(Series 21, ep. 41 ’This Be the Verse’ by George Holden Stroud 8.10.19) Get yourself over to Metro for my full review of this episode. But first…
– I was so happy Darla decided to keep the baby. I hoped she would. And that Peter seemed like a very nice person too – and possibly a future Secretary General of the United Nations if he has the diplomatic skills to bring Kofi around in one visit/phone call.
– It was lovely that Ric apologised to Zav, who has always had his best interests at heart.
– But poor Donna! She loves Ric like a father and she’s going to be so worried.
– Is Connor The Next Holby Villain? Or is he just a man who wants to see his daughter and is confused to find that a nurse has appropriated her? I couldn’t blame him.
– When are Sacha and Essie going to get back together again? That man adores her.
– Kian and Bea… presumably she’s going to be back when the decision to repair rather than replace the valve goes pear-shaped, resulting in much anguish for Holby’s Hungriest Heart Surgeon. And possibly a great deal of tutting from Jac Naylor, who will have to pick up the pieces when Kian’s personal involvement rules him out of operating on Bea a second time.
(Series 21, ep. 11 ‘A Simple Lie Part 1’ by Patrick Homes 12.3.19) Bob over to Metro for my full review of tonight’s episode. But first…
– ‘Angel’ Godard? Seriously? Was that just so someone could scrawl ‘Angel of Death’ on her parking space? Or did her parents think it went well with the God bit of Godard? Maybe she has a brother called Jesus.
– I’m worried about the security arrangements in that creche. Theo was left to wander around willy-nilly.
– Marianne Oldham and Christopher Harper have been excellent as Holly’s parents. The parents being estranged has added another layer to an already complex set of feelings and they’ve both conveyed it all in a quietly powerful way.
– Cold tomato soup. Ugh.
– Fletch and Ange as a romantic couple? About as appealing as cold tomato soup.
– The thing Ange told Holly about that once happened that she thought she could deal with. Is this going to have something to do with Dominic?
– Mention His Name and He Will Appear: in this case, Chloe’s boyfriend Evan, who was mentioned this week and whom we will meet tonight in the form of Jack Ryder from EastEnders.
– Fletch was really a bit careless letting Theo scoot around a car park. But having a child disappear is every parent’s nightmare. I once lost sight of a then three year old PLA Jr in WH Smith’s for 30 seconds and the experience has haunted me for over 15 years. #PrayForTheo
– I very much enjoy Naomi Katiyo’s work as Darla. And in Stanley Rabbetts the casting department have found yet another brilliant Fletchling.
– Mention Her Name and She Will Appear: Fleur Fanshawe got a little mention this week but wasn’t seen. She was glimpsed in the spring trailer, though, so She Will Appear soon.
– Mention His Name and He Might Appear, Please? There was a lot of discussion about Oliver Valentine between Frieda and Zosia. Frieda’s love of Ollie was a delightful and fragile thing. How blissful it would be if he was the father of Zosia’s baby and returned to Holby.
Exciting news for fans of both Casualty and Holby City! On Saturday 2nd and Tuesday 5th March there are going to be two special crossover episodes, with characters from both shows plunged into a dramatic, action-packed situation.
The story involves a cyber-attack which takes out most of the hospital’s automated systems. Worse still, Sacha (Bob Barrett) and his daughter Beka (Francesca Barrett), along with Ric Griffin’s granddaughter Darla (Naomi Katiyo), are involved in a car crash. Sacha’s injuries are serious and Jac Naylor (Rosie Marcel) is ready to operate to save his life – but there’s only one theatre available and Connie Beauchamp (Amanda Mealing) needs it to try to save one of her own team.
Executive Producer Simon Harper promises ‘pure, nail-biting, taut, emotional medical drama’ as well as ‘delicious conflict’ between Jac and Connie as they battle to save their friends and colleagues. He also hints at a secret relationship: ‘Who from Casualty has been secretly carrying on with whom from Holby?’
Both episodes were written by Michelle Lipton and directed by Steve Brett. Harper says he’s ‘so proud of both the Cardiff Casualty and Elstree Holby crews and casts in making the mind-boggling logistics work, quite aside from their creative wizardry.’
(Series 20, ep. 5 ‘One Day at a Time’ by Isla Gray 30.1.18) Prof Gaskell is a strange one, isn’t he? He spent a good chunk of this episode reciting poetry, either to himself or to patients, in a somewhat doomy voice. I can’t help thinking it’s not really what you want when you’re just coming round from anaesthetic.
The patient he was reciting William Blake to at the end was a mystery person in Lisbon. Was this a flashback, or had he nipped to Lisbon quickly at the end of the shift? And is this mystery person (relative? partner?) the reason why he’s so driven to succeed with his stem cell treatment?
So many questions. I expect we’ll get answers, and probably more questions, in the coming weeks and months. In the meantime, this was the week of his pioneering operation, which was so pioneering it was on live video link to the entire hospital and, indeed, the world. Plenty of pressure there for Prof Gaskell (who deals with pressure via the aforementioned poetry), Meena (who trembles, drops things and hides in out-of-order toilet cubicles) and the patient, Fiona (Shannon Murray). The surgery was apparently a success, despite a very hairy moment when I was sure Meena was going to drop the graft on the floor. I wonder if the 30 second rule applies in operating theatres? Continue reading
(Series 19, ep. 36 ‘For the Love of Maureen’ by Joe Ainsworth 13.6.17) The end of the episode saw Mo, Mr T and Hector drive off into the Holby sunset in Mo’s funny little pink car. It was a lovely happy-ever-after for them, and the whole episode was a beautiful send-off for Mo, who ever since her first heavily-pregnant appearance has been a wonderful warm, funny, feisty character. She got to say goodbye to all her Holby family in touching little one-to-one scenes and a funny party scene at the end. Chizzy Akudolu said on Twitter that her tears in her scene with Sacha were real, and there was genuine emotion also in a scene with Ric and a wonderful one with Jac, where Jac paid tribute to Mo as a black working class woman in a posh white man’s world. It’s not often you hear Jac Naylor’s voice break up, but it did at the end of that speech. Continue reading