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Network TV Week 26


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Faye (Patsy Kensit) is in trouble in South Africa

Holby City
Tuesday 24 June on BBC ONE
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BBC One's popular medical drama, Holby City, embarks on a journey to South Africa with a stand-alone episode starring Patsy Kensit (as Faye Morton), Duncan Pow (as Linden Cullen) and Luke Roberts (as Joseph Byrne).


Linden and Joseph chase Faye to Cape Town to reveal what her mysterious past really holds. The trio discuss their dramatic storylines with Programme Information and reveal what it was like to film overseas.


Linden narrates this special episode, describing how he got dragged into chasing Faye to Cape Town with Joseph.


Why do they chase her?


Duncan: "Faye gets into serious trouble and needs help. Linden, being Linden, feels it's his responsibility to help in any way he can. We recently found out from Jac that Faye has another ex-husband, Lucas, but since Jac crashed her bike, the information is limited."


Faye has a third ex-husband?


Patsy: "Yes, she does indeed! This is the first time viewers will hear of Lucas. He was actually her first husband, but they are no longer in contact since their divorce."


Why does Faye go to South Africa?


Patsy: "Lucas has lived in Cape Town since he split with Faye. He lived with a gay lover (which is why they no longer speak) but we discover he sadly died of Aids three months previously. Faye has someone Lucas wants, and his recent loneliness leads him into trying to get back what he has lost.


"I don't want to give too much away, but Lucas takes someone that's very special to Faye and she's not going to let him disrupt her life again. That's why she follows him to Cape Town. I don't want to say any more, but this person is being looked after at Greenlands, which is a care home for the sick, and where Jac had previously followed Faye, too."


Do you enjoy playing a suspected black widow?


Patsy: "Of course! It's been fantastic fun. The Holby City writers have given me some great storylines but this tops them all. It's so gripping and no one will expect what actually happens."


How does Joseph feel about a third ex-husband after his recent proposal?


Luke Roberts plays Joseph
Luke Roberts plays Joseph
Luke: "Well what can I say? Gutted is probably the best answer! He tries so hard to give Faye his complete trust but she keeps throwing it back at him, with random phone calls, disappearances, needing money. I think Joseph just wants to be loved, he wants to be wanted – but I'm not sure Faye is the right person for this."



Is that from Joseph's perspective or yours?


Luke: "Mine, of course. Joseph is completely besotted by Faye. After what Jac did to him, surely anyone is better than that – even with three ex-husbands? It takes Linden's direction to actually get him to follow Faye to South Africa, however. He tries to put his foot down as enough is enough, but he gets swept in again, as he always does."


Was going to South Africa the right decision for Joseph to make?


Luke: "Definitely! Linden and Joseph get shot at, beaten up, robbed and chased all in one episode – it was so much fun! But yes, on a serious note, it is the right decision. This is Joseph's chance to try to become Faye's hero."


So it's clear why Joseph would follow Faye to South Africa, but still a bit of a mystery as to why Linden feels he has to get involved?


Duncan Pow plays Linden
Duncan Pow plays Linden
Duncan: "Linden hears Faye telling Joseph that she was in trouble and that they "could kill him" (Lucas, he presumes). Linden believes he has his life to help others, and so by hearing this and by being put in this situation by God, he must help Faye. After Joseph's phone battery dies, Linden takes Joseph's phone and puts his battery in it. He then takes a frantic call from Faye and immediately decides to fly out and help her."


After making the rash decision to go, is Linden grateful for Joseph's company?


Duncan: "No, not at all. You'll see why in the episode but, primarily, he doesn't want Joseph's help as he feels he was the one there when Faye called, and so he will be the one to make things better. This desire to "help", however, soon turns into more than that. You begin to discover a lot more about Linden on this trip."


How does Faye react to Joseph and Linden following her out there?


Patsy: "She is eternally grateful. She is in serious trouble and even gets kidnapped. She always seems to take on more than she can handle, so knowing she has Joseph and Linden there to help is a good thing."


Is it a good thing if she is risking their lives, also?


Patsy: "Well we don't know what Faye's past really holds, so yes, they may be getting themselves into trouble, but we're still unsure as to whether Faye is genuine or not. I think the viewers believe that she would never intentionally put Joseph or Linden in serious danger, but then who knows? No one ever found out what actually happened to James and you'll have to wait and see what happens in this case!"


What was it like to film in such an exotic location as Cape Town?


Duncan: "Absolutely amazing. It is such a beautiful country and we felt so welcome there. The weather was glorious, although there was no time for sightseeing or sunbathing – our filming schedule was tough!"


Patsy: "Indeed, it was incredible! I, too, was looking forward to catching some sun and enjoying the culture, as it was my 40th birthday while we were filming out there, but there was no rest for the wicked!"


So you had to work on your birthday?


Patsy: "Yes, but it was not a chore in the slightest. I love my job and being given the opportunity to film in such an incredible location was an absolute delight. I wouldn't have changed it for anything, and I don't think Luke would have either!"


What do you mean?


Luke: "Well it was truly great, but I think what Patsy is getting at is that through the tough filming schedule, I did actually manage to find romance out there. It was absolutely wonderful."


And does the romance continue?


Luke: "Of course! But that's all the information you're getting!"




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