On 18 March2020, the BBC announced that all filming for BBC Studios continuing dramas, including Holby City, had been postponed until further notice due to the spread of COVID-19. On 9 April, it was announced that the series would be going on an extended break, with the last episode airing on 14 April. The show returned on 2 June, however, the show is set to go on a further extended break from 11 August, and this is set to be longer than the first break, the show will return towards the end of 2020.
Jac and Kian return to work, but can they support each other and conquer their demons? Demoted and back in the trenches, Serena must find a role for herself. And will Sacha's efforts to help with Essie's home life only push her into Ben's arms for good?
With Jason's job in jeopardy, can Serena afford to put her neck on the line for her nephew? Tracey McKendrick brings trouble to Holby. How far will Nicky go to protect her mum? And can Essie trust boyfriend Ben enough to share the secret of baby Isla’s illegal adoption?
It’s the day of Sacha's groundbreaking transplant operation. As he is still overcoming a bereavement, Max wonders whether Sacha is fit to carry out the procedure. Meanwhile, Nicky’s woes escalate when Max finds out that she’s been moonlighting, and Donna has stars in her eyes when she meets a patient who happens to be a casting director.
It’s the morning after the night before, but will Cameron and Chloe reconcile? A familiar face waltzes back into Holby and ruffles a few feathers, and when Jac’s plans with Emma fall through, a colourful character comes to the rescue.
Max finds herself in a desolate place after receiving distressing news, but following her fallout with Ric has she lost her closest confidante? Jac and Kian must decide who will be Darwin’s next clinical lead, but neither is quite ready to make the call.
Max is feeling nervous at the thought of seeing her daughter again after years of estrangement. ED nurse David Hide joins the Darwin crew for the day, but Jac deems him not worthy. Essie waits for her routine cancer check-up, while Sacha encourages her to bury the hatchet with Dom.
Essie puts on a brave face, but the effects of chemo start to take a toll. Guy has a lot to prove as he faces a challenging case on his first day on AAU, and Jac tries to keep things professional with Kian on the ward, but he has other ideas.
As things with Jac heat up, Kian is thrown off balance when a patient causes painful memories to resurface. Tensions run high as Louis adjusts to life in his mum’s hospital, and Guy tries to make amends for last week. Fletch puts his foot in it when he receives an unwanted gift.
Cameron is gutted when his performance review doesn’t go to plan, and Nicky’s attempts to find a life-saving treatment for Brenda put her at odds with Jac. While staff fuss over Fletch as he recovers from surgery, Essie may know something that will change life on Keller forever.
Nicky wakes up in hospital to find her overbearing mother interfering in both her work and personal life. She takes the opportunity to reassess her priorities. Fletch and Essie befriend a cancer patient, but the relationship forces all three of them to confront some ugly truths about what the future holds.
Ric suspects Guy has fallen off the wagon and sets out to stop him working at Holby, once and for all. Kian returns to Darwin Ward, determined to make amends with Jac. But when forgiveness doesn't come easy, Kian goes into self-destruct – with almost fatal consequences.
Ric clashes with Max when his determination to destroy Guy puts his health at risk. Distressed by Frankie’s disappearance, Essie’s suspicions are raised when Sacha avoids the subject. Chloe struggles to keep things professional when her dating life spills onto the ward.