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Why isn’t Holby City on tonight? When will it return?

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Holby City unfortunately isn't on in its usual Tuesday night slot - here's the latest news

Holby City isn’t on again this evening as usual because the BBC1 drama stopped filming temporarily due to the coronavirus.

But the good news is that the BBC has now confirmed Holby will be back on Tuesday 10th November at 8.15pm. Note the slightly later than usual starting time.

It will be the first new epiosde in nearly three months, with the last episode going out on August 11 (opens in new tab).

We already know that Holby City legend Hugh Quarshie will be leaving the show after 19 years as Ric Griffin. (opens in new tab)

It's not yet been revealed when or how the character will bow out - will Ric die? Or will the writers come up with a different exit for the fan favourite?

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Sacha says a tearful farewell to tragic Essie in the most recent Holby City

Poor Holby fans will be aching to know what happens next after Essie Di Luca tragically died on her wedding day to Sacha Levy.

Fans were hoping for one last moment of joy in Essie’s life (opens in new tab), but in a tragic twist she died shortly before getting the chance to officially tie the knot. It left fans in tears and the big question now is how will Sacha cope without Essie?

Well, we do know that in a shock twist Sacha is set for a romance! (opens in new tab)

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When will Holby City be back on air in 2020?

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Heartbroken Fletch was given the task of telling Sasha Essie had died (Picture: BBC)

The BBC has finally announced that Holby will return on Tuesday 10th November on BBC1 at 8.15pm.

Here’s what is on tonight (Tuesday 3rd November)

7.00pm The One Show 7.35pm EastEnders 8.00pm Children in Need: Got it Covered 9.00pm Life (opens in new tab)

Holby City will be back on Tuesday 10th November (see our TV Guide for more shows to enjoy).

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