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Holby City x Casualty: So much to enjoy

For a full review of both episodes head over to Metro. But first, it’s random thoughts time…

Well that was all very exciting, wasn’t it? I think the thing I enjoyed the most about the crossover episodes was seeing unfamiliar combinations of familiar characters. Dylan working with Serena was a highlight and I really want Dylan to be lured to Elstree as soon as possible. They have a Lidl really close to the studios – I think anyone would be tempted.

Other things I enjoyed:

Hanssen walking along the corridors with a torch. Finally we’ve discovered the only way to stop him looming is to put lights on him so you can see him coming.

– Zosia’s comment ‘Wouldn’t be Holby without a crisis.’ Indeed not.

– The guilty/delicious feeling of listening to Ric having a go at Sacha about his parenting skills (when he thought Beka might be pregnant) when we knew Ric was going to have to take a close look at his own family very soon.

The evil electronic door locks that kept Connie out of her trauma theatre and locked Essie and Beka into the CT room. It was like the hospital had a mind of its own. Evil!

Elle and Ric. It’s about time Ric walked down the aisle again and I like Elle a lot more than I like that Francoise.

Sacha’s favourite shirt had to be ripped! I expect by next week Jac will have sourced him another one, because she’s good like that.

– Ange seriously deep-down thinking that the entire scenario was just an elaborate ruse to get her off the Holly Cartwright case.

– Jac pretends to be all head and no heart, but as soon as Sacha is in peril she’s fighting Connie tooth and claw. And Connie gave as good as she got.

– The touching scene between Essie and Beka.

Noel coming clean to Hanssen about clicking the link and the email, and hearing that Hanssen really had nominated him for an award.

And now we’ve got the spring trailer to watch as well! Some interesting-looking new characters, and the return of some old faces – including a total shock at the end…

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Casualty: The good guys

ethan-alicia-casualty(Series 31, ep. 4) Ethan is one of the good guys. We know this because (a) we know this and (b) it was mentioned at least twice during the episode. But is a good guy what Alicia is looking for? At the beginning of the episode it seemed like what she was mainly looking for was a good time, and that’s not really Ethan unless your idea of a good time is hunkering down with a mug of cocoa and a Big Bang Theory box set.

But when some hapless joggers fell through the treacherously porous surface of Holby Forest, Ethan and Alicia were mobilised to provide on-site pain relief. Well done, Elle – good plan to send people who’ve recently been trapped in the debris of an explosion and make them go down a dark hole. But it gave Ethan the chance to demonstrate that he’s actually quite brave, and to get a panicking Alicia safely back to daylight.  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: Big Mac chickens out

hannah spearitt casualty(Series 30, ep. 20) Did I hallucinate a time when Big Mac used to patrol the Farmead Estate in army gear waiting to beat up anybody who committed a crime? Was that real, or was it me or Big Mac having a breakdown? I haven’t always been a consistent Casualty viewer, so it’s possible that I missed something.

Anyhoo, this week Noel got beaten up by a girl with lovely blue hair (Hannah Spearitt from S Club 7). When he called to Big Mac for help, Big Mac hid until the danger was over. To be fair, he was in the middle of having a poo at the time so wasn’t exactly combat-ready. Then, rather than fessing up to being a cowardy custard, he bribed Hannah Spearitt to get rid of her and keep his reputation intact. It was an odd story that I just didn’t quite buy, though I did enjoy Ms Spearitt’s hair.

ethan casualtyNoel had a fairly bad day, what with being beaten up within an inch of his life by someone from S Club 7, but poor Ethan continued to be all stressed out about patients dying on his watch. He doesn’t even know yet that his mother wasn’t his mother and he may have an incurable illness, but he may get to find out about that soon because Cal managed to take some blood from him on the pretext of making a scared little boy more comfortable about needles.

The upshot is that Ethan has written a letter of resignation to Connie. This mustn’t be allowed to happen, unless he gets immediately transferred to the calmer waters of Holby City.

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Casualty: A twisted tale for Valentine’s day

(Series 29, ep.21) I thought at the beginning that this episode was going to be annoyingly Valentine-themed – Robyn had a card for Lofty (which he thought was from Max), Ethan was writing one for Honey, Max was giving Zoe random gifts – but then it took a very dark turn indeed, and became something dramatic and quite unsettling.

marcia warren casualtyCentral to it was guest artiste Marcia Warren. Why was her character, Olive, in prison, and why was she being kept away from other prisoners? When another woman crashed a furniture van into the prisoner transport van containing Olive, everyone ended up in hospital. And the word soon spread – Olive was “The Sweetshop Lady” – the convicted murderer of four children, and so infamous she had her own nickname.  Continue reading

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Casualty: How to solve a problem like Grace

honey ethan casualty(Series 29, ep.18) Casualty is really on fire at the moment, and this was another cracking episode with plenty of drama, a bit of suspense and some light relief thanks to the wonderful pairing of Chelsee Healey and George Rainsford.

charlie connie casualtyGrace, once again obliged to hang around at the hospital after Granny Strachan was burgled, went missing – and there were two potential child abusers wandering around the hospital as well. Connie felt that grip of fear that any parent has felt on losing sight of their child, and Charlie pitched in with anecdotes about Louis going missing when he was a nipper. It’s different for Connie, though – Grace has always been with a nanny, Granny or at boarding school, so all this was new to her.  Continue reading

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Casualty: We can’t all wear sequins to work

zoe tess casualty(Series 29, ep.15) This review is brought to you from a freezing cold Haasler Towers, in between rib-cracking bouts of coughing. The twin spectres of the Flu Grinch and a boiler with an electrical fault have not heralded the best start to a new year ever seen, but at least there’s always Casualty to liven up the mood with its festive blend of misery and trauma.

connie grace casualtyWhat’s happened to Connie Beauchamp since she left Darwin? She was always a bitch, but she was always our bitch and there was a certain style and sass to her bitchiness. Now she’s just horrible, jumping to all kinds of stereotypical conclusions about the unwashed oiks who have the misfortune to pass in front of her stern gaze (and that’s only the staff). Yes, she’s having trouble with daughter Grace and this might even lead to a disciplinary for Connie, but it’s not enough to make me have sympathy for the way she treated a poor woman who was only doing her best to look after her children. What’s happened to Con from Peckham, who had at least a vague memory of her council estate roots?  Continue reading

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