Holby City spoilers: Major returns revealed but who is back from the dead?

Patricia Potter is set to reprise her role as Diane Lloyd (Picture: BBC)

A host of classic Holby City characters are to return to the soap as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations – but a major character will be returning from the dead in a shock twist.

Patricia Potter is set to reprise her role as Diane Lloyd in a special episode which will go beyond the realms of the hospital into very different territory for the programme.

Last seen in 2007, one or two of Dianes colleagues will be rather surprised to see her again, to say the least.

Its lovely to be returning to Holby, Patricia said of her surprise appearance.

I really enjoyed my time there and made fantastic friends as well as meeting my husband. Returning after a decade is very weird but its as friendly as ever and revisiting Diane feels like putting on an old glove!



She had a tragic end and this storyline feels like it puts the character to bed with some peace and resolution. Its great.

Paul Bradley
Paul Bradley will be back too! (Picture: BBC)

Paul Bradley is also amongst the latest set of classic characters confirmed to grace the hospital wards once again, returning to BBC Ones long-running drama series as Elliot Hope for its 1000th episode.

Coming back for a total of five episodes, Elliot visits the hospital to see his old friend and protégé Jac, or so he tells her, but it wont be long before his ulterior motive is unveiled and his old colleagues discover the real reason behind his return.

The hugely popular storyline of the Tan twins is also going to be revisited. Last seen on screen in 2008 as the memorable conjoined twin babies, the now 11 year old patients will come back to the ward where their life changing separation surgery took place.

Simon Harper, Executive Producer of Holby City and Casualty said: How could we possibly celebrate Holbys 20th anniversary without a return stint from one of our most beloved characters?

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Its not often we literally bring a character back from the dead, and no, Diane wont be walking out of the shower and telling her colleagues it was all a decade long dream.



He added: Her return is in itself an anniversary homage to a time on the show when we experimented quite regularly with genre and style, so the audience can expect something very different indeed in a unique and quirky episode where Ric faces a terrifying and life-changing choice, and the world of the hospital is literally turned upside down.

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