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Holby City: What’s Cameron Dunn now?

dominic sacha holby 7(Series 22, ep. 7 by Johanne McAndrew and Elliot Hope 18.2.20) I’ve reviewed this over at Metro as usual, so please have a look. But before you go…

– How brilliant is it to see Hanssen back? As soon as I heard his first words (‘Long night, Mr Copeland?’) I felt televisually hugged. If that makes sense.

– It was very lucky for Carole that he was back, but on the other hand when Sacha told her ‘Try not to worry,’ I thought (not for the first time) that Sacha is the doctor I’d want looking after me. Unless I needed heart surgery, in which case Jac every time, obvs.

– I’m very excited to find out how Hanssen will oust Max McGerry. I rather love it that he’s plotting quietly, and I also think she might be aware of it and will have some counter strategy of her own going on. I’m looking forward to an epic showdown.

– Fletch in the dinosaur costume. Adorable.

– Carole and Hanssen! He has feelings for her! I love that.

– Carole telling Dominic, ‘You made me smile every day.’ And him saying ‘I love you, Mum.’ I’m so happy that the Ange business hasn’t dented the Dominic/Carole bond.

– Cameron. What do we think? I’m still of the opinion that these nasty personality traits we’re seeing recently are coming from him trying too hard to be what people expect him to be – the Wolfe cub. He’s immature, arrogant and a bit daft rather than being actually nasty. That’s what I’m hoping, anyway.

– And the Ben/Dom kiss I’m hoping will be just the thing to split Essie and Ben up and get Essie and Sacha back together.

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Holby City: It’s more than a bit. It’s a lot

ange carole holby 51 pla(Series 21, ep. 51 ‘Lemons’ by Ed Sellek 17.12.19) Pop over to Metro to read my proper review. But first…

– I’m very sad to see Lee Mead leaving Holby. He was one of the people I interviewed for the Holby book (just before the photo at the top of this blog was taken) and he was so lovely – serious and thoughtful about his work, grateful for all his opportunities, genuinely humble and very kind and considerate to me.

Line of the week – (Carole and Ange look at the Winter Wonderland that’s appeared in the garden)

Carole: It’s a bit… actually, it’s more than a bit. It’s a lot.’

Ange: ‘Yeah, it is a bit.’

(Dom comes over) Dom: ‘Do you think it’s a bit..?’

Carole: ‘Well I thought that’s what you were going for.’

Line of the week (2) – Carole: ‘A year’s not long. Think how quickly Strictly comes around. That’s a year.’

– Dominic giving Lofty a new saxophone! Bless!

– Max saying that Zoe has given up smoking and they’re trying for a baby! Also bless! Though I do recall that Zoe had quite serious fertility issues?

Max generally. Still gorgeous.

– I liked that Robyn was in Lofty’s first ever episode of Holby and she was also there for his last (for now – I hope he’ll come back).

Daisy Wood-Davis is really good as Phoebe. She has some of the same intensity of Evan himself, which is quite unsettling.

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Holby City: Behind the eyes

kian 2 holby 17(Series 21, ep. 17 ‘Pleased to Meet You’ by Ed Sellek 23.4.19) For my full (and rather long) review of this brilliant episode, head over to Metro. But first…

– I’ve not always been the greatest fan of Nicky as a character, but she absolutely stole the episode for me with her breathless fan-girly appreciation of Kian. Even when she was in the background she was giving him admiring little glances. It was really funny and well done.

– Talking of funny, I love Ed Sellek’s episodes. He’s the man who gave us Hanssen with a theremin, as I’ll never cease to keep reminding you because it was genius.

– And Scary Sue! She’s absolutely brilliant. I loved her comment about London making her bogies black. It’s such a northern thing to say (I speak as a northerner who lives in London). The genius of Sue’s character is that she has this ‘scary’ reputation but she’s ever so vulnerable and sad really, and I like that Donna recognised that about her.

– It was a good debut for Kian. He’s like a Mills and Boon fantasy doctor come to life with his tattooed hunkiness, but he’s got an air of danger and secrets around him that makes him quite interesting.

– Dominic was being really horrible to Carole and I could have slapped him at various points, but David Ames lets you see everything play out in Dominic’s eyes – the emotions of the moment are on his face, but his eyes tell you how he really feels inside and he is hurting.

