Hospital drama Holby City is to be dropped after 23 years as shocked fans shared their heartbreak at the decision on social media.
The BBC released a statement to say the popular medical drama will disappear from our screens for good, from next March, explaining that it was a “difficult decision” to make.
Actor Joe McFadden tweeted: “Such sad news about the end of #HolbyCity- it kept so many people in work for so long. My thoughts are with friends in the cast and crew.”
One fan of the show tweeted: “I try and defend the @BBC and then it makes bloody stupid decisions like this. Why the heck would you axe a very popular programme like #HolbyCity?! It just makes no sense whatsoever.”
Another fan said: “WWHHHHYYYYY?????? Holby city is like the highlight off the week. Absolutely gutted and upset. The BBC have made a huge mistake doing this.”
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The drama series about the staff and patients at Holby City Hospital, charting the ups and downs of their personal and professional lives, has been a permanent fixture of TV schedules for the past 23 years, reports OK!
The BBC released a statement that read: “We are incredibly proud of Holby City but it’s with great sadness that we are announcing that after 23 years, the show will end on screen in March of next year.
“We sometimes have to make difficult decisions to make room for new opportunities and as part of the BBC’s commitment to make more programmes across the UK, we have taken the difficult decision to bring the show to a close in order to reshape the BBC’s drama slate to better reflect, represent and serve all parts of the country.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank the amazing team at BBC Studios and all the cast and crew who have been involved in the show since 1999.
“Holby has been a stalwart with audiences, delighting millions of viewers each week and winning hundreds of awards with a compelling mix of cutting edge medical stories and explosive personal stories.
“We look forward to working with the team over the coming months to ensure that when it ends, Holby goes out on a high,” the statement concluded.
After the shocking news, fans took to Twitter to share their heartbreak over the cancellation of the series.
And Metro has reported that fans are not ready to say goodbye to the drama and have already launched a petition to save it.