Holby City watchers complained there were too many gays

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The series about the life in hospital faces strong criticism from the audience for having too many gay plotlines. Speaking to the Daily Star, the BBC’s head of continuing drama, Oliver Kent defended the show saying: “I am involved in Holby City and we had complaints recently because it was deemed by some viewers that we had too many gay characters. And that’s because at the time we had two gay love stories. We had four characters out of 17. I don’t think that’s disproportionate.” The show features David Ames as gay doctor Dominic Copeland, and Lee Mead as former Casualty character Lofty Chiltern. The show has previously faced criticism for depicting homosexuality when two main characters kissed. In a statement, the corporation said: “Holby City aims to reflect real life in the setting of a medical drama and this means telling stories about characters from many different backgrounds, faiths, religions and sexualities. We approach our portrayal of same-sex relationships in the same way as we do heterosexual relationships and aim to ensure depictions of affection or sexuality between couples are suitable for pre-watershed viewing.”

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