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Holby City: That whole hospital needs sorting out

jac fletch holby 9(Series 22, ep. 9 by Damian Mullen 26.2.20) Please feel free to visit Metro for the enjoyment of the second Holby review of the week. But before you go…

– I know we’re not supposed to like Max particularly, but she really was quite obnoxious in this episode. There were moments when I felt sympathetic towards her, but generally I just find her to be bullying, patronising and very unprofessional.

– And the playground politics on Keller was a bit tedious, too. Ben is quite a strange character. I can’t work him out.

– It was obvious that Jac and Kian would share the clinical lead job, but Jac is traditionally not a terribly collaborative person so we’ll have to see how long it lasts.

– Ange looked lovely when she was all ready for her date with Fletch. But Mamma Mia? That is my worst nightmare. Poor Fletch.

– When I saw Agency Olivia I thought she was going to be a ray of sunshine Chantelle Lane sort of person. She wasn’t. She was quite interesting though.

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Holby City: Climb every mountain

19500236-low_res-holby-city(Series 22, ep. 1 by Patrick Homes 7.1.20) Bob over to Metro for my review of this scenic episode. But before you go…

– Line of the week: (Jac explains her decision to let her five year old daughter watch Jaws) ‘It contains valuable life lessons about the nature of obsession. She’s too young to read Moby Dick.’

Carmen Munroe as Dr Nelson was exactly the compassionate, wise but firm person Jac needed.

– How adorable that Fletch and Sacha have forgiven Jac for being horrible to them. But of course they both adore her and they both know she was very unwell when she said those things.

– How adorable of Fletch to forgive her for leaving his car in the middle of the Welsh mountains.

– How clever of Jac to find Kian with pinpoint accuracy. Her navigational skills are wasted in Holby.

– Was Max McGerry ringing Hanssen do you think? I really hope so.

– And yes I did cry when Jac gave Emma the picture.

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Holby City: The broken thing

fletch jac holby 50 pla(Series 21, ep. 50 ‘Kintsugi’ by Martin Jameson 10.12.19) Pop over to Metro to read my review of this week’s episode. But before you do that…

– The ‘three wise men’ idea was quite sweet for a seasonal episode. There was a suspicion of tweeness about the gold, frankincense and myrrh gifts, but it was undercut by Jac’s relentless horribleness to Fletch and Sacha.

– Imagine slapping Sacha! You just couldn’t.

– I did love the Kintsugi idea of the mended thing being even more beautiful than the unbroken thing. Poor Jac has been broken and mended so many times she must be about the most beautiful thing possible now.

– Line of the week: So many to choose from, from funny lines like Fletch saying it was like Mission Impossible trying to get into the psychiatric unit and Jac saying, ‘What, you came through the ceiling?’ to Jac’s terribly sad words to Elliot: ‘Without you and without Emma who am I? No one.’ The episode was beautifully written by Martin Jameson.

– It’s a horrific situation that Chloe finds herself in – not least because now she’s got Cameron trying to work through his own guilt by stepping up to co-parent Baby Evil Evan, and she’s got Phoebe gearing up to be the clingy aunt from hell.

– If Jac is the sister Sacha never had, and Elliot is the father Jac never had, Elliot must be the father Sacha doesn’t even realise he needs.

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Holby City: You of all people

jac emma elliot holby 45(Series 21, ep. 45 ‘Remember, Remember’ by Joe Ainsworth 5.11.19) You know the drill – pop over to Metro for my full review of this episode. But first…

– What a pitiful turnout there was to that 150 year celebration thing. And why had Fletch decided that having it outdoors was a good idea in November?

– I knew Josie was going to die in Pulses. Not just because the service is notoriously slow. It was a poetic way to end a life which had apparently mostly been spent in the hospital anyway, though it was sad she didn’t get to have her free scones first.

Spoiler alert: if you’ve read my Holby book you’ll know all about the ‘cupboard’ in Pulses where someone has to crank the lift doors open and shut because it’s not a real lift. Now they’ve moved the counter to a different side, you can see that cupboard door very clearly.

– How come Fletch and Essie didn’t recognise local MP Simone Milton? I’d recognise my MP if I saw her in the street. I wouldn’t have anything nice to say to her either. Yes, Theresa ‘Let’s back a hard Brexit even though my constituents voted to Remain’ Villiers, I mean you.

– I’m glad Ric got his mojo back. He’s recovered stunningly well from brain surgery, too.

Jac seemed quite deranged when she dragged Emma towards the mortuary. I’m sad that the various pressures she’s under have made Jac behave badly to Emma, because she’s been a lovely mother generally. 

