HOLBY City has been CANCELLED after 23 years on screen.

The popular BBC medical show will air its final scenes in March 2022.

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The much-loved show, created as a spin-off from BBC's Casualty by Tony McHale and Mal Young, premiered in 1999.

It became a huge hit with fans as it followed the drama of the staff who work in Holby City Hospital.

But now it's coming to an end.

In a press release published earlier today, the BBC stated: "We are incredibly proud of Holby City but it’s with great sadness that we are announcing that after 23 years, the show will end on screen in March of next year.

"We sometimes have to make difficult decisions to make room for new opportunities and as part of the BBC's commitment to make more programmes across the UK, we have taken the difficult decision to bring the show to a close in order to reshape the BBC's drama slate to better reflect, represent and serve all parts of the country.

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank the amazing team at BBC Studios and all the cast and crew who have been involved in the show since 1999.

"Holby has been a stalwart with audiences, delighting millions of viewers each week and winning hundreds of awards with a compelling mix of cutting edge medical stories and explosive personal stories.

"We look forward to working with the team over the coming months to ensure that when it ends, Holby goes out on a high."

The show's official Twitter page also took the time to thank fans for all their love and support over the years.

They stated: "We’re very sorry to bring you the sad news that Holby City will come to an end in March next year, after 23 amazing years. 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."

They continued: "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."

Fans of the show flocked to Twitter to share their devastation.

One wrote: "no more holby city after march 2022 @BBCHolbyCity #HolbyCity #gutted."

Another said: "I am in total shock of this news. #HolbyCity is such a rich series, reflecting the real life struggles of the NHS, something we all take for granted so much. I'm so glad I was able to experience this series firsthand as a runner a couple of years back, and will miss it greatly."

A third tweeted: "This has got to be a late April fool. Who's starting a petition to keep it on? Gutted #HolbyCity."

A fourth simply added: "i'm so speechless gang #holbycity."

Another pointed out: "Can I just point out the absurdity of cancelling #HolbyCity when the beeb make shows like #ICanSeeYourVoice and #PoochPerfect? WTAF…"

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