Parker's mother Kim returns and asks Parker to move to Gibraltar with her. Both are battling serious illnesses, with Fletch (Alex Walkinshaw) facing prostate cancer and Essie (Kaye Wragg) is undergoing intensive chemotherapy. Holby City spoilers: Series 22 Episode 5 Eastieoaks 45 mins ago Sacha shows no sign of depression, post Great Aunt Maria dying, and his outpouring of grief. She makes a great friend for other characters and a writer from BBC Online branded her "a rock". She was very worried that his mental health wouldn’t be strong enough to deal with the news and even had a go at breaking up with him so she wouldn’t have to tell him. There was hope that she’d recover from it again as she had once before, but Essie seemed to know that wouldn’t happen and her first thought was for Isla, the baby she’d been raising, and for Sacha. " A writer from What's on TV similarly stated that "Essie and Sacha's relationship has certainly had its ups and downs. She added that "she finds him really endearing" and "sees a really vulnerable person, who needs care and attention. Wragg believed that Essie "wants to fight their corner because she knows they've probably had a lot of people turn their back on them, so she immediately keeps the doorway open for them to talk.  The following week, Ivor is readmitted to hospital and diagnosed with a pseudoaneurysm and sepsis. He really likes her. ", Ben was originally scripted as a new "bad guy" in Essie's life, but the production decided to change his personality and play more comedy in the story. A What's on TV reporter said the development left Sacha "stunned". The story was run alongside another cancer storyline featured in Holby City, a decision taken to raise awareness of the statistically high occurrence of cancer in society. , —Wragg on Essie and Sacha's relationship. Holby City was at its heartbreaking best as Essie died before her wedding to Sacha Sue Haasler Tuesday 11 Aug 2020 9:00 pm Share this article via … Wragg added "Sacha is the only one that is in cahoots and when someone is part of your lie and they keep it a secret, you can believe it even more. 1 Biography 1.1 Early life 1.2 Grandfather's Nazi revelation and death 1.3 Raf's murder 2 Behind the scenes When Essie was a child, her mother Maggie was killed in a car accident. ", "Will Holby City's Essie Harrison lose teen Parker Whitfield? She confides in friend and colleague Dominic Copeland (David Ames) that she is not ready. She explained that "Estelle's brilliant at her job and she's trying to get on with it, but now she's starting to question herself. He also does not consider how his relationship may effect his family. Holby City shock as Essie’s man Ben kisses her best friend Dom He's facing a huge dilemma now . Essie realises she must tell Sacha the truth. He does not realise their romance is not serious and in his angst he collapses with chest pain. When their colleagues find out they make a spectacle of the wedding news. She is also played as a warm person who makes a good friend for fellow characters and strive… Her introduction to the show was controversial and featured the discovery that her grandfather Joe Goodridge (Julian Glover) was an escaped Nazi war criminal. Holby City spoilers. ", "She loves that man to pieces. Wragg said that even Essie is beginning to believe Isla is her own child. I'm looking forward to the clashes!' She is characterised as an opinionated nurse who is not afraid to challenge the healthcare system. Wragg's casting was publicised in February 2014. The scenes featured Essie struggling with the fact she is unable to get pregnant. McFadden stated that Raf is "a bit of a sentimentalist and got attached to her."  Essie initially does not like Ben's flirting due to struggles in her personal life.  McFadden explained that their wedding would be low-key because of Raf's need for privacy after his previous failed marriage. Wragg told Sue Crawford of Daily Express that Essie left to "catch up with her life".  The actress told Hannah Verdier from TV Magazine that she was enjoying playing the character. The soap announced it was taking a break today after running out of episodes, and fans were left distraught after Essie died after battling cancer.  Holocaust survivor Kitty Hart-Moxon visited the set to talk to cast and crew of the storyline's importance. Cowardly Cameron struggles to be the hero, but will he come up smelling of roses? , Essie fosters teenager Parker Whitfield (Louis Davison), who is the son of Raf's ex-girlfriend Kim.  