Holby City is due to take another extended break after next week’s episode.
The BBC medical drama will air one more instalment — on August, 11 — before going off air for an extended period of time.
It will return to screens later in the year to finish out airing the pre-lockdown episodes.
Holby was among several of the nation’s biggest serial dramas that were forced to halt production amid the Covid-19 pandemic back in March.
In an attempt to keep the soap on air, episodes have been rationed out here and there, with several extended breaks implemented to ensure it remained on-screen.
Production resumed last week, with a special coronavirus episode being the first to be filmed.
The episode will see Max McGerry (Jo Martin) — the eponymous hospital’s CEO — struggle to keep in control, as well as struggling to keep her staff safe as coronavirus takes hold.
However, it’s not just the pandemic that Max is having to fight, as Ric Griffin (Hugh Quarshie) goes head to head with her as a result of recent events — and it comes to light that he’s lost all trust in her.
Naturally, the task at hand proves to be bigger than anyone could have imagined, and it begins to take its toll on not only Max but the entire Holby City staff.
Kate Oates, Head of Continuing Drama at BBC Studios said: ‘It’s with great pleasure that we open the doors at Elstree to welcome back the exceptional cast and crew of Holby City.
‘We have some gripping stories to tell as we explore how the lives of our characters have been irrevocably changed since the start of the pandemic – and how our heroes battle against the odds, come what may.’
New episodes will air later this year, and will have a shorter running time of 40 minutes.
Holby City continues Tuesday, August 11 at 8pm on BBC One.
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