Lorraine Kelly: ITV host blasts BBC’s ‘daft decision’ to axe medical drama Holby City

Lorraine Kelly: ITV host blasts BBC’s ‘daft decision’ to axe medical drama Holby City


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Presenter of her self-titled ITV show Lorraine Kelly, 61, has taken to Twitter to brand the cancellation of popular soap Holby City a “daft decision”. The TV personality previously said that the broadcaster’s decision to axe the show “makes no sense at all”, as she commiserated with both the cast and loyal fans over the BBC’s decision to take the hospital soap off air next year.

I will miss #HolbyCity – daft decision

Lorraine Kelly

In view of her 646,400 followers this morning, the star applauded a detailed article explaining why the show shouldn’t be cancelled.

Lorraine wrote: “Well worth a read. I will miss #HolbyCity – daft decision.”

The star went to to say that the show’s demise is “such a shame”, adding that it has “so many stories still to tell”.

Devoted fans of the show also commented, revealing that they too were disheartened by it’s cancellation.

One wrote: “Feeling sad about it too, will miss it too madam!”

As another commented: “Please don’t cancel.”

The Scottish star previously said that the move to cancel the show made “no sense at all” in a response to cast member David Ames.

The actor, who plays Dominic Copeland in the medical drama, took to Twitter to say he was “overwhelmed” by the blow.

He wrote: “Today has been overwhelming to say the least but I have been so moved by all your comments.

“I’m incredibly proud of our show & what it stands for. The inclusivity, the representation, the physical & mental health issues raised & all between.

“It has heart. And that’s rare,” he finished the post.

Commiserating with the star, Lorraine replied: “Very sad news David – and makes no sense at all.”


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On June 2 the BBC announced that the medical drama will be taken off air next year.

An exact finale date is yet to be announced but the broadcaster has confirmed the last series of the medical drama will air in March 2022.

After news broke that Holby City was going to be cancelled after 23 years on the air, the BBC received numerous complaints from fans.

They took to social media to express their disappointment over the cancellation of the BBC show which first aired in 1999.

Consequently, the BBC revealed they received a number of complaints from viewers unhappy with the announcement..

Many fans of the show have been using the hashtag #SAVEHolbyCity to draw attention to the popularity of the medical show, in the hope that the BBC may reverse their decision.

A statement from the BBC announcing the end of the show read: “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.”

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