Casualty star Di Botcher says she fears BBC medical drama will be axed like Holby City

Casualty star Di Botcher says she fears the BBC medical drama will be axed like its sister show Holby City.

The spin-off came to a dramatic conclusion last month after 23 years on the national broadcaster, leaving the cast and crew devastated.

The actress who plays paramedic Jan Jenning said the shock removal left stars worried about their future as there were “no guarantees on TV”.

Worrying times: In an interview with The Daily Star Sunday, Casualty star Di Botcher says she fears the BBC medical drama will be axed like its sister show Holby City

Talk to The Sunday of the Daily Stars she said, “Everything has a beginning, a middle and an end.

“So we think we’re lucky to still be here. We feel this every day of the week.

‘Nothing is guaranteed on television. Every time I get a phone call from a producer, I think, ‘Oh, what’s going on here?’ I’m very happy to still be hooked.

The BBC announced it would drop the show last year as it pursues its push to appear further north, sparking a furious backlash among fans.

Worry: Casualty stars fear series will be axed, just like Holby City

Worry: Casualty stars fear series will be axed, just like Holby City

Di added: “All of us at Casualty were all very, very sad when we heard about the end of Holby City.

“We know a lot of the cast because there have been a number of crossovers over the years. We were very sad for them.

Since the announcement, it has emerged the show’s stars planned to sue the BBC after the broadcaster pulled the soap opera without warning, according to a new report.

‘Many feel betrayed’: Holby City stars are reportedly set to sue the BBC after the broadcasting giant pulled the soap ‘without warning’ (pictured Angela Griffin)

Many actors reportedly said they felt “betrayed” because they thought the soap opera would run for years and give them “career security and development.”

A TV insider said The sun: “It’s the way it ended that seems to have irritated people. Many feel betrayed.

“At no time were they told that Holby would be removed or they would have considered other job offers.

Tense: Holby City's shock ax reportedly left Casualty stars worried about their future (pictured: character Marty Kirkby played by actor Shaheen Jafargholi)

Tense: Holby City’s shock ax reportedly left Casualty stars worried about their future (pictured: character Marty Kirkby played by actor Shaheen Jafargholi)

“They thought they had security and career development. The feeling was that the show – a favorite for 23 years – fell apart with little regard for people being laid off.

According to the publication, bosses emailed the cast and crew, hinting that they might be enjoying a “well-deserved break,” which “didn’t go well” as the cast been left “unemployed” and “worried about feeding their families”. .’

The insider added that those willing to sue felt like they had given up a “safer job” to move on to a show that looked like it could last “23 more years.”

The long-running medical drama had been filmed at the company’s London Elstree studios for the past two decades.

But the program was left at odds with the BBC’s ‘Across the UK’ plan to move TV shows and staff out of London to kill the idea of ​​a so-called ‘southern bias’.

With three major soap operas set in the south – the others being Eastenders and Casualty – Holby City was seen as the easiest to cut, as Casualty’s Cardiff base helped meet the diversity directive.

Instead, Holby City’s production costs will be used to fund two replacement soaps over the next three years; one set in the north of England and another in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

But the announcement infuriated the soap’s dedicated fans, calling the decision “short-sighted” and warning that the various cast and storylines were going to be lost.

The BBC said in a statement: “We are incredibly proud of Holby City. But it is with great sadness that we announce that after 23 years, the series will end on screen in March next year.

“We sometimes have to make difficult decisions to make room for new opportunities and as part of the BBC’s commitment to creating more programs across the UK.

“We have made the difficult decision to end the show in order to reshape the BBC drama slate to better reflect, represent and serve all parts of the country.

Test time: The cast of Casualty would worry about the series being axed as if it were a spin-off show (Pictured: Cast characters Robyn Miller played by Amanda Henderson and Stevie Nash played by Elinor Lawless)

Test time: The cast of Casualty would worry about the series being axed as if it were a spin-off show (Pictured: Cast characters Robyn Miller played by Amanda Henderson and Stevie Nash played by Elinor Lawless)

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank the incredible team at BBC Studios and all the cast and crew who have been on the show since 1999.

“Holby has been a loyal following, delighting millions of viewers each week and winning hundreds of awards with a compelling mix of cutting-edge medical stories and explosive personal stories.”

The BBC insisted it would ensure the program ran “in style”.

They added: “We look forward to working with the team over the next few months to ensure that in the end, Holby comes out with a bang.”

Fury: The BBC announced it would be scrapping Holby City last year as it pursues its drive to appear further north, sparking a furious backlash among fans

Fury: The BBC announced it would be scrapping Holby City last year as it pursues its drive to appear further north, sparking a furious backlash among fans