Holby City is a famous medical drama series on BBC that has been running since 1999. The characters and the cast of the series have made it worth watching and many people have been fans of this timeless medical drama ever since it started.
The storyline is placed in a fictional city called Holby and talks about the daily events and lives of people in the hospital. The series was a spin-off from the famous series Casualty and it uses the same hospital as well. Many times, characters of Casualty are seen in Holby City and the show is renamed as Casualty@Holby City for that particular episode.
The series is created by Mal Young and Tony McHale and has been produced by a number of producers including Johnathan Young, Kathleen Hutchison, Richard Stokes, McHale, Belinda Campbell, and Oliver Kent over the years.
The series has already completed 15 seasons and is now running the 16th one, which started on 15 October 2013. In the year October 2010, Holby City started high definition broadcasting owing to the HD channels and increasing demand for better quality pictures.
The show has successfully run for over 700 hours and it continues to entertain its audiences all around the world. Primarily based out of the UK, the series is also extremely popular in the US and other countries in the world.
The Cast of Holby City
The prominent cast of this series includes Hugh Quarshie as Ric Griffin, Tina Hobley as Chrissie Williams, Rosie Marcel as Jac Naylor, Paul Bradley as Elliot Hope, Jaye Jacobs as Donna Jackson, Jane Asher, Robert Powell, John Michie and many more.
The series started off with 11 central characters in the first season. However, none of the actors are part of the show now. The series kept bringing in new cast and characters to keep the interest alive and now, in each season, there are 15 main characters that form the central story for Holby City.
A Thorough Research for Holby City
Due to the medical drama, the series has also employed many researchers and doctors to check the script and verify all the medical information mentioned in the series. Also, the cast is given a basic medical training so that they can perform better and more realistically.
Many times, Holby City has been compared to other medical drama series in terms of content and figures. The series did very well in its opening series and got up to 9.27 million views. However, the viewership kept declining after the fifth series and it gave a rise to concern for the producers.
It was also suggested that the show should be modernised for the youth and it should include some good music as well to keep the audience interested. The 11th series got around 5.44 million views while the later series have an average of 4 million views. The show is broadcast on BBC on a weekly basis.
Holby City has been nominated for over 100 awards in the course of its running duration. It has won critical acclaim and also the hearts of many of its viewers. The show has won 10 awards including the following.
- British Academy Television Award – Best Continuing Drama (2008)
- BEFFTA Award
- Two Ethnic Multicultural Media Awards
- Two Music Video & Screen Awards
- Four National Screen Awards
Holby City was once one of the most popular and loved television series. The medical drama, lives of the patients, doctors, nurses and all characters weave into a beautiful storyline. Though the popularity of the show has seen many ups and downs, there are various viewers across the world that thoroughly enjoy the show and look forward to a new episode every week!