The SpinOff of ''{{Casualty}}'' launched in 1999, this focuses more on the lives of the medics than the actual emergencies involved.
However, it is nearly always set ''within'' the hospital.
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!!This show provides examples of:
* AbsentMindedProfessor: Elliott Hope, who plays this trope straight at times, then inverts and subverts it.
* [[AsHimself As Herself]]: KatyPerry is supposed to appear in mid-2013, to quote from British showbiz and football forums - if this is confirmed.
** Rachelle Lynne and Kate Webb were named in one episode, their name-tags showing clearly to the camera. However, this is something of a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] - they are not AdamWesting, but not playing themselves either, the reason being unknown.
* AnAesop: Plays the trope straight, particularly from 2007 onwards.
** Often [[AnAesop the moral message conveyed]] takes [[{{Anvilicious}} weeks to get across]].
* AscendedExtra: [[http://img685.imageshack.us/img685/2990/holbyunknownntan1.jpg Nikki]], the blonde nurse who always appears with Donna Jackson. (Shown on right-hand side of picture).
** Only ascended in the sense she's referred to by name, but still [[TheVoiceless does not]] [[SuddenlyVoiced speak yet]].
** Rachelle Lynne (the tan-skinned Portuguese-looking nurse on the left also has been ascended more recently, always appearing alongside Faye or Mark Williams. It's ambiguous as to [[AmbiguouslyAsian whether she is European or Asian]], or Hispanic (which, if it was ''Series/NurseJackie'' she [[UnfortunateImplications would probably be cast as]])
** Kate Webb, another blonde, who looks similar to Nikki. Again [[TheVoiceless non-speaking]].
** More recently, Joanna Higson who played recovering alcoholic Rachel got promoted to a semi-regular character. Unlike the above examples, ''at least she was credited''.
* BareYourMidriff: On more than a few occasions, sometimes even Jac does it.
** We can only hope Jac does so soon...
* BatmanGambit: Used on occasion. A lot of the time, Jac does this.
* BizarroEpisode: The bizarre Christmas fantasy episodes featuring ghosts, time-travel and alternate realities since 2007.
* BlackComedy: What this show sometimes falls into becoming.
* BottleEpisode: Subverted. However, it is mainly confined to a single ward.
* BreakoutCharacter: Two extras; one tan-skinned and the actress playing her is currently unknown, and a blonde extra whose actress is currently unknown, but she gets referred to as "Nikki" on-screen a few times. The {{Fandom}} for them, is well... big enough for them to be proper characters. [[http://img685.imageshack.us/img685/2990/holbyunknownntan1.jpg Here's the picture of them, for those interested]].
* BrickJoke: Played straight on multiple occasions. Not the same as in ''JohnnyEnglish''.
* BritishBrevity: Like ''{{Casualty}}'', purposefully averted, unlike most British shows.
* BroughtDownToNormal: This is OnceAnEpisode, at least, and a recurring trope in this show. Not PlayedForLaughs, unlike ''{{Hustle}}''.
* {{Canon}}: Shares canon with ''{{Casualty}}''
* TheCastShowOff: Jules Knight, who plays Harry Tressler, is a former member of classical crossover band Blake. The inevitable demonstration of his singing skills finally took place in his first ChristmasEpisode.
* CharacterOutlivesActor: Sandy Harper is still alive off-screen in Australia, despite the 2003 death of actress Laura Sadler.
* CharacterisationMarchesOn: Henrik Hanssen has shown this a lot recently.
* {{Continuity}}: As per above. ''Well, it is the same hospital, different wing!''
* ContinuityNod
* ContractualImmortality: The EnsembleDarkHorse / FanService / BreakoutCharacter characters.
* CrossOver: With its parent show ''{{Casualty}}''.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Happens on multiple occasions. A frequently-used trope.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Jac Naylor (played by Rosie Marcel)
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Linden Cullen, [[spoiler: Penny Valentine]].
