The everyday lives of working-class inhabitants of Albert Square, a traditional Victorian square of terrace houses surrounding a park in the East End of London's Walford borough. The square includes the Queen Vic pub and a street market.
Pam St. Clement
An hourly prime time version of the daytime television show of the same name. Four strangers - amateur chefs - compete to host the best dinner party. The parties, solely for the competitors... See full summary »
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
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Holby City is filmed in what used to be a BBC office at Elstree Studios: Top of the Pops staff were moved out and hospital wards were brought in. See more »
[to Matt who has just terrified a patient by using lots of incomprehensible medical terms when she asked "What's wrong with me"]
Next time you go anywhere near a reference book, look up the term "layman".
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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 »
What kind of procedures - old and trusted or new and cutting edge? What instruments and apparatus to be deployed? Who is the patient?
This very long running series has, at least over the time I've watched it (the last 2 years), had its superb high peaks and some dips - I guess as writers change. At times very involving but also exhausting as multiple medical emergencies with their critical dilemmas overlap personal emergencies and critical dilemmas including agonisingly long running will he/she wont he/she romantic indecision. Just the medical side is often fascinating - educational even. Also fascinating, at times, is the portrayal of wisdom in the management of highly skilled professionals - what to say? to intervene? to keep quiet? when professional rivalry, bad-judgement or personal matters interfere. Individual characters and psychologies are both very diverse and very well sketched. Some characters unmistakably get on with everybody, some find themselves tied to a colleague from Hell.
Of late it has rather deteriorated from its peak - the harshest professionals have softened and become strangely sentimental. Increasingly emergencies are occurring within the hospital grounds. A hated non-medical CEO of the Trust meets his end conveniently and to unvoiced wide satisfaction but improbably.
However overall it's medical soap of the choicest quality.
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