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Holby City .. 19 November 2019
Lee Mead as Nurse 'Lofty' Chiltern on Holby City S21-E47 : WE ARE ALL THE STARS

I doubt many people managed to avoid the spoilers and go into this episode without knowing what was to come, but even knowing the tragic outcome in advance, events unfolded very naturally - a tribute to both the writing and the superb acting of all involved.

From Helen's declaration to a gently unreceptive Lofty to their heartbreaking goodbye to their stillborn son, from Dom's isolation and helplessness to his taking Lofty's hand at episode end, from Donna's support to them both to the calm presence of Serena and Fleur - this cast handled the maelstrom of emotions beautifully, no histrionics, their eyes and their bodies telling the story as clearly as their words.

Synopsis: When a brave Helen admits her true feelings, Lofty gently lets her down but paints a beautiful picture of what their future will look like, but neither is prepared for a tragic event which tears their world apart. A troubled Elliot tries to rally support for Jac ahead of Darwin's Mortality and Morbidity review, but with Jac out of sorts today are the cards already stacked against her? When an acquaintance from Xavier's past is admitted to Holby and prickles his conscience, it causes Xavier to evaluate his working relationship with Donna.

The full episode can be viewed on BBC iPlayer until 18 November 2020 while below, with my apologies to those of the cast who have hit the cutting room floor, is the Dofty edit.

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Published: 29/10/2019; last updated: 19/11/2019
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