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Holby City
Still from the current opening title sequence of Holby City (introduced 3 July 2007)
Format Medical drama
Created by Tony McHale and Mal Young
Starring Amanda Mealing
Paul Bradley
Hugh Quarshie
Hari Dhillon
Duncan Pow
Rosie Marcel
Luke Roberts
Emma Catherwood
James Anderson
Robert Powell
Rebecca Grant
Patsy Kensit Healy
Tina Hobley
Jaye Jacobs
Phoebe Thomas
Leslie Ash
Country of origin United Kingdom United Kingdom
No. of episodes 495 (List of episodes)
Producer(s) Diana Kyle and Tony McHale
Camera setup Single-camera setup
Running time 60 minutes
Original channel BBC One
Original run 12 January 1999 – Present
Related shows Casualty
External links
Official website

Holby City is a British medical drama television series that premiered on 12 January 1999 on BBC One. The series was created by Tony McHale and Mal Young as a spin-off from the established BBC medical drama Casualty. It is set in the same hospital as Casualty, Holby General, in the fictional city of Holby, and features occasional crossovers of characters and plots with both Casualty (in episodes broadcast as Casualty@Holby City) and the show's 2007 police procedural spin-off HolbyBlue. Holby City follows the lives of surgeons, nurses, other medical and ancillary staff and patients at the fictional Holby City Hospital. The show has a number of writers, including McHale, who became the series' executive producer in 2006. Holby City won the "Best Continuing Drama" award at the 2008 British Academy Television Awards.




The hospital set, at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood.

Holby City began on 12 January 1999, created by Tony McHale and Mal Young as a spin-off from the long-running BBC medical drama Casualty.[1] Series creator Mal Young explained of the show's conception as a Casualty spin-off: "Like most people I’ve often wondered what happens next to those patients who come in after accidents. Where do they go when you see them disappearing upstairs on a trolley at the end of an episode? As I thought about this, it struck me – why start afresh when you’ve got the basis of a series already? People have busy lives and if they already follow a number of soaps, they take to a new drama series when they make sense quickly. This could be a way of helping that to happen."[2] Holby City and Casualty are both set in Holby General hospital,[3] in the fictional county of Wyvern, in the south-west of England, close to the Welsh border.[4] The city exterior is represented by Bristol,[5] though Holby City is filmed at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire.[6]

Episodes of Holby City cost around £370,000 to produce. By way of comparison to other BBC dramas, EastEnders costs around £130,000 an episode to produce, Casualty costs £450,000 and Dalziel and Pascoe costs £700-800,000. Young has explained that high-volume, year-round productions such as EastEnders and Holby City have relatively low production costs, as set-up costs can be spread over many years and standing sets can be repeatedly re-used, which is not the case for shorter series or one-off dramas.[7]

The focus of the series has developed since its conception, expanding to cover extra wards, including a gynaecology ward, an acute assessment unit and a maternity ward.[8] When the maternity ward and a special care baby unit were introduced during the show's fourth series, Young explained: "Each series of Holby City has seen a huge increase in the number of episodes as it's been such a success. We had to add new characters/ wards, in order that we could rotate casts/sets. We now have two shoots filming at the same time."[2]


Holby City utilises a number of scriptwriters, who are found and scheduled by script development editor Simon Harper.[9] Harper receives around 20 speculative scripts a week, and also finds writers through the BBC Writers Academy, a course established in 2005 which guarantees its graduates the opportunity to work on prime time television. McHale teaches at the academy, and graduate Abi Bown went on to become a regular writer for Holby City.[10] Writers are also recruited through the BBC's Continuing Drama Shadow Scheme. Experienced applicants are given the opportunity to pitch two original guest-story ideas, which must reflect the ongoing serial storyline outlined in a story document. Writers with less experience are invited onto the Holby City shadow scheme, which allows them to spend a day on the show's set and spend several weeks with a story document, taking one strand of a real episode and creating a scene-by-scene treatment, adding an original guest storyline. After two drafts of this process, they then write 12-14 scenes from the treatment with guidance from Harper, before the development team decides who to commission. Not all writers who take part in the scheme go on to be commissioned.[11]

Harper believes that scripts which demonstrate synthesis between guest and serial storylines are "the spine of the show". He has stated that: "Good, cracking, intelligent, ballsy dialogue is a must," explaining: "It's about getting the characters voices because the characters drive these shows. It is a love for and investment in these characters and the consistency of those characters." Harper does not require that writers are necessarily familiar with the show, and would like to attract more female scriptwriters.[9]

To ensure accuracy in scriptwriting, the serial employs a team of four researchers to advise writers on nursing issues and health service politics.[8] One medical advisor was given a cameo role in the series as an orthopaedic surgeon,[12] and executive producer Richard Stokes has commented that another, a heart surgeon, has been known to leave open-heart surgery to advise Holby City writers over the telephone.[8] Stokes believes that the series' popularity stems from the fact the hospital setting presents numerous plotline opportunities, explaining: "You have licence to create life-and-death situations every week, something you cannot do in any other set piece. The interaction of the characters can be sexy and social issues also permeate the writing. But, basically, hospital drama is successful because the viewers will forgive all the yukky bits for the wonder of a life saved."[8]

