Dobson, Peter Bowles and Susannah York join Holby for 50th episode
up from Casualty's epic two-parter which opens the new series on
13 and 14 September 2003, Holby City follows the repercussions on
50, which is due to transmit on BBC ONE on Tuesday 16 September,
is boosted by the combined talents of the oscar-nominated Susannah
York (Oh What a Lovely War, Superman) and Peter Bowles (To the Manor
Born, Rumpole of the Bailey) and Anita Dobson returns to Elstree
but not to the Queen Vic.
York, who was once Hollywood co-star to icons such as Marlon Brando
and Elizabeth Taylor, brings a certain eccentricity to the role
of Trust Executive, Helen Grant.
and immaculate, she is a thorn in Ric Griffin's side as she conducts
an audit of Holby City General Surgery at a particularly fraught
an extensive record of blockbuster movies and acclaimed television
series, Susannah York confesses to have been "terrified"
when she started filming Holby City: "It is completely new
to me and as such has presented a huge challenge."
is quick to point out that she is enjoying the experience.
across the ward, we see six feet two inches of grandeur in the form
of Peter Bowles, clad in peppermint green scrubs, enquiring after
a patient's haemopneumothorax with forceps in one hand and a knife
in the other.
has been cast as Bernie Farraday, an old-school thoracic surgeon
with an unjustifiably high opinion of his abilities.
Khan (Art Malik), who has little time for his bedside manner, dismisses
him as "Bernie the butcher" after he demonstrates a lack
of control during an operation.
before a large jet of prosthetic blood hits Peter Bowles across
the chest he enthuses: "This is the friendliest, most welcoming
set I've ever been on. The people here are proud and it shows."
the mayhem caused by the train smash outside Holby, Anita Dobson
scuttles onto the set as anxious and wide-eyed Lynn Spencer.
searches for her son-in-law and learns that she has lost a daughter
in the accident but has gained a grandchild who was born by c-section
at the crash site.
as Leslie Grantham returns to film on the EastEnders set, it seems
fitting that Anita should appear - being no stranger to the BBC
Studios at Elstree - but she giggles: "I found it really weird
when I started filming, coming though the gates after all these
years. I found it a delightful surprise to find myself in this whole
new world which is Holby City. I am thrilled to be a part of it."
producer Kathleen Hutchison said: "Described as the sexiest
on television, I'm just delighted that the high calibre of our regular
cast and the recognised quality of the show is attracting the stature
of guest actors that it now does.
been thrilled to have Emma Samms, Antonio Fargas, Graeme Garden,
Ronald Pickup and Leslie Philips on our wards recently."
Young, BBC Controller of Drama Series concludes: "We are coming
to the end of our first year of transmitting Holby City every week
and it has proved a great hit with the viewers.
City is consistently achieving seven to eight million viewers, confirming
its status as one of the BBC's best loved dramas."
50, Love Nor Money, was written by Matthew Hall and directed by
producer is Pam Fraser Solomon. Holby City's series producer is
Richard Stokes. Co-executive producer is Mal Young, Controller of
Caulfield, James Redmond and Suzanne Packer boost regular cast of
Casualty as it comes of age (01.07.03)
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