List of Holby City episodes

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A partially frosted window pane, inscribed with the words 'Holby City NHS, NHS Trust'
A window pane bearing the Holby City NHS Trust name, on the Holby City set, at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood

Holby City is a British medical drama television series that premiered on 12 January 1999 on BBC One.[1] The series was created by Tony McHale and Mal Young as a spin-off from the established BBC medical drama Casualty.[2] It is set in the same hospital as Casualty, Holby General, in the fictional city of Holby,[3] however Holby City is filmed at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, while Casualty is filmed in Cardiff.[4] Occasional crossovers between the two shows are broadcast as Casualty@Holby City. In 2006, HolbyBlue, a police procedural spin-off from Holby City, went into production.[5] Its second season launched with a Holby City crossover episode.[6]

Holby City follows the lives of surgeons, doctors, nurses, other medical and ancillary staff and patients on the hospital wards. Sixteen series of the show have aired, and a seventeenth began airing on 14 October 2014. The show's first series ran for nine episodes. The second and third series ran for sixteen and thirty episodes respectively, with new episodes then airing on a weekly basis from the fourth series onwards. Series four to nine and eleven all ran for 52 episodes, while series ten ran for 53 episodes. The show typically airs on Tuesdays in the 8:00 pm timeslot, although it is occasionally broadcast on a different day dependent on BBC scheduling.[7] In 2007, the show temporarily moved to Thursday nights, allowing HolbyBlue to air in the 8:00 pm Tuesday timeslot.[8] "Episode #" refers to the episode's number in the overall series, whereas "Series #" refers to the episode's number in each particular series.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
Premiere Finale
1 9 12 January 1999 9 March 1999
2 16 25 November 1999 9 March 2000
3 30 5 October 2000 5 June 2001
4 52 9 October 2001 1 October 2002
5 52 8 October 2002 30 September 2003
6 52 7 October 2003 12 October 2004
7 52 19 October 2004 11 October 2005
8 52 18 October 2005 17 October 2006
9 52 24 October 2006 9 October 2007
10 53 16 October 2007 14 October 2008
11 52 21 October 2008 13 October 2009
12 55 20 October 2009 12 October 2010
13 52 19 October 2010 11 October 2011
14 52 18 October 2011 9 October 2012
15 52 16 October 2012 8 October 2013
16 52 15 October 2013 7 October 2014
17 52 14 October 2014 6 October 2015
18 52 13 October 2015 4 October 2016
19 52 11 October 2016

Specials[edit]

Title Director Writer Original airdate Viewers
(millions)
"Making It At Holby" Nick Bray 23 March 2004 (2004-03-23)
Documentary produced for BBC Talent Week, chronicling the casting of Holby City actresses Jaye Jacobs and Kelly Adams, and Casualty actor Simon Kassianides.[9]
"Series 2, Episode 1" Sarah O'Gorman Tony Jordan 20 March 2008 (2008-03-20) 5.62[11]
In a crossover with HolbyBlue, registrar Jac Naylor (Rosie Marcel) is arrested on suspicion of murder, but is released when the real culprit is found.[10]

Casualty@Holby City[edit]

Of the nine crossover episodes broadcast as Casualty@Holby City, five aired in the regular Casualty timeslot, while the remaining four—"Casualty@Holby City: Part Two", "Test Your Metal", "A Great Leap Forward" and "Deny Thy Father: Part Two"—were broadcast in the Holby City timeslot.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sandy Smithies (12 January 1999). "Television Tuesday". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Kris Green (14 December 2009). "'Holby City's exec producer stands down". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on 6 July 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Doug Kempster (13 September 1998). "Soap stars find a new role... In the Beeb's latest soap". Sunday Mirror. Trinity Mirror. Archived from the original on 8 January 2016. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "BBC offers Tranter top drama position". Broadcast. EMAP. 25 August 2000. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  5. ^ Plunkett, John (27 April 2006). "Holby City walks the thin blue line". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  6. ^ Green, Kris (14 November 2007). "'HolbyBlue' returns with crossover ep". Digital Spy. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  7. ^ Chris Tryhorn (15 December 2006). "Extinct's audience under threat". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  8. ^ Chris Tryhorn (18 May 2007). "Emmerdale eclipses EastEnders". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  9. ^ "BBC Talent Week showcases new names in TV, radio and music" (Press release). BBC Online. 26 February 2004. Retrieved 9 February 2010. 
  10. ^ "Series 2, Episode 1". BBC Online. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  11. ^ "Weekly Top 30 Programmes: Week Ending 23 Mar 2008". BARB. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 

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