Wragg told Tyler that each time they filmed as scene as Essie and Raf infront of Sacha, "it felt like such a betrayal."  Wragg explained that Essie puts herself in danger because "she's like a dog with a bone" and thought she could help Ivor. Essie Harrison (also Di Lucca) is a fictional character from the BBC medical drama Holby City, played by actress Kaye Wragg. Squeeze The Pips", "Holby City's Kaye Wragg: The idea of being the 'stepmum' frightens Essie! " When Raf tries to talk to Parker about Essie, he accidentally reveals that they are in a relationship.  Wragg told Laura-Jayne Tyler of Inside Soap that the realisation was unexpected for Essie, but she is of the age and she realises the joy having children creates for women. Frankie tells Essie that she is unable to cope with her baby, Isla and wants Essie to take care of her, which she agrees to. A BBC Online reporter also revealed that Essie secretly struggles to deal with Sacha's two demanding ex-wives and children. Sarah Millican horrifies with grim story on why she kept dog’s poo in her fridge, stay updated on all things soaps at our homepage. Major Holby City spoilers follow from tonight's (August 11) episode, which some readers may prefer to avoid.. Holby City aired Essie Di Lucca's final scenes tonight as she passed away on her wedding day. McFadden was also keen for their relationship to be fully explored. Holby City fans finally got the moment they’d been waiting for at the end of last month when Essie finally chose between Sacha and Ben.. Essie … Her "slatternly domestic ways" annoy him because it reminds him of his daughters.  In September 2016, writers took Essie in a new direction when they decided to end Essie and Sacha's relationship.  The story also served as a catalyst for relationship problems between Essie and Sacha. " Essie is an opinionated character and does not shy away from voicing them in medical scenarios. She is enjoying having Sacha to herself in the early stages of their romance. It was back in February that we learned that her cancer was back, and it was Dominic who was with her when Essie found out. , McFadden confirmed in July 2020 that Essie would be leaving Holby City at the conclusion of her cancer story. Here's a full collection of all the biggest moments coming up... 1. The actor stated that Raf develops feelings for Essie because he is not "sophisticated enough" for a friends with benefits arrangement.  Tyler (Inside Soap) wrote that she and audiences "were thrilled" that Essie returned to the series. He is also suffering from effects of drug withdrawal and he bonds with Essie over his drug addiction. Sacha admits he never wanted another child and they decide to break-up. Other stories include being held hostage by a patient, unauthorised parenting and a promotion to the hospital's transplant coordinator. He goes to the hospital pharmacy where he finds pharmacist Mel Watson (Jocelyn Jee Esien), takes her hostage brandishing an infected needle and pleads for drugs. " Viewers wrote on the social networking website Twitter that they were worried for Essie during the story.  Essie returns to the series in July 2018 after spending time with Raf's family in Scotland. The actress added "the idea of being the 'stepmum' is a bit frightening for her. Essie manages to locate Ivor and tries to convince him to let Mel go, but he takes her hostage too. Essie's professionalism in her nursing role also attracts Rafs to her. Wragg was happy that her character's arrival was not linked to nursing. " Essie tries to make excuses not to see them and Dominic notices her reluctance and makes it more difficult for her to be dishonest.  Raf was later killed off when McFadden chose to leave the series. HOLBY CITY's Essie is haunted by the ghost of late husband Raf as she continues to come to terms with her cancer returning.  Barratt told Laura-Jayne Tyler from Inside Soap that their romance played a part in Sacha's despression because it "knocked him for six". Guy Self returns to Holby with a former patient, Essie's friends are determined to be as normal as possible as she endures her second round of chemotherapy, and Max makes an announcement regarding the future of Darwin. Holby City spoilers: Series 22 Episode 26. She ends up being taken there after other hospitals are over capacity. Joe's final scenes see Essie and Sacha witness him voicing hateful opinions about the Jewish community. Condou commented that their relationship causes tension between Essie and Sacha. When Frankie Rendell (Sophie Harkness) is admitted to Keller, she reveals that she is Raf's relative.  