Holby City Review: HD Good. Holby’s House Better
HOLBY CITY: Tuesday 19th October, BBC1, 8pm ALERT ME
For all the fanfare about the fact that Britain’s favourite hospital soap will now be broadcasting in HD, the really exciting thing about this week’s Holby City is the arrival of opprobrious Director of Surgery, Dr Henrik Hansson. The omniscient patrician-like newby offers diagnosis nearly as fast as he distributes withering one-liners. Could he be Holby‘s House? Either way. We like.
The sarcastic yet strangely affable doctor arrives at the hospital unexpectedly to replace Michael Spence, and is quickly nicknamed ‘The Angel of Death,’ by the staff. Unlike the arrogant, brassy strut usually akin with the doctors at Holby General, we find Hansson looms around the wards dishing out his unwelcome criticisms like a scalpel-wielding Stalin.
Brought in to help save a failing hospital, the hot shot doctor immediately starts to make radical changes that will see some of Holby’s most loved characters made redundant. He is sharp and sarcastic, but during a scene with the bright young son of a patient a softer side is revealed. Perhaps there is more to this doctrinaire than meets the eye?
Needless to say the hospital’s queen bee Connie Beauchamp doesn’t take kindly to Hansson, played by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows star Guy Henry, trying to takeover her territory. As the dogmatic doctor waves his wand of autocracy, it would appear that her hold over Holby is diminishing almost as quickly as her ghastly, ever-shrinking fringe.
It is precisely for this reason that this new character is so appealing. Not only does he add an element of much-needed humour to the drama, but the volatile rapport between him and Connie is thoroughly engaging and leaves little doubt in our minds that he will quickly become an exciting addition to the show.
Elsewhere, busy acting as an advocate for why too much botox is always ill-advised, Patsy Kensit’s character Faye is rapidly losing the plot. During surgery the ward sister gets blood on her hands and, in a moment of metaphorical genius from Holby City big wigs, sees it as a representation of her part in Lindon’s death.
Let’s hope other romantic liaisons on the wards aren’t going to become quite as tedious as the Faye/Lindon/Joseph love triangle, for Chrissie takes quite a shine to dashing Irish doctor Greg this week. As the attractive Sister falls for his lucky charm, the loveable yet lolloping clown Sacha is left as a mere bystander, probably looking after their somewhat forgotten lovechild!
With all this romantic hullabaloo going on and an ‘Angel of Death’ apparating around the hospital, it seems like Holby is just getting interesting…!