For the first time since 2005, the cast of Holby City and Casualty will join forces for a two-part crossover special on BBC One.
Characters from both series will interact as their storylines are intertwined across two dramatic, action-packed episodes.
The latest cross-over takes place when a major cyber-attack plunges Holby into blackout, rendering a significant portion of the hospital’s automated monitoring equipment unusable. At the same time Sacha (Bob Barrett) is in a car crash which injures his daughter Bekka (Francesca Barrett) and Ric’s (Hugh Quarshie) granddaughter Darla (Naomi Katiyo), one of whom might be pregnant.
The chaos brings a dilemma for Connie (Amanda Mealing) and Jac (Rosie Marcel) as they both require the only operating theatre available in the blackout. As Sasha’s injuries become apparent Jac (Rosie Marcel) comes to his rescue and is ready to operate, but with Connie needing the theatre for a member of her own team, the women have to make the impossible decision of which of their friends to try and save first.
“We’ve known for some time there’s been major audience appetite for a mega crossover between these sister shows, so that’s exactly what we are serving up! You’ll see both the Casualty and Holby teams striving heroically against the odds in two episodes of pure, nail-biting, taut, emotional medical drama. I’m quite literally in awe of Michelle Lipton’s writing achievement and Steve Brett’s direction in pulling off this double, and so proud of both the Cardiff Casualty and Elstree Holby crews and casts in making the mind boggling logistics work.” – Simon Harper, Executive Producer
The crossover will begin during Casualty on Saturday 2 March with the conclusion airing in Holby City on Tuesday 5 March on BBC One. Throughout this year, Holby City is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a host of guest appearances from former characters of which Connie is one.
The medical sagas previously crossed over on four separate occasions between 2004-2005, with 9 episodes airing under the title of Casualty@HolbyCity. Although the two shows have continued to share characters on occasion, this is the first major meshing together of the two shows since that time.
“There’s so much to relish in the cross-show character interactions: a poignant thematic resonance between two regulars, Connie and Jac in delicious conflict, and perhaps most vitally, who from Casualty has been secretly carrying on with whom from Holby!” – Simon Harper, Executive Producer
Casualty is made by BBC Studios Wales for BBC One and is filmed at the Roath Lock Studios, Cardiff. Sister show Holby City, which launched in 1999, though set at the same hospital is recorded at the BBC Elstree studios in Borehamwood. The Holby verse has also seen a police spin-off in Holby Blue.