Despite this, Wragg believed Essie was in control and not frightened of Ivor despite his violent threats. They felt that if Essie had become too involved in John Gaskell's (Paul McGann) evil story, they would have had to kill her off. " Essie manages to convince Ivor to set them free. He realises he could never behave like his sibling. Tragically, Fletch arrived at the multi-faith room alone, to break the news that Essie had died moments earlier. Essie has been involved in other relationship stories featuring registrar Raf di Lucca (Joe McFadden), which resulted in marriage, and locum consultant Ben Sherwood (Charlie Condou). Sue Haasler is the author of five novels and the official BBC Holby City book, which you can read about here. ", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Essie_Harrison&oldid=991847400, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 2 December 2020, at 03:11.  Ben decides to be honest about his sexuality and comes out as gay. dynamic" further. One of Essie's personality traits is her ability to recognise people's "inner turmoil" and help them. Today’s the day of his ground-breaking Bowel Transplant Operation, but Max is concerned, having realised Sacha’s struggled with his mental health in … McFadden explained that Raf "realises just how much he loves Essie and how much he wants to commit. ", The scenes become sinister when Ivor decides to seek out morphine to treat his addiction. He decides to keep quiet and let her continue to care for Isla. Condou told Sophie Dainty from Digital Spy that the duo get into a relationship "fairly quickly". Like with Raf before him, Ben has to contend with Essie's on-off relationship with Sacha. Series. She seems really sorted and then all these cracks appear, which makes her great to play. Estelle "Essie" Di Lucca (née Harrison; 2 September 1974 – 23 June 2020) was a staff nurse who worked on Holby City Hospital's Keller Ward. Wragg told What's on TV's Wilson that Essie is inexperienced with caring for a teenager and "doesn't really know how to deal with them.  McFadden told Tyler that he was surprised when he learned Essie and Raf would become romantically involved. The story begins when Essie treats patient Ivor Weiland (Ryan Sampson) on AAU and she gets along well with Ivor's comedic personality. But where Essie had support, Ivor’s got nobody. Their romance is over-shadowed because Sacha and his family are Jewish and they struggle to accept her due to Joe's actions. ", "Holby City: Henrik Hanssen, Oliver Valentine, Essie Harrison to return", "Holocaust Memorial Day 2015: Holby City Producer Simon Harper", "How Holby tackled a story from the Shoah", "Paula torments daughter Jac at her weakest moment", "Holby City Series 17 - 26. McFadden told Wilson that the pair did not want any drama at their wedding. He thought Essie needed a reason to fight the cancer and carry on, and that without Isla she might just give up.  In October 2014, it was announced that Wragg had been asked to return to the show on a permanent basis.  Essie later secures a job as the hospital's new Transplant coordinator. , In 2020, producers decided to revisit Essie's cancer story with the disease returning once again. Harper explained that a "final act of repentance" for the character would have been insulting to survivors. The everyday lives, professional and personal, of the doctors, nurses and patients who find themselves, for various reasons, in the wards of the frenetic cardiac unit of Holby City General Hospital. ", "Holby City producer Simon Harper reveals more story teasers: 'We'll crack Hanssen open again, "Holby's Joe McFadden: 'Essie's a good match for Raf. Essie notices the tension between the two but is relieved when Joe is revived.  Wragg told Daniel Kilkelly from Digital Spy that "Essie became a mum in a very unconventional manner. Is Essie Di Lucca leaving Holby City?  Essie tells other characters that she has adopted Isla.  He noted that Joe's story worked well against pitted Jewish registrar Sacha Levy (Bob Barrett) having to treat a patient pretending to be "a sweet old man" despite him helping to kill Jews in World War II. They were each able to understand what the other one was going through and offer encouragement, but even with Fletch Essie had to put on a brave face when he insisted ‘If you give up, what hope have I got?’ It was only when we saw Essie alone, or in a touching scene with a kind hospital volunteer, that she was able to fully express her own fears. The character made her on-screen debut during the series sixteen episode "My Name Is Joe", which was broadcast on 6 May 2014. ", Writers soon introduced issues into their relationship. Join the community by leaving a comment below and stay updated on all things soaps at our homepage. By Entertainment Daily.  Essie's independent nature is sometimes a problem for Sacha because he likes to feel depended upon. His departure sees him shot dead by Fredrik Johanssen (Billy Postlethwaite). Wragg branded it "tiny highlight" of the issues that arise from unauthorised parenting. He added that it was interesting that the two characters had both been "longing to have a family of their own." Essie Harrison (also Di Lucca) is a fictional character from the BBC medical drama Holby City, played by actress Kaye Wragg. Essie’s death came as a shock because of the circumstances around it. Daniel Kilkelly of Digital Spy reported that Essie would resume her nursing duties at the hospital and her relationship with Sacha.  Essie and Raf marry in a registry office and do not tell their friends.  Condou told Lorraine Kelly that the situation is "awkward" because Dominic is Essie's best friend. Then Dominic learns that Ben is going to propose to Essie despite their kiss, which makes it "all the more awkward". Essie’s main battles were with her own conscience – was she letting people down? One of the character's prominent stories during her later tenure focused on her ovarian cancer diagnosis which resulted in a hysterectomy for her survival. Wragg explained that Essie did not want to see her former colleagues and the move was accidental. Is Essie going to die in Holby City? Wragg added "Essie realises the situation isn't going to go away. The show's producer Simon Harper was fond of the pairing but tasked his writing team to create a series of dilemmas for them. Technically, she has a child that isn't hers, and by law, shouldn't still have.  The production team was also keen to portray antisemitism in the spotlight. They go on a journey together and learn "their worst fears" and "lost opportunities" amidst an uncertain future. (Video)", "Holby City: Raf di Lucca is killed off as Joe McFadden bows out of the medical drama", "Holby City star speaks out on Ben and Essie's new romance", "10 huge spoilers from the Holby City winter trailer", "Holby City spoilers: Coronation Street star Charlie Condou reveals what's in store for Dr Ben Sherwood", "Holby City star Charlie Condou speaks out after Ben's exit", "Holby's Kaye Wragg: Essie takes control of a tense situation, then Sacha charges in", "no, just had a 3 month break.  Henrik Hanssen (Guy Henry) treats Essie and she is diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Much of her support came from Fletch, himself going through cancer treatment for part of the time. Wragg explained "what you find out about Joe is very dramatic, and there are lots of layers for Essie to unravel." The actress added that Essie is "madly in love with Sacha" and the physical need for a child takes over. Very soon it became clear that the chemo wasn’t working and the only option for Essie was palliative care. Harper added Kate Verghese, the story producer, pitched the idea of a Jewish doctor being conflicted by a Nazi. Sacha, Fletch, Dominic (David Ames) and everyone who’d loved Essie were devastated. The final episode before Holby's latest hiatus saw Essie and Sacha decide to bring their nuptials forward, determined not to waste more time. Her death came gently but suddenly, with no time for final goodbyes. Holby City nurse Essie Di Lucca will have her life turned upside down all over again when she attends her six-month cancer check-up tonight (March 31)..  Wragg praised Sampson's performance and spoke her amazement of his change from comedy character to "real ragged monster". Wragg decided to accept the role because she liked Essie's introduction into the series. Condou explained that Ben behaves a "little bit smarmy" and Essie thinks he is behaving like a "twat".  