In 2005, McHale was made the series' executive producer, becoming the first British writer ever to become the showrunner of a major prime-time drama.[13] His promotion was part of a bid by Controller of BBC Drama Production John Yorke to "put writers back at the heart of the process". Yorke called McHale's promotion "fantastic", explaining: "It means that for the first time you've got a writer running one of our big powerhouse BBC1 shows."[14]

Filming and on-screen output

While Casualty is filmed in Bristol, Holby City is filmed at Neptune House, at the BBC's Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire.[6] This building contains the sets for the show, the production offices for a number of BBC shows, and editing facilities for EastEnders. This Holby City building can often be seen in the distance during episodes of EastEnders, which is set in London.[15] Holby City is shot on videotape using the single-camera setup. Each episode of Holby City is shot approximately three months in advance of transmission on BBC One. When Holby City first began, episodes were shot much further in advance than they would be in later series. Whilst one episode is being shot, the cast are also shooting the next episode. This results in the completion of two episodes in two weeks.[16] Filming occurs from 8am until 6pm daily, 50 weeks a year.[8]

From July 2007 onwards, the show took on the filmizing technique, giving episodes the impression of having been shot on film. Series producer Diana Kyle said of the change: "We wanted to bring Holby City into the 21st century, and we've had a very positive response. But it can take time for long-term viewers to adjust, and there are a few who've found it difficult to get used to. I'm sure they'll grow to like it as much as we do, though!"[17]


The show's eleventh series saw musical montage or "songtage" segments become standard in each episode. Executive producer Tony McHale explained that he viewed the technique as a means of modernising or "dragging the show into the 21st century".[18] Although McHale initially considered commissioning original pieces for use in the series, budgetary constraints limited choices to pre-existing tracks. Music is generally selected by each episode's scriptwriter.[18] Although the prevalence of these musical montages has drawn comparisons to US medical dramas such as Grey's Anatomy who popularised the technique, McHale claims he was unaware of their use until Holby City had already adopted them.[18] With regards to the continued use of "songtages", McHale states: "We'll certainly go on doing it. It seems to work for everyone involved."[18]


Holby City premiered on 12 January 1999 on BBC One.[19] Eleven series of the show have since aired, and a twelfth began airing on 20 October 2009. The show's first series ran for nine episodes. The second and third series ran for 16 and 30 episodes respectively, with new episodes then airing on a weekly basis from the fourth series onwards. Series four to nine and eleven all ran for 52 episodes, while series ten ran for 53 episodes, including the stand-alone finale episode "Mad World", set outside the hospital.[20] Young explained of the increase in series length: "Longer runs allow you to develop really strong storylines for the regular characters. As long as you do volume with passion, it'll work."[2]

The show's first series aired as seven 50-minute episodes and two 59-minute episodes - with each episode remaining 59 minutes in length from this point onwards.[8] Originally, Holby City was broadcast on Tuesday nights at 8.10pm, until a switch to Thursdays at 8.00pm occurred for the second series, broadcast in the autumn of 1999. Halfway through the third series in 2001, Holby reverted back to its original Tuesday night slot, but now at 8.00pm. The show is occasionally broadcast on a different day dependent on BBC scheduling.[21] In 2007, the show temporarily moved to Thursday nights, allowing HolbyBlue to air in the 8 pm Tuesday timeslot.[22] In 2008, the BBC introduced a 7 pm repeat on Wednesdays on BBC Three.[23]

Characters and cast

A map of the hospital's internal layout.

Holby City follows the professional and personal lives of surgeons, doctors, nurses, other medical and ancillary staff and patients at Holby General. It features an ensemble cast of regular characters, and began with eleven main characters in its first series, all of whom have since left the show. The original cast encompassed Phyllis Logan and George Irving as consultants Muriel McKendrick and Anton Meyer, Michael French and Dawn McDaniel as registrars Nick Jordan and Kirstie Collins, Lisa Faulkner as senior house officer Victoria Merrick, Sarah Preston and Nicola Stephenson as ward sisters Karen Newburn and Julie Bradford, Angela Griffin as nurse practitioner Jasmine Hopkins, Ian Curtis as senior staff nurse Ray Sykes, Julie Saunders as theatre sister Ellie Sharpe and Luke Mably as ward clerk Paul Ripley.[24] New main characters have been both written in and out of the series since, with a core of 15 main actors employed on the serial at any given time.[8] As of the twelfth series, the main cast encompasses Amanda Mealing, Paul Bradley, Hugh Quarshie, Hari Dhillon and Duncan Pow as consultants Connie Beauchamp, Elliot Hope, Ric Griffin, Michael Spence and Linden Cullen, Luke Roberts and Rosie Marcel as registrars Joseph Byrne and Jac Naylor, Emma Catherwood and James Anderson as F1 doctors Penny and Oliver Valentine, Robert Powell as consultant nurse Mark Williams, Tina Hobley as clinical matron Chrissie Williams, Patsy Kensit and Rebecca Grant as ward sisters Faye Byrne and Daisha Anderson, and Jaye Jacobs and Phoebe Thomas as staff nurses Donna Jackson and Maria Kendall.[25] Grant, Kendall and Kensit are to depart the programme during the course of the current series.[26][27] [28]

