Medical drama Holby City ended after 23 years on screens with an emotional conclusion that celebrated the spirit of the NHS.
A number of previous characters reappeared in Tuesday’s finale, which saw the death of surgeon Jac Naylor, played by Rosie Marcel, who has appeared on the show since 2005, following a long-running storyline about the effects of a brain tumor.
👋 This is #HolbyCity human resources department, #HolbyCam and the team says goodbye for the last time ♥️ We couldn’t have done it without you. Goodbye and thanks for watching 💙 (There are spoilers for our last episode in this video) pic.twitter.com/3VQi2ByjnX
— BBC Holby City (@BBCHolbyCity) March 29, 2022
The episode showed the dedication of colleagues trying to save them and also highlighted the lives that can be saved and enriched through organ donation.
It also featured the reappearance of previous characters, including Ric Griffin played by Hugh Quarshie and Mo Effanga played by Chizzy Akudolu.
After the show aired, Akudolu tweeted, “This actually breaks my heart. Holby has meant so much to so many people, including me. I’m in shambles Didn’t think it would affect me like that…”
She added: “Thank you Holby City for changing my life.”
Catherine Russell, reprising her role as Serena Campbell, tweeted a series of photos from her time on the show, adding, “It was really like family.”
While Dawn Steele, who plays Ange Godard, tweeted: “Thank you what a great job that was. So sad. What a message – thank you NHS.”
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Lucinda Dryzek, who played Jac Naylor’s sister, Jasmine Burrows, wrote: “To the whole Holby family, you truly were the best. And you are really missed. And I’m so thankful to have been a part of it.”
Belinda Owusu, who played Nicky McKendrick, said, “More than grateful to have been a part of the magic.”
Former EastEnders star Davood Ghadami, who joined Holby last year as Eli Ebrahimi, said it was the “end of an era”.
He added: “I just walked into the warm glow of the brilliant people who have worked on this show all these years. You are the best in the business.
“Goodbye Holby City and thank you.”
Tonight is the final @BBCHolbyCity ever. End of an era. I was just warming in the glow of the brilliant people who had worked on this show all these years. You are the best in the business. Goodbye Holby City and thank you 💙 #HolbyCityFinale
— Davood Ghadami (@DavoodGhadami) March 29, 2022
Olivia Colman, Jodie Comer and Michael Fassbender have all appeared in previous episodes of the medical drama.
Patsy Kensit, who played Faye Morton, tweeted a photo of herself on the show and said she was “so sad” it was ending: “I’ve had an amazing four and a half years on the show and I loved it.”
Another former show regular, Tina Hobley, who played Chrissie Williams, also shared a picture of herself in her nurse’s uniform on the show.
Developed by Tony McHale and Mal Young, Casualty was a spin-off released in 1999.
The drama followed the lives of the staff at the fictional Holby City Hospital, the same hospital as Casualty.
The BBC announced last year that it had made the “difficult decision” to end the show in order to “reshape the BBC’s drama programming to better reflect, represent and serve all parts of the country”.
It explained that this was to help “make room for new opportunities” as part of the channel’s “commitment to do more programming across the UK”.
Holby City was filmed in Elstree, Hertfordshire, just outside London.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/stars-past-and-present-say-emotional-farewell-to-holby-city-41501460.html Stars past and present give an emotional farewell to Holby City