Monday 19 February 2018

Holby City fans pray for show’s future as merger threat looms

The future is unclear for the BBC soap’s hospital.

Guy Henry
Guy Henry

By Francesca Gosling

Holby City fans are praying that this will not be the end for the much-loved fictional hospital as it faces the threat of a merger.

The BBC One medical soap saw tension mount on Tuesday night as bosses received NHS documents outlining plans to combine Holby City with St Francis Hospitals.

While CEO Henrik Hanssen (Guy Henry) welcomed some unexpected support in the form of fellow consultant general surgeon, Sacha Levy (Bob Barrett), the future is still uncertain.

With a blurred horizon ahead, fans took to Twitter in a spontaneous campaign to save the hospital that has become a familiar TV scene for almost 20 years.

As the show’s account called for support, one viewer posted: “I’m in, what do we need to do? Will follow these two into battle anytime.”

“Oh Henrik keep your chin up…you can handle this,” added another, while one joked: “Stock up on supplies, arm yourselves and repel all boarders…Give Hansen a baseball bat and a leather jacket.”

One worried viewer questioned: “Could this be the end of holby?”

Suggesting that all is not yet lost, the show responded to the growing army of supporters: “We’ll let you know – the fight has only just begun!”

Holby City will continue on BBC One at 8pm on Tuesday.

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