Holby City was due to air at 8pm this evening, with the likes of Jac Naylor (Rosie Marcel) and Ric Griffin (Hugh Quarshie) dealing with the aftermath of the events surrounding the crossover event with the emergency department on Casualty.
However, following the result of the Prime Minister’s Brexit vote this evening, which saw Theresa May’s deal rejected by MPs by a vote of 391 to 242, the show was cancelled to make way for EastEnders.
The BBC soap was pushed back for a news special programme airing in the aftermath of Parliament’s decision, and although it wouldn’t take up the whole hour, the broadcaster decided to pull the medical drama from the schedule.
Fans of the show were not happy with the news and quickly took to Twitter to express their dismay at the decision to cancel it.
One viewer posted: “Would it not be better all round if they canceled #Brexit instead of #HolbyCity?”
Another added: “Seriously, @BBCHolbyCity is cancelled tonight because there’s a Brexit vote. It’s the final straw. I’m so over this ish. #brexit #HolbyCity.”
Whilst a third commented: “@BBCOne so you took @BBCHolbyCity off our screens & postponed it till next week as you decide to put Brexit on tv! Brexit isn’t even replacing #HolbyCity it’s replacing #Eastenders so why not take @bbceastenders off instead seen as though it’s on more Times than Holby is!”
A fourth opined: “Can’t believe #HolbyCity has been bumped because of frigging #Brexit. As if we haven’t heard enough about that s**t!”
Continuing the outpour of disappointment, a fifth remarked: “I’m so p****d off was looking forward to holby city tonight and to cancel it 2 hrs before the show how dare you ahhhhh #HolbyCity.”
Referring to Casualty also not airing this Saturday, a sixth exclaimed: “I was really looking forward to #HolbyCity tonight because there’s no #casualty on Saturday.”
However, fans will be treated to a double dose of Holby drama next week as the BBC drama airs not once, but twice on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The announcement was made via the Holby City official Twitter page, reading: “BREAKING NEWS! Tonight’s #HolbyCity is postponed due to – ahem – breaking #BrexitVote news. DOUBLE TREAT next week with two Holby episodes – Tues AND Weds See you then!”
Last time viewers saw the Holby City team, lives were in peril as the hospital was hit by a sinister cyber attack, plunging the wards into darkness.
At one point, it seemed regular Sacha Levy (Bob Barrett) could succumb to his injuries after a near-fatal car crash with his daughter Bekka Levy (Francesca Barrett) and Ric’s granddaughter Darla Griffin (Naomi Katiyo) in tow.
However, friend and surgeon Jac managed to save the day with the help of her nemesis Connie Beauchamp (Amanda Mealing) who was also tying to save the life of paramedic Iain Dean (Michael Stevenson).
Both managed to pull through the emergency surgery, but they will face huge challenges as they begin the road to recovery.
Life in Holby City won’t be slowing down for Ric who discovered his 14-year-old granddaughter Darla was pregnant following the car crash.
However, will Ric support young Darla as she is set to tell her family, who follow the Jehovah Witness faith, she is expecting a child?
Following the dramatic fallout to the special crossover event, a teaser trailer for what’s to come on the BBC medical drama in the coming weeks revealed a familiar face will be returning to the fold.
Dom Copeland (David Ames) will be left reeling when he comes face to face with his former lover and abuser Isaac Mayfield (Marc Elliot). But what does the villain want?
Holy City continues Tuesday at 8pm on BBC One.