The BDB Collective and their allies condemn the hospital drama Holby City’s use of the lesbian death trope despite earlier backlash, and the calculated harm caused to an audience particularly at risk of mental health vulnerabilities. We ask that the producers of the show engage with the fans and provide an explanation as to why it was thought necessary to feature this damaging story arc, especially since the character of Bernie Wolfe (played by Jemma Redgrave) had been written out in December 2018.
(This article contains spoilers for the first four books of the Cazalet Chronicles by Elizabeth Jane Howard.) These past six months, I’ve been reading the Cazalet Chronicles by Elizabeth Jane Howard. It began as a way to get closer to Berena without watching Holby City after the emotional turmoil of December – Catherine Russell plays […]
(Guest post by Viv Pointon) A year has passed. Twelve months since Bernie promised to wait for Serena “for eternity”, since that amazing scene in ‘Primum Non Nocere’. So, it was fitting this week that Radio Diva addressed the controversy that has followed the December episodes when Berena was shipwrecked. What did we learn? That […]
For anyone who’s been under a rock of late, this week’s episode of Holby City featured the return of Ben ‘Lofty’ Chiltern, the floppy-haired husband of Dominic Copeland. You remember, they got married the day that Bernie found out that Serena had shagged Leah in the on-call room the week before. During his brief absence, […]
Guest post by Kelly aka @inchhigh1971 I think it is safe to say I have been a bit late to the realisation of the true extent of hurt and the impact to the LGBT audience of the Berena storyline ending in Holby City back in December. We all mostly accept it was not the ending […]
When I first heard that HBO was promoting Sally Wainwright’s version of the Anne Lister diaries in a series, I approached the news with trepidation. The last experience that I had with Sally Wainwright was The Last Tango in Halifax. I waited weekly for each installment. Planned my Sundays around it. The writing, directing, and […]