(Series 22, ep. 3 by Katie Douglas 21.1.20) Pop over to Metro for my in-depth probe of last night’s episode. But first…
– Catherine Russell is going to be so much missed at Holby. Feisty, fearless, funny, flawed Serena Campbell has been a wonderful character and I hope we see her back again at some point in the future. And I also look forward to seeing whatever Catherine does next.
– Line of the week: (Sacha’s response on hearing that Essie has been out dancing) ‘Tea- or line-?’
– Line of the week 2: (Alex) ‘I’m not lonely, Serena, I’m just sad.’
– Serena’s farewell to the group in the doorway was really moving, especially her words to Cameron that Bernie had been proud of him.
– Though she did leave the Linden Cullen Memorial Shrubbery behind without a last glance at the final resting place of her mother and of Bernie’s ashes. And the Raf Di Lucca memorial Lump. And the Digby memorial Wonky Plaque. Okay, I concede that if she’d stopped to look at all that she’d have been wandering around that Shrubbery for hours while Donna, Jason, Sacha etc shivered in the doorway and got muscle strains from prolonged waving and smiling tearfully.
Sad news from Holby City today as it’s been announced that Catherine Russell will be leaving after seven years playing Serena Campbell.
Catherine explained her reasons for the change, saying, ‘Playing Serena Campbell and being part of the Holby family has been an absolute delight. I just need to get out there, frighten myself again and pretend to be someone else.’
It’s been promised that Serena will make a ‘heroic’ exit in early 2020. She’ll face a ‘dark reminder’ of the past and we’ll see her ‘joyously rebellious side’ as she fights for her family and the values she holds dear. The door will also be left open for her to return – Catherine says ‘Hopefully I’ll be able to revisit the hospital as it really is the most wonderful place to work!’
Catherine has put a video on Twitter about her decision here
Executive Producer Simon Harper has paid tribute to Catherine’s work on the show. ‘She’s truly one of the Holby greats,’ he says. ‘We are all very sad to say goodbye to her – but it’s no surprise such a talented actor should want to go and play other roles again after seven outstanding years. Catherine, we wish you all the best, while raising a bucket of shiraz to the glory that is Ms Campbell – and I just can’t thank you enough.’