Rosa Doherty from The Jewish Community said that it was an "unlikely bond" under the circumstances with her grandfather. She noted that Essie and Sasha had a turbulent relationship, adding "it's not always been plain sailing for the pair. " She described it as "tough" to watch but believed it would resonate well with cancer sufferers. HOLBY City fans are terrified Essie and Fletch will be killed off after last night’s episode saw Fletch rushed into hospital for emergency surgery amid his prostate cancer battle. Raffaello "Raf" Di Lucca (died 5 December 2017) was a registrar in general surgery who worked at Holby City Hospital.. The story held consequences for Essie as she is forced to deal with the reality of her grandfather's past. The need for Isla's medical history leads Essie to tell Sacha the truth. Holby City has been off air since August 11, after running out of the stockpile of episodes filmed before the UK lockdown in March.. He reminded her of his words as he lay dying, that ‘love always wins.’ It was a message she was able to pass on to her colleagues when she told them to ‘Look after each other, forgive mistakes, find love wherever you can and live your wonderful lives.’. We know Essie was a bit wild in her younger years, but it’s revealed she had drug problems; not to the same level as Ivor, but she certainly understands addiction. ", In one episode Isla becomes ill and Essie is unaware of her medical history. I adore working with Bob Barrett and am very excited to work alongside his big hearted Sacha again, ups and downs regardless.  Wragg has labelled Essie as having "a big heart" and being "fantastic" at her nursing job. She added that the crew agreed with her and after several months had pass, the feeling on-set remained the same.  McFadden later told Wilson from What's on TV that Essie and Raf are compatible because they are "both traditional" and want a serious relationship. But they added that the storyline had viewers "gripped" to the show. It’s certainly not looking too promising for the character at the moment, having discovered in April that the disease had returned. Her need to have a child of her own also causes problems.  Essie and Ben share a kiss during his debut episode. Be back end of July/August time. The actor added that Sacha needs to stop being possessive and give Essie some space. Wragg described their interactions as "lovely" and warned their "spark" could develop into a romance. Next week on Holby City, Essie makes a difficult decision, Fletch reveals some sad news and Jac fights for Darwin.  The show's producer's decided to write Essie out to protect the character. The producers could've at least allowed Essie to have her wedding before she passed away.. Holby City spoilers.  In another episode, Ben gets close to Dominic and kisses him. , Essie is introduced into the show as the granddaughter of sick patient Joe Goodridge (Julian Glover). Photo credit: BBC.  Wragg released a statement regarding the plot stating that "showing the real struggle of two nurses sharing an illness together yet being alone in their own torture of what their futures hold is Holby at its best. The first questioning whether or not Essie has left having children too late in her life. It is then revealed that he is an escaped Nazi war criminal which shocks Essie because she was completely unaware. While Joe is being treated on the ward junior doctor Zosia March (Camilla Arfwedson) becomes suspicious of his role in World War II and makes allegations against him. Essie's main stories have been centric to her relationship with registrar Sacha Levy (Bob Barrett).  Essie begins working on the AAU ward. The plot leads to Wragg's character being killed off in the show's 1033rd episode, broadcast on 11 August 2020. Essie is characterised as warm nurse with a rebellious side and is not afraid to challenge the healthcare system. As a nurse, she navigates the rough waters of a challenged healthcare system, doing everything she can to provide her patients with the best care possible, even if that means breaking the rules (and sometimes especially so – sticking it to sticklers gives her an insubordinate thrill). We knew she was terminally ill and didn’t have long to live, but in this particular episode it seemed there might be some time left for her to find a little happiness with Sacha. I’ve got cancer.’. " Their colleague, Victoria Wilson was delighted that Essie chose Sacha over Ben following a proposal of marriage. , When she returns Essie reveals that she slept with another man and Sacha no longer wants to be with her. , In 2019, producers devised an unauthorised parenting story for the character. They became friends again just as Essie went for her scan and Dominic’s face told her all she needed to know: ‘It’s back. Essie was raised by Joe, so she considers him to be her hero and the revelation throws "Essie's world into complete disarray".  