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Exclusive: 'Holby City' teasers from producer Myar Craig-Brown

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Holby City's series producer Myar Craig-Brown recently had a chat with Digital Spy about the show's revamp and what's to come over the next few months.

Without any further ado, if you haven't already, make sure to read the main interview for chat about Malick, Dan, Chantelle and Eddi among other topics.

If you've already read the first piece, here Soap Scoop presents some bonus snippets focusing on Oliver, Sahira, Frieda and more!

Are there any more crossovers with Casualty on the way?
"There's none immediately on the horizon, but we are all part of the same hospital, so I'm sure there will be!"

Can we expect any new arrivals in the months ahead?
"I think we do need a new leading man, so that's something that we're working on at the moment."

We've seen Chrissie end up heartbroken quite a few times, so could there be any happiness on the horizon for her?
"Totally. I think you've got to wonder whether Sacha is ever going to get his woman. They have a son together and I would really like to see it go that way."

Penny's death had a strong reaction from the Holby fans - what did you make of the response?
"I hope that it was unexpected. In terms of Emma leaving us, it was something that all parties agreed on and she also wanted to try her hand in America. And what's going to be big now is the fallout on Penny's brother Olly and how he's going to come to terms with that. He'll face an emotional rollercoaster of feeling that he was second best to her, and he'll wonder whether he deserves to stay in medicine. Whether he's good enough to stay in medicine will be his big storyline."

There was some surprise that Penny didn't get an on-screen death - what was the reasoning behind that?
"To be honest, I think it was so that the story could really focus on Olly, so that was the reason for the call we made on that."

Sahira Shah from Holby City
Can you tease any future developments for Sahira?
"I think Greg is the biggest tease I can give! Sahira is a mum, a wife and she loves her family and career equally. Her storylines see her walk the line of how she balances both. But there's been an amazing relationship developing between her and Greg, and it's going to be exacerbated by a blast from Greg's past arriving in a few weeks' time. That's about ten weeks away, and it'll help us learn more about his backstory. It also pushes him and Sahira closer together. But I don't want it to be a conventional soap or serial drama story about a woman who has an affair, because I think it's not as simple as that. We're trying to mine the difficulties that people face if they fall in love with somebody else."

Frieda also seems to be a fan favourite, so is there some good stuff on the way for her?
"Olga Fedori, who plays Frieda, is fantastic. Frieda has just gone off-screen as her dad has died, but she will return. She returns with more determination to focus on her job. But she also returns to find a young F1 called Lulu who challenges her, so there'll be a bit of a competitive rivalry between those two for a while!"

Finally, is there anyone else we should be keeping our eye on in the months ahead?
"Definitely Michael Spence with the whole Plastics vs. cardiothoracics situation. That will be a really big storyline for us running right up until the end of the current series in October. It'll explore whether cardiothoracics is going to close down and whether Plastics is going to take over. And will Elliot and Greg lose their jobs and have to leave Holby?"

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