Yesterday morning I woke up to a Twitter storm. Since December 2018, that’s been par for the course—someone associated with Holby City makes an ill-judged comment and the fandom rises up. This time, however, it was different. DIVA, the British magazine dedicated to LBT culture, seemed to be somehow involved
By Fronia Rose Knott (@beforedesire) Content warning: mention of suicidal thoughts I have debated a long time about what to write about this topic. It’s something that has profoundly affected me, and I haven’t had the easiest time articulating why it’s been so difficult. I applaud all of the women
The Berena story, once a symbol of hope and positivity, turned toxic in a matter of minutes. But significant players in Holby City insisted that it was the fandom, instead, that had got it wrong, that it was in fact a mature and considered ending that we were unable to
Another edition of Conversations with Hogi, looking back on the whole Berena fiasco and featuring some difficult questions about where to go from here. [Please be aware, this is an emotional and difficult conversation.]
I first came across Berena while searching Youtube for something else. A compilation of Berena scenes from the (then recent) ‘Primum Non Nocere’ episodes came up in the results. I was already a fan of Jemma Redgrave, and knew of Catherine Russell, and I watched because I was curious. Forty-five
After almost two months of sustained protests and complaints, there is finally indication that the BBC may be listening. On 12 February 2019, I had emailed Tim Davie, CEO of the BBC, a copy of our open letter with its nearly 300 signatures. Today, 18 February, I received this response:
Today we met with Dr Georgina Turner at BBC Elstree as she attempted in vain to deliver a signed Open Letter to Simon Harper and Kate Oates, executive producer and senior executive producer of Holby City.
BBC policy on mail handling does not prevent mail being hand delivered to the gate – and advice on handling protests suggests a BBC security representative makes themselves available to hear grievances. Read the full post by Georgina Turner here