Holby City and Casualty spoilers follow.
Casualty fans have had an emotional reaction after Alex Walkinshaw, who played Fletch on Holby City, appeared in tonight’s (April 2) episode.
The character’s return to Casualty comes after Holby City aired its last episode on March 29 following the show’s axe.
Alex’s appearance was confirmed in a video posted on Casualty‘spage on March 31, showing Fletch in a “short visit” on set for a special scene with Derek Thompson (Charlie Fairhead).
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The closing moments of tonight’s episode saw Fletch putting up posters around the Emergency Department for a memorial service in Jac Naylor’s honour.
Fletch and Charlie discussed Jac’s recent death and the relationship that Fletch had with her in the scene, with Charlie saying: “I heard, I was gonna come and find you. I know you were close.”
“Well, as close as she’d let anyone get. You know Jac, she never did emotion, not even at the end,” Fletch told him. “They broke the mould with that one.”
“They certainly did,” Charlie replied. “End of an era.”
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Fletch then told Charlie that since Jac’s passing, her department had been inundated with cards, flowers and messages from people who she had helped.
“What’s that saying?” Charlie mused. “He who saves one life – she who saves one life – saves the world.”
He then promised Fletch he would come to the memorial to remember Jac.
Fans flocked to Twitter to share their reaction with one: “Good to see @WalkinshawAlex in #Casualty & #holby jac piece.”
A second user expressed hopes of seeing Alex’s character back on the show long-term,: “betting Fletch be back in the ED before long #Casualty.”
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“I’m gonna end up crying again seeing fletch put up a memorial poster for Jac amazing how they cross over with Holby now it’s over #Casualty,” another fan.
A fourth added their hope to see even more Holby stars appear on Casualty,: “Would just love lots of Holby characters to turn up on Casualty, feel it’s lost its way recently. If you do on a regular basis, well, it’s a guarantee lots of Holby fans, who haven’t watched Casualty, would be then!”
Of course, Fletch originally made his debut on Casualty in 2012, crossing over to Holby City in 2014.
Speaking recently to Digital Spy, before news of his cameo was announced, Alex joked that Fletch “is too old to be running round an ED”, adding his concern that he could “slip and break a hip”.
Casualty airs on Saturdays on BBC One and streams on BBC iPlayer.
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