In casting the first series of Holby City, Young selected actors who were already established names in the acting industry, primarily from a soap opera background, including French, Irving, Griffin, Faulkner and Stephenson. Young explained: "Soap actors are the best actors. There's been so much snobbery before. The whole thing about typecasting was probably invented by actors who couldn't get other work. From day one I knew I wanted to put on screen people that viewers want to watch. There’s no downside to that." This propensity for hiring established actors continued as the soap progressed, with Coronation Street actress Denise Welch cast as risk manager Pam McGrath, former Brookside actress Patricia Potter cast as registrar Diane Lloyd, Star Wars actor Denis Lawson cast as consultant Tom Campbell-Gore, and Family Affairs star Rocky Marshall cast as SHO Ed Keating.[29] Later roles were awarded to comedian Adrian Edmondson, former film actress Patsy Kensit, and Jesus of Nazareth star Robert Powell.[30] When Jane Asher was cast in the recurring role of Lady Byrne in 2007, Inside Soap magazine asked series producer Diane Kyle whether the production team intentionally sought out "well-known-names", or whether roles simply went to the actor best-suited for the part. Kyle responded: "It's lovely when we have a new member of the cast come in and bring an audience with them. But we want the best actors, and the star names we cast are always the best - which is why we go for them."[17]

Many cast members who play main characters have made previous appearances in Holby City and Casualty in minor roles. Amanda Mealing, who plays cardiothoracic consultant Connie Beauchamp, appeared as the mother of a paediatric patient in the show's fourth series.[31] Luke Roberts, who plays registrar Joseph Byrne, appeared as the son of a medical professor in Holby City's seventh series,[32] Stella Gonet, who played CEO Jayne Grayson, had a minor role as an anaesthetist in Casualty,[33] while Hari Dhillon, who plays general surgical consultant Michael Spence, previously appeared as a recurring anaesthetist in Holby City.[34] In some instances, actors have stated that it was their guest appearances which lead to their casting in more permanent roles. Roberts believes that his single scene in series seven was enough for him to be called in for the part of Joseph,[35] explaining: "I hear it got the attention of the producers. Amanda Mealing put a good word in for me that day as well."[36] Conversely, Dhillon dismissed his minor role as Dr Sunil Gupta as a part he took immediately after leaving drama school, unable to even recall the year of his appearance.[34]

Adaptations and other appearances

Casualty@Holby City

The entrance of Holby City hospital.

Reflecting Holby City's origins as a spin-off from Casualty and the closely-related premises of the two programmes, the BBC has screened occasional crossover mini-dramas entitled Casualty@Holby City, featuring a number of characters from each of the two casts.[37] Mervyn Watson, executive producer of Casualty, has commented on the origins of the idea to fully cross the two shows over for the first time: "I think the idea came from somebody in the comedy department, who casually said to the Controller of Drama 'Wouldn't it be a good idea if....' The Controller did think it was a good idea, spoke to myself and Holby's executive producer, got it commissioned by the Head of BBC One and the rest is history."[38]

Filming of Casualty@Holby City episodes is usually divided between Casualty's Bristol set, and Holby City's Elstree studios, although a large proportion of the Christmas 2005 crossover was also filmed on location in a road tunnel in Caernarfon, Wales.[39] The theme tune used for crossover episodes consists of a shortened version of both the Casualty and Holby City theme tunes, played over one another in sync, critizised by Daily Mirror for being "basically both theme tunes played at once."[40] Interviewed prior to broadcast of the Christmas 2005 crossover, Watson commented on the future of Casualty@Holby City: "We can't guarantee any crossovers for next year, but the audience likes them. And as long as the Controller of BBC One wants them, then we'll be happy to oblige."[41] In November 2007, Holby City producer Diana Kyle added: "We like to do crossovers whenever we can, but it's tricky because both Holby City and Casualty film for 52 weeks a year, so the actors on each show have to work flat-out on their own programmes. We are trying to create more opportunities where the two dramas can merge, though."[17] Another crossover aired in 2010, with Casualty producer Oliver Kent commenting that the production teams enjoy airing crossovers, and that the difficulty in producing them is "purely logistics".[42]


In April 2006, the BBC announced that a spin-off drama from the show, to be named HolbyBlue, was in early stages of production.[43] The series focuses on the police service of Holby South, and aired for the duration of its first series on BBC One on Tuesday nights, with Holby City switching back to its former Thursday night slot at 8:00pm. A two-part crossover episode with Holby City was developed for the beginning of the show's second series, broadcast in 2008. The crossover story concerned Jac Naylor, who was accused of murder.[44] The BBC's Controller of Continuing Drama Series, John Yorke, said of the crossover: "Loads of questions are asked in the Holby City episode that are answered in the HolbyBlue episode. That is exciting. It is something the Americans have done for years with shows like CSI and I really like it. You really believe it’s a world."[45] The crossover episodes were be co-written by Holby City creator Tony McHale, and HolbyBlue creator Tony Jordan.[44] On 6 August 2008, the BBC announced that HolbyBlue has been axed after two series.[46]

