Holby City to end on BBC One next year

The BBC has made the decision to cancel Holby City.

The corporation said that it was ‘incredibly proud’ of the show, however noted that it doesn’t fit into its plans to ‘better reflect, represent and serve all parts of the country’ via its drama output.

“We’re incredibly proud of Holby City but it’s with great sadness that we are announcing that after 23 years, the show will end on screen in March of next year.” – BBC

Holby City was launched in 1999 by Mal Young, who was the head of serials at the BBC, and top EastEnders writer Tony McHale, who later became a producer on the show. Originally it was not a year-round serial, airing for finite runs for its first three series.

The Beeb launched the show to capitalise on the popularity of Casualty, which has been depicting life in an A&E department since 1986, with Holby City following the professional and personal lives of the staff who work in other departments of the same hospital set in the fictional county of Wyvern, in the south-west of England

Although the programmes are filmed in different locations – Holby City is recorded within the BBC’s Elstree Studios complex in Borehamwood, while Casualty is filmed at the Rock Loath Studios in Cardiff.

Neptune House at BBC Elstree, the home of Holby City

The show quickly found an audience and won praise from critics for bringing topical storylines to the screen, raising awareness of various medical issues.

Audiences have fallen in recent times, however, with episodes typically now attracting around 2.5 million viewers. While this is reflective of falling audiences across the board, Holby City is the least watched of the BBC’s three main continuing dramas.

Michael French, Angela Griffin, Hugh Quarshie, Amanda Mealing, Rosie Marcell,  Tina Hobley, Patsy Kensit and Guy Hassen are among the names to have had regular roles in the series.

With each episode seeing a steady slew of patients pass through the hospital, the series also provides short-term work for many actors. When The Bill was cancelled in 2010, some in the industry expressed concern at the reduction in ‘opportunities’ for actors in the south – a feeling that is likely to be felt again now.

The BBC is reportedly planning to launch a new continuing drama “up north”.

“We sometimes have to make difficult decisions to make room for new opportunities and as part of the BBC’s commitment to make more programmes across the UK, we have taken the difficult decision to bring the show to a close in order to reshape the BBC’s drama slate to better reflect, represent and serve all parts of the country.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank the amazing team at BBC Studios and all the cast and crew who have been involved in the show since 1999.” – BBC

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2 thoughts on “Holby City to end on BBC One next year

  1. SO HOLBY CITY IS TO BE AXED THIS IS WHAT YOU GET FROM A CORRUPT OUT OF TOUCH PATHETIC TV COMPANY THAT THINKS IT CAN SIMPLY DO WHAT IT LIKES! SO AXE THE BBC SELL IT TO SEVEN NETWORK AND THE RIP OFF TV LICANCE WILL BE ABOLISHED ENOUGH IS ENOUGH YOU CANT TRUST THE BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION AS THEY AXE EVERYTHING POPULAR AND MAKE ENDLESS CRAP AS LORD LEW GRADE WOULD NEVER DONE THAT AT ATV SO COME ON LETS SIGN THE BBCS DEATH WARRENT AND WIPE IT OUT OF EXISTANCE!

  2. THE BBC SAY THEY AXE HOLBY CITY TO MAKE A SOAP TO RIVAL CORONATION STREET AND EMMERDALE! WELL LOOK AT IT TAKE ELDORADO THE BIGGEST FAILURE IN SOAP HISTORY AS THEY HAVNT GOT REG WATSON WHO CREATED CROSSROADS AND WHAT THEY COME UP WITH WILL BE SHITE LIKE EASTENDERS! THE BBC HAVE A SAD CASE OF AXING ANYTHING POPULAR , MAKE CRAP AND EXPECT YOU TO PAY THE TV LICANCE WELL DONT SCRAP THAT SCRAP THE BBC ITS A WORTHLESS PARASITE AS IF LEW GRADE WAS AROUND TODAY HED HAVE GONE TO THE BBC BLASTING THIS PATHETIC EXCUSE FOR A TV COMPANY OFF THIS PLANET SO UNITE AND WELL WIN DESTROY THE BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION!!

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