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Holby City: Blue eyes, old soul

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(Series 17, ep.33Following last week’s Whisper With The Dangerous Edge, this week Hanssen showcased his mastery of the Long Scary Pause. He gave Elliot a little talk along the lines of needing to have everyone working well because a team was only as strong as its weakest link. Elliot tried a bit of humour with “You are the weakest link. Goodbye.” To which Hanssen replied, “I beg your pardon?” followed by that LSP. Not an Anne Robinson fan, then.

The weakest link on Elliot’s sadly depleted team is currently Oliver Valentine, because he’s still being O. Negative and his “gap yah” (as Jesse insisted on calling it) hasn’t really helped him sort his post-Tara life out.  Continue reading

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Holby City: Danger – unauthorised spectators, infested dogs and trembling hands

adele oliver holby(Series 17, ep.31) “Stick to your work and don’t try to fix everything,” Dr Oliver Valentine told Adele. He was being Managerial because Elliot had left him in charge (and he’s also still somewhat O. Negative) and he wasn’t taking any nonsense. And, frankly, I cheered him. I’m getting more than a bit tired of Saint Adele of the Trillion Skills, and there’s been nobody to take her down a peg since Jac disappeared.

Most irritatingly even when Adele is wrong, she ends up being right. “I was just trying to hold on to somebody I love,” she said, in her best surely-you-can’t-argue-with-that voice, and Ollie didn’t argue with that and assumed his Thinking Face. Was he thinking about Penny (his patient was a twin) or Tara, people he loved and couldn’t hold on to? Or was he just wondering what was in the fridge for tea? Such is the magic of Adele that it could have been all, some, or none of these things.  Continue reading

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Holby City: Looming marvellous

ric serena holby(Series 17, ep.30) The new CEO was going to be introduced at a specially convened meeting. Everyone sighed and looked a bit bored or cross as they trundled towards the board room. Many of them expected to see the mythical Olivia Sharpe installing her shoes under the table of corporate power (though Elliot had bumped into Olivia and she hadn’t mentioned anything), or some tedious pen-pusher in a suit. Nobody noticed that Serena Campbell was wearing a Knowing Expression. Then the door opened to reveal… an empty table.  Continue reading

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Holby City: A Valentine for Christmas

oliver holby(Series 17, ep.11) Ric Griffin’s back! And his very first action was to rescue a tramp who was being beaten up by a bunch of Holby’s disaffected youth. It wasn’t not just any old tramp, though – it was only the blue-eyed charmer formerly known as Young Dr Oliver Valentine, looking somewhat the worse for his bereavement-induced career break.

“He’s one of ours,” said Ric as he wheeled him into AAU, because for now, Ollie is a patient rather than a doctor (though he still knows his U’s and E’s from his LFT’s). Months of not looking after himself very well and a brush with a nasty virus in the Andes had knackered his heart, and his liver wasn’t far behind. There’s only one man who can sort out a mess like that – Elliot Hope and his untested-on-humans Assist Device, and that’s what Oliver had flown all the way back and hitchiked from Heathrow for.  Continue reading

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Holby City news: Henrik Hanssen and Oliver Valentine return!

hanssen4It’s the news that thousands of Holby City fans have been waiting for. It’s just been announced that Guy Henry is returning to Holby to reprise his role as Henrik Hanssen, the fabulously tall, enigmatic and looming Swedish former CEO and Director of Surgery. He’s looking forward to it, too:

“I’m so pleased to be reunited with Mr. Hanssen,” he says. “He’s such a weird and wonderful character to play – I’ve missed him! And the cast and crew at Holby are such fun to work with – I’ve missed them too. We don’t know what dark acts may have befallen Henrik during his time away in Sweden but I do believe that, when he looms down the corridors of Holby once more, his wit and his scalpel will be as incisive as ever! Can’t wait – see you on the ice!”

ollie-holby1In other excellent news, it’s also been revealed that James Anderson will be returning as Dr Oliver Valentine. Will he still be angry and bitter following the death of Tara, or will he have regained some of his sunny disposition? Most importantly, will his pig-ear-suturing and coin-juggling skills still be on point?

“I’m so thrilled to be given the opportunity to bring Ollie back to Holby,” he says. “There are lots of surprises in store, but one thing I can say: he’s older now – wiser, even – and I can’t wait to get stuck into playing this altogether more grown up Valentine to the one I left behind. Step up Oliver 2.0! Holby is a wonderful, nurturing family to return to, and I’m hugely excited.”

Also announcing the return of Kaye Wragg playing Essie, Executive Producer Oliver Kent and Series Producer Simon Harper told us,

“Essie was a big hit in her short stint with us earlier this year and so we were really keen to bring her back as soon as we can – finally it’s time to see if romance can happen for Sacha. He really deserves it.

“We were gutted when we lost James Anderson last year and we’ve been trying to persuade him to come back for a while. Finally the threats and thumb screws have paid off and the heart throb of Holby is coming back. He’s going to set someone’s heart a-flutter…

“And finally – HANSSEN IS BACK. The titan of Holby. We are thrilled to welcome Guy Henry back to the Holby family. We can’t wait to see how he gets on with Selfie…”

Sue H

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Holby City: Then there were no Valentines

oliver valentine holby(Series 15, ep.39)  It was the final episode for the man we’ve come to know fondly over the years as Young Dr Oliver Valentine. James Anderson has left for pastures new (including an episode of Poirot, apparently, which is excellent news – Mr PLA and I love to settle down in front of a good Poirot on a damp Sunday afternoon). I’ll miss Ollie, but more for the character he used to be than the one he’s been recently. As emotions go, sadness is not the most fun one to watch, and the poor lad has been immersed in sadness since the death of the lovely Tara.

James Anderson does misery beautifully, what with having those amazing blue eyes that brim with tears at the drop of a sad hat, and he also does anger really well – the scene recently where he nastily let rip at Prof Hope was shocking and upsetting to behold. Oliver’s reaction to Tara’s death, which was basically to put up a wall against the world, tell everybody everything was fine, and then shout a lot was realistic and consistent with his previous reaction to Penny’s death, but from a viewer perspective it maybe went on a bit too long and got just a little bit boring. It overshadowed the things I’ve always loved about Oliver – his fun side, his way with a witty one-liner, his kindness, his relationships with the other staff members.

Thank goodness, then, that we had a little glimpse of this right before he left in two touching and perfectly crafted scenes, one with Jac and the other with Elliot.   Continue reading

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Holby City: I was always a bit too good for you

chrissie holby(Series 15, ep.37) Sacha and Chrissie. Did it all start out so promisingly? Not really. A one night stand that resulted in My Son Daniel. An intervening “romance” with Dull/Gay Dan. A wedding that probably wouldn’t have happened if Jac hadn’t issued a subtle threat. And months and months of patients and hospital visitors telling Chrissie that she’s waaay too gorgeous and wonderful for dear old Sacha, and her blushing prettily and agreeing with them.

I wanted it to work out, because I want Sacha to be happy, but it was never going to last. Sacha never thought he was good enough, Chrissie always thought she was too good. I liked how, when the break came, it came as a result of a situation that was morally and emotionally complicated, rather than the more obvious route of Chrissie having an affair, or the less obvious route of Sacha having one. My sympathy for Chrissie has fluctuated over the last few weeks, with last week’s behaviour in the red button episode being particularly unimpressive, but this week I did feel sorry for the way she was sidelined in the Levy Family Drama (Helen was good value, though).   Continue reading

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