Holby City Review: Drama Stat!

February 16, 2010 by  
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tv-stars-3holby300x210HOLBY CITY: TUESDAY 16TH FEBRUARY, BBC1, 8PM ALERT ME

If you’re still watching Holby City then kudos; I fell by the way side years ago in favour of the high energy ER, but recently I’ve been missing some homegrown drama.

And then I realised halfway through tonight’s episode of Holby City that the main thing that’s missing from the show is just that, drama.

Maybe it’s the lack of music or the fact that the series has poor pacing and no real drive, but despite the interesting storylines and the occasional slither of comedy, there’s definitely something missing from Holby.

Tonight’s story mainly revolves around long time Casualty cast member Charlie Fairhead who, due to some serious heart trouble, crashed his car last week with his son’s pregnant girlfriend on board. Charlie is rushed to Holby and needs Elliott to perform surgery on him, but with Elliott’s angina playing up, will he be able to save his friend?

Meanwhile Ric and Thandie struggle be civil and are put under more stress when two home office agents turn up investigating Thandie’s immigrant status. And with Nick Jordan rubbing everyone up the wrong way, it seems everyone is on edge. Oh and on a sidenote, someone’s gay, but it’s not who you think it is…

The show is well acted and doesn’t dip into soap opera silliness; these performances really feel under-appreciated. Fans of the show you might be slightly dissappointed at the lack tension surrounding Charlie’s plotline but the rest of the episode more than makes up for it.