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  This Week To End

The BBC's late-night political show This Week is to end, after presenter Andrew Neil decided to step down.

The BBC One show will not be recommissioned after its current run finishes in July.

The programme began in 2003 and has been mostly hosted by Mr Neil. Regular panellists have included Labour's Diane Abbott and Michael Portillo.

"We couldn't imagine This Week without the inimitable Andrew Neil," said the BBC's Director of News Fran Unsworth.

She called Mr Neil "one of Britain's best political interviewers" and said he was "bowing out of late-night presenting on the show, at the top of his game".

Unsworth added: "We want to keep Andrew at the heart of the BBC's political coverage.

"He continues to present Politics Live on Thursdays and we look forward to developing future projects with him."

The programme's format sees the panel welcome political and celebrity guests to discuss the biggest news stories of the week.

Former Conservative MP and defence secretary Portillo is a regular panellist on the show and appeared alongside Labour's shadow home secretary, Abbott, until 2010. The pair were known for getting on well on-screen and were described as a "perfect combination" by Andrew Neil.

Medical Series Crossover

The casts of BBC One's Casualty and Holby City are to appear together for the first time since 2005.

They will appear in a two-part special when a cyber-attack plunges Holby City Hospital into chaos.

The storylines will be "intertwined" as characters from both series interact across the two episodes, the BBC said.

The crossover will begin during Casualty on Saturday 2 March and will conclude during Holby City on Tuesday 5 March on BBC One.

It is part of Holby City's 20th anniversary celebrations, where throughout the year there will be guest appearances from returning Holby characters.

Amanda Mealing will return in the crossover episodes in her role as Connie Beauchamp.

The various storylines will include a car crash, a possible pregnancy and two members of staff will find their life in the balance, with only one theatre available in the blackout.

Simon Harper, executive producer of Holby City and Casualty said there had been fan demand for the episodes.

"We've known for some time there's been major audience appetite for a mega crossover between these sister shows," he said.

 

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