HolbyBlue returns with some new faces as well as topical, emotive and edgy storylines in an extended series of 12 episodes that follow the everyday heroes from Holby South Station.
The new series kicks off with an intriguing investigation for DI John Keenan (Cal MacAninch) and DS Luke French (Richard Harrington); a murder at Holby City General initially looks to be quite a simple affair as the hospital’s well respected registrar, Jac Naylor (Rosie Marcel), is accused of stabbing a man whilst on duty and her colleagues aren’t falling over themselves to help prove her innocence.
The evidence is stacked against the head-strong doctor and following a humiliating arrest at the hospital she is subjected to a series of gruelling questions at Holby South Station in a storyline that spans both dramas – the first time HolbyBlue has crossed paths with its sister show.
Series creator, Tony Jordan says: ‘It’s a really interesting experiment for us to have such an integrated storyline across both shows. Two of our officers go to the hospital to arrest one of HOLBY CITY’s most popular characters and then the Holby South CID give her a good grilling!
‘Fans of HOLBY CITY will only know what happens to Jac if they watch HolbyBlue and they’ll see a very different side to her; John Keenan and Luke French manage to unearth a vulnerable and lost soul which is hidden deep beneath Jac’s usually rock hard exterior.’
Jac is adamant about her innocence yet finds it increasingly difficult to prove as witness statements detail how she threatened the victim; a man who attacked her last year, and her prints are all over the weapon but she is insistent that she wasn’t the one who stabbed him.
New to this extended series is young and charismatic DCI Scott Vaughan (Oliver Milburn) who is drafted in to replace disgraced DCI Harry Hutchinson who was arrested at his own retirement party on corruption charges. John is relieved to be rescued from the mountain of paperwork he’s had to deal with whilst he’s been filling in as acting DCI but his trust in his superiors has been severely bruised and Scott has to prove his worth to his well worn DI.
Scott is quick to make his presence felt at that station by ingratiating himself with his new colleagues but one of the team is rather familiar; the previous evening he had been flirting with a beautiful stranger at a police event who, unbeknownst to him, was John’s wife Kate (Zoe Lucker)!
Inspector Jenny Black (Kacey Ainsworth) is still in charge of uniform including PC’s Robert Clifton (Kieran O’Brien), Lucy Slater (Elaine Glover), Kelly Cooper (Chloe Howman), Neil Parker (Jimmy Akingbola) and William Jackson (Joe Jacobs). But the tragic death of one of the officers sends shockwaves through the team..