Devastated Holby City fans petition to keep the popular BBC drama on-air

Devastated Holby City fans petition to keep the popular BBC drama on-air

06/02/2021

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An online petition to keep Holby City on air is already gaining momentum following news that the soap will end in March 2022.

Fans of the hit show, which has aired for more than two decades, were left devastated by the BBC's shock announcement on Wednesday morning.

Within hours of the corporation's controversial decision being revealed, a user by the name of Mr Holby launched a "Don't scrap Holby City" petition page.

They wrote: "The BBC have announced that they are scrapping Holby City after 23 years.

"Holby City has millions of weekly viewers and has won hundreds of awards. It is also one of the most diverse dramas on the BBC – bringing stories of real people across society, from all backgrounds and experiences.

"The show has raised awareness about so many issues of value to the public – whether that's mental health, bereavement, exploring faith or sexuality.

"The pandemic has shown how highly the public value the NHS, and Holby City is an important representation of the work that the NHS does, and the issues the NHS and its staff and patients face.

"Sign this petition to urge the BBC not to scrap Holby City," they concluded.

Those who signed the petition also made their thoughts known, with one person writing: "I've watched Holby since the beginning. It's brilliant. The BBC have made a very bad decision. It's so popular, why end it?"

Another said: "I have watched Holby since the first day it was broadcast through all the different wards and am very sorry that I will have nothing to look forward to every week."

Announcing the decision to axe Holby City, a BBC statement 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."

The series first hit our screens on 12 January 1999, as a spin-off to Casualty.

Over the years, many successful actors have donned their hospital uniforms on the show, including Jeremy Edwards, Angela Griffin and Ade Edmondson.

After leaving Eastenders, actor Davood Ghadami recently announced he was joining Holby City.

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