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Holby City .. 11 December 2018

Although I went into this episode knowing the outcome for Lofty and Dom (David Ames), I had no idea how they would get there and was on the edge of my seat as they navigated the choppy waters. Wise words from Robyn (Amanda Henderson, in a cross-over from Casualty) to Lofty and from all and sundry to Dom, helped them along the way and finally I got my birthday treat of a happy ending.

It was a well-written, well-paced episode, with multiple plot strands interwoven, and much fine work on display from the whole cast. We said farewell to Bernie (Jemma Redgrave) in a bittersweet ending to her romance with Serena (Catherine Russell). We saw both Jason (Jules Robertson) and Greta (Zoe Croft) and Lofty and Dom marry in a double ceremony and we heard Lofty sing... Only You to his new husband! Lee mentioned this in one of the Q&A's on his tour earlier in the year and I now understand his comment that it was Lofty who sings, not him. His voice was as beautiful as ever, but the phrasing, the expression, just wasn't Lee... I wonder how difficult it was for him to dial back his natural performance to that extent.

Synopsis: Love is in the air at Holby, but can Serena and Bernie overcome their issues? Meanwhile, when Jason and Greta's plans are thrown into chaos, Jason enlists Xavier's help. A despondent Dom realises he must fight for his relationship, but will a grand gesture be enough to win Lofty back? When Mo pushes Nicky to reach her full potential, Nicky feels the pressure and questions if she's up to the challenge.

There's a behind the scenes HolbyCam video and many photos taken during filming on the BBC Holby City's Instagram page. The full episode can be viewed on BBC iPlayer until 10 January 2019 while below, with my apologies to those of the cast who have hit the cutting room floor, is the Dofty edit. Screencaps will very likely follow...

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Published: 22/11/2018; last updated: 11/12/2018
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