(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.’
(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?
There’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.”
(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.
(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
(Casualty series 33, ep. 26 by Michelle Lipton 2.3.19) I’ve reviewed Saturday’s Casualty/Holby City crossover at Metro, so pop over there. If you didn’t see it but you do watch Holby, you’ll possibly want to catch up on the story so far because tomorrow’s Holby is a direct continuation of the same story.
If you are a non-Casualty-watching Holby fan who saw Saturday’s episode I’d be interested to know what you thought about how well the two shows were brought together. For example did all the business about Iain have as much impact if you weren’t aware of his story so far?
Saturday was just the start. It all gets even more dramatic tomorrow! Keep an eye out for my recap and a few spoilers (that won’t spoil your viewing fun) in Metro tomorrow morning.
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.’