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Holby City: If you text me, I’ll answer

donna zav holby 26(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. 

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Holby City: Flange is a Thing

donna xavier holby 25 copy(Series 21, ep. 25 ‘Pigeon’ by Andy Bayliss 20.6.19) My full review of this episode is over at Metro as per. Before you go, I have a few random thoughts.

– I’m going to have to start with Quote of the Week, which was of course Jac on FaceTime to Emma’s little friend. ‘Who are you? Your face is too big for the internet. Go away.’

– There was also Ric’s little dig at Brexit with his ‘All the good nurses go to Europe’ comment.

– I can completely believe in Donna and Xavier as a couple. The way she watches out for him and cares for him is pleasingly real.

– Which I can’t really say for Fletch and Ange. Thanks to Alex Walkinshaw’s impeccable acting skills, Fletch did look properly pleased and sweet about liking Ange and feeling he needed to tell Jac about it. But it’s weird that we’ve hardly really seen him together with Ange. And we’ve never seen Ange when she wasn’t stressing about ‘my brain-dead patient/my long-lost son/my highly-strung daughter,’ so his description of her as ‘really nice’ will have to be taken on trust.

Poor Sacha! No relationship ever lasts on Holby so it’s probably a mistake that we ever want them to happen in the first place, but he was just starting to be happy with Patricia and now they seem about to be ripped apart. It’s tragic.

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Holby City: Baby Zollie!

nicky zosia holby 16(Series 21, ep. 16 ‘North and South’ by Joe Ainsworth 16.4.19) To read my full review of this episode, bob over to Metro. But first…

– I knew the baby was Ollie’s! I suppose it was fairly obvious, really, once Arlo had been ruled out. But how lovely that she’s going to keep the baby and she’s letting him be involved too. Bless. Though I wonder what they’ll give it as a surname. Self-Valentine? Valentine-Self? It sounds like a recipe for bullying, either way.

– Which reminds me of one of my favourite Ollie lines, when Faye Byrne gave birth to her and Joseph’s son Harry: ‘Has anyone signed a card for Byrne Baby Byrne?’

– Sad that Camilla Arfwedson has gone again. Zosia is a brilliant character, I feel there’s still a lot to explore with her. With luck she’ll be back at some point (and bring Ollie with her – please?).

– It’s also sad for Dominic that she’s gone. He was just about to confide in her and he badly needs friends at the moment, especially as you-know-who is returning soon.

– I hate seeing Carole sad. I felt her pain when Dominic called her ‘Carole’ instead of ‘Mum.’ It’s not even funny like when David Platt calls his mother ‘Gail’ on Coronation Street. It’s just sad.

– Ange and Fletch: please, no. Unless it provokes a jealous response in Jac and she takes Ange out to the Linden Cullen Memorial Shrubbery for a good battering. Not that I condone violence at all.

– Can we have Fleur Fanshawe every week, please? She is magnificent.

– Nanette Duval is also magnificent, in her own way. Suzette Llewellyn plays the part really well. Nanette is nasty, spiteful, funny, outrageous and manipulative, but also clearly in a lot of pain. It’s a clever portrayal to make her sympathetic while she’s being horrible to the lovely Zav and Donna.

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Holby City: Family matters

dominic holby 15(Series 21, ep. 15 ‘The Family Way’ by Becky Prestwich 9.4.19) As usual, pop over to Metro to read my full review of this episode.

But before all that…

– David Ames is wringing every last drop of emotion out of this storyline and he’s being brilliant as usual. Bringing Roger back was a lovely idea, both as a sort of avatar for Lofty but also because he’s a lovely character in his own right and it was nice for Dominic to have some support.

– I’ve had a scathingly brilliant idea that Steven Fletcher should turn out to be Dominic’s father (the father hasn’t been mentioned or asked about, weirdly). That would make Dominic Fletch’s brother and Dominic would become a Fletchling. Of course that’s too far-fetched even for this far-fetched storyline, but a girl can dream.

– The episode was beautifully written (by the marvellous Becky Prestwich) and didn’t go over-the-top with Ange’s reminiscences about her six months with Baby Dom (was it Ange who named him Darren? If not, what did she call him?). This left the imagination to fill in the gaps of those sweet and stressful months as she bonded with her little boy only to realise she had to give him away.

– The scene where Serena talked to Donna about daughters was beautifully written, too, and Catherine Russell delivered the most touching performance.

