BBC reveals Holby City will be replaced by new northern soap after shock cancellation

HOLBY City will be replaced by a new northern soap – the BBC has revealed.

The medical drama was sensationally axed today after 23 years.

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Announcing the cancellation, BBC bosses revealed the Tuesday night stalwart was being killed off to make way for more drama offering from around the country.

The statement 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."

In March it was revealed that BBC bosses were planning to launch “two new network long-running dramas” in documents outlining the next six years of the corporation.

The report promised to reallocate funds so that a brand new programme – just like Beeb series EastEnders and Casualty – would come out of the North of England.

That means it could rival ITV soap Coronation Street and Emmerdale, depending on where in the UK it is filmed.

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They also say a second series would come from one of the nations – Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

A BBC source said at the time: “We're still working through the exact detail but we expect it to be a long running show.

“That could mean anything from a weekly programme, to 30 episodes a year, but that’s all to be worked out.”

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