Lee Mead .. Timeline
Timeline  |  Calendar  |  Site created by: Ro  | |  Lee Mead Timeline on Instagram
Holby City .. 26 November 2019
Lee Mead as Nurse 'Lofty' Chiltern on Holby City S21-E48 : BLURRING THE LINES

I'm left with mixed feelings after tonight's episode. The tough storyline of Lofty (Lee Mead) and Helen's (Verity Marshall) stillborn son continued, with his funeral taking place off screen, and all involved hit the right emotional notes in telling it. But I'm increasingly disheartened by the way Lofty is being written ... the character mostly now a device to create drama for Dom (David Ames), with exploration of his own story limited to its impacts on Dom. I don't dispute those impacts, but would prefer a more even-handed portrayal of the relationship.

Rumours are circulating that Lee is leaving Holby (or, given how far in advance they film, that he has in fact already left) and if he has, I think it's probably the right time. Reading the spoilers for the next few episodes, it's hard to see where they can take Lofty from here.

Synopsis: Kian is desperate to deliver the surgery that Bea desires. But stressed Jac won't play ball. How much will Kian sacrifice to give Bea what she wants? Will he end up losing it all? Dom and Lofty are too busy putting others first and not dealing with their own problems. Is their relationship strong enough to survive these tough times? Donna distracts herself by focussing on returning patient Cherie Grimes. But when fun-loving Cherie goes missing, will Donna be brave enough to convince them both to face their fears?

The full episode can be viewed on BBC iPlayer until 25 November 2020 while below, with my apologies to those of the cast who have hit the cutting room floor, is the Dofty edit. There are a few screencaps too.

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

Published: 01/11/2019; last updated 26/11/2019
Previous Episode  |   Timeline  |   Top  |   Next Episode