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Holby City to end after 23 years: BBC make ‘difficult decision’ to conclude Casualty spin-off


Holby City to end after 23 years: BBC confirm ‘difficult decision’ to conclude Casualty spin-off in 2022 ‘in order to better reflect and serve all parts of the country’

  • Holby City premiered in 1999 as a spin-off to BBC hospital hit Casualty
  • It featured big names in British TV, such as Angela Griffin and Lisa Faulkner
  • The BBC said on Wednesday: ‘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’
  • The BBC insisted they will make sure the programme goes out ‘on a high’ 

Holby City will conclude in 2022 after 23 years on the air, the BBC announced on Wednesday.

Branding it a ‘difficult decision’, the network have slated the medical drama to come to a conclusion on screen in March next year.

The BBC said in a statement: ‘We are incredibly proud of Holby City.

End of the road: Holby City will conclude in 2022 after 23 years on the air, the BBC announced on Wednesday

‘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.

‘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.

Premiere: The show - which airs weekly on BBC One - launched on January 12, 1999, as a spin-off from fellow BBC medical drama Casualty, which began in September 1986 [the original cast is pictured]

Premiere: The show – which airs weekly on BBC One – launched on January 12, 1999, as a spin-off from fellow BBC medical drama Casualty, which began in September 1986 [the original cast is pictured]

'Difficult decision': The network have slated the medical drama to come to a conclusion on screen in March next year [pictured is a cast shot from 1999]

‘Difficult decision’: The network have slated the medical drama to come to a conclusion on screen in March next year [pictured is a cast shot from 1999]

The BBC said in a statement: 'We are incredibly proud of Holby City' [pictured are stars Jules Knight and Joe McFadden]

The BBC said in a statement: ‘We are incredibly proud of Holby City’ [pictured are stars Jules Knight and Joe McFadden]

‘Holby has been a stalwart with audiences, delighting millions of viewers each week and winning hundreds of awards with a compelling mix of cutting-edge medical stories and explosive personal stories.’

The BBC insisted they will make sure the programme goes out ‘on a high’.

They added: ‘We look forward to working with the team over the coming months to ensure that when it ends, Holby goes out on a high.’

The show – which airs weekly on BBC One – launched on January 12, 1999, as a spin-off from fellow BBC medical drama Casualty, which began in September 1986.

Cast: The show featured big names in British TV, such as Angela Griffin

Former star: Lisa Faulkner starred as Victoria Merrick in the original run

Cast: The show featured big names in British TV, such as Angela Griffin [L] and Lisa Faulkner [R]

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