List of HolbyBlue episodes

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HolbyBlue is a British police procedural television series that aired between 8 May 2007 and 5 June 2008 on BBC One. The programme was created by Tony Jordan as a spin-off from the established BBC medical drama Holby City,[1] which in turn is a spin-off from the medical drama Casualty.[2] All three programmes are set in the fictional city of Holby. HolbyBlue follows the professional and personal lives of police staff at Holby South police station. The show ran for two series, the first of which was eight episodes long. The second series was twelve episodes long, and began with a Holby City crossover episode.[3] In August 2008, it was announced that the show had been axed by the BBC and would not be returning for a third series.[4] The first series aired on Tuesday nights at 8 pm, in the regular Holby City timeslot. Holby City was moved to Thursdays for the duration of HolbyBlue's run.[5] The show moved to Thursday nights for the second season.

Series overview[edit]

Series Episodes Originally aired
Premiere Finale
1 8 8 May 2007 26 June 2007
2 12 20 March 2008 5 June 2008

Series 1 (2007)[edit]

# Episode Director Writer Original airdate Viewers[6]
1 "Episode 1" Martin Hutchings Tony Jordan 8 May 2007 (2007-05-08) 5.46m
DI John Keenan's attitude toward the job surprises new recruit, DS Luke French, on his first day, as the team investigate the case of Russell Bennett, a suspected paedophile and child molestor who is released on bail following a lack of physical evidence to bring the case to trial. After securing the vital clue to prove Bennett's involvement, new rookie Lucy makes her first arrest. Upon learning his estranged wife Kate is seeing a new man, John has a night of passion with Rachel from the CPS. (Charlie Fairhead and Ric Griffin guest appear.)
2 "Episode 2" Martin Hutchings Tony Jordan 15 May 2007 (2007-05-15) 5.16m
Kate is offered a reception job at the station, but just as she and John seem to be moving towards reconciliation, Rachel reveals the details of her tryst with John. Meanwhile, the team investigate the case of a young girl thrown out of the third floor window of a known brothel, and John is pleased when the trail leads back to his arch nemisis, drugs baron Stenga, whom he has been pursuing for several months, but when an old friend of Billy's turns out be Stenga's girlfriend, Billy gets personally imvolved.
3 "Episode 3" Bryn Higgins James Payne 22 May 2007 (2007-05-22) 4.42m
Luke and Mandy's second attempt at IVF fails, and Luke experiences split loyalties between Mandy and his mother. Kelly considers keeping a sizable sum of money she finds on a raid of stolen goods, but her conscience gets the better of her and she returns it. Lucy and Mac are held hostage in the station by a man convicted of manslaughter but later released, resulting in Lucy being stabbed, while John discovers there is a mole on his team revealing information to Stenga, unaware that it is Harry. (Harry Harper guest appears)
4 "Episode 4" Bryn Higgins Sarah Phelps 29 May 2007 (2007-05-29) N/A
Stenga extracts more information from Harry, leading to the murder of Steven Price, the thug who ran-over Stenga's girlfriend Louise. John is forced to question Billy's loyalties, after spotting Billy with Louise and her brother, Michael, who had previously targeted price following the attack on Louise. Meanwhile, Robert finds himself in an uncomfortable situation when Neil and Kelly arrest a small-time burglar, whose sister turns out to be one of Robert's old flames - and that he's a daddy. (Connie Beauchamp guest appears.)
5 "Episode 5" Barnaby Southcombe Jeff Povey 5 June 2007 (2007-06-05) 4.1m[7]
John confides in Harry that he believes Billy to be the mole, which results in serious consequences for Billy. Meanwhile, Jenny's husband is questioned by Luke in connection with a raid on suspected paedophiles, leading to the revelation that Jenny has been having an affair which she has no intention of terminating. Kate continues to be antagonised by Rachel. Meanwhile, Neil and Kelly investigate the case of a tramp who has been set on fire, leading them to his money-hungry wife.
6 "Episode 6" Barnaby Southcombe Richard Davidson 12 June 2007 (2007-06-12) 4m[8]
Lucy and Robert manage to prove Billy's innocence, but this is not enough to deter him from quitting the force. Later, Robert reveals that Lucy's new boyfriend Sean Proctor is an infamous drug dealer, and forces her to end their relationship, before himself becoming involved with a woman suspected of carrying out a racist attack on her Asian friend. Meanwhile, Neil is offered a promotion, and Luke makes up with Mandy and agrees to put his mother in a home, and Micheal Martin is finally located.
7 "Episode 7" Martin Hutchings Marc Pye 19 June 2007 (2007-06-19) 4.13m
Luke is devastated when his mother dies following a tough battle with terminal illness, and looks to find comfort in the arms of Mandy. Billy returns to work following the internal investigation. Meanwhile, Rachel provokes Kate into hitting her, after deliberately stealing a letter from Jenny's mailbox, however John persuades Jenny to give her another chance when she hands in her resignation. John also finally discovers that Harry is the mole after catching him leaving Stenga's warehouse.
8 "Episode 8" Martin Hutchings Tony Jordan 26 June 2007 (2007-06-26) 4.36m
John confronts Harry about being the mole, and is then offered a file of information on Stenga in return for his freedom. Realising he has been betrayed, Stenga holds Kate and the children hostage. John and Luke come to their rescue but are both shot in the process. Stenga is also shot and dies, while they recover. Harry is arrested at his own retirement party, and Luke is delighted to learn that Mandy is pregnant. Rachel receives a knock back from John after he requests Kate's presence at the hospital. (Kathleen 'Dixie' Dixon, Josh Griffiths and Jeff Collier guest appear)

