Holby City will be welcoming Serena back very soon

Sophie Dainty
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From Digital Spy

Holby City fans don't have long to wait until Serena Campbell's return, as Catherine Russell is back at work this week.

The actress took a break from the show earlier this year, but is due to return to filming next week – meaning Serena's comeback is getting closer.

Catherine excited her Twitter followers today (October 12) by revealing that she was on her way to the studios for a costume fitting – ahead of her official return on Monday.

"About to get a @TLRailUK train for the 1st time in 9 months to @ElstreeStudios It's due at 8.53 from #Streatham. Watch this space folks," she said, before later adding: "1st day filming on Monday. Today is all about costume!"

Serena made a temporary departure from the show at the start of the year, in order to appear in the comedy play What the Butler Saw.

Although Serena's return wasn't officially confirmed back then, it was always clear that she wouldn't be gone for that long – with show boss Kate Hall promising that her popular love story with Bernie Wolfe wasn't over.

Kate said to Digital Spy: "As I was story producer previously, Bernie and Serena is my storyline and I'm highly invested in that. It's a very personal storyline for me, because it's loosely based on a friend of mine. I was maid of honour at her wedding to her partner, when they were finally able to get married in the UK. So the story is a celebration, really.

"Telly is incredibly hard to work in, as the shoot hours can be very long, so sometimes cast members will ask for a break. The only reason there is a hiatus in that storyline is for this reason. If we can make it work, we always try to say yes, because it's a great way of keeping your talent."

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She added: "Catherine Russell is having beautiful travels in Europe and having a smashing time, while Jemma Redgrave also wanted a break. I can promise there's no way I'd work so hard to create something I believe in so fundamentally and then just kick it into the gutter.

"I'm overwhelmed and really gratified by the reaction that story has received, because I'm very proud of it. Of course we will return to it as and when the actors feel ready to return, but suffice to say, that's a love story that remains."

Holby City airs on Tuesday nights on BBC One.

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