BBC TV - HOLBY CITY
Holby City is a medical drama television serial broadcast on BBC One in the United Kingdom.
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Holby City began on 12 January 1999 as a spin-off from Casualty and is named after the fictional Holby City Hospital in which it is set. The show follows the lives and careers of staff and patients at the hospital and deals with a range of clinical and ethical issues. The regular characters are all staff, and patients are played by guest actors (which have included some famous names such as Eric Sykes, Phill Jupitus, Michael Jayston, Michele Dotrice and Ronni Ancona). The show was originally commissioned as a series to be shown as part of the BBC's winter schedules, however as of the start of Season 4 (9 October 2001) the program is broadcast all year round on Tuesdays at 8.00pm on BBC1.
In the early seasons of Holby City (mainly seasons 1 - 3) regular appearances were made from characters from sister-show Casualty and vice versa, however due to a huge growth in cast and busy filming schedules due to 52 episodes a year, the two shows tend to stay separate. Characters from both Holby City and Casualty however do meet when special Casualty@Holby City episodes are made.
Holby City is made at BBC Elstree and filming of the show takes place between 3 to 5 months in advance of broadcast. Using this as an example, an episode shown on TV at Christmas would have been filmed somewhere between July and September. Each single 1-hour episode takes two weeks to film - the cast film two episodes at the same time. The cast and crew of the show often work 12-hour days when filming. It may also be of interest to note that the Holby City building can often be seen in episodes of EastEnders in the distance.
In spring 2006, the BBC announced that a spin-off drama from the show, to be named 'Holby Blue' was in early stages of production. This upcoming series focuses on the Police service within the city of Holby. As an update, filming of Holby Blue commenced in September 2006, with completion of the 12-part series expected in late January. If the initial first series achieves good ratings for the BBC it is expected that the show will be recommissioned as a serial to be broadcast all year round, like its parents Holby City and Casualty.
On Saturday 4th November 2006 the actors who play Elliot Hope, Diane Lloyd, Matt Parker, Maddy Young, Mark Williams, Reg Lund, Kyla Tyson, Daniel Clifford, Maria Kendall and Dean West filmed a comedy version of Madonna's "Hung Up" song. This was broadcast on Friday 17th November 2006 as Holby City's contribution to the BBC Children in Need appeal. Characters Maddy Young, Daniel Clifford and Maria Kendall have not arrived on the actual show itself yet. Maddy and Daniel appear from 28th November 2006 and Maria Kendall appears from next year.
Reflecting Holby City's origins as a spin-off from Casualty and the closely-related premises of the two programmes, the BBC has screened occasional crossover mini-dramas entitled Casualty@Holby City and featuring a number of characters from each of the two casts. There have been four stories involving both casts:
The BBC have not announced any further plans for crossover episodes.
Recurring wards and other areas
Wards in the hospital that only appear a small number of times
The following characters appear regularly in the programme as of November 9th, 2006
Note that departing or returning characters are not listed here, and can be found in the relevant section further in this article. They are ordered by arrival date.
portrayed by Andrew Lewis, from 3x03 (2000-)
portrayed by Tina Hobley, from 3x30 (2001-)
portrayed by Verona Joseph, from 4x15 to 8x15; from 9x04 (2002-)
portrayed by Jaye Jacobs, from 6x24 (2004-)
portrayed by Amanda Mealing, from 6x35 (2004-)
portrayed by Robert Powell, from 7x18 (2005-)
portrayed by Paul Henshall, from 7x29 (2005-)
portrayed by Adam Best, from 7x29 (2005-)
portrayed by Sharon D Clarke, from 7x34 (2005-)
portrayed by Martin Hancock, from 7x37 to 7x51; 8x14; from 8x24 (2005-)
portrayed by Adrian Edmondson,7x38; 7x48; 8x09; from 8x33 to 8x34; from 8x46 (2005, 2006-)
portrayed by Paul Bradley, from 8x04 (2005-)
portrayed by Rosie Marcel, from 8x06 (2005-)
portrayed by Tom Chambers, from 8x12 (2006-)
portrayed by Luke Roberts, from 8x12 (2006-)
portrayed by Ronald Pickup, from 8x12 to; 8x20; 8x24; 8x34; 8x37; from 9x01 (2006-)
portrayed by Rakie Ayola, from 8x17 (2006-)
Impending cast changes
portrayed by Patricia Potter, from 4x39 to 8x37; from 9x01 to 9x36 (2002-2007)
portrayed by Patsy Kensit from 9x?? (2006-) (Delayed - Expected January 2007)
portrayed by Phoebe Thomas from 9x06 (2006-)
portrayed by Peter Wingfield, from 9x06 (2006-)
portrayed by Nadine Lewington from 9x11 (2007-)
There are no returning characters to the show.
