Former Holby City star slams bosses for 'shameful' axing of soap after 22 years on BBC

FORMER Holby City star Pearl Chanda has slammed bosses for the 'shameful' axing of soap after 22 years on BBC.

The actress has spoken out on the decision to end the long-running soap on which she made her debut TV appearance.

Last month Beeb bosses confirmed the much-loved medical drama would be cancelled after 23 years on screen.

Pearl, 26, who starred as Imogen Parker, in an episode of the show back in 2013 told "I think to some extent the BBC is doing some amazing work at the moment, bringing amazing TV shows like Normal People.

"And, I May Destroy You, which I was in, I think they are doing some really interesting stuff."

Pearl took on the role of Nilufer in Michaela Coel's highly acclaimed 2020 series I May Destroy You.

But Pearl, who has also starred in McDonald And Dodds, Endeavour, Marionette, War of the Worlds, and Motherland, went on to voice her opinion on the importance of soaps.


She added: "I’m a real lover of soaps and I think that kind of television really helps to bring audiences together.

"They can explore things through those shows in a really interesting way because the audiences are so large.

"I think it is a real shame that any show like that is cut short."

A petition begging the BBC not to cancel Holby City has already racked up over 40,000 signatures.

Final episodes of the soap will air in March 2022.

The much-loved show, created as a spin-off from BBC's Casualty by Tony McHale and Mal Young, premiered in 1999.

It became a huge hit with fans as it followed the drama of the staff who work in Holby City Hospital.

In a press release published at the time of the announcement, the BBC stated: "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."

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