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Holby City: Ollie helps out

(Series 20, ep. 3 ‘There by the Grace of…’ by Elliot Hope and Johanne McAndrew 16.1.18) Many years ago I used to work with people who had physical disabilities. I think it says a huge amount about James Anderson’s well-observed, thoughtful acting that, in this episode, Ollie reminded me really strongly of a man I worked with who was disabled after a head injury – the speech patterns, the mannerisms – and I hadn’t thought about that man for years.

For plot reasons, Ollie was on AAU this week. Roxanna thought it would be helpful for him to have the stimulus of being surrounded by people barfing on other people’s shoes all day long, but just in case it was too much he was popped into a side room and the staff were told not to get him over excited.  Continue reading

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Holby City: Four day stretch

(Series 20, ep. 1 ‘The Prisoner’ by Ed Sellek 2.1.18) This stand-alone episode dealt with four days in the life of Ric Griffin, in prison on remand following his assault on Jeremy Warren, and Oliver Valentine, returning to the word after being in a coma since being shot in the head.

Ric might have a posh voice and an air of refinement, but he has great intelligence, a boxer’s instincts and he’s seen a bit of the world. While prison obviously came as a huge culture shock for him, he navigated prison politics quite well. When he was befriended by a prisoner called Dillon (played by the brilliantly named Chord Melodic), it took him a little while to realise that Dillon had an agenda – he wanted Ric to use his medical contacts in the outside world to get drugs into the prison. As soon as he’d worked out what was what, Ric refused to have any part of the scheme – with the result that he’s now a marked man. Indeed he’s possibly literally marked by now, because when we last saw him he was surrounded by Dillon’s thugs in the prison yard.  Continue reading

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Holby City: Damage already done

(Series 19, ep. 63 ‘We Need To Talk About Fredrik’ by Patrick Homes 12.12.17) Three weeks have passed in Holby time since the events shown last week. The funerals of Raf, Fredrik and David have already happened (Fredrik in Stockholm, without Hanssen’s attendance) and the process of rebuilding has started.

Rebuilding lives shattered by recent events is not going to be quick or easy – we saw with the death of Digby that Holby takes the aftermath of huge events seriously and I expect the repercussions of the shooting will be felt for a long time.

Rebuilding staff numbers is simpler and came courtesy of The Mythical St Francis’s. Remember it’s merging with Holby? Three new doctors – or rather, two new doctors and one old friend – chose this week to merge in Holby’s direction.  Continue reading

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Holby City: Shadow of a gunman

(Series 19, ep. 62 ‘Group Animal, Part Two’ by Andy Bayliss 7.12.17) I don’t know how I can do this brilliant, tense, suspenseful episode any justice other than to give you a blow-by-blow account of what happened. There was so much detail in it, and not a single scene was wasted or slack. Brilliant work from writer Andy Bayliss. Don’t read on unless you’ve seen the episode!  Continue reading

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Holby City: All bleeding eventually stops

(Series 19, ep. 61 ‘Group Animal, Part One’ by Andy Bayliss 5.12.17) Jac has been suffering for months now – ever since Jasmine died back in June. We saw her pain in the weeks just after that – remember when she looked so tightly held together it seemed like she might explode at any minute? Since then she’s been her snarky, sarcastic, business-as-usual self, until recently – when it became clear that she hasn’t dealt with losing her sister at all, and she isn’t coping.

And then this episode started with Jac, looking more relaxed than she has for weeks, telling Raf that she was leaving Holby. She was going to take her daughter a long way away, and concentrate on being a mother and being happy.

Thousands of Jac Naylor fans blinked back tears of disbelief. Holby without Jac? Surely not? But worse was to come.  Continue reading

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Holby City: Facing up

(Series 19, ep. 60 ‘Hiding Places’ by Gerard Sampaio 28.11.17) They’re dropping like flies at Holby. We lost lovely Damon Ford and spooky Fredrik Johanssen last week, and this week we waved goodbye to the beautiful smile of Nina Karnik and the luscious locks of Matteo Rossini. It’s just as well some new blood is arriving soon, because Holby is just haemorrhaging staff at the moment.

It seemed certain this week that we’d lose Nina, but it was less clear what would happen to Matteo. Determined to bring her baby up in a supportive family atmosphere, Nina was planning to move to Amsterdam, where her sister and nieces and nephews would provide the family. Matteo, meanwhile, signalled his distress with what Ollie called “a slight but appreciable dip in his grooming standards.” In other words, his hair was not looking quite as luscious as usual.  Continue reading

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Holby City: The one that got away

(Series 19, ep. 58 ‘It Has To Be Now’ by Becky Prestwich 14.11.17) I know it’s all about the career and that, but you have to say that perhaps Zosia was a bit hasty going off to America and leaving brand new husband Oliver Valentine behind. Because, let’s face it, he’s absolutely adorable. Even if we put his beautiful blue eyes to one side (if you see what I mean), he’s just a really lovely person.

This week he was going head-to-head against neurosurgeon Roxanna MacMillan (Hermione Gulliford) for funding. It was either his biopatch project, or her virtual reality/dementia project. Ollie had a suitable candidate in Mr Duffy (Nick Raggett), who had a tumour called Medusa who was a bit of a diva, apparently (don’t ask). It looked like things were going Ollie’s way when a computer problem meant Roxanna had no access to her notes, but luckily her husband dashed to the hospital with a copy. Her husband was David Hopkins (Fraser James), a big cheese in the CT world. Ollie went quite fangirly for a moment.  Continue reading

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