– Zav’s little talk with Mia was perfect. It took me a while to warm to Zav, but I think he’s entirely precious now. The relationship between him and Donna is a wonderful thing.

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Holby City: Evan sent

dominic evan holby 12(Series 21, ep. 12 ‘A Simple Lie Part 2’ by Patrick Homes 20.3.19) Big review at Metro as usual, but before you jog over there for a look…

I really liked Jack Ryder as Evan. He has a lovely understated way with him which is quite appealing.

– However, I’m rather sad that he came to Holby because of Chloe rather than her mother, because then I could have used the headline ‘Evan is missing an Angel.’

Alex Walkinshaw is so brilliant, isn’t he? Whether it’s light comedy, romance or nail-biting drama, being in the spotlight or in a more supporting role, he’s completely on it every single week.

– There was a bit of a plot hole though, when Jac mentioned find-my-phone apps very early on but Fletch didn’t consider trying it until much later.

Nanette is a bit of a schemer. I imagine Donna’s going to get more trouble from her. I do think Zav is worth it, though, and Nanette will find that Donna is made of tough stuff. And wait till she meets Mia.

(Picture: BBC)

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Holby City: The baby whisperer and the baby daddy

(Series 21, ep. 8 ‘Never Say Never’ by Nick Fisher and Patrick Homes 19.2.19) For my full review of this episode, pop yourself over to Metro. Before you go, a couple of random thoughts.

– Chloe’s ‘baby whisperer’ routine was a bit weird, wasn’t it? I’m getting a bit of an Adele Effanga vibe about both Chloe and Ange, in the sense that every week we’re being told how marvellous they are, and the more I’m told someone is marvellous the less inclined I am to join their fan club (this is why I’ve never read a Harry Potter). I like marvellousness to reveal itself organically (like it has with Xavier, but more of him later).

– There is, of course, the prospect that Chloe’s marvellousness has to be set up pretty quickly in order for us to know what a huge loss it’ll be to the medical world when whatever is wrong with her hands starts to impact on her work. Remember Ange noticing that there was something wrong with Chloe’s hands? And this week she clumsily dropped a mug and even more clumsily glued the handle to herself rather than the mug. Frankly this is not a person you’d want to be operating on you.

– Zosia’s pregnant! Who’s the father, do you think? Someone in America, or has she been paying visits to Ollie? I really hope it’s Ollie. I know he and Zosia are technically both fictional, but they’d have the most beautiful children.

– I loved how Jac was missing Frieda. We’re all missing Frieda.

– Xavier. When we first met him he seemed a bit of a twonk, and twonkiness does occasionally rear its head with him. But my goodness, he loves the bones of Donna, doesn’t he? He looks at her like she’s the most wonderful human being on the planet, which she might well be. He’s adorable, especially since he sorted out that pointy bit at the back of his hair.

– I also liked Donna’s interactions with the woman who’d left her youngish daughters on a cliff top with a little tent because she reckoned they were tough. Donna was genuinely horrified at how this woman didn’t give her kids hugs and tell them she loved them. Like me, she was relieved to hear that they’d abandoned the tent and gone to McDonalds to wait for their dad to pick them up.

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Holby City: So sad for Frieda

(Series 21, ep. 4 ‘A Daring Adventure Or Nothing At All’ by Isla Gray 22.1.19) For my full review of this episode head over to Metro. But a couple of things before you go…

– I felt so sorry for Frieda, because I could really believe in her and Roman as a couple. Not least because of the beautiful way she says his name. I had to google about opening the window to let his soul out, to check it was really a thing, but somehow I knew from the way she did it that it is a thing. It’s a very beautiful thing, I think. I’m glad that at least before Roman died he had a chance to show Frieda that he really was the man she’d always loved.

– Now I want to talk about the decor in the YAU (Yow!). First of all, where did the cash-strapped NHS find the money for all that etched glass and whatnot? And secondly, isn’t a bit patronising to think the young adults need surrounding with the bright colours and cartoony shapes of play school?

– And why isn’t anybody (Sacha?) kicking up a fuss about having half of Keller carved off for the YAU?

– I’m not really getting the Foetus/Fauntleroy rivalry. One minute they’re friends(ish – going to karaoke together at least), the next minute they aren’t. For Nicky it’s a bit of a replay of what she went through with Meena.

– Mia is very amusing. She talks like an adult, but in a believable way. I really like the Mia/Donna/Zav combo.

– And for anyone who would like to know more about Pathological Demand Avoidance (as seen in the Ellen/Ange storyline) there’s a useful website here.

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