Other appearances

In October 2003, BBC One aired a "Kenyon Confronts" documentary by Panorama reporter Paul Kenyon, investigating hospitals run by the Private Finance Initiative. He discovered many problems within the hospitals, which were dramatised by the Holby City cast in specially commissioned scenes.[47] March 2004 saw the station air the documentary "Making It At Holby", as part of a BBC initiative to develop new acting talent. The documentary followed the casting process of Holby City and Casualty, from the audition stages to the filming of the selected actors' first scenes. Young explained his casting criteria, revealing: "I try to put my head into the head of a viewer and ask: do I want to spend three years in the life of this person?"[48] The 17 November 2006 Children in Need charity telethon included a segment featuring the Holby City cast performing a comical version of Hung Up by Madonna.[49] The 16 November 2007 Children in Need appeal again contained a musical performance from Holby City cast members. Sharon D Clarke, backed by Nadine Lewington, Rakie Ayola and Phoebe Thomas performed a soul version of Aretha Franklin's signature song, Respect.[50][51] On 28 June 2008, Holby City stars competed against their Casualty counterparts in a special charity edition of BBC Two game-show The Weakest Link.[52] Holby City and Casualty cast members united on 20 February 2010, performing a dance rendition of "Jai Ho" for Let's Dance for Sport Relief.[53]


Critical reception

Holby City has attracted comparisons to other medical dramas, often unfavourable. In November 2002, John Whiston, then head of drama at Granada, accused the BBC of producing "ersatz parodies" of ITV drama, commenting that: "With Holby City cloned out of Casualty, the BBC has even ended up copying itself."[54] Paul Hoggart of The Times has written that the differences between the two shows are "mild", calling Holby City: "Casualty's cute little sister".[55] Holby City has also been unfavourably compared with the American medical drama ER. Television producer Paul Abbott has commented that although he watches ER, he does not watch Holby City as: "it looks like you've crammed one hour's drama into 26 episodes."[56] In October 2009, former Holby City writer Peter Jukes wrote a critical piece for Prospect magazine, contrasting the show negatively with the standard of American television dramas.[57] Jukes wrote that Holby City has become a soap opera, rather than a drama, and deemed the episodes he worked on "the most dispiriting experiences in [his] 25 years as a dramatist."[58]

The show has been criticized for its lack of realism. Former nurse Vici Hoban commented in February 2004 that there existed three stereotypes with regards to nurses: "sex object, doctor's handmaiden, or angel". She felt that media portrayal had increased these misconceptions, observing that with "the syringe-toting serial killer Kelly in Holby City, realism has never been top of TV's agenda." However, Hoban felt that the worst offender at the time was the Channel 4 medical drama No Angels, which she described as: "so inaccurate that it makes Holby City look like a factual documentary."[59] No Angels creator Toby Whitehouse defended his series, stating that Holby City presents an unfair representation of nursing, deceiving viewers into believing that nursing "is a nice, clean job full of handsome doctors." Whitehouse observed that the content of Holby City is defined by the watershed, describing real nursing work in contrast as "very post-watershed".[60]

Holby City has also been accused of medical inaccuracies. The British Medical Association denounced a January 2004 episode of the serial which portrayed organ donation being carried out despite withdrawal of consent by the patient's relatives. Dr. Michael Wilks, chairman of the Medical Ethics Committee stated: "This simply would not happen, but its portrayal, even in a drama, is totally irresponsible and risks causing huge damage to the already struggling transplant programme."[61] The British Medical Association later opined that the show was giving viewers an unrealistic impression of resuscitation by typically presenting only two outcomes, death or total recovery. Andrew Thomson, a Dundee GP, deemed this "a terrible distortion of the truth."[62] In a follow-up story for The Times, Vivienne Parry highlighted the fact that in reality, less than half of patients who require resuscitation survive the initial catastrophe and only a third of those live to leave hospital.[63]

In December 2003, The Times' Libby Purves wrote a critical opinion piece, observing that Holby City's medical staff are often depicted getting drunk in clubs, but afterwards are able to function properly at work, and that as a result, alcohol "is made to look innocent".[64] In October 2004, Canon Kenyon Wright, chair of Alcohol Focus Scotland, criticised an episode of Holby City which saw doctors downing tequila slammers, stating that it glamorised irresponsible drinking.[65] Similarly, in October 2007, drinks' industry body the Portman Group made an official complaint to communications regulator Ofcom about a scene in Holby City which depicted two medics drinking five shots of tequila following a stressful day at work. The body's chief executive David Poley claimed that in failing to show the negative consequences of this action, the series was presenting a "highly irresponsible portrayal of excessive and rapid drinking".[66] Ofcom received a total of eight complaints about the incident.[67]

In November 2009, Antony Sumara, CEO of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Hospital Trust, wrote a column criticizing Holby City for misrepresenting real hospital life.[68] Tom Sutcliffe of The Independent reviewed a December 2009 episode poorly, finding it "astonishing" that any patients leave Holby General alive, as the staff are "so busy looking stricken or lovelorn at each other". Sutcliffe criticised the themes of "bedside relationship counselling" and "intercollegiate rivalry", and commented: "Anyone in search of a comedy masterclass should watch, but, you know, I don't think this is meant to be a spoof either."[69] Janet Street-Porter, also of The Independent, opined a month later that Holby City had "come to the end of [its] natural life" and should be cancelled.[70]