– Julia Deakin and Dawn Steele are also being brilliant in this storyline and even though I still wish it hadn’t happened, it’s bringing some ninja level drama out, which I suppose is the entire point.

– Though when is Chloe going to get her chance to start emoting like everybody else? It must come soon.

– I’m glad Dom’s father was just a nice boy who liked Wham! and had a look of John Taylor from Duran Duran, rather than something sinister or icky. Such as looking like Simon Le Bon from Duran Duran.

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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: Long-suffering Dominic

carole ange holby 14(Series 21, ep. 14 ‘Ask No Questions’ by Kathrine Smith and Michelle Lipton 2.4.19) Pop over to Metro for my full review of this episode.

I have a couple of things to add:

– As I expected, Carole totally broke my heart in this episode. The way she sat outside all day long, hoping Dominic would come out and talk to her. I loved how he left her his coat.

– I feel so sorry for Dominic. No sooner has he built himself up after Arthur and Isaac than this happens. It’s a really bad idea to be a popular Holby character – they put you through all sorts.

– Evan’s little sabotage of Cameron was interesting. I wonder whether this is the start of another Holby villain, or whether he was just doing what he had to do to secure the affections of the fragrant Chloe.

– Heartbreak ahead for Mia! This could be a very sad story indeed.

– What does being a Junior Doctor Lead involve, exactly? Cameron didn’t seem to do very much leading while he was in post. He didn’t even get a special uniform. Essie would have insisted on one, because she loves a special uniform.

– Why has Zosia never had a scan? What is she afraid of? Is she further along (or not as far along) in her pregnancy than she’s claiming? Is she worried that something might be wrong? Could this be connected to the potential father? I just had a thought – maybe she’s worried it’ll be twins. Non-identical twins can run in families. Who do we know who was a twin?

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Holby City: He’s not your baby, he’s mine

carole holby 13(Series 21, ep. 13 ‘Running’ by Tony Higgins 26.3.19) Pop over to Metro for a full review of the episode. But first…

– I’ve already said on Metro that I’m not keen on the Ange/Dominic storyline. Possibly it’s in large part because I still haven’t warmed to Ange as a character and anything that upsets the glorious Carole Copeland is not fine with me at all. I should wait to see how the drama plays out in the coming weeks, I suppose. Am I just letting my fondness for Carole get in the way of a jolly good plot development?

– In another upsetting plot development, it seems that Frieda has gone again. She’s taken the obligatory box of whatever she keeps in her locker, and Gary the dog, and gone off to do Good Works. I hope it’s not long before she’s back again, because there is no character like her and she’ll be missed. And she’s left a load of boxing stuff in the basement.

– I was amused by Zav calling Cameron ‘Silver Spoon.’ If only he’d met Joseph Byrne, son of Lord and Lady Byrne… (Sorry, I wandered off into a Joseph-based daydream there. I’m back now). I still want the old Cameron back, though – the one who was good enough for Morven to fall in love with.

– Frieda and Ange both had their radio alarms tuned in to the same station. Even if Holby FM is the only station destination on the Holby dial this would not happen. Unless Frieda was listening to T’Pau ironically.

– It’s not all doom and gloom, though. Sacha was back and he’s all better. Hurrah!

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Holby City: Ange needs to get a grip

(Series 21, ep. 7 ‘Good Side’ by Ed Sellek 12.2.19) Before you head over to Metro for this week’s review, I have a few more random thoughts about the episode.

– Call me a horrible person if you like (only do it behind my back rather than to my face), but the ‘shall we switch Holly off?’ story irritated me a bit. I know it’s dramatically huge and is a heartbreaking decision for anyone in that situation. But scene after scene of Ange looking anguished gets a bit trying, doesn’t it? And why does hot-shot Ange need Fletch to tell her that it’s her job to make the tough decisions?

– I enjoyed Mr Burman-Roy. He was a properly funny, eccentric character and he gave Cameron a much-needed reality check.

– I also enjoyed Carole Copeland, who is always glorious. Her scenes with Zav were lovely.

– Line of the week was Hanssen to Zav: ‘You have glitter.’ I know it doesn’t look like a great line on paper, but it was the way he said it. Magnificent.

(Picture: BBC)

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