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Holby City: When a pocket is a loaded gun

jasmine holby(Series 19, ep. 37 ‘For You May Be the Next to Die…‘ by Patrick Homes) The hour started with an unsettling, dreamlike scene of young Fran and young Jac, presumably in the terrible care home they lived in when they were kids. We saw Fran – geeky and awkward-looking – going to Jac (who was uncannily, recognisably Jac) for comfort. A horrible song full of nasty death imagery played over it.

Then, in the apparent safety of Holby, there was Jasmine, singing the same song to herself. It was one of Paula Burrows’ favourites, apparently. Even if we’d never heard of Paula before, I think we’d have quite a clue about her personality just from that detail. Morven thought the song was horrible, but Morven is still too close to losing Arthur for death to be an abstract notion to her. To Jasmine, a naturally optimistic, full-of-life person,  it was just a catchy tune.  Continue reading

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Holby City: This time last year

(Series 19, ep. 35 ‘The Hard Way Home’ by Martin Jameson and Nick Fisher) Has it really been a year already? On this very day in 2016, Holby and the world lost Arthur Digby, husband, friend, doctor and all-round lovely man. The repercussions of that have lasted ever since, especially among those closest to him – Morven, Zosia and Dominic. Morven’s reactions have been more straightforward, and on the anniversary of his death we found her trying to work up the courage to face a memorial get-together, and sobbing her heart out on the stairs.

Dominic has had a torrid time of it in the last twelve months. After losing his best friend, he found himself in an abusive relationship with Isaac. His self esteem at an all-time low, he’s recently been taking to the gym like a man possessed and throwing back steroids. This has made him all angry and shouty, and this culminated in him getting rather nasty with Sacha in theatre. It reminded me of when Oliver Valentine turned on Elliot Hope after Tara’s death, because Sacha, like Elliot, is a delightful human being and beloved mentor, but also like Elliot he has his vulnerabilities and in some ways lays himself open to attack. Sacha doesn’t get cross very often, but I rather like it when he does, and he did.  Continue reading

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Holby City: We’ll always have Radiohead

(Series 19, ep. 33 ‘Enigma’ by Peter Mattessi) It’s a rare staff member who doesn’t get surprised at the hospital by their secret past turning up at some time or another. Just look at Ric Griffin – and we will look at him a little later, the naughty man.

Lofty got his ‘secret past surprise’ very early in his Keller career, considering he only started last week. When a new patient, Lenny, arrived on the wards there were some meaningful looks exchanged between him and Lofty from the outset. They were “family friends” they said, but this hid a more complicated truth. Eventually Lofty admitted that he’d been engaged to Lenny’s sister, Alice, but jilted her at the altar. No wonder Lenny seemed angry. In fact, Lenny seemed very angry indeed. I really liked this character – he was a bit of a bad boy, an ex drug user, the kind of person who’ll break the rules to have a cigarette in the staff room, but loyal and in his way very charming. His sister, when she turned up, was also lovely and you could see why Lofty had been attracted to her. But the real attraction was Lenny. They’d had a little Moment at a Radiohead concert and it was enough to convince Lofty that he had no business getting married to Alice. He really loved her, but not the way he loved Lenny.  Continue reading

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Holby City: Familiar faces

(Series 19, ep. 32 ‘Project Aurous’ by Claire Miller) I loved Carli Norris when she was last on Holby as Fran, so it was very nice to see her back. Not so nice for Jac Naylor, though. Even though she’d promised to support Fran in that dramatic encounter on the roof, it was like one of those situations where you bump into an old acquaintance in the street, insist you really must meet up for coffee one day, and then spend the next few days hoping they won’t follow up on it. But now here was Fran, ready to call in that favour (to get Jac to help her prosecute the care home they used to live in), and with the added problem of having a super-complex heart condition that Jac was best placed to sort out. As if this wasn’t enough trouble for Holby’s snarkiest surgeon, she was also about to unleash a ground-breaking piece of research on an excited world. Hanssen had his eye on her.  Continue reading

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Casualty: The agency nurse gets a shock

lofty casualty(Series 30, ep. 25) When a new agency nurse is featured at all on Casualty or Holby, they generally have “expendable” written across their forehead in invisible ink. The programme blurb for this episode promised a “fatal error,” so I was expecting a death. I was sort of hoping it would be Big Mac, because he’s not done anything but wander around being a misery drain for the last few episodes and this was no exception. “I gave up Batman for you,” Noel told him sorrowfully. Actually, I’d have been fairly happy with seeing Noel as the subject of the fatal error too.  Continue reading

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Casualty: Not just a patient

ethan casualty(Series 30, ep. 22) After the shift he just had, Ethan is possibly wishing he’d gone through with his resignation. He could have been sunning himself on a beach in Australia – though I expect “sunning himself,” for Ethan, would mean crouching under a beach blanket trying to keep a grip on some learned volume of medical lore with hands slippery with Factor 50.

Instead, he spent most of the day doing standard doctoring – which means being extremely good at his job while at the same time being very lovely with patients. The rest of the time was spent shinning up the side of very high fairground rides without even a safety harness, and discovering that one of the patients is actually his biological mother.  Continue reading

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Casualty: Cal withstands Charlie’s stare for two episodes

cal casualty(Series 30, ep. 17 & 18) The last time I dipped my toe into a Casualty review, Cal had just discovered his birth mother has Huntington’s and there’s a 50/50 chance that either he, Ethan or both might have inherited it.

Two episodes later and he’s still struggling with whether or how to tell Ethan that not only has he grown up with a mother who didn’t give birth to him, but that he might have a life-changing diagnosis in the offing. The Casualty writers have been trying to help Cal with his decision by throwing patients his way who can speak his brains. Last week it was a sad, sad story of a woman (played by the wonderful Sheila Hancock) who was hiding her cancer diagnosis from her beloved partner. This week another woman was hiding a cancer diagnosis from her beloved partner (a pattern is emerging here) until her baby could safely be born.  Continue reading

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