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Holby City's David Ames reveals the cast weren't told about the shows axe ahead of final episode


Holby City fans were left devastated when it was revealed the show had been axed after 23 years. 

Now David Ames – who plays Dominic Copeland in the Casualty spin-off – has revealed not even the cast were aware the show was coming to an end before the announcement was made. 

Speaking on Tuesday’s episode of Lorraine, the actor, 38 admitted he had ‘absolutely no idea’ the series was coming to an end. 

End of an Era: David Ames,38, who plays Dominic Copeland in the Casualty spin-off, has revealed the actors had 'absolutely no idea' the series was coming to an end

End of an Era: David Ames,38, who plays Dominic Copeland in the Casualty spin-off, has revealed the actors had ‘absolutely no idea’ the series was coming to an end

When asked on if the cast got a ‘feeling’ it was going to happen, the actor – who joined the soap in 2013 – said: ‘We had absolutely no idea. Absolutely none.

‘I remember I had a brief text chat with Russell T Davies about this, and he said, “Normally you hear a little rumbling somewhere. Somebody will know something.” No one knew a thing. It was just one of those things.’

Show host Lorraine Kelly admitted the Holby’s axing ‘doesn’t make any sense whatsoever’, but she suggested the show could be re-run from the beginning after the final episode.    

Shock: When asked on if the cast got a 'feeling' it was going to happen, the actor said: 'We had absolutely no idea. Absolutely none (pictured in character)

Shock: When asked on if the cast got a ‘feeling’ it was going to happen, the actor said: ‘We had absolutely no idea. Absolutely none (pictured in character)

Sad: Show host Lorraine Kelly admitted the Holby's axing 'doesn't make any sense whatsoever', but she suggested the show could be re-run from the beginning after the final episode

Sad: Show host Lorraine Kelly admitted the Holby’s axing ‘doesn’t make any sense whatsoever’, but she suggested the show could be re-run from the beginning after the final episode

David also revealed Tuesday night’s final episode will be a ‘massive tribute’ to the NHS, saying: ‘Loose ends will be tied, stories will be rounded off nicely.

‘What we can look forward to is a really heartfelt… just a massive tribute to what it’s about, which is the NHS and what they do for us.’ 

Since he finished filming the medical drama, David has been starring in play Steve in the West End, but he has also set his sights on TV presenting.

Thank you: David admitted Tuesday night's final episode will be a "massive tribute" to the NHS: "Loose ends will be tied, stories will be rounded off nicely

Thank you: David admitted Tuesday night’s final episode will be a ‘massive tribute’ to the NHS: ‘Loose ends will be tied, stories will be rounded off nicely

Your job please: Since he finished filming the medical drama, David has been starring in play 'Steve' in the West End, but he has also set his sights on TV presenting

Your job please: Since he finished filming the medical drama, David has been starring in play ‘Steve’ in the West End, but he has also set his sights on TV presenting

When asked by Lorraine if he has ever thought about presenting, he said: ‘I have absolutely thought about things like that.

‘I’m friends with Gok [Wan] and Richard Arnold, and I admire what they do massively. And you, but the whole live thing kind of scares me.’

David also admitted it would be ‘a dream’ to take part in Strictly Come Dancing, but he has ‘two left feet’. 

Dancing shoes?  David also admitted it would be "a dream" to take part in 'Strictly Come Dancing', but he has "two left feet"

Dancing shoes?  David also admitted it would be ‘a dream’ to take part in ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, but he has ‘two left feet’

This revelation comes after David’s co-star Jaye Jacobs revealed the extent of her despair as the ‘most diverse show on terrestrial TV’ coming to an end.  

The actress, 39, who joined the medical soap as Donna Jackson in 2004, has revealed she had always been a fan and watched the show ‘for the black and brown faces’.

Jaye, who left the show between 2011 and 2017 to star in Waterloo Road, told The Mirror: ‘Holby changed my life’.

Tragic: This revelation comes after David's co-star Jaye Jacobs revealed the extent of her despair as the 'most diverse show on terrestrial TV' coming to an end

Tragic: This revelation comes after David’s co-star Jaye Jacobs revealed the extent of her despair as the ‘most diverse show on terrestrial TV’ coming to an end

‘My agent called me, and he said, ‘Where are you? Because you will remember this moment.’ Holby was massive then. It was the most diverse show on terrestrial TV.

‘That’s why I watched it, because there were so many black and brown faces in it. It was brilliant in every way.’

Jaye’s character enjoyed her own set of scandals, including sleeping with her friend Mickie Hendrie [Kelly Adams], an affair with Michael Spence [Hari Dhillon] and taking cocaine with Mark Williams [Robert Powell].

Talented: Jaye, who left the show between 2011 and 2017 to star in Waterloo Road, said: 'Holby changed my life (pictured in-character)

Talented: Jaye, who left the show between 2011 and 2017 to star in Waterloo Road, said: ‘Holby changed my life (pictured in-character)

Meanwhile Rosie Marcel, who has played Jac Naylor for 16 years, confessed she would ‘love to be the next Ann Widdecombe’ on Strictly. 

She claimed that she will ‘absolutely stay in contact’ with her co-stars, adding that she ‘thought she would be playing Jac for the rest of her life’.

The BBC announced it would scrap Holby City last year as it continues its drive to appear more northern, sparking a furious backlash among fans.

Weeping: Meanwhile Rosie Marcel, who has played Jac Naylor for 16 years, confessed she would 'love to be the next Ann Widdecombe' on Strictly (pictured in 2019)

Weeping: Meanwhile Rosie Marcel, who has played Jac Naylor for 16 years, confessed she would ‘love to be the next Ann Widdecombe’ on Strictly (pictured in 2019)

The long-running medical drama has been filmed at the corporation’s London Elstree Studios for the last 22 years.   

‘I find the BBC axing Holby City so they can have a soap in the north ridiculously misguided,’ wrote one fan.

They added that the north of England already has three of the country’s biggest soaps with Hollyoaks, set in Chester, Coronation Street in Manchester, and Emmerdale in Yorkshire.

They added: ‘To make out that representation is part of the decision when you are now leaving only one soap in the south is so hypocritical.’

Tobias Oliver added that Holby City already has big diversity credentials ‘championing the NHS, a show that had a history of strong roles for LGBT and BAME actors and could reflect all corners of the UK through challenging storylines.’

The final episode of Holby City airs on BBC One at 7.50pm 

Fury: The BBC announced it would scrap Holby City last year as it continues its drive to appear more northern, sparking a furious backlash among fans

Fury: The BBC announced it would scrap Holby City last year as it continues its drive to appear more northern, sparking a furious backlash among fans

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