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Happens on multiple occasions, particularly for security guard and cafe staff characters.
* {{Expy}} / CaptainErsatz: An expy of MileyCyrus, and one of LadyGaga have appeared in background scenes on occasion. Neither are [[TheVoiceless speaking characters]].
** In the episode ''My Hero'' a CaptainErsatz of ''TheVampireDiaries'' Vicki appeared, as a [[FunnyBackgroundEvent background character.]]
** [[WildMassGuessing Speculation]] reigns as to whether Joanne Kelly's supposed appearance in it will mean her being [[{{Typecasting}} a police officer/agent character again]], a la ''{{Warehouse13}}''. Doesn't help [[NewMediaAreEvil that "showbiz gossip" sites perpetrate this]]...
** Possibly, this also encouraged ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' to ''create'' an expy of Nikki, albeit non-speaking.
* FanService: Two extras: one tan-skinned and the actress playing her is currently unknown, and a blonde extra whose actress is currently unknown, but she gets referred to as "Nikki" on-screen a few times. Another one, called Kate, also as well, is considered FanService. The {{Fandom}} for them, is well, huge... making them into an EnsembleDarkHorse.
** However, they are ''not'' there for that purpose, but as functional ( if [[TheVoiceless non]]-speaking or [[SuddenlyVoiced rarely speaking]]) characters. WordOfGod on this has yet to happen.
** Rosie Marcel, aka Jac Naylor.
* FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome: Has happened a fair bit during the 2003-2005 series.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Always happens. Worth watching on the BBC iPlayer if you live in the UK just to see.
** It's one reason [[PeripheryDemographic the show is popular!]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: As per ''{{Casualty}}''. Happens ''a lot''.
* GhostExtras: See above, in the EnsembleDarkHorse section.
* InformedAttractiveness: Jac Naylor, although Rosie Marcel is quite the MsFanservice.
* InsufferableGenius[=/=]RightlySelfRighteous: Just about the entire cast. The entire medical team are ripe with attitude problems and constantly go over the heads of officials and regulations, it almost always only helps in saving patients lives.
* IsItAlwaysLikeThis: Some characters think this way. But that's TruthInTelevision, given the setting, and [[JustifiedTrope justified]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Jac Naylor and Michael Griffin are this. [[spoiler:One episode concerns Jac nursing a baby]].
* JokerImmunity
* KarmaHoudini: Subverted with Ric Griffin - He stole Michael Spence's wife, and generally comes off as smug when he constantly relays messages to Michael from his ex-wife & Michael suffers a setback in his career. It's a subversion, because Ric has cancer, which appears to be both LaserGuidedKarma & letting him get away with all of this as other characters feel sorry for him. ''At the same time''.
** Played straight, however, with Oliver Valentine, [[spoiler: who looks as though he's going to get away with continuing to practise as a doctor illegally]].
** Some of the patients' immoral behavior (though usually caught out) is sometimes left uncovered. One patient supposedly was an adulterer whose manic wife caused him to have a road accident. [[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale It's heavily implied she will continue making his life hell throughout the recovery.]]
* LampshadeHanging: This show does it multiple times, with Jac Naylor being the occasional MetaGuy on occasions.
* LivingProp: Often [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by the characters, ''especially'' Elliott and Jac.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Obvious, for a show like this.
* LongRunnerCastTurnover: None of the regular characters from when the show started in 1999 are still present; half of the current cast only joined in 2011 or later.
* [[MetaGuy Meta Girl]]: Jac Naylor.
* MorePopularSpinOff.
* MsFanservice: Rachelle Lynne and Kate Webb [[{{AsHimself}} named as themselves on-screen with their name-tags showing]]), and Jenny Elwood (Louise Houghton).
* NoodleIncident: "Remember that time we put Nikki in the store-cupboard with Donna...."
