Shortly after Fletch was given the all-clear, Essie was told that she didn’t have very long left. Raffaello "Raf" Di Lucca (died 5 December 2017) was a registrar in general surgery who worked at Holby City Hospital..  The show's executive producer Simon Harper said that his team originally thought they could not have two cancer stories running concurrently. He believed Essie felt "torn" because she does still have feelings for Sacha but cannot be with him. 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.  Condou told Lorraine Kelly that the situation is "awkward" because Dominic is Essie's best friend. Sacha, Fletch, Dominic (David Ames) and everyone who’d loved Essie were devastated. Wragg's casting was publicised in February 2014. Is Essie Di Lucca leaving Holby City? Essie has been battling cancer (Picture: BBC) Things aren’t looking too good for Essie (Kaye Wragg) in Holby City at the moment, as she continues to … With Hugh Quarshie, Rosie Marcel, Jaye Jacobs, Bob Barrett. 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.  The duo's relationship faces fresh problems when Sacha wants Essie to meet his children. https://www.radiotimes.com/news/soaps/2020-07-23/holby-city-essie-death-raf Essie does not want Isla taken into care and knows she can offer a good home. From Digital Spy. Squeeze The Pips", "Holby City's Kaye Wragg: The idea of being the 'stepmum' frightens Essie! , Months later on-screen Essie's feelings completely changed and she announces that she wants a baby. Producers decided to revisit the story in 2020, when Essie learns her cancer has returned.  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. By Entertainment Daily. " McFadden commented that the proposal added "jeopardy" to their relationship because Raf is unsure if she will accept. Essie notices the tension between the two but is relieved when Joe is revived. Holby City has been off air since August 11, after running out of the stockpile of episodes filmed before the UK lockdown in March.. Condou explained that Ben behaves a "little bit smarmy" and Essie thinks he is behaving like a "twat". Harper explained that a "final act of repentance" for the character would have been insulting to survivors.  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. Essie is characterised as warm nurse with a rebellious side and is not afraid to challenge the healthcare system. Essie was worried for a while that she'd messed it all up, but the beauty of it is that they're both at an age where they don't want any other relationships. How could she leave Isla to an uncertain future? Harper added Kate Verghese, the story producer, pitched the idea of a Jewish doctor being conflicted by a Nazi. Holby City has once again left us with a heartbreaking ending as Essie tragically passed away on her wedding day.  He also thought it would be inevitable that they would clash at times, which he was looking forward to portraying. Next week on Holby City, Essie makes a difficult decision, Fletch reveals some sad news and Jac fights for Darwin. At the time of writing, it certainly looks like Essie will be leaving Holby City. 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. He is also suffering from effects of drug withdrawal and he bonds with Essie over his drug addiction. 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 situation "tricky" especially as Ben believes he has a long-term future with Essie. He explained that writers had planned "big questions" for them to face. Mel suffers an asthma attack but he forbids Essie from helping her colleague. A BBC Online reporter also revealed that Essie secretly struggles to deal with Sacha's two demanding ex-wives and children. Parker is angry with Essie and she feels a failure for not being honest with him. On 5 December 2017, with the arrival of the eminent neurosurgeon John Gaskell, Essie suggested that Raf seize the opportunity to "impress the impressive". , When she returns Essie reveals that she slept with another man and Sacha no longer wants to be with her. " Viewers wrote on the social networking website Twitter that they were worried for Essie during the story. , Essie's next relationship is with newly introduced character, locum consultant Ben Sherwood (Charlie Condou). HOLBY CITY's Essie is haunted by the ghost of late husband Raf as she continues to come to terms with her cancer returning. Then Dominic learns that Ben is going to propose to Essie despite their kiss, which makes it "all the more awkward". Wragg believed Sacha has "the best of both worlds" and does not want to ruin his "fantastic" relationship with Essie. 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. Holby City (1999– ) Episode List. 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 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. Wragg explained that "Essie ends up having to divulge details of her personal life to him.  The development was first teased in an advance spoiler trailer.  Wragg told Daniel Kilkelly from Digital Spy that "Essie became a mum in a very unconventional manner. " Essie decides to forget her doubts and go ahead with spending time with Sasha's family. He decides to leave and Raf supports Essie through her distress. 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. 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. , The storyline concluded on-screen as Sacha decided to cancel surgery on Joe because of his Jewish background, despite medical professionals being required to treat all patients equally regardless of their views. ", "Will Holby City's Essie Harrison lose teen Parker Whitfield? 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. The two had fallen out over him kissing her then boyfriend Ben Sherwood (Charlie Condou) and her hiding the truth about Isla from him. Add a comment. 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.  In October 2014, it was announced that Wragg had been asked to return to the show on a permanent basis.  Essie and Raf marry in a registry office and do not tell their friends. 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). , For her portrayal of Essie, Wragg was nominated for Best Drama Star at the 2020 Inside Soap Awards.  The story helped to showcase Essie's backstory as she tries to talk Ivor down and discloses her own past addictions. When Frankie Rendell (Sophie Harkness) is admitted to Keller, she reveals that she is Raf's relative. Wragg decided to accept the role because she liked Essie's introduction into the series. He added that it was interesting that the two characters had both been "longing to have a family of their own." Essie manages to locate Ivor and tries to convince him to let Mel go, but he takes her hostage too. , In July 2016, Holby City aired a dramatic hostage situation for Essie. 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. Holby City was a tearjerker tonight.. She's a fantastic nurse with a big heart, but a broken life that leaves her unsure of who she is and where she's going. Along the way people wished her well, and Essie looked happy and relaxed. It’s certainly not looking too promising for the character at the moment, having discovered in April that the disease had returned. She first appeared in the series sixteen episode "My Name Is Joe", broadcast on 6 May 2014. Condou said Ben leaves because he also feels "awkward" and finds it "difficult" that Essie left him for another man. Wragg added "Essie realises the situation isn't going to go away. She makes a great friend for other characters and a writer from BBC Online branded her "a rock". (2015), When Wragg finished filming her original stint on Holby City, producers discussed the possibility of a future return. Tragically, Fletch arrived at the multi-faith room alone, to break the news that Essie had died moments earlier.  The show's producer's decided to write Essie out to protect the character.  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. ", 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.  Essie's cancer story resumed during an episode where she attends a regular cancer check up. Their romance is over-shadowed because Sacha and his family are Jewish and they struggle to accept her due to Joe's actions. Find out more », Wayne Rooney responds to rumours John Terry is frontrunner for Derby County job, Black mums campaign for diverse Christmas decorations with powerful advert, Missing Brit may not be in mountains as police look at ‘other options’. She made plenty of mistakes herself but always acknowledged them eventually; she was funny, fierce and loyal and was always there to pick up others when they were down. A writer for What's on TV stated that "Essie is plagued with guilt over Josef's past".  She soon realises Ben is just trying to get acquainted with his new colleagues and begins to like him. 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. I'm looking forward to the clashes!'  Wragg praised Sampson's performance and spoke her amazement of his change from comedy character to "real ragged monster". Of her return Wragg stated: "Essie is a such a layered character that I can't wait to see how things unfold once I return.  The actress told Hannah Verdier from TV Magazine that she was enjoying playing the character. " The actress found playing a patient very different; she filmed many scenes in a hospital bed and wanted to sleep after finding it hard to focus. Condou commented that their relationship causes tension between Essie and Sacha. The scenes featured Essie struggling with the fact she is unable to get pregnant. Essie’s death came as a shock because of the circumstances around it. Wragg liked that the story divided viewer opinion. One of Essie's personality traits is her ability to recognise people's "inner turmoil" and help them.  Wragg has labelled Essie as having "a big heart" and being "fantastic" at her nursing job. Despite this, Sacha always plays a key role in the stories and the pair eventually reunite. 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. Condou told Sue Crawford of the Metro that "I genuinely believe Ben was in love with Essie and wanted to marry her. 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. 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. 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. Wragg said that even Essie is beginning to believe Isla is her own child. As Essie’s Holby ‘family’ waited for her in the multi-faith chapel for a hastily arranged wedding to her beloved soul-mate Sacha (Bob Barrett), Fletch (Alex Walkinshaw) and Essie made their way there with Fletch pushing Essie in a wheelchair because she was too weak to walk. 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). The character is killed-off as she prepares for her wedding to Sacha and her death featuring in the episode had not been revealed prior to transmission.  In September 2016, writers took Essie in a new direction when they decided to end Essie and Sacha's relationship. Wragg concluded that "this incident wakes Essie up to a lot of home truths. In addition writers decided to portray another cancer story alongside Essie's, featuring Adrian "Fletch" Fletcher (Alex Walkinshaw). Condou told Metro's Calli Kitson that Ben sees himself as "quite confident" and a "ladies man".  In an interview with Daniel Kilkelly of Digital Spy (October 2015), producer Simon Harper declared of his love for the pairing, but warned of his intention to develop the "will they / won't they?' She ends up being taken there after other hospitals are over capacity. It does not shy away from tackling the tragedy of sexual assault, the complexities of gender identity, and the moral quandaries that plague doctors on a daily basis. His departure sees him shot dead by Fredrik Johanssen (Billy Postlethwaite). 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He thought Essie needed a reason to fight the cancer and carry on, and that without Isla she might just give up.  Essie returned to the show during the series seventeen episode titled "Squeeze the Pips" (7 April 2015). A What's on TV reporter said the development left Sacha "stunned". The second being whether Sacha's family will ultimately be able to accept Essie. 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. He also does not consider how his relationship may effect his family. Join the community by leaving a comment below and stay updated on all things soaps at our homepage. , The pair end their romance and Raf has a short-lived relationship with drug addict Kim Whitfield (Louisa Clein). ... Sacha’s colleagues are concerned by his nonchalant behaviour, following Essie’s death, but will he turn them all away in favour of a stranger? ", Wragg took a three-month break from the series in 2018 and teased on Twitter that Essie's story was "not quite over". Tonight's shocking Holby City scenes saw Guy and Ric's feud reach a cataclysmic climax, while Nicky and Cameron got passionate and Sacha and Essie hit … Sacha and Essie were about to tie the knot in … Includes exclusive content, spoilers and interviews before they're seen on the site. " Essie tries to make excuses not to see them and Dominic notices her reluctance and makes it more difficult for her to be dishonest. 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 … Her death came gently but suddenly, with no time for final goodbyes. Biography Death. The story begins when Essie treats patient Ivor Weiland (Ryan Sampson) on AAU and she gets along well with Ivor's comedic personality. Wragg told Sue Crawford of Daily Express that Essie left to "catch up with her life". He revealed that he and Wragg enjoyed the playing story with Sacha's jealously. Essie's professionalism in her nursing role also attracts Rafs to her. She just wanted to enjoy being in love for a bit longer before the reality of family life kicked in. , In 2019, producers devised an unauthorised parenting story for the character.  Essie tells other characters that she has adopted Isla. , —Wragg on Essie and Sacha's relationship. 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.  Tyler (Inside Soap) wrote that she and audiences "were thrilled" that Essie returned to the series.  McFadden told Tyler that he was surprised when he learned Essie and Raf would become romantically involved. She added that "she finds him really endearing" and "sees a really vulnerable person, who needs care and attention. 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She added that the crew agreed with her and after several months had pass, the feeling on-set remained the same. The actor added that Sacha needs to stop being possessive and give Essie some space. Wragg's departure were one of the final scenes filmed before Holby City paused production due to the coronavirus pandemic and feature in the show's final episode before going on a transmission break. Essie, who … Watch later Sacha's Jewish mother Esther Levy (Frances Cuka) is furious and orders Sacha to stop seeing Essie. Gregarious and mischievous, Essie is warm, sparky and rebellious. Essie decides to return to London to visit a doctor but tries to avoid Holby City hospital. Holby City Bob Barrett has spoken out about Sacha Levy's shocking new romance with Jodie Rodgers. dynamic" further. Sacha admits he never wanted another child and they decide to break-up. Much of her support came from Fletch, himself going through cancer treatment for part of the time. Her need to have a child of her own also causes problems.  Sacha's Wragg told a What's on TV reporter that Essie knows it will be inevitable that Sacha's children will be a part of her life but she is not ready. 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 …  He tells Essie that she will need to undergo a hysterectomy to survive. Writers soon revisited Raf and Essie's story, with McFadden confirming it would be a serious relationship.  Essie and Ben share a kiss during his debut episode. It is then revealed that he is an escaped Nazi war criminal which shocks Essie because she was completely unaware. " Their colleague, Victoria Wilson was delighted that Essie chose Sacha over Ben following a proposal of marriage.  Essie eventually tells Fletch the truth who decides to involve social services to make a final decision about Isla's care.  Essie returns to the series in July 2018 after spending time with Raf's family in Scotland. Wragg was happy that her character's arrival was not linked to nursing. Essie Harrison (also Di Lucca) is a fictional character from the BBC medical drama Holby City, played by actress Kaye Wragg. , Essie was later paired with registrar Raf di Lucca (Joe McFadden) as they embark on a casual relationship. The need for Isla's medical history leads Essie to tell Sacha the truth. Photo credit: BBC.  