The latest episode of Holby City marked the beginning of the end for the BBC One medical drama as staff were seen fighting to save the hospital just months before the series is set to be canned.
Fans watched as devastated staff fought to stop all specialist surgical wards being relocated to a single site at St James’ Hospital, with tense scenes showing surgeon Jac Naylor pleading to halt the move.
The problems only grew for the beleaguered staff as Jac suffered a setback during the important meeting when she collapsed and was rushed into surgery with brain tumour complications.
After delivering a passionate defence of the hospital, Hanssen managed to achieve a three month stay of execution, lining up the deadline with the show’s anticipated end in March.
Fans took to Twitter to share their feelings on the storyline as the show approaches the end of its 23-year-run.
“It really is the beginning of the end,” commented one user.
A second agreed: “Another three months? Aww… I just realised that Holby City is literally going out in real-time. Please #SaveHolbyCity! There are so few shows like this now and quite frankly, we need them.”
“Can't get over the writing the Holby staff are literally trying to save Holby,” added a third
While a fourth said: “I see from tonight's Holby City they are setting up the ending, rumours of surgery being moved to St James and other things. I just love it so much. So sad to see it go.”
The BBC medical drama will be flatlining shortly after its 24th birthday, causing mass devastation to its fans – who have desperately been trying to keep it afloat ever since the news broke.
A statement from the BBC last year, 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.”
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