- 23 Seasons
Holby City is a long running medical drama produced by the BBC in the U.K. that has included over 500 shows in its run of more than ten seasons. The show was conceived and written as a direct spin off from another of the BBC's successful medical drama's Casualty; throughout the run of both show's crossover episodes carry stories from the Casualty show to Holby City in episodes billed as Casualty @ Holby City. The location of the drama is the fictional Holby General Hospital that acts as the location for both Casualty and Holby City. Although the critical reception of Holby City was not as strong as that of Casualty the show has been successful with audiences in the U.K. Created by head writer Tony McHale and producer Mal Young Holby City was designed to continue the stories of patients and hospital staff in the fictional Holby General Hospital after they left the emergency room featured in Casualty. The characters featured in the show have generally limited to between ten and fifteen actors in an ensemble cast. Unlike its close relative, Casualty the decision to base Holby City in the general wards of the hospital allows recurring characters of patients to remain in the show for a number of episodes. During the many seasons of the show guest stars have appeared playing patients who remain in the show allowing themes surrounding life and death medical decisions to be played out over a longer period of time. Holby City has proved successful because it also takes a look into the personal lives of the staff of Holby City. Just as in a real hospital the members of staff appearing in the show are constantly changing, with none of the original eleven characters frm season one remaining in the show by the fourteenth season. The hour long series of episodes have featured actors from both the U.K. and U.S.; amongst the guest stars featured in Holby City are Starsky & Hutch actor David Soul and Ron Moody.