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Holby City (1999– )

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The everyday lives, professional and personal, of the doctors, nurses and patients who find themselves, for various reasons, in the wards of the frenetic cardiac unit of Holby City General Hospital.

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Series cast summary:
 Ric Griffin (494 episodes, 2001-2015)
 Chrissie Williams / ... (411 episodes, 2001-2013)
Paul Bradley ...
 Elliot Hope (387 episodes, 2005-2015)
 Jac Naylor / ... (380 episodes, 2004-2015)
 Donna Jackson (299 episodes, 2004-2011)
 Connie Beauchamp / ... (291 episodes, 2001-2014)
Hari Dhillon ...
 Michael Spence / ... (270 episodes, 2001-2014)
 Mark Williams (249 episodes, 2005-2011)
Bob Barrett ...
 Sacha Levy / ... (237 episodes, 2008-2015)
 Joseph Byrne / ... (217 episodes, 2005-2011)


Drama series depicting the frenetic daily lives of the doctors, nurses and patients in the hectic cardiac unit of Holby City General Hospital. The unit is run by the autocratic Consultant Surgeon Anton Meyer (George Irving) assisted by arrogant sidekick Registrar Nick (Michael French) who find themselves in a continuous running battle with Consultant Muriel McKendrick ('Phyllis Logan') over beds with the rest of the staff caught in the cross-fire. Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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Following the death of Laura Sadler who played Sandy Harper, the scriptwriters consulted her mother, Sonja Sadler, to find the most fitting way to write out the much-loved character and actress from the series. Mrs Sadler devised the storyline in which Sandy wins the lottery and secretly leaves the hospital to make a new life for herself in Australia, leaving money for her friends. See more »


[Dan closes the door to Abra's office]
Percy 'Abra' Durant: So? What now? Are you going to take me roughly over the desk?
Dan Clifford: You do the stent trial, I give you Keller theatre at night.
Percy 'Abra' Durant: [feigns ignorance] I really have no idea what you're talking about.
Dan Clifford: [smirks] Ric tends to leave things lying around in the office... files.
Percy 'Abra' Durant: All this over a stent trial? Seems a little OTT.
Dan Clifford: [sighs] Connie's sulking. We got into a bit of a penis-measuring contest which, naturally, she lost, and so she won't play ball. So I need your help.
Percy 'Abra' Durant: So ...
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Crazy Credits

The credits for Series 12 continued to list Amanda Mealing and Hugh Quarshie even though their characters Connie Beauchamp and Ric Griffin did not appear for several months (they had been suspended pending a disciplinary hearing) while the actors took a break from the series. See more »


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Arresting stuff
7 February 2000 | by (York) – See all my reviews

British hospital dramas can be cliched affairs and yet despite sticking to the well-worn rules, Holby City has managed to stand alone as much more than just a Casualty spin-off.

The formula of eager young surgeon kept in check by irascible veteran with a God complex works a treat here, thanks largely to the chemistry between Michael French (Nick Jordan) and the sublime George Irving as Anton Meyer.

Unlike French, Irving's lack of TV baggage has made his character here all the more believable. Roles in The Professionals, Bergerac, The Bill and Boon have given him a good grounding in TV drama and his current role as the self-assured Cardio-Thoracic Consultant Surgeon seems to have been tailor-made for the South Shields-born actor.

The second run has seen the character develop, largely thanks to the arrival of his old sparring partner Mike Barrett (Clive Mantle) who manages to keep Meyer in check while dispensing a few dreadful gags.

"I had this one patient who swallowed a spoon - I told her not to stir."

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