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Holby City is the latest UK TV drama to come to the small screen, and is set to follow a team of hospital doctors and nurses as they work in the fictional Holby City hospital. We’ve had a look at the first episode, and think it’s very promising. Fletch has been a regular character in Holby City stories for many years, and she’s played by a familiar face: Christine Bottomley, who has also appeared in Holby City stories in the past.
Is Janie’s kind and accommodating behavior a sham? (Photos: ) Max McGarry (Joe Martin) had an emotionally challenging episode in tonight’s episode of Holby City. She had to undergo a double mastectomy to try to reduce her risk of breast and ovarian cancer. As a doctor, Max is used to weighing the pros and cons and doing what is best for his patients. Being a patient herself, she clearly could not think as rationally and clearly – she was afraid of how she would treat her body after the surgery. Will she still feel like the woman she once was? Would she still be attractive? She had no shortage of friends and supporters ready to help her – in fact, an entire welcoming committee gathered around her as she recovered from the anesthesia. Among them, Max only wanted their son Louis (Tyler Luke Cunningham). As someone who had undergone surgery to change his body image (in his case, for the better), Louis was particularly aware of what Max was going through: The gap between who you are on the inside and what you see in the mirror. Mother and son have gradually reconciled over the months – with minor setbacks – and in these scenes they seem to have finally healed the cracks between them. From now on, you and I are going to fight the whole world, Max promises his son, although Louis, the realist par excellence, suggests starting small instead of fighting the whole world. Max’s surgery was performed by Dominic Copeland (David Ames) after she realized she didn’t want to be operated on by her ex-boyfriend Trieve (Carl Collins). Like Louis, Dominic has his own take on how surgery can affect body image, and he was empathetic and kind to Max. In fact, Dominic was pretty much the same most of the time, except for the times he introduced himself as Keller’s new head of clinical services, a job he certainly didn’t seem prepared for. Max’ life changed tonight (Photo: ) After Louis thanked Dominic for the way he had treated Max and said something about not holding a grudge, Dominic started to think and looked at the box that appeared to contain Sasha’s spare shirts. Then he called Hanssen – would he have changed his mind about his betrayal of Sasha? At the beginning of the episode, the pill-guzzling Kian (Ramin Karimloo) was barely on his feet, but he managed to get a few impromptu stitches when Evie Fletcher (Phoebe French) found Andrew (Sonny Pun Tip) in the basement with a stab wound to the stomach. Fletch (Alex Walkinshaw) is furious when he sees his daughter covered in blood after being taken to Keanu, and insists that Lucky Simpson (Vinita Richey) immediately call social services about Andrew. But by the end of the episode, when Kian announced that Andrew’s heart surgery was scheduled for tomorrow (which in Holby’s time probably means next week), it became unclear whether Lucky had actually agreed to the transfer. In danger? (Photo: ) Fletch soon has other problems, as his new girlfriend Janie Sinclair (Debra Stevenson) may not be as nice as he thinks. The patient with the dislocated and bruised shoulder warned Janie in no uncertain terms to leave the hospital immediately. Come back here and you’ll have more on your mind than a dislocated shoulder, she threatened, sounding arrogant at every opportunity. So what’s the story? A light romance: Ange (Dawn Steele) and Josh (Trieve Blackwood-Cambridge) grow closer, despite an unfortunate misunderstanding in which they both pretended to care less about each other than they actually did. But when Chloe (Amy Lennox) saw the two men come out of the guard room hand in hand, she certainly wasn’t smiling. She regretted not sending selfies to Josh for the rest of the day, hoping to get his attention. Ouch. Sue Haasler is the author of five novels and the official Holby City book, which you can read here. If you have a story for a soap or TV show, video or photos, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org – we’d love to hear from you. Join the community by leaving a comment below, and follow all the soap news on our homepage.
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