EastEnders viewers were upset during Wednesday’s episode (July, 20) as eagle-eyed fans recognised the old Holby City set used for hospital scenes involving Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden) and Kheerat Panesar (Jaz Singh Deol).
Holby City was axed back in March and fans are still hurt by the shock news, so seeing it pop up in EastEnders was a shock reminder for some.
During the episode, Kheerat went with Ben to the sexual health clinic to get Ben’s HIV test results, despite his refusal.
As the pair sat in the waiting room, a traumatised Ben fled after seeing a poster about male rape.
Ben was dreading the results and was in despair as Kheerat tried to reassure him and it seems Kheerat’s encouraging words worked their magic as Ben reluctantly went in for the test.
He was relieved to find out that the test was all clear, but things took a turn for the worse when Ben later took some drugs and started fighting at Peggy’s while Kheerat was drinking with Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner).
Kheerat came to the rescue once again and took him back to his house, much to the dismay of his mum, Suki (Balvinder Sopal).
Kheerat was determined to help Ben, despite him violently lashing out, but his guilt soon ate him alive and Ben admitted to killing Jags Panesar (Amar Adatia).
Despite the intense scenes unfolding, sharp-eyed fans were distracted by the fact that they had appeared to use the Holby City set…
I’m 99% sure this is the old Holby City set #EastEnders https://t.co/7zpeB26bSzJuly 20, 2022
Holby lives on in the form of Walford GeneralJuly 20, 2022
Random question... The Walford Sexual Health clinic looks remarkably like the old Holby set or is it me? #EastEndersJuly 20, 2022
However, some fans were more annoyed by it as it was a stark reminder of the loss of the once much-loved soap...
Just catching up with yesterday's #EastEnders and the fact they've used the old #Holby set has annoyed me more than it should 🙈 Jac should be walking down that corridor not Ben & Kheerat 😭July 21, 2022
this has deeply upset me https://t.co/ohWObSBw2zJuly 21, 2022
I wish I could unsee this https://t.co/IIheE6PPxHJuly 21, 2022
im in deep deep pain https://t.co/G4OhH7iarkJuly 21, 2022
Although there has been no confirmation on whether they actually used the Holby City set, we wouldn't be surprised if they did as EastEnders is filmed right next door to the buildings that once belonged to Holby City.
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