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Fletch (played by Alex Walkinshaw) promised to walk Essie (Kaye Wragg) down the aisle for her wedding to Sacha (Bob Barrett) and he was seen smiling as he pushed her wheelchair. But as the latest instalment of Holby City came to an end, he realised Essie had died on the way to the ceremony and he broke down in tears.

Fans of the BBC series know Fletch has also been battling with cancer and Essie often offered a shoulder of support for him.

But while Fletch was recovering from his illness, Essie’s condition had been worsening and it didn’t look likely she would recover.

Her death has no doubt hit Fletch hard but as he grieves for his friend, his partner Ange Goddard (Dawn Steele) could be about to make a huge decision which will affect their relationship.

Tensions were running high between Ange and Fletch as he fretted over the wedding and it was clear the consultant was keen to get married herself.

But as she probed Fletch about their future together, the nurse snapped leaving Ange hurt.

Sitting down for coffee, Ange asked: “You know if you were in her position, would you do the same?”

“But it’s not me is it?” Fletch snapped back. “But if it was and I found the right person then yeah, why not?”

Ange giggled: “If you found the right person?” which left the nurse angered: “Why have you got to say it like that for?

“Why can’t you just be happy for them?”

Ange snapped: “I am! Don’t be like that!” But when Fletch asked what she meant, she shut him down: “Forget it!”

The pair then ended their coffee in silence before Fletch remarked: “Look, I know you’re busy if you need to…”

Ange immediately leapt up to attend to patients leaving Fletch sitting alone.

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As Fletch spirals into his grief, could Ange decide to call time on their relationship as she struggles to help him?

However it seems fans have a long wait on their hands before they find out how the Holby City staff deal with Essie’s death

The BBC series is on an extended break as the cast and crew slowly returning to filming after the coronavirus lockdown.

Holby City previously took a break in April before returning in June to ensure viewers still got their fix of medical drama.

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Fortunately, fans will be treated to a special episode which will show the affects of coronavirus.

The virus will then take centre stage when the show reruns full time with Head of Continuing Drama Kate Oates teasing: “It’s with great pleasure that we open the doors at Elstree, to welcome back the exceptional cast and crew of Holby City.

“We have some compelling stories to tell as we explore how the lives of our characters have been changed since the start of the pandemic – and how our heroes battle against the odds, come what may.”

Holby City is available to catch up on BBC iPlayer now.

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