Television: Holby City


Holby City is a medical drama broadcast on BBC 1 and is Casualty’s younger sister. Set in the same hospital but in various different wards its focus is more on the regular characters’ day to day, with the story of the week playing a supporting role.

I started on the show as a script editor and halfway through the run the commission was increased from 19 episodes to 30 (playing havoc with our story arc!). A series now comprises of 52 episodes, and is on once a week all year round., so is a complicated exercise in  both scheduling and scripting,  taking into account there are often 3 units  filming simultaneously.

I have returned at various points in my career to produce Holby City and have been part of it’s growth from “new drama” to one of the stalwarts of BBC weekday scheduling.