** A few [[NoodleIncident Noodle Incidents]] happen on this show, which [[FridgeBrilliance makes you wonder if the nurses actually do work or not]]. But it is to some degree, TruthInTelevision.
*** OnceAnEpisode a NoodleIncident occurs, making it sometimes a RiddleForTheAges, but it's ''always'' plot-relevant.
* OddlySmallOrganization: For the management, on-screen, at least.
* OnlySaneMan: Henrik Hanssen. Also, Mark Williams as well.
* ThePlan: ''HolbyCity'' has characters who use this trope to extremes.
** Namely Jac, Sacha, Frieda Petrenko
* ProdigalHero: Henrik Hanssen, who left Sweden after his father was disgraced for using Nazi medical research. Henrik considered this [[ThisIsUnforgivable unforgivable]] since his mother was a holocaust survivor and blamed his father for driving her to commit suicide. [[spoiler: Turns out, his mother convinced his father to use the data and she killed herself for an entirely ''different'' reason.]]
* TheRedStapler: Jac Naylor's outfits, which have become suddenly fashionable.
** Plus the unnamed tan-skinned nurse's civilian wear too...
* RefugeInAudacity: Makes up most of the show's existence. Also, TruthInTelevision in Britain, as far as medicos are concerned.
* SawStarWarsTwentySevenTimes: Comedian Toby Hadoke plays a character in the episode "Snow Queens" who shamelessly boats over how many times he's watched ''Film/TheMatrix''.
* [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen She Who Must Not Be Seen]]: Tracey Lang, a frequently-mentioned character. Fans of the show often wonder why she isn't shown on-screen.
** Also Gemma Oddi, a name referenced ''multiple times'' on computer monitors on the show since 2008-2009, but her face has always been obscured or the camera pans too fast for the viewer to see it.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Luc Hemingway, supposedly from Sierra Leone.
* ShownTheirWork
* SpaceWhaleAesop: Happens sometimes, but mainly to show that such consequences are rare in real life (and this is where they have ShownTheirWork).
* SpinOff: Obviously.
** For two years had its own spinoff in the PoliceProcedural ''Holby Blue''.
* StarMakingRole: For Louise Houghton, who appeared as Jenny Elwood between 2009 and 2010 in the show. [[http://www.uk.castingcallpro.com/view.php?uid=156267 This website link has some info about her.]]
** As of January 2013, it became this for Rachelle Lynne and Kate Webb, who are considered MsFanservice.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Some of the nurses' outfits, particularly Jac Naylor, Penny and also Donna Jackson, and the female nurses' extras outfits.
** Jac Naylor is deliberately seen as MsFanservice for this reason.
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Those Three Girls]]: Nikki, Kate (two blonde girls) and a tan-skinned AmbiguouslyBrown woman (not sure if she's half-Indian, Portuguese/Hispanic or some other race - picture on the left [[http://img685.imageshack.us/img685/2990/holbyunknownntan1.jpg here]], who looks in her mid-30's. They '''always''' appear on the nurses' station in most scenes.
* TooSoon: Deliberately invoked by [[DeadpanSnarker Jac Naylor]] the week after Linden's death, by interrupting an AwkwardSilence with a "Who died?" remark.
* {{Troperrific}}: Some of the writers like using this tactic. Jane Wallbank the producer is particularly notorious for making the show this way since the beginning of 2010.
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Henrik Hanssen, who made severe budget cuts.
* UltimateJobSecurity: Well, for Jac Naylor, Marie-Claire, Elliott Hope, Nick Jordan, Ric Griffin, the un-named tan-skinned nurse and Nikki, this trope is played straight.
* VerySpecialEpisode: This show proves it is no longer a DiscreditedTrope or even a DeadHorseTrope, despite the subjects covered being sensitive, well, there are very special episodes - and not parodies of the genre. The VerySpecialEpisode are 2 or 3 parts.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Paul Rose, an anaesthetist who had been a RecurringCharacter since 2000, stopped appearing without explanation in 2010.

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