Zosia wants to discover the truth and prevents Joe from signing a form instructing doctors not to revive him. Sign in. Along the way people wished her well, and Essie looked happy and relaxed. This is a fitting epitaph for a character who was nurturing, supportive and loving but who could also be judgemental. Condou said Ben leaves because he also feels "awkward" and finds it "difficult" that Essie left him for another man.  Essie returned to the show during the series seventeen episode titled "Squeeze the Pips" (7 April 2015). , In July 2016, Holby City aired a dramatic hostage situation for Essie. Essie puts on a brave face  Essie departs in the twenty-fifth episode of series 22, broadcast on 11 August 2020. Essie decides to return to London to visit a doctor but tries to avoid Holby City hospital. Holby City writers clearly demonstrate this when she is played getting herself into trouble with hospital management for interfering with a high-profile patient's choice of surgery. Holby City's Essie Harrison died in a heartbreaking twist on tonight's final episode. Appearing in a behind-the-scenes video released by the show, the actor revealed that the story forms Wragg's exit from the show. How could she leave Isla to an uncertain future? Condou added that Ben "definitely falls for Essie in a big way. https://www.radiotimes.com/news/soaps/2020-07-23/holby-city-essie-death-raf They later realised they should because cancer statistically affects many people during their lifetime. She is characterised as an opinionated nurse who is not afraid to challenge the healthcare system. With Hugh Quarshie, Rosie Marcel, Jaye Jacobs, Bob Barrett. He revealed that he and Wragg enjoyed the playing story with Sacha's jealously. Episode guide, trailer, review, preview, cast list and where to stream it on demand, on catch up and download. Part 13 of Mashed Up Tropes Fics; Language: English Words: 4,205 Chapters: 1/1 Comments: 3 Kudos: 42 Hits: 224  The pair later get along better and her fostering becomes a success. Holby is never all doom and gloom, and even in the middle of sadness they find moments of amusement, such as the time when Henrik Hanssen (Guy Henry) was recruited to sit by Essie’s bedside as she had chemotherapy. She first appeared in the series sixteen episode "My Name Is Joe", broadcast on 6 May 2014. Sacha decides to take Essie to Wales to escape the negative press attention. He believed Essie felt "torn" because she does still have feelings for Sacha but cannot be with him.  Raf reaches his decision when he learns that his brother Giuseppe Di Lucca (Iain Robertson) is being unfaithful to his wife. Essie has always been a strong character, but Holby resisted the cliched narrative of someone ‘battling’ cancer. Producers decided to revisit the story in 2020, when Essie learns her cancer has returned. Joe McFadden is set … Add a comment. " McFadden commented that the proposal added "jeopardy" to their relationship because Raf is unsure if she will accept.  Wragg was originally employed by the show as a recurring cast member but was later invited back to play the role on a permanent basis. A writer for What's on TV stated that "Essie is plagued with guilt over Josef's past".  Essie eventually tells Fletch the truth who decides to involve social services to make a final decision about Isla's care. Holby City viewers were left fearing the worst during tonight's episode, convinced both Adrian "Fletch" Fletcher and Essie di Lucca were in danger.. The twenty-second series of the British medical drama television series Holby City began on BBC One on 7 January 2020 in the United Kingdom. Is Debenhams still open and when will the stores be closing down? The actor added that "the relationship is really lovely actually but obviously there's Sacha in the background as the two of them have had an on-off relationship for years. Holby City was a tearjerker tonight.. So she wants to be the person that helps him. Essie arrives at Holby City employed as an agency nurse working on the hospital's AAU and Keller wards. Writers soon revisited Raf and Essie's story, with McFadden confirming it would be a serious relationship. As scenes air viewers realise that he is not confident. The BBC medical drama returned to screens tonight (November 10) after a three-month break, with a special episode primarily focusing on coronavirus .
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