As Holby returns to BBC One on 10th November with a special Coronavirus episode which sees Holby City’s CEO Max (Jo Martin) wrestle to keep the hospital in control and her staff safe as the virus takes hold. But it’s not just the pandemic Max is fighting, as Ric (Hugh Quarshie) goes head to head with Max for control of the hospital. As the task at hand proves to be bigger than anyone could have imagined, it begins to take its toll on Max and the Holby City staff, will they all survive? 

Holby City; Ric Griffin
Hugh Quarshie as Ric Griffin ©BBC

Hugh Quarshie will be leaving Holby City after 19 years as Ric Griffin. Appearing in over 500 episodes, Hugh is Holby City’s longest serving cast member. Throughout the show’s history, viewers have seen Ric get caught up in shootings and explosions, separate conjoined twins, have five on-screen marriages and even get accused of manslaughter.

Hugh Quarshie says: “I came very close to quitting acting entirely before being invited to join Holby City.  I had felt unfulfilled and that I never quite fitted in. Holby City changed all that.  The work became absorbing, colleagues became friends.  I wouldn’t have stayed so long if it hadn’t been a great place to work, and leaving will be like leaving home – a place where there is warmth and a welcome, a place to which you can always return…”