Holby City CANCELLED: BBC axes medical drama after 23 years

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BBC medical drama Holby City has been cancelled by the BBC after over two decades on the air. First airing in 1999, fans of the drama have witnessed a number of famous faces come and go over the years as well as a number of gripping storylines. An exact finale date is yet to be announced but the BBC has confirmed its final series will air in 2022.

In a statement released today, 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.”

The show’s official Twitter account also issued its own statement to its 63.9k followers.

It read: “Holby will remain on air on Tuesdays until next March, and we will continue to bring you a regular dose of all things Holby right here until then.

“We promise that Holby will get the send-off it deserves. Thank you for your continued support and love for the series.”

Following the announcement, it didn’t take long for distraught fans to express their own dismay at saying goodbye to the long-running drama.

In fact, many blasted the BBC’s decision to take Holby City off-air, branding the cancellation as a “mistake”.

“WWWHHHHYYYYY??????” one fan fumed on Twitter. “Holby city is like the highlight of the week. Absolutely gutted and upset. The BBC have made a huge mistake doing this. Absolute joke.”

A second echoed: “Terrible news for hundreds of writers, camera people, actors, electricians, hair, makeup etc. Yet another BBC b***s up.

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“I fear EastEnders may be next. If only the BBC had the good sense to nurture and cherish their continuing dramas in the same way ITV does.”

A third fan weighed in: “One of the best shows on BBC! Why take it off? It’s the only thing on BBC worth watching! It’s the only reason I pay the TV licence.

“I think the BBC have made a dreadful mistake, and they will lose millions of viewers take off dead-enders.”

Another also concurred: “Why? That don’t make sense? Would rather Casualty go than Holby, sorry.”

While a fifth commented: “Why take off a brilliant programme and carry on with rubbish like WasteEnders????”

The BBC is yet to announce what “new opportunities” it plans to make in place of Holby come 2022.

But with one more final season in the offing, Holby is sure to go out with a bang.

Holby City is available to stream on BBC iPlayer now.

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