Holby City's Maria Kendall is offered surgery that could save her from paralysis - or kill her! Here, Phoebe Thomas talks about Maria's difficult decision... Holby City nurse Maria Kendall is devastated to learn she may be paralysed following her car accident. In Tuesday's episode, Ric tells Maria there's an operation that could help her walk again - but it has a 50 per cent chance of survival. Facing a bleak future, Maria is forced to make the agonising decision of whether or not to have an operation that could kill her. "It's quite a selfish decision because she really does have to think of herself because potentially she could be leaving her best friend and her family and everyone behind," says Phoebe Thomas, who plays her. Phoebe has enjoyed getting her teeth into such a major storyline - but admits that playing a patient has its downsides. "I just realised that these guest artists that come in and play patients literally lie down all day," she says. "You think that's great, but actually it's really hard work doing these incredibly emotional and dramatic scenes but without being able to move because you're paralysed." Find out what Phoebe decides on Holby City on Tuesday September 29 at 8pm on BBC1. CLICK below to watch an interview with Holby City's Phoebe Thomas
Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix.
An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.
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