Fans of Holby City left ‘gutted’ after BBC axes show

Fans of medical drama Holby City have reacted with upset after the BBC announced it was axing the show.

The Casualty spin-off, created by Tony McHale and Mal Young, debuted in 1999 following the lives of staff at the fictional Holby City Hospital.

Its final episodes will be broadcast in March 2022 after 23 years on-air – news that has left loyal viewers “gutted”.

A statement from the BBC said: “We are incredibly proud of Holby City but it’s with great sadness that we are announcing that after 23 years, the show will end on screen in March of next year.

“We sometimes have to make difficult decisions to make room for new opportunities and as part of the BBC’s commitment to make more programmes across the UK, we have taken the difficult decision to bring the show to a close in order to reshape the BBC’s drama slate to better reflect, represent and serve all parts of the country.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank the amazing team at BBC Studios and all the cast and crew who have been involved in the show since 1999.

“Holby has been a stalwart with audiences, delighting millions of viewers each week and winning hundreds of awards with a compelling mix of cutting edge medical stories and explosive personal stories.

“We look forward to working with the team over the coming months to ensure that when it ends, Holby goes out on a high.”

Holby City’s Twitter account directed followers to the BBC’s statement, with a tweet adding: “We’re very sorry to bring you the sad news that Holby City will come to an end in March next year, after 23 amazing years.

“We are so very grateful to all of Holby’s wonderful cast, crew, writers, producers – and to our millions of loyal viewers and fans for being part of our show”

The account gave assurances that Holby City will continue to air on Tuesdays until March 2022, adding: “We promise that Holby will get the send-off it deserves. Thank you for your continued support and love for the series.”

Former Holby City actor Joe McFadden, who played Raf Di Lucca, tweeted: “Such sad news about the end of #HolbyCity- it kept so many people in work for so long. My thoughts are with friends in the cast and crew”.

Fans of the show were also quick to react, with one replying: “WWWHHHHYYYYY?????? Holby city is like the highlight off the week. Absolutely gutted and upset.

“The BBC have made a huge mistake doing this. Absolute joke”

Another said: “Terrible news for hundreds of writers, camera people, actors, electricians, hair, makeup etc. Yet another BBC balls up. I fear EastEnders maybe next. If only the BBC had the good sense to nurture and cherish their continuing dramas in the same way ITV does.”

Holby City has had a number of big-name stars in its cast over the years including Patsy Kensit, Lee Mead, Adrian Edmonson and Jane Asher.

More recently, die-hard fans were left gutted by the exit of Jak Naylor, played by Rosie Marcel.