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Series 20 is the twentieth series of Holby City. It aired from 2 January until 27 December 2018. The series comprises 52 episodes - a drastic decrease from the previous series.

This series saw Catherine Russell return to portray consultant Serena Campbell who took a sabbatical during the previous series, and Marcus Griffiths make his first appearance as specialist registrar Xavier "Zav" Duval. Several cast members departed during this series. James Anderson made his final appearance as long-running character Oliver Valentine after almost nine years on the show. The latter half of the series saw the deaths of neurosurgical consultants Roxanna MacMillan and John Gaskell, portrayed by Hermoine Guillford and Paul McGann; Salma Hoque also made her final appearance as junior doctor Meena Chowdhury in November.

Cast

Main characters

Recurring/Guest appearances

Episodes

Episode Series Episode Centric character Original airdate
904 1 "The Prisoner" Oliver 2 January 2018
905 2 "Ready or Not" Jac 9 January 2018
906 3 "There by the Grace of..." Donna 16 January 2018
907 4 "Hanssen Is as Hanssen Does" Henrik 23 January 2018
908 5 "One Day at a Time" John 30 January 2018
909 6 "Not Your Home Now" Henrik 7 February 2018
This episode marks the return of consultant Serena Campbell (Catherine Russell).
910 7 "Precipice" Roxanna 13 February 2018
911 8 "Hard Day's Night" Nicky 20 February 2018
This episode marks the first appearance of registrar Xavier "Zav" Duval (Marcus Griffiths).
912 9 "Ache" Jac 28 February 2018
913 10 "Square One" John 6 March 2018
914 11 "The L Word" Roxanna 13 March 2018
915 12 "No Matter Where You Go, There You Are - Part One" Ric 20 March 2018
This episode marks the temporary departure of consultant Jac Naylor (Rosie Marcel).
916 13 "No Matter Where You Go, There You Are - Part Two" Oliver 27 March 2018
This episode marks the final appearance of registrar Oliver Valentine (James Anderson) and the temporary departure of nurse Essie Di Lucca (Kaye Wragg).
917 14 "Tete a Tate" Ric 3 April 2018
918 15 "Tate Gallery" Ric 10 April 2018
919 16 "New Ain't All It's Cracked Up To Be" Nicky 17 April 2018
920 17 "The Way We Were" Frieda 24 April 2018
921 18 "Headstrong" Fletch 1 May 2018
922 19 "Bubble Wrap" John 8 May 2018
923 20 "Blind Spot" Fletch 15 May 2018
924 21 "Belonging" Nicky 22 May 2018
925 22 "Only a Word" Dominic 29 May 2018
926 23 "None But the Brave" Jac 5 June 2018
This episode marks the return of consultant Jac Naylor (Rosie Marcel) and the temporary departure of registrar Frieda Petrenko (Olga Fedori).
927 24 "Primum Non Nocere - Part One" Serena 12 June 2018
928 25 "Primum Non Nocere - Part Two" John 20 June 2018
929 26 "Fallen Idol" Roxanna 27 June 2018
930 27 "The Anniversary Waltz" Ric 4 July 2018
931 28 "Into the Light" John 11 July 2018
This episode marks the return of nurse Essie Di Lucca (Kaye Wragg).
932 29 "The Friend Zone" Nicky 17 July 2018
933 30 "Two for Joy" Lofty 24 July 2018
934 31 "Child in Your Shadow" Jac 31 July 2018
935 32 "Bygones" Fletch 8 August 2018
936 33 "Bargaining" Roxanna 14 August 2018
937 34 "All Business" Essie 21 August 2018
938 35 "Man Down" Sacha 28 August 2018
939 36 "Keep Your Friends Close" Henrik 4 September 2018
940 37 "All Lies Lead to The Truth" Frieda 11 September 2018
This episode marks the return of registrar Frieda Petrenko (Olga Fedori).
941 38 "One Man and His God" Roxanna 18 September 2018
942 39 "Undoing" Roxanna 25 September 2018
This episode marks the death of consultant neurosurgeon Roxanna MacMillan (Hermoine Guillford).
943 40 "Inscrutable" Roxanna 2 October 2018
This episode marks the final appearance of consultant neurosurgeon Roxanna MacMillan (Hermoine Guillford).
944 41 "The Three Musketeers" Zav 9 October 2018
945 42 "Stains" John 16 October 2018
946 43 "Too Good to Be True" Dominic 23 October 2018
947 44 "The Family You Choose" Zav 30 October 2018
948 45 "Report to the Mirror - Part One" Essie 6 November 2018
949 46 "Report to the Mirror - Part Two" John 13 November 2018
This episode marks the death of consultant neurosurgeon John Gaskell (Paul McGann).
950 47 "One of Us" Jac 20 November 2018
This episode marks the final appearance of consultant neurosurgeon John Gaskell (Paul McGann).
951 48 "Hold My Hand" Serena 27 November 2018
This episode marks the final appearance of junior doctor Meena Chowdhury (Salma Hoque).
952 49 "Love Is" Serena 4 December 2018
953 50 "The Right Sort of Animal" Zav 11 December 2018
954 51 "Family Ties" Nicky 18 December 2018
955 52 "Best Christmas Ever" Henrik 27 December 2018
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