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Holby City .. 24 April 2018
Lee Mead as Ben 'Lofty' Chiltern in Holby City - Apr 2018 S20-E17 : THE WAY WE WERE

I love seeing Lee in panto, so I'm never going to grumble too much when his Christmas filming break takes him off screen for several weeks in the Spring, but it is SO good to have him back.

This week, David Ames was also on the cast list, and with a preview headlined "Dominic's romantic bliss is shattered when he's confronted by a ghost from the past", it was clear that his and Lofty's relationship had moved on somewhat since we last saw them together. Not plain sailing just yet though... that's not Holby's style!

The official trailer and various press spoilers including this from What's On TV, ramped up anticipation still further and the episode when it arrived did not disappoint. Good writing, well directed, beautifully acted - this relationship has had one of the most realistic development arcs I can recall in Holby-land and I very much hope it continues in similar vain, weaving a thread of continuity through other storylines involving both Lofty and Dom.

Synopsis: Dominic fears his relationship with Lofty is already doomed when a series of bad omens send him spiralling into self-loathing, shutting everyone out. Can Dominic finally let go of the past and accept his friends' love? Meanwhile, an old flame shows up on Frieda's doorstep, wounded, and she is forced to choose between helping him or saving a desperate patient. What - and who - will Frieda risk for the love of her life? And Sacha can't help but feel inadequate when Hanssen returns to Keller to work under him.

The full episode can be viewed on BBC iPlayer until 24 May 2018 while below, with my apologies to those of the cast who have hit the cutting room floor, is the Lofty and Dom edit. And there are screencaps too!

Check out the Timeline's HOLBY & CASUALTY INDEX for all the latest Meady Holby news and episode info.

Published: 12/04/2018; last updated: 24/04/2018
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