In October 2000, Dr John Ryan, an Accident & Emergency consultant at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton criticised the number of patients visiting the department for minor ailments without first contacting their GP. Ryan attributed this phenomenon to patients viewing Holby City and American medical drama ER, and falsely perceiving hospitals as glamorous.[71]

In 2008, Conservative Party strategists identified four archetypes based on TV programmes to help the party target swing voters. Alongside "Top Gear man", "Apprentice generation" and "Grand Designs couple", they identified "Holby City worker", a middle-ranking health service employee.[72] The following year, strategists identified "Holby City woman" as a key voter demographic who may help the party win the 2010 General Election.[73] The "Holby City woman" is a female voter in her 30s or 40s, employed in a clinical or clerical position or some other public sector job.[74] She is a swing voter in General Elections,[75] who has voted for the Labour Party in previous elections, though her identification with the Labour Party is not strong.[76] The "Holby City woman" archetype is modelled on the character of Faye Morton (Patsy Kensit).[75]

In January 2009, Jill Berry, president of the Girls' Schools Association and head teacher at the Dame Alice Harpur School in Bedford, attributed medical dramas such as Holby City as an inspiring force in increasing numbers of female students deciding to pursue careers in medicine. Berry explained: "The girls see that as an exciting and dynamic way of life. They see it as making a difference to people's lives. It gives them a sense sometimes of the pressures, responsibility and adrenaline. Such TV programmes can be good, as long as they give a realistic impression."[77]

Awards and nominations

Holby City has been nominated for five British Academy Television Awards, winning one. The series won "Best Continuing Drama" in 2008. It was nominated in the same category in 2004, 2005 and 2006, and in 2003 director Minkie Spiro was nominated for the "New Director Fiction" award for her work on the series.[78] Sean De Sparengo and Richard Gort were nominated for the "Best Graphic Design - Titles" award at the 2000 Royal Television Society Awards for their contribution to the series.[79] Actress Amanda Mealing was nominated "Most Popular Newcomer" at the 2005 National Television Awards for her role as Connie Beauchamp,[79] and Art Malik won the "Best Television Actor" award at the 2004 EMMA awards for his role as Zubin Khan.[80] Nirpal Singh Dhaliwal of The Times criticised Malik's award, opining that: "A show such as Holby City doesn't merit any recognition."[81]


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From Wikiquote

Holby City (1999–present) is a medical drama television serial broadcast on BBC One in the United Kingdom. It follows the lives of surgeons, nurses, other medical and ancillary staff, and patients at the fictional Holby City hospital. The show is currently executive produced by Tony McHale, who co-created Holby City and has been a writer with the series since the first episode.


Series 5

...As The Day Is Long [5.26]

Diane: Where's my patient?
Jess: Bay Four.
Alex: And mine?
Jess: Bay Four.
Alex: Are our patients in bed together?

Series 6

In At The Deep End [6.35]

Connie: Unless Tom Campbell-Gore is wearing my skirt and heels, I'm in charge here.

Addressing an ungrateful patient.
Connie: Have you any idea what it took to save your life today? Three surgeons, two anaesthetists, not to mention the nurses, porters, theatre staff. It probably cost about £35,000 to put you back on your feet. And I ruined a perfectly good shirt.

Series 7

It's Kinda Rock 'n' Roll [7.27]

Gossiping about Connie.
Lisa: Her husband's just been made chairman of the board.
Donna: Husband? I thought they just plugged her into the mains at the end of each day.

Rat Race [7.37]

Discussing the odd behaviour of lab technician Reg.
Loftwood: Evolved somewhere under the elevated section of the M25, apparently...

Series 8

Prometheus Unbound [8.09]

Ric: Dean, I think I might have found a new rotation for you.
Dean: What department?
Ric: Telephony.

Invasion [8.34]

Abra: I'm your new Diane!

Addressing Nick.
Abra: You have all the charm of a salt encrusted slug.

Extreme Measures [8.37]

Kyla: You haven't got a twelve year old to look after twenty-four seven.
Donna: No, I'm not that stupid, am I?

Just Another Day [8.48]

Flirting with Kyla by means of bad jokes.
Abra: Okay, so, this surgeon goes into a pub with a slab of tarmac under his arm, and says “Beer please, and one for the road.” …’Cause he’s got a bit of road.

Abra: So…a Consultant, a Registrar, an SHO and a Scotsman go into a pub. And the barman says -
Kyla: - What is this, some kinda joke?
Abra: Ta da. Well that’s it, you’ve heard both my jokes now…So you’ll have to tell me one.
Kyla: Um. Well there was this surgeon, and there was this nurse.
Abra: And the surgeon, he’s, um, bit of an idiot, tells really bad jokes?
Kyla: They are pretty bad, yeah.
Abra: But the nurse…is really beautiful?
Kyla: I dunno about that.
Abra: Oh, I think so. What’s the punch line?
Kyla: There isn’t one… Yet.

