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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 Ric Griffin (534 episodes, 2001-2017)
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 Jac Naylor / ... (428 episodes, 2004-2017)
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 Chrissie Williams / ... (411 episodes, 2001-2013)
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 Elliot Hope (387 episodes, 2005-2015)
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 Donna Jackson (299 episodes, 2004-2011)
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 Sacha Levy / ... (296 episodes, 2008-2017)
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 Connie Beauchamp / ... (292 episodes, 2001-2016)
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 Michael Spence / ... (270 episodes, 2001-2014)
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 Mark Williams (249 episodes, 2005-2011)
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 Oliver Valentine (244 episodes, 2009-2017)
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 Joseph Byrne / ... (217 episodes, 2005-2011)
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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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One of the scriptwriters is called Elliot Hope, the same name as the fictional character, played by Paul Bradley, in the series. See more »

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[gossiping about Connie]
Lisa Fox: Her husband's just been made chairman of the board.
Donna Jackson: Husband? I thought they just plugged her into the mains at the end of each day.
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Crazy Credits

Beginning with episode (#11.10)} the credits were redesigned so the actors who played the main characters were listed (though without their character names) before the episode, and the actors and character names for the minor or guest characters were listed at the end. The opening credits were identical for every episode and included actors even if they did not appear in that episode. 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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