BBC One’s Holby and Casualty are set in the same building but recent events suggest something very odd is going on with time at Holby General.
If you’ve not seen Saturday’s Casualty or Tuesday’s Holby stop reading now…
In the real world BBC One’s Casualty is moving from Bristol to Cardiff, home of Doctor Who, Being Human and (sometimes), Torchwood.
Saturday’s episode was the first of a two-parter which saw a fire break out in the basement of the Emergency Department.
Presumably in the real world this enables the set to be rebuilt in Cardiff without anyone needing to worry if it matches the version in Bristol.
When the story continues this Saturday the fire will clearly still be burning – obviously the two episodes take place on the same day.
But where or, more appropriately, when did tonight’s Holby take place?
No-one mentioned the fire ravaging the building just a few floors below, no alarms sounded and at one point Chrissie was walking through the same basement which erupted in flames on Saturday.
Which means the episode took place either side of the fire.
But if it was set after, the normally gossipy staff of Keller Ward were being unusually circumspect. So we can be reasonably certain this week’s Holby takes place before last week’s Casualty.
And that’s just plain weird.
Of course, dimensional oddities are nothing new to Holby General, its wards and ED occupy the same building yet have always been 100+ miles apart.
Even when the same petrol tanker set both alight.
Perhaps it’s just as well Casualty is moving closer to The Doctor!
PS: Though I’m being slightly mocking, this compilation of clips shows just why Casualty remains one of the BBC’s true gems: