Holby City fans' petition to save the show has surpassed another milestone, as viewers continue to campaign to save the long-running hospital drama.
The BBC soap devastated loyal viewers last week when it announced that the programme, which began in 1999 as a spin-off to Casualty, was going to conclude in March 2022, having been on air for more than two decades.
In response, fans drew up a change.org petition to try and persuade the broadcaster to reconsider its decision to "scrap" the programme, and that petition has now reached a big milestone, having received over 30,000 signatures.
According to a note from Change.Org on the official page too, if the petition goes on to reach 35,000 signatures, it will become one of the top signed petitions on the website.
Started by an individual named Jon Rodd, the petition argues that Holby City is an "important representation of the work that the NHS does" and highlights "the issues the NHS and its staff and patients face".
"The show has raised awareness about so many issues of value to the public – whether that's mental health, bereavement, exploring faith or sexuality," it added, before championing the show's diversity and how each episode manages to highlight issues within society and the medical profession.
In a statement confirming that Holby City would be coming to an end next year, the BBC said: "We are so very grateful to all of Holby's wonderful cast, crew, writers, producers – and to our millions of loyal viewers and fans for being part of our show.
"This tough decision reflects the BBC's commitment to make more programmes across the UK and to better reflect, represent and serve all parts of the country.
"We promise that Holby will get the send-off it deserves. Thank you for your continued support and love for the series."
Holby City airs on Tuesday nights on BBC One.
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