Holby City’s cancellation is one of the BBC’s biggest mistakes.
It’s been a mainstay on UK screens for 23 years but it will end next March.
The BBC announced Holby’s demise with a statement: “We are incredibly proud of Holby City, but it is with great sadness that we announce that the show will end on the big screen after 23 years in March next year.
“We have to make tough decisions at times to make way for new opportunities and as part of the BBC’s commitment to doing more programming across the UK we made the tough decision to end the show to make the drama list Redesign the BBC “to better reflect, represent and serve all parts of the country.”
With millions still tune in every week, eliminating Holby City is a mistake, and here are five reasons for it.
The coronavirus special
Rarely does a show create such an emotional, spectacular 40-minute television episode – but even more rarely does this happen under strict pandemic rules.
It drama showed the reality of working in an NHS hospital at the height of the pandemic.
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The episode even pulled viewers closer by showing the real-life moment the Prime Minister announced the lockdown – something dramas don’t often do.
It was groundbreaking television and we wouldn’t have had it without Holby.
Millions of loyal viewers tuned in every week to see Holby City.
Tuesday nights are event television for the people who love the show. And keep looking until today.
They were devastated by the decision to paint it.
Tens of thousands of fans have signed a petition to reverse the BBC’s decision.
And a rescue campaign is picking up speed and showing no sign of slowing down.
They deserve to keep their show on the air.
When the guilty drama was canceled six years ago, the fans were robbed.
Fast forward from there and suddenly the show comes back – instead of Holby City.
If the BBC is learning anything, it is a mistake to cancel a beloved drama.
You shouldn’t wait six years to bring Holby back – you should reverse your decision now, before it’s too late.
The diversity of the Holby City cast
Holby has one of the most natural casts on television today.
No matter who you are, you can see someone like you on screen thanks to the great work of the casting department.
Race, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion – Holby represents everyone.
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And that’s why the stories are just as diverse.
It’s a rare thing to have a show that does justice to FGM and same-sex domestic violence while a serial killer wanders the stations.
But Holby does it and it’s not an easy task.
Lorraine Kelly says that
Lorraine may have a legitimate interest in keeping Holby going, as barely a week goes by without someone from the medical show showing up in their chairs.
So it was no surprise when David Ames tweeted his shock that Lorraine replied with her own.
She tweeted: “Very sad news, David – and makes no sense at all.”
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