Series 2 (2008)[edit]

# Episode Director Writer Original airda te Viewers
9 "Episode 1" Sarah O'Gorman Tony Jordan 20 March 2008 (2008-03-20) 5.62m[9]
John and Luke question hospital registrar Jac Naylor over the attack on known sexual offender Alan Clooney, but having arrested and charged her with his murder, they find themselves with no other witnesses - and the surgeon's colleagues divided over her innocence - as they struggle to find the truth. Elsewhere, Kate enjoys the attention of a handsome new stranger - John's new boss, DCI Scott Vaughan, Neil finds himself at a loose end with Kelly away on a training course, and Rachel and Christian come to blows. (Jac Naylor, Connie Beauchamp, Elliot Hope, Ric Griffin, Chrissie Williams, Charlie Fairhead and Zoe Hanna guest appear.)
10 "Episode 2" Sarah O'Gorman Ben Vanstone 27 March 2008 (2008-03-27) 4.43m[10]
When a batch of contaminated drugs kills three students, John and Luke are forced into action in a bid to get the stash off the streets. The drugs, sold in phials with distinctive red caps, leave the team is on high alert to find the remainder of the batch before it claims any more victims - until Lucy and Robert stumple upon the dead body of Sam Phillips, a 26-year-old mother of one who appears to have been partly responsible for dealing the drugs. Meanwhile, Billy and Neil attempt to catch an online dating thief. (Jac Naylor and Elliot Hope guest appear.)
11 "Episode 3" Toby Haynes Jeff Povey 3 April 2008 (2008-04-03) 3.8m[11]
Kelly returns from a training course to find not much has changed in the precinct. Gang warfare has broken out on the estates, following the stabbing of a known offender who was released from a youth offenders institution just two weeks ago. John and Luke are tasked with keeping the death count at a minimum. Meanwhile, Robert and Lucy catch Vinnie Dwyer attempting to burgle a surbaban house, Lucy uses the charge as a bargaining tool to arrange contact between Robert and his son, Kyle.
12 "Episode 4" Toby Haynes Debbie O'Malley 10 April 2008 (2008-04-10) 3.5m[12]
Lucy struggles to cope following Robert's death, and determined not to let another of her colleagues die, goes all out to catch a teenage joyrider seen escaping from a stolen vehicle. Meanwhile, John and Luke investigate the case of a young Indian student attacked on the way home from work, while Neil and Kelly tackle a difficult domestic dispute between a man and his ex-girlfriend, Kate attempts to track down the owner of a handbag found in lost property, and Jenny persuades Christian to stay in the job.
13 "Episode 5" Martin Hutchings Sarah Phelps 17 April 2008 (2008-04-17) 3.4m[13]
Following the vicious attack on youth worker Sean Burrows by his own son, Lee, John becomes determined to gather the evidence to prove that Lee was acting in self-defence following years of violent abuse. Choosing to trust gut instinct over circumstantial evidence, John ends up being thrown off the case, forcing him to come face to face with his own childhood traumas. Meanwhile, Mac visits Lucy and persuades her to return to the job, and Neil inadvertently reveals his true feelings to Kelly. (Mackenzie 'Big Mac' Chalker guest appears.)
14 "Episode 6" Martin Hutchings Sarah Phelps 24 April 2008 (2008-04-24) 3.6m[14]
After confronting his father following years of childhood abuse, John's temper boils over at Kate, revealing a side to him that she has never seen before. Meanwhile, Luke and Scott use a leaf from John's book to extract information from Julie Burrows about her husband, Sean, and after years of abuse, she finally comes clean and declares her son is innocent. With his own demons hanging above his head, John isn't best pleased when Luke arrives to share the news. Meanwhile, Neil declares his feelings for Kelly. (Jac Naylor guest appears.)