Series 9

Fly Me To The Moon [9.3]

Joseph: I'm dying for a bacon butty.
Elliot: You? A bacon butty?
Joseph: Yes, I do take the silver spoon out of my mouth once in a while to enjoy a good fry up.

It's Been A Long Day [9.07]

Abra: I did an operation I shouldn’t have. I destroyed the notes…now I need to find some notes so that Clifford thinks everything was above board.
Kyla: What?
Abra: If I’m caught that’s me finished, no two ways about it, I’ll be struck off. Sued, jailed…probably a stint in the stocks as well.
Kyla: You killed someone?
Abra: Apparently worse. You know Pete Golding, we admitted this morning?
Kyla: Mm.
Abra: I gave him a pig’s kidney. To, ah, keep him alive and off dialysis.
Kyla: You did what?
Abra: You wanted to know.
Kyla: Are you insane? A pig’s kidney? A pig’s kidney, that’s -
Abra: - I had no alternative.
Kyla: How about NOT giving him a pig’s kidney?

Face Value [9.15]

Speaking to Diane.
Dan: There are five things I admire in a doctor. Colaboration, courage, skill, integrity and an hour glass figure. Four out of five's not bad!

Playing a slightly inebriated game of mini-golf while discussing song lyrics.
Diane: Really really really wanna zig-a-zig....ahhhh.
Dan: Now that's what I call girl power!

What Lies Beneath [9.23]

Watching Matt from a distance.
Dan: The last person I saw standing like that was Julian Clary.
Maddy: He’s not gay!
Dan: Has he made a pass at you?
Maddy: No.
Dan: I rest my case.
Maddy: You are such an ass sometimes.
Dan: Fifty quid says he is.
Maddy: Done.
Dan: Okay, now you’ve got to prove it.
Maddy: He’s not gay, I know he’s not!
Dan: You’ve slept with him you tart! I wanna see pictures of this.
Maddy: Of course I haven’t.
Dan: Oh don’t be so offended, you Sam Strachan girl you.
Maddy: What if I got a third female party to verify he’d made a pass at them? Would that do?
Dan: Okay, but I still wanna see pictures!

Bedlam [9.24]

Discussing Joseph's questioning by the police.
Sam: Come on Faye, dish the dirt...
Faye: What about?
Sam: Squeaky clean Joseph Byrne being beaten with rubber hoses as we speak!

For Whom The Bell Tolls [9.27]

Discussing Diane's dislike of Jac.
Dan: You two ever thought about mud wrestling?
Diane: Why is it she thinks she's got Lord Byrne wrapped around her little finger?
Dan: They're having wild sex when we're not looking.
Diane: Actually, they were getting on terribly well after the tele-surgery at the hotel.
Dan: No, he's 70 odd. I think a spell to put lead back in pencils is beyond even Miss Naylor.
Diane: Oh, I dunno, she's such a witch.
Dan: You think Lord Byrne would stoop that low?
Diane: Maybe not.
Dan: Listen, ah, Friday morning, I, ah, got a golf tournament, you couldn't cover me could you?
Diane: What's my reward?
Dan: Wild. Unlimited. Sex.
Diane: Shakes her head.
Dan: With me, not with Lord Byrne.
Diane: Still no.

The Q Word [9.41]

Watching Lord Byrne and Jac.
Lady Byrne: They make a lovely couple don’t they?
Joseph Byrne: How long have you known?

Elliot Hope: Boredom is God’s gift to the over-stimulated.

Abra Durant: The punter…or do you prefer client?
Jayne Grayson: I prefer patient.

Lord Byrne: Apparently my ulcer also disapproves of divorce.

The Jayne Grason is 'snooping around'.
Abra Durant': You don’t see the knife till there’s blood on the floor
Kyla Tyson: Don’t you think that’s just a little bit paranoid.

About the busy ward, which had been quiet until Thandie said so.
Abra Durant: The Q word. Today of all days someone had to say the Q word.

Sees Jac Naylor kiss Lord Byrne
Dan Clifford: Oh my God…this place is never dull.

Dan Clifford: [to Joseph Byrne about Jac] Remind me: did you dump her or did she dump you…oh that was below the belt wasn’t it? … Everyone knows she dumped you!

Dan Clifford: [referring to Lord Byrne and his heart] Too much rumpy not enough pumpy.

During Lord Byrne’s operation
Dan Clifford: One point to us
Joseph Byrne: There’s the rupture there and there
Dan Clifford: Oh...two points to God. [fixes hole] …the equalizer.

Friends Reunited [9.47]

Connie: Are you disputing my diagnosis Mr Strachen?
Sam: Of course not.
Connie:Because in my humble, professional opinion, that's a dead body.

Elderly relative has just died.
Relative1: You mean she's dead?
Faye: We had to move the body but you can see her when you're ready.
Relative1: Yes...
Relative2: Don't.
Relative1: Yes...Yes...
Relative2: Stop it!
Relative1: Oh come on Lorna, don't pretend you aren't relieved.
Relative2: Not here.
Relative1: Why not? What's she gonna do? The old bat has finally pegged it. YES!
Relative2: To Faye and Sam You must think we're evil...
Relative1: Well I don't know about you, but I'm cracking open the champagne.
Relative1: Sorry...
Sam:'s OK.
Relative1: Ding dong the witch is dead!
Relative1: Darren!...shhh...
Faye: Somehow I don't think they'll be pushing for a malpractice suit!

