Any situation which gives Audrey McFall the chance to get fired up with righteous fervour gets my vote, and in this she was prancing about, eyes sparkling as she announced that this time they would be “making history, not studying it.” I expected her to start brandishing her souvenir sword in an inspirational manner, but sadly she didn’t – she had her hands full with handing out marker pens to make placards and phoning the local press.   Continue reading

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