Holby City to air stillbirth storyline for Helen and Lofty

Justin Harp
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From Digital Spy

Holby City is set to bring awareness to stillbirths with an upcoming storyline.

Lofty (Lee Mead) is expecting a child with Helen (Verity Marshall), a woman with whom he had a fling on holiday. Her pregnancy was originally kept from Lofty when his husband Dom (David Ames) found out first, but the truth finally came out last month.

An episode airing later this month will see Lofty, Dom and Helen go through the heartbreak of losing their baby, setting off a new storyline for the trio as they process the grief.

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Holby City's writing team working with both bereavement and medical specialists to ensure that the stillbirth and its after-effects on the parents are depicted accurately on-screen.

"Holby City doesn’t shy away from covering difficult and sometimes, as in this case, very sad issues which can resonate with the audience," executive producer Simon Harper said today (November 11).

"The loss of the baby is terrible for Helen, and we also felt that the father’s perspective is traditionally perhaps overlooked. Lofty and Dom’s relationship gives us the chance to explore that. Lee, David and Verity all give beautifully pitched performances in a heart-breaking episode."

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Lee Mead added that he is honoured to be bringing awareness to such an important issue, saying: "After knowing people close to me who have sadly been through a similar experience, I think it’s really important and brave for Holby City to shine a light on the reality that some families have to face. I’m really proud to have been a part of it.”

Holby City airs on Tuesdays at 8pm on BBC One, with these stillbirth storyline scenes premiering later in November.

Sands supports anyone affected by the death of a baby. You can contact the Sands National Helpline on 0808 164 3332, or email helpline@sands.org.uk.

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