(Cast from Casualty)
Kip Gamblin. Season 9, Episode 6: The Unforgiven, as Greg Fallon, Paramedic
Jane Hazlegrove. Season 9, Episode 6: The Unforgiven, as Kathleen 'Dixie' Dixon, Paramedic
The following characters starred in the first series, which began on January 12th 1999.They are listed by arrival date.
portrayed by George Irving, from 1x01 to 4x46 (1999-2002)
portrayed by Michael French, from 1x01 to 2x14, from 8x19 to 8x37 (1999-2000, 2005-2006)
portrayed by Dawn McDaniel, from 1x01 to 3x06 (1999-2000)
portrayed by Phyllis Logan, from 1x01 to 1x09 (1999)
portrayed by Angela Griffin, from 1x01 to 3x30 (1999-2001)
portrayed by Nicola Stephenson, from 1x01 to 3x29 (1999-2001)
portrayed by Ian Curtis, from 1x01 to 2x16 (1999-2000)
portrayed by Julie Saunders, from 1x01 to 1x06 (1999)
portrayed by Luke Mably, from 1x01 to 1x03 (1999)
portrayed by Lisa Faulkner, from 1x02 to 3x26 (1999-2001)
portrayed by Sarah Preston, from 1x03 to 2x16 (1999-2000)
The following characters formerly appeared on the show regularly. They are ordered in departure date.
Not included on this list: original cast, current cast, returning cast
portrayed by Clive Mantle, from 2x05 to 3x30 (1999-2001)
portrayed by Adrian Lewis Morgan
portrayed by Thusitha Jayasundera, from 2x05 to 4x37 (1999-2002)
portrayed by Anna Mountford, from 3x02 to 4x41 (2000-2002)
portrayed by Siobhan Redmond, from 3x02 to 4x44 (2000-2002)
portrayed by Collette Brown, from 3x19 to 4x44 (2001-2002)
portrayed by Peter de Jersey, from 3x01 to 5x31 (2000-2003)
portrayed by Jeremy Edwards, from 2x01 to 5x32 (1999-2003)
portrayed by David Paisley, from 4x17 to 5x29 (2002-2003)
portrayed by Jeremy Sheffield, from 3x01 to 4x45; from 5x20 to 5x45 (2000-2002, 2003)
portrayed by Laura Sadler, from 3x01 to 5x48 (2000-2003)
portrayed by Paul Shane, from 3x11 to 4x20; 6x02 (2001-2002, 2003)
portrayed by Liam Garrigan, from 5x36 to 6x13 (2003)
portrayed by Rachel Leskovac, from 5x39 to 6x17 (2003-2004)
portrayed by Jan Pearson, from 2x05 to 6x26 (1999-2004)
portrayed by Denis Lawson, from 4x45 to 5x43 from 6x09 to 6x33 (2002-2004)
portrayed by Rocky Marshall, from 4x45 to 6x33 (2002-2004)
portrayed by Dominic Jephcott, 3x15; from 4x01 to 4x44; 6x01; 7x11 (2001-2002, 2003, 2004)
portrayed by Kim Vithana, from 5x32 to 7x13 (2003-2005)
portrayed by Noah Huntley, from 6x29 to 7x25 (2004-2005)
portrayed by David Bedella, from 6x42 to 7x07; 7x34 (2004, 2005)
portrayed by Chinna Wodu, from 7x06 to 7x43 (2004-2005)
portrayed by Luisa Bradshaw-White, from 4x13 to 7x48 (2001-2005)
portrayed by Art Malik, from 5x37 to 7x51 (2003-2005)
portrayed by Ian Aspinall, from 4x08 to 7x52 (2001-2005)
portrayed by Mark Moraghan, from 4x03 to 8x10 (2001-2005)
portrayed by Ben Richards, from 8x23 to 8x37 (2006)
portrayed by Anthony Calf, from 7x27 to 7x52, 8x41 (2005, 2006)
portrayed by Kelly Adams, from 6x24 to 8x47 (2004-2006)
portrayed by Scott Adkins, from 8x32 to 8x52 (2006-)
portrayed by Hugh Quarshie, from 4x01 to 9x04 (2001-2006)
portrayed by Sharon Maughan, from 5x27 to 9x06 (2003-2006)
The following is a list of episodes up to the end of series 3. From the start of series 4 Holby City became an all-year-round soap.
Season lne, 1999
Season two, 1999 to 2000
Season three, 2000 to 2001
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