33 Facts About Holby City


Holby City is a British medical drama television series that aired weekly on BBC One.

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Twenty-three series of Holby City aired, with the final series concluding on 29 March 2022.

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Holby City aired once a week, all year round, and each series contained 52 episodes.

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Holby City has attracted comparisons to other medical dramas, often unfavourable, and figures within the television and entertainment industry, including Broadcasting Standards Commission director Paul Bolt, have accused the BBC of squandering the television licence fee on the programme.

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Holby City has been nominated for over 100 television awards, of which it has won ten: the 2008 British Academy Television Award for Best Continuing Drama, one BEFFTA Award, two Ethnic Multicultural Media Awards, two Music Video and Screen Awards, and four Screen Nation Awards.

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Twenty complete series of Holby City have aired, and an twenty-first began airing in January 2019.

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Holby City was created by Tony McHale and Mal Young as a spin-off from the BBC medical drama Casualty, which is set in the emergency department of the fictional Holby City Hospital.

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Holby City resigned from the position in 2009, and was succeeded by Belinda Campbell in 2010.

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Holby City was promoted, succeeding Kent in his position, in April 2019.

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The city exterior is represented by Bristol, though Holby City is filmed at BBC Elstree Centre in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire.

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In October 2007, BBC cutbacks led The Daily Telegraph to report that the Elstree site would be sold, and Holby City relocated to share a set with Casualty, possibly in Cardiff.

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Halfway through the third series in 2001, Holby City reverted to its original Tuesday night slot, but now at 8.

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In February 2019, it was announced that repeats of Holby City would begin airing on the channel Drama, starting from the first episode.

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On 2 June 2021, it was announced that Holby City had been cancelled and would conclude with the twenty-third series.

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Holby City follows the professional and personal lives of medical and ancillary staff at Holby City Hospital.

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In casting the first series of Holby City, Young—who had previously worked on the soap operas Brookside and Family Affairs—selected actors who were already established names in the acting industry, particularly from a soap opera background.

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The competition winner was allowed to visit the Holby City set, but did not appear on-screen as a result of the policy change.

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An interactive episode of Casualty@Holby City was one of the headlining shows of the season, allowing viewers to vote by phone to determine the outcome of a fictional organ donation.

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Holby City discovered many problems within the hospitals, which were dramatised by the Holby City cast in specially commissioned scenes.

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On 28 June 2008, Holby City stars competed against their Casualty counterparts in a special charity edition of BBC Two game-show The Weakest Link.

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On 12 October 2021, it was announced that Holby City would partake in a special crossover event involving multiple British soaps to promote the topic of climate change ahead of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference.

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Holby City has attracted comparisons to other medical dramas, often unfavourable.

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On several occasions, people within the television and entertainment industry have suggested that Holby City is a waste of the television licence fee, with some suggesting that it ought to be cancelled.

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Holby City was praised by campaigners for the Royal National Institute for Deaf People in October 2003, when an episode which coincided with "Learn To Sign Week" used deaf actors, and featured characters communicating through British Sign Language.

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In October 2004, Canon Kenyon Wright, chair of Alcohol Focus Scotland, criticised an episode of Holby City which saw doctors downing tequila slammers, stating that it glamorised irresponsible drinking.

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Similarly, in October 2007, drinks' industry body the Portman Group made an official complaint to communications regulator Ofcom about a scene in Holby City which depicted two medics drinking five shots of tequila following a stressful day at work.

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At the Royal College of Nursing conference in Bournemouth in April 2010, Holby City was accused of fostering unrealistic expectations of the NHS, encouraging patients to believe in miracles and fuelling compensation culture.

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The "Holby City woman" is a female voter in her 30s or 40s, employed in a clinical or clerical position or some other public sector job.

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Holby City is a swing voter in General Elections, who has voted for the Labour Party in previous elections, though her identification with the Labour Party is not strong.

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Holby City has been nominated for over 100 awards, of which it has won six.

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Holby City received multiple BBC Drama Award nominations between 2002 and 2006.

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Holby City has received multiple long-list nominations at the National Television Awards and TV Choice Awards.

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Holby City was nominated "Best Serial Drama" at the 2008 Digital Spy Soap Awards, and in 2009, Stella Gonet was nominated for the "Acting Performance in TV " award at the British Academy Scotland Awards for her role as CEO Jayne Grayson.

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