15 "Episode 7" Jim Loach Debbie O'Malley 1 May 2008 (2008-05-01) N/A
PC Jake Loughton's first shift at Holby South finds him paired with Lucy, who is in charge of helping him settle in - but unaware, she is still finding it difficult to be paired with someone so soon after Robert’s death. The pair assist John and Luke with the latest in a long line of smash and grab raids, which soon reveal a suspicious link to a two-year-old missing persons case. Meanwhile, Billy's estranged mother is brought into custody, and Kelly is forced to tell Neil that nothing will ever happen between them.
16 "Episode 8" Jim Loach Ben Vanstone 8 May 2008 (2008-05-08) 3.2m[15]
Determined to nail Holby’s most wanted pimp and drug dealer, Toby Wilson, Scott calls for a raid on a brothel, where CID suspect he’s also making his young prostitutes sell drugs. Elsewhere, intrigued to find out why Jake is being so touchy about his transfer to Holby, Lucy does some detective work of her own, and finally solves the mystery surrounding the newest member of their shift - he was formerly a sergeant. Christian is surprised when Jenny offers him the role of acting inspector while she is on maternity leave.
17 "Episode 9" Menhaj Huda Jake Riddell 15 May 2008 (2008-05-15) 2.9m[16]
It’s Christian’s first day as acting inspector, and he is quick to reassure the troops that the power won’t go to his head - and that he’s still the ‘Sarg’ they all know and love. John and Luke investigate a vicious attack on a local drug dealer, who according to records, was responsible for grassing on a fellow dealer just two days earlier. Meanwhile, Neil, Billy and Kelly investigate a series of flat burglaries on the Windmill estate, which turn out to be the work of a very unsuspecting member of the public.
18 "Episode 10" Menhaj Huda Graham Mitchell 22 May 2008 (2008-05-22) 2.8m[17]
Lucy and Jake arrive at the scene of a robbery at Cash Connections, only to the find the branch manager lying unconscious after being shot, and his colleague, Stella, cowering in the corner. John and Luke are quick to conclude it’s an inside job after reviewing the CCTV, but the task becomes to figure out which member of staff was involved, and which violent criminal they’re associated with. Meanwhile, Christian's relationship with Miranda blossoms, and an unexpected incident at the roadside becomes tragedy for Luke.
19 "Episode 11" Martin Hutchings Simon Booker 29 May 2008 (2008-05-29) 2.6m[18]
After Mandy’s sudden death, Luke, supported by John and Kate, returns to the station following her emotional funeral. His first case involves the violent assault on a number of local prostitutes. However, the investigation takes a sinister turn when John's father becomes one of two prime suspects. Forced to confront his demons once again, John rages when he arrives home to find his father in his living room. Meanwhile, Lucy and Jake investigate the blackmail of a local shop owner and her husband.
20 "Episode 12" Martin Hutchings Tony Jordan 5 June 2008 (2008-06-05) N/A
The officers of Holby South find themselves in the line of fire when a number of hoax 999 calls lure them to destinations where a lone sniper lies in wait. But back at the station, the team are slowly piecing together the evidence, and the identity of the gunman is soon revealed. However, Jake and Lucy have already responded to a call-out - and they head straight into the gunman’s lair. Meanwhile, Kelly finally gives in to her true feelings and kisses Neil, and John sets out to finish his father once and for all. (Charlie Fairhead and Chrissie Williams guest appears.)

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