Ben decides to be honest about his sexuality and comes out as gay. She’s going to leave a massive hole that will be hard to fill. ", The scenes become sinister when Ivor decides to seek out morphine to treat his addiction. The story held consequences for Essie as she is forced to deal with the reality of her grandfather's past. Daniel Kilkelly of Digital Spy reported that Essie would resume her nursing duties at the hospital and her relationship with Sacha. Sacha soon discovers they are involved with each other and confronts them.  Raf reaches his decision when he learns that his brother Giuseppe Di Lucca (Iain Robertson) is being unfaithful to his wife. She first appeared in the series sixteenepisode "My Name Is Joe", broadcast on 6 May 2014. She is characterised as an opinionated nurse who is not afraid to challenge the healthcare system. Sue Haasler is the author of five novels and the official BBC Holby City book, which you can read about here. " Essie is an opinionated character and does not shy away from voicing them in medical scenarios. ", "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. Technically, she has a child that isn't hers, and by law, shouldn't still have. 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 has confirmed a comeback … Holby City star Bob Barrett on how the BBC medical drama will be paying homage to the NHS and how Sacha is hit with terrible grief. , Essie fosters teenager Parker Whitfield (Louis Davison), who is the son of Raf's ex-girlfriend Kim. Sacha decides to take Essie to Wales to escape the negative press attention. Essie has always been a strong character, but Holby resisted the cliched narrative of someone ‘battling’ cancer. Essie struggles to bond with him, so Raf tries to support Essie and help them.  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. Sign in to like videos, comment, and subscribe. Holby City shock as Essie’s man Ben kisses her best friend Dom He's facing a huge dilemma now . 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. They go on a journey together and learn "their worst fears" and "lost opportunities" amidst an uncertain future.  McFadden added that Sacha eventually accepts that Essie marrying Raf is in her best interests. ", "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. He described the story as "two most caring nurses now have to care for each other" in their cancer battle. Essie was raised by Joe, so she considers him to be her hero and the revelation throws "Essie's world into complete disarray".  The story also served as a catalyst for relationship problems between Essie and Sacha. Essie Harrison (also Di Lucca) is a fictional character from the BBC medical drama Holby City, played by actress Kaye Wragg. She is characterised as an opinionated nurse who is not afraid to challenge the healthcare system. ", 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.  In another episode, Ben gets close to Dominic and kisses him. But they added that the storyline had viewers "gripped" to the show.  Essie initially does not like Ben's flirting due to struggles in her personal life. Wragg explained "what you find out about Joe is very dramatic, and there are lots of layers for Essie to unravel." She is enjoying having Sacha to herself in the early stages of their romance. McFadden stated that Raf is "a bit of a sentimentalist and got attached to her." Appearing in a behind-the-scenes video released by the show, the actor revealed that the story forms Wragg's exit from the show. Cowardly Cameron struggles to be the hero, but will he come up smelling of roses? The actress added that "despite the good reasons behind it, it is legally and ethically wrong.  The following week, Ivor is readmitted to hospital and diagnosed with a pseudoaneurysm and sepsis. I adore working with Bob Barrett and am very excited to work alongside his big hearted Sacha again, ups and downs regardless. When their colleagues find out they make a spectacle of the wedding news.  Raf was later killed off when McFadden chose to leave the series. " Essie manages to convince Ivor to set them free. Other stories include being held hostage by a patient, unauthorised parenting and a promotion to the hospital's transplant coordinator. Very soon it became clear that the chemo wasn’t working and the only option for Essie was palliative care. Essie realises she must tell Sacha the truth. McFadden was also keen for their relationship to be fully explored.  He also hoped it would raise awareness of cancer and praised Wragg and Walkinshaw's "heart-breaking performances".  Ben and Sacha become "competitors" which is difficult and "very awkward" because Sacha is a "genuinely lovely guy" just like Ben. , Essie is introduced into the show as the granddaughter of sick patient Joe Goodridge (Julian Glover). He does not realise their romance is not serious and in his angst he collapses with chest pain. Is Essie going to die in Holby City?  Essie begins working on the AAU ward.  Wragg told Katy Moon from Inside Soap that Essie and Joe's storyline was unusual and this attracted her to take the role. Joe's final scenes see Essie and Sacha witness him voicing hateful opinions about the Jewish community. She was right that Sacha was going to find it hard to cope, and he reacted to Essie’s efforts to get Isla’s future settled by persuading Isla’s mother to stay away. " The story ends with Ben leaving the hospital and Essie getting back together with Sacha. 19 Feb 2020, 12:05 | Updated: 29 Feb 2020, 03:21. As scenes air viewers realise that he is not confident. Be back end of July/August time.  Wragg acknowledged that some viewers were "excited" about Essie's relationship with Raf. 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 explained that their wedding would be low-key because of Raf's need for privacy after his previous failed marriage. Part 13 of Mashed Up Tropes Fics; Language: English Words: 4,205 Chapters: 1/1 Comments: 3 Kudos: 42 Hits: 224  But the newspapers become aware of her situation and run the story. Essie puts on a brave face Sacha and Dominic reveal a rumour that Ben got a nurse pregnant at his previous hospital after a one-night stand.  Wragg was shocked when she learned that writers ended the relationship. The actress added "the idea of being the 'stepmum' is a bit frightening for her. Essie arrives at Holby City employed as an agency nurse working on the hospital's AAU and Keller wards.  Essie later secures a job as the hospital's new Transplant coordinator. 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. 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. So she wants to be the person that helps him. Holby City's Essie Harrison died in a heartbreaking twist on tonight's final episode. I don't think he was conscious of the fact he was living a lie — it's so deeply buried. She commented that upon watching "We were like a proud mum at the school nativity play. " A writer from What's on TV similarly stated that "Essie and Sacha's relationship has certainly had its ups and downs. Essie's main stories have been centric to her relationship with registrar Sacha Levy (Bob Barrett). As he does Sacha rushes into the room and pushes Ivor onto broken glass and he ruptures his aneurysm. In a beautiful episode last month Essie’s late husband Raf (Joe McFadden) ‘came back from the dead.’ He wasn’t portrayed as a ghost, but as though he’d been conjured up by Essie’s mind to help her try to make sense of the fact that she was going to die at such a young age.  Essie departs in the twenty-fifth episode of series 22, broadcast on 11 August 2020. I’ve got cancer.’. She confides in friend and colleague Dominic Copeland (David Ames) that she is not ready. " As the story progresses, Essie begins dating Ben and eventually decides to tell him the truth about Isla.  Rosa Doherty from The Jewish Community said that it was an "unlikely bond" under the circumstances with her grandfather. 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.  Wragg explained that Essie puts herself in danger because "she's like a dog with a bone" and thought she could help Ivor. ", Writers remained committed to developing the couple and in later episodes Raf decides to ask Essie to marry him. Sign in.  Despite this, Wragg believed Essie was in control and not frightened of Ivor despite his violent threats. The final episode before Holby's latest hiatus saw Essie and Sacha decide to bring their nuptials forward, determined not to waste more time. She envisions a "little family unit". Is Debenhams still open and when will the stores be closing down? Dominic attends the appointment with Essie to spare Sacha the worry. 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)..  Harper explained to a representative of the Holocaust Educational Trust, that Holby City thrives from stories of character's professional ethics being challenged by their personal demons. Holby City spoilers. 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. The first questioning whether or not Essie has left having children too late in her life. The actor stated that Raf develops feelings for Essie because he is not "sophisticated enough" for a friends with benefits arrangement. She is also played as a warm person who makes a good friend for fellow characters and strives to provide excellent patient care. Barrett told Katy Moon from Inside Soap that Sacha underestimates the situation when he asks her. She added that "at this particular point in her life she’s less afraid of the word cancer and more fearful of losing the chance of becoming a mum. The producers could've at least allowed Essie to have her wedding before she passed away.. She is also played as a warm person who makes a good friend for fellow characters and strive…  Wragg told Tyler that each time they filmed as scene as Essie and Raf infront of Sacha, "it felt like such a betrayal." She is an independent female with "spontaneous, emboldening and fun" characteristics.  Laura Denby, writing for the Radio Times, hoped that Essie's death would have "a profound effect on every character" and expected it to "change the show forever". 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.’.  Essie begins to feel unwell while staying with them.  Essie is then offered a job at Holby City hospital and she develops a friendship with colleague Sacha. Condou told Sophie Dainty from Digital Spy that the duo get into a relationship "fairly quickly". The actress added that Essie is "madly in love with Sacha" and the physical need for a child takes over. Essie surprises Raf and agrees to marry him. , Holby City Producer Simon Harper personally decided to create the storyline because he had a European upbringing and studied the Holocaust extensively. 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.  