Series 10

TKO [10.32]

Sam: So, you've knocked Faye up you dirty old dog.
Joseph]: What? No's a patient.
Sam: Come off it Joey boy.
Joseph: Alright it's Faye.

Sam: It's a kid not the antichrist.

Love You' [10.36]

Carl: From now on I own you. Now GIVE.

Jac: How much? How much did you give her Joseph?
Joseph: Five thousand. I made it out to cash.
Jac: You gave him a cheque? You idiot.
Joseph: What?

Doctors Dilemma [10.37]

Faye: What if our presence upsets her?
Joseph: Why did you tamper with the brakes?

Ric: You get into bed with Connie Beachump, you pay the price. Look at Sam.
Michael: Yeah but you and me ain't as dumb as Sam. Look all I'm saying is lets just do this one op with her, I'm not getting naked with her.
Donna: Who's getting naked with who?
Ric: Donna, we're changing.
Donna: I'm a nurse. Look Sam I need to find Mr Byrne urgently.
Sam: Have you tried Darwin..where he works?
Michael: Can we do anything to help?
Donna: No, you guys are my butlers, he said he'd be my auctioneer only now he's vanished.
Sam: I...don't think I agreed to be your butler.
Ric: I definitely didn't.
Donna: Well you guys got the email right?
Michael: What did I forget to RSVP?

Joseph: Mr Drummond..acute chest longs this been going on for?
Mr Drummond: Not sure.
Joseph: You don't know how long you've been in pain?

Michael: Look, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, me, Eric, you..
Connie: Yeah, mind boggles.

Jayne: Great. Now I'm going to burn in hell And feel depressed.

New Lands, New Beginnings [10.38]

Dr Rose: If he does start rambling on about waking up during the operation, just tell him it's a common experience.
Daisha: He woke up!?
Dr Rose: Well, reflex actions.
Daisha: But he actually woke up!?
Dr Rose: Alright, keep it under your hat.
Daisha: Who the hell was the anaethatist?!
Dr Rose: Me. It was a reflex action!
Daisha: Mr Rose what's wrong with your eyebrows?

Joseph: I'm sure Faye will be alright, she's a bit like a cat. Multiple lives.

Linden: Joseph's inability with modern technology dragged me deeper in.

Daisha: Mr Byrne, I need you to talk to Mr Preistly.
Joseph: What about?
Daisha: His eyebrows.

Mr Priestly: So your saying it never happened?
Joseph: *most unconvincing expression and tone ever*......Yeah..

Joseph: We'll need to call at Amber cottage, it's on Westly Way, for my passport...and phone charger.

Linden: I didn't know if it was just his driving, but he was really beginning to annoy me.

Joseph: You got any change? Small notes.

Joseph: Terrible drivers in Capetown.
Linden: I'll drive on the way back, you nearly killed us three times.
Joseph: None of those were my fault.
Linden: Jumping a red light is kind of your fault.

Joseph: Your right, I've become a doubting Thomas and that's not a nice trait.

Joseph: Faye made me watch a film the other night, I'm not sure if you've heard of it. Die hard.

Linden: Suddenly I had John McLane as a partner.

Linden: She married a gay guy?
Joseph: Perhaps she didn't know at the time.
Linden: Perhaps he didn't know.

Joseph: I think we should get out of here.
Linden: Hang on, you're the one who climbed the gate and wrestled with the rottwielers.

Joseph: Yes your right. What's he say? Hippy kyak? Obviously a reference to canoeing for some reason.

Linden: I take it you know the murder rate is ten times more than Harlem here.
Joseph: I didn't. I'm so pleased you chose this moment to inform me.

Joseph: Look I promise you the height won't kill you...wheras the hoodlums might.

Lucas: I didn't know he was disabled.
Faye: You never asked!

Linden: Joseph this isn't a good idea, they shoot people here.

Joseph: My father gave me that....well we never did get along.

Joseph: So yes...I have trust issues.

Change of heart' [10.39]

Connie: News travels fast....bad news travels faster.

Jac: I thought I was doing the right thing.
Joseph: Oh, really? Would that be the stalking or the snooping.

Jac: We were close, once.
Joseph: Please don't remind me.

Joseph: If there is no other hypothetical surgeon available I suppose I will hypothetically operate.

Maddy: Look he's not going to be doing the Viennese waltz. Have you seen rent?!?!? Stupid question...

Jac: Please don't tell me I was lucky.
Elliot: No, you were flipping lucky!

Jac: I've had plently of time to lie here and think about myself. About myself as a grade A bitch.
Joseph: That would be grade A scheming bitch.

Mark: You don't want friends do you? You don't even really want colleagues, you'd be happy spending the day with a bunch of robots.
Linden: It'd suit me fine. No talk. No mistakes.

Joseph: She said she was sorry...and I think she meant it.

