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Holby City: Bleak hospital

serena-holby(Series 19, ep. 17) Ooh, but this was a dark episode. The AAU and Keller stories were difficult and gloomy, with some of our favourite characters going through horrible times, with Darwin providing a bit of welcome light relief.

It started with a Serena voice-over, sorting people into lions, lambs and shepherds. This came from an essay Elinor had been writing before she died, and later in the episode we heard it again, with both Serena’s and Elinor’s voices speaking together, which was a spooky kind of effect.

Serena was looking for someone to blame for Elinor’s death. Just like she pointed the finger at Chantelle when Adrienne had a stroke, another sunny junior was in the firing line this time – Jasmine. And, to be fair, perhaps if Jasmine had been more experienced and more mature she might have spotted that Elinor had a problem earlier. That almost isn’t the point, though. It’s more about Serena’s need for control, to impose some order on a world that’s just been turned on its head. This was underlined by the presence of recurring guest character Lexy – the vicar with the Herzig heart who seems to bob up at moments of crisis. The crisis this time was her own – her husband was involved in a car accident and later died, prompting Lexy to question her faith. She was also someone for Serena to get cross with.  Continue reading

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Holby City: What are the chances of that?

fletch-holby(Series 19, ep. 15) There was luck for some and not so much for others in this episode. Fletch was the lucky one – he’s inherited a sum of money so large it had to be written on a piece of paper and not uttered aloud. This always happens on telly. I suppose it might be so the viewer can put their own figure on it – Noel Edmonds used to call £250,000 “a life changing sum of money” on Deal Or No Deal, and to me it would be but to Sir Paul McCartney probably not so much.

Anyway, I was squinting at the piece of paper Bernie was holding for Fletch and I thought it said £75,000, but whatever it was, it’s hopefully enough to stop Fletch having to get involved in crime in the future. It’s definitely enough to get new shoes for Mikey and his siblings, and possibly enough to enable them to move out of Di Lucca Towers. Who knows what house prices are like in Wyvernshire these days?  Continue reading

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Holby City: Like something out of a Victoria Wood sketch

isaac-carole-dominic(Series 19, ep. 14) Dominic may have mainly shed his Darren days, but there’s one element he can’t escape from, and that’s his parents. His mum, the very wonderful Carole, in particular has a habit of pitching up at Holby to create her own brand of maximum maternal embarrassment for her Dazzle. But what would Isaac make of Carole and Barry? “They’re like something out of a Victoria Wood sketch,” he said. This impressed me a lot, partly because they so absolutely are, but mainly because it’s lovely to have one of my heroes name-checked on Holby, and it’s lovely to know her reach extended to seriously snobby surgeons who are not the sort of people who go to Lapland.  Continue reading

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Holby City: Watch out for that man!

dominic-holby(Series 19, ep. 11) This review may not be up to my usual impeccable standard, because I watched the episode several days ago in a hotel room in Berlin on a television that warmly embraced the concept of British TV without having an entirely secure connection to it. Therefore it’s entirely possible that I missed some important chunks of dialogue. And possibly action. If I was being entirely professional I’d watch it all again and take notes, but it’s Christmas and there’s sprouts to sort out and whatnot.

dominic-zosia-holbyIt was a good episode though. Lee was back. The man who broke Dominic’s heart – and, more significantly, broke his heart at the time that Arthur was ill. He knows how to press Dominic’s buttons, and there was a tense scene when Lee went AWOL from his bed and turned up in the staff room with a knife in his hand. We all remember why that isn’t a good idea. Was he going to stab Isaac, his love rival for the hand of the fair Dominic? Well, no. But by the end of the episode I rather wished that he had. The final scene between Isaac and Dominic was absolutely brutal, with Isaac showing a cruel streak a mile wide and leaving Dominic in tears and Arthur’s granddad’s medal in pieces. All we can hope now is that Dominic will have nothing to do with Isaac ever again, but to do that would take a lot of self-esteem, and Dominic’s self-esteem is quite a fragile thing.  Continue reading

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Holby City: Deck the halls with vows of Zollie

ollie-zosia-holby(Series 19, ep. 10) In a world of doom and gloom it really was nice to have an episode where no-one died, much festive-themed food was consumed (mainly by Mo) and one of the big Holby romances is back on again.

matteo-zosia-ollie-holbyProducer Simon Harper said on Twitter that the reunion of Ollie and Zosia was brought forward specifically to cheer us all up, and it certainly worked for me, anyway. Zosia got Matteo to ask Ollie if he (Matteo) could ask her (Zosia) out, just to make him (Ollie) jealous. It worked a treat, because Ollie has been all prickly and defensive since Matteo arrived, what with his horse riding skills, the whole Italian thing and the fact that he can (allegedly) dance merengue and salsa, speak five languages and play the cello. Good lord, when does the man find the time to keep his beard nicely trimmed? I’m enjoying how Christian Vit seems to relish every second of playing Matteo, thoroughly playing up to all the stereotypes as he does so. It’s going to be interesting to see what kind of man Matteo is under that layer.  Continue reading

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Holby City: The Naylor death stare

jac-holby(Series 19, ep. 9) The episode opened with Jac Naylor being operated on. Rather terrifyingly, she keeps her eyes open even when she’s under anaesthetic – even when you’re operating on Ms Naylor, she’s watching you. Until you tape her eyes shut.

But what got Jac into this pickle? It’s not like she’s been wandering around going “Nnngh!” for the past few episodes. We were given a clue a couple of weeks ago, though, when we heard Mr T making an appointment to see her (and not the wedding planner, as some people thought), so it was clearly something gynae.

jac-holby-cityIt seems that she’s been revisiting the delights of Jonny Maconie, which led to a positive pregnancy test. Mr T’s tests revealed that she isn’t pregnant, but had a rather nasty ovarian cyst which needed sorting out ASAP. They say that doctors make the worst patients, and it seems that the best doctors make the very worst patients, because Jac had no plans to down tools and sort out her own health. Particularly not when Jonny’s brother Alister Maconie (I so wish he’d been called Tony) needed his circulation switching round the right way.  Continue reading

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Holby City: Who turns up at work their first day on a horse?

matteo-holby(Series 19, ep. 8) Matteo Rossini, that’s who. On the index of “memorable first appearances,” that has to rank fairly high. I’m not sure he even needed the horse, though, because Dr (Mr?) Matteo Rossini is perfectly memorable on his own terms. It’s not just that he is fabulously good-looking (he is), it’s not just that he has that flirty charm thing going on (he has), and it’s not even that he’s a very good doctor (he is). It’s the way his very presence affected everybody else. Mo was rendered almost speechless by his charisma, Zosia was intrigued, Ollie instantly switched into territory-marking testosterone overdrive, and Jac… well, Jac hated him. And that was a beautiful thing to see, because Jac is at her best when she has a proper rival, and when it’s someone with whom she obviously also has chemistry – it’s going to be a lot of fun.  Continue reading

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