Barratt told Laura-Jayne Tyler from Inside Soap that their romance played a part in Sacha's despression because it "knocked him for six". 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. Both are battling serious illnesses, with Fletch (Alex Walkinshaw) facing prostate cancer and Essie (Kaye Wragg) is undergoing intensive chemotherapy.  Essie's independent nature is sometimes a problem for Sacha because he likes to feel depended upon. Sasha had already been married twice and shares children with both ex-partners. Canon Divergence: Bernie's never yet worked at Holby City General Hospital when they have an encounter amid snow and ice.  Zosia wants to discover the truth and prevents Joe from signing a form instructing doctors not to revive him. Essie is upset because it is a final confirmation that she will never be able to conceive a child of her own. Joe McFadden is set … He was particularly interested in stories of escaped war criminals and he believed it was inevitable that he would cover the subject during his career. She commented that they "see the goodness in the story and Essie cares for Isla for "the right reasons". 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. They later realised they should because cancer statistically affects many people during their lifetime.  Wragg told What's on TV's Wilson that her character "likes to champion the underdog" and those who appear beyond help. Wragg believed that Essie really loves Sacha and she makes him realise that they want the same things out of life, to be "settled and happy". Wragg described their interactions as "lovely" and warned their "spark" could develop into a romance. The BBC medical drama returned to screens tonight (November 10) after a three-month break, with a special episode primarily focusing on coronavirus . Wragg believed that Essie had a "unique relationship" with Henrik, she felt able to confide in him and she wanted him to treat her. Photo credit: BBC. He decides to keep quiet and let her continue to care for Isla. The character made her on-screen debut during the series sixteen episode "My Name Is Joe", which was broadcast on 6 May 2014. I know it's only acting, but that was very sad.. Series.  The pair later get along better and her fostering becomes a success.  Wragg also appears as Essie in a two-part crossover episode with Holby City's sister show, Casualty, originally broadcast in March 2019.. While others remained loyal to her pairing with Sacha. This is a fitting epitaph for a character who was nurturing, supportive and loving but who could also be judgemental. Condou added that Ben "definitely falls for Essie in a big way. Holby City spoilers: Series 22 Episode 26. The series consists of 52 episodes. Essie arrives at Holby City employed as an agency nurse working on the hospital's AAU and Keller wards. There are going to be future complications with that and also future happiness. Essie decides to convince Sacha they should be together.  Essie is convinced that Sacha's Jewish family will not accept her because of her grandfather's past. 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. Parker's mother Kim returns and asks Parker to move to Gibraltar with her. Wragg explained that Essie did not want to see her former colleagues and the move was accidental. Essie’s main battles were with her own conscience – was she letting people down?  Of Essie's fostering success, Wragg stated "when Essie took on Parker, it was a big shock for her to suddenly have this very different life, but I always knew she'd be a great mum. 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 … He tries hard to impress Essie but often often says the wrong things. Dominic suggested the Kardashians as a suitable subject of conversation, but of course Hanssen had absolutely no clue what he was talking about and instead almost bored her to death on the spot talking about Babylonian kings. Wragg branded it "tiny highlight" of the issues that arise from unauthorised parenting. Episode guide, trailer, review, preview, cast list and where to stream it on demand, on catch up and download. , In 2020, producers decided to revisit Essie's cancer story with the disease returning once again.  The production team was also keen to portray antisemitism in the spotlight. The show's producer Simon Harper was fond of the pairing but tasked his writing team to create a series of dilemmas for them. It's not going to be plain-sailing and very complicated for everyone involved. ", "She loves that man to pieces. Like with Raf before him, Ben has to contend with Essie's on-off relationship with Sacha. She noted that Essie and Sasha had a turbulent relationship, adding "it's not always been plain sailing for the pair.  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. " When Raf tries to talk to Parker about Essie, he accidentally reveals that they are in a relationship. He really likes her. ", Writers soon introduced issues into their relationship. Tonight’s Holby City featured the incredibly emotional exit of much loved character Essie Di Lucca, (Kaye Wragg). ", In one episode Isla becomes ill and Essie is unaware of her medical history.  Holocaust survivor Kitty Hart-Moxon visited the set to talk to cast and crew of the storyline's importance. McFadden told Wilson that the pair did not want any drama at their wedding. He realises he could never behave like his sibling.  Henrik Hanssen (Guy Henry) treats Essie and she is diagnosed with ovarian cancer. McFadden explained that Raf "realises just how much he loves Essie and how much he wants to commit.