– But Jac’s face when she saw Elliot – that was just heartbreakingly sweet.

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Holby City: All because the lady loves…

jac holby 32(Series 21, ep. 32 ‘When Worlds Collide’ by Andrew Rattenbury 6.8.19) Step on over to Metro to find my nice long review of this cracking episode. But first…

– As I mentioned in the review, the summer trailer’s scenes between Jac and Joseph and Faye reassured me that Jac wasn’t going to leave. Even so, I was quite tense when she rallied the troops for her Big Announcement.

– Last time she tried to ease off on work and spend time with her daughter she got shot five minutes later. Just saying.

– I should watch out for army-type metaphors like ‘rally the troops.’ This is the kind of thing that makes Cameron get all hissy.

– Stacey was a nightmare. But hands up who thought she looked a teensy bit like Jac?

– Baby Arthur Dominic Valentine Self!!! Squeeeeee!!! I love it so much that Arthur Digby is never forgotten at Holby.

– We’ve had the luxury of a lot of Carole Copeland episodes this year, for which I suppose we have to thank the adoption storyline which I wasn’t happy with at all when it began. I’m glad that Carole and Dominic are friends again – the smile he gave her when she said she didn’t want him to think she was putting Oskar first was just gorgeous.

– Controversial opinion alert: I still think Alex was more Bernie’s type than Serena ever was. Am I very wrong?

– Since Evan crept into the flat to deliver a box of chocolates I’ve started to think of him as the Milk Tray man. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DWt39zk00I

– Line of the week: (Hanssen) ‘If I were looking for a relationship at this time, I believe I could do a lot worse than Mrs Copeland.’ Elegant, diplomatic and rather charming, just like the man himself.

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Holby City news: Luke Roberts and Patsy Kensit are coming back

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This is, for me, the best news ever. As part of the 20th anniversary Holby City celebrations, Luke Roberts and Patsy Kensit will return to the show to reprise their roles as Joseph Byrne (The World’s Most Beautiful Heart Surgeon and the One True Love of Jac Naylor) and Faye Byrne (former wife of Joseph and mother of his child Harry).

They’ll come face to face with Jac as a life hangs in the balance. Luke Roberts says, “It’s been an absolute joy to slip back into the surgical scrubs, see so many familiar faces and reconnect with the likes of Rosie Marcel, Patsy Kensit, Jaye Jacobs, Bob Barrett, Guy Henry, Hugh Quarshie, Belinda Owusu and Alex Walkinshaw to name but a few of the mega talented folks working on the wards.”

Patsy Kensit says she read the script “as fast as I could, which shows what a gripping episode it’s going to be.” She says it’s really exciting to be working with Luke and Rosie Marcel again: “We always had a fantastic time together on set and that’s not changed at all.”

Executive Producer Simon Harper says, “Joseph was the love of Jac’s life, and as if that in itself weren’t enough to rock her world, he turns up with the woman who is Jac’s sworn enemy! It was for Joseph’s sake that Jac sent Faye packing in 2010 and as far as Jac’s concerned, it’s the ultimate insult and comes at a time when she is already feeling off-balance both professionally and personally. This unique episode concentrates entirely on this classic Darwin trio with all their past tensions and rivalries bubbling to the surface.” He promises a “gripping and darkly comic” episode and Patsy adds, “There are lots of surprises!”

This special episode is due to air in the autumn. I can’t wait!

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Holby City: No flies on Darwin

kian jac holby 18(Series 21, ep. 18 ‘Vinegar and Honey’ by Ed Sellek 30.4.19) For a full review of this week’s episode please bob over to Metro (the home of top quality soaps coverage). But first…

– The episode was called ‘Vinegar and Honey’ because Fletch told Jac ‘You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.’ I loved Jac’s reply: ‘Why would I want flies?’

– So Kian is the cousin of Marty in the ED. I wonder whether we’ll see Kian summoned to a Casualty crossover one day? It would be even nicer if Marty was there – he hasn’t been seen in a while.

– I understood Ange’s explanation of why Chloe would be devastated to find out Dominic is her brother while she was saying it, but looking back I’m not sure I agree with her now. What do you think?

– Dominic is getting quite obsessive though. When he told Ange ‘You don’t get to abandon me again,’ it sounded borderline threatening – not in a scary way, but in a very needy way. He isn’t a character whose emotions you can just dabble with, as Ange is finding out.

– I knew all wasn’t well in Scary Sue’s romantic life. Bless her.

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