BBC is pulling the plug on its staple medical drama Holby City. According to the British network, the series will conclude in March 2022, ending its run after 23 years on the air.
In an official statement, the broadcaster said that the decision to cancel Holby City is part of BBC’s efforts to reshape their drama slate “to better reflect, represent and serve all parts of the country.”
“We look forward to working with the team over the coming months to ensure that when it ends, Holby goes out on a high,” BBC added.
Holby City first aired in 1999 as a spinoff of another BBC’s medical drama, Casualty. Since then, more than 1,000 episodes have aired, with the series receiving several hundred award nominations. It won 16 awards during its run, including a BAFTA for Best Continuing Drama in 2008.
Holby City is also known for giving a chance to emerging directors and screenwriters and helping some of the UK’s brightest acting talents to land their first acting gigs. Black Panther star Letitia Wright started her career by appearing in two episodes on the show. Joe Cole (Peaky Blinders) and Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) also have Holby City among their earliest jobs in the industry.