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Holby City .. 17 April 2018
Lee Mead as Ben 'Lofty' Chiltern in Holby City - Apr 2018 S20-E16 : NEW AIN'T ALL IT'S CRACKED UP TO BE

After a long four-week gap, Lee was back tonight, as was Lofty's Gran, Sheilagh (the delightful Wanda Ventham), whose recovery was a thread running throughout the episode.

With no sign of David Ames, however, on the Dofty front we had to content ourselves with Lofty's reference to "my partner" and any on screen developments will have to wait until next week (which looks like a must see ep!) There was more Lofty than I expected though - and it's good to see more from him than the eternal slow-burn of his relationship with Dom (though I love that too). And I do enjoy him in surgical scrubs - gives his wonderful acting eyebrows their chance to shine!

Synopsis: Frieda forces new trainee Nicky to question what kind of doctor she wants to be. Meena puts her friendship with Nicky on the line when a chance to impress Gaskell arises. Serena tests Xavier's mettle, putting him in charge of Sheilagh's recovery.

The full episode can be viewed on BBC iPlayer until 17 May 2018 while below, with my apologies to those of the cast who have hit the cutting room floor, is the Lofty (and Sheilagh!) edit. And there are screencaps too!

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Published: 05/04/2018; last updated: 18/04/2018
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