Linden: The patient didn't survive the operation.
Maddy: Why?
Linden: I've absolutely no idea.

Jac has a pneumonthorax, and is seriously ill.
Jac: How much trouble am I in?
Joeseph: No trouble at all.
Jac: Elliot.
Elliot: He's right.
Jac: Tell me the truth.
Joeseph: No, the truth is you're going to be fine.
Elliot: So shut up and let me concentrate.
Jac: Some bedside manner.

To Jac after her motorcycle crash.
Elliot: Have you ever thought of buying yourself a nice litte run-a-round?
Jac: You should have seen the bike I almost bought.

Series 11

Locked Away [11x24]

[two theatre staff collapse suddenly]
Joseph: What on Earth is going on?

Marianne: I spent last Autumn working in Nepal.
Jac: Believe it or not, now is not the time for photos.
Marianne: Ah, stay with me it will make sense. Climber’s Field Hospital.
Joseph: Ah, so you climb.
Marianne: Ah, some. With Nick. Anyway, the point is there was a husband and wife team from Dehli running the place. Orthopods. Absoulutely solid in theatre. Knew each other inside out.
Jac: And?
Joseph [at the same time]: Why ...
Marrianne: Watching you guys reminded me a little.

[Dr. Greene is suffering from the contamination, Donna enters the room.]
Greene: Thought you were on Kellar?
Donna: I am, but I’m on a break, so I’ve got nothing better to do.
Greene: Bit of drama? Are you drawn to it? Or is it a recce so you can go and report back to the other nurses?
Donna: What is it with you? I come here, I try and be friendly. I show a bit of concern...
Greene: Right, well, if you’re looking for sympathy you’ve come to the wrong place.
Donna: No, I was just looking out for you.

Marianne: Nick will be here for me. Picking me up. He hates waiting.
Jac: Well, treat them mean, keep them keen.
Joseph: There you have it. Jac’s attitude to life in a nutshell. [awkard pause]. So Nepal, huh. Is that where you and Nick met? I would have thought it was through here.
Jac: Trying to keep our morale up are we? That old Blitz spirit.

[About the patient who is being operated on needing more anaesthetic]
Joseph: He’s about to get up and leave!

[Jac gives Joseph, who is semi-conscious, an injection]
Joseph [sarcastically]: You gonna put me down?

Jac: So do you remember Madame Butterfly?
Joseph: If my entire life is going to flash before my eyes, it’s just the edited highlight.
Jac: I hated it. You know that, Opera. I really hated it.
Joseph: You should have just said.
Jac: Well, uncharacteristically, I didn’t want to hurt your feelings. We hadn’t been together very long.

Joseph: You looked like someone else. No actually, you looked like You. Like you should look.

Unidentified episodes

Joseph: still spreading peace and love wherever you go I see.
Jac: Was I talking to you?

Jac: I bet you think it’s really funny making me out to be an imbecile in front of Jayne Grayson.
Donna: Oh I think you did that all by yourself.
Jac: You set me up.
Donna: Yeah? Well what about the mysterious disappearing CT scan, not to mention the dead battery in Mike's bleeper.
Jac: Oh so it's Mike now.
Donna: Yeah, he's a mate of mine. Do you know what they are?
Jac: Very disappointed in you Donna(turns around and starts to walk off)
Joseph: Ah Miss Naylor, and how was your day?
Jac: Get stuffed.

Medical student: Grovel
Jac: It's not in my nature
Medical student: It's good for the soul
Jac: I don't have one

Connie: You can either have me, Doctor Death, or no-one.

Zubin: For the first time ever, the NHS has more managers than beds. Did you know that?
Helen Grant: Your point?
Zubin: I've got a rather revolutionary idea. You can take it to your next Trust meeting if you like. Get the managers down on all-fours, throw blankets over them - and hey presto!
Ric: To Helen Grant. People management. Not really your forté, is it?

Mark: The drinks are on me.
Chrissie: Who do you think you are? The Milky Bar Kid?

Connie: Do you get altitude sickness?
Will: What?
Connie: From your moral high ground.

Rosie: I'm 40. There's something I'm missing. Oh, yeah, a baby. Pass me the yellow pages.

Carrying out an operation that Connie has specifically ordered them not to carry out.
Will: We need to get through this as quickly as possible - every minute on the table is putting an extra strain on her heart.
Mubbs: It's not something I can rush. If I deliver too much fluid or too quickly it may cause the placenta to detach.
Will: It's Connie detaching my testicles that I'm concerned about.

Zubin: Mrs Beauchamp, I have to admit that you have the leadership skills of an eight-year-old with a Kalashnikov.

Lola: As my grandma used to say, "If you look for a peck of trouble, don't gripe when you find a bushel."
Ric: [sarcastically] As ever, your grandma's wisdom astounds me.

Lola: As Grandma used to say, "All mouth and no trousers makes Jack a dull boy".
Ric: Is it possible your grandma was a little confused?

Reading patients' comment cards in the family-planning clinic.
Mickie: [smirking] We've got some really good comments.
Donna: "I never knew you could get free condoms here. Now I won't have to re-use my old ones." How gross is that?


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