🌈 It was a really tough shortlist, but you voted #Berena as the @PrideInLondon LGBT Series/Storyline at the @Barclays #DIVAAwards18. Well done to everyone at @BBCHolbyCity! 📺✨ pic.twitter.com/9XPDnvQZky
— DIVA Magazine (@DIVAmagazine) June 8, 2018
Last night’s Hobly City was gloriously gay. Not only did Dom and Isaac get it on, but trauma surgeon Bernie and consultant Serena were finally reunited. The air time given to LGBT storylines in this episode was way more than their straight counterparts. That’s thrilling enough, but what’s even more exciting is that #Berena proved themselves to be a canon-worthy same-sex female relationship on a BBC show. And neither one of them is dead. This is great news for LGBT representation on mainstream TV and phenomenal news for #Berena fans.
Let’s relive all the fun in a mini-recap. If you haven’t yet seen the episode, you can watch it on BBC iPlayer now.
It’s Bernie’s first day back on the ward and Serena has bought a new blouse and worn extra make-up for the occasion. She’s clearly as hyped as we are. She tries to chat Bernie up with some sexy “perforated ulcer” talk and they make eyes at each other over an unconscious bloke in the operating theatre. We’re all desperate for them to confess their true feelings, but it’s not until Serena’s nephew, Jason, thoughtfully locks them in an office together that things really heat up.
Bernie: What’s he doing?
Serena: I believe he’s playing Cupid.
Bernie: How’s that going for him?
Serena: Not very well given that you’re leaving again.
Bernie: I won’t. If you give me a reason to stay.
Serena: Will this do?
Bernie and Serena snog each others faces off and we all whoop with joy.
It was romantic, funny and beautifully played by actresses Catherine Russell and Jemma Redgrave
When we spoke to Jemma for the latest issue of DIVA she told us, “There aren’t so many relationships between women of our age, so it’s been huge and quite overwhelming that there’s been such an incredible response.”
You can read the rest of the exclusive interview in the November issue, in shops now or available for digital download here.
We are counting down the days till we can get another #Berena fix next Tuesgay.
The Holby City actress talks to DIVA about the groundbreaking romance between Bernie and Serena.
When Major Bernie Wolfe hit Holby City’s wards, a certain group of viewers snapped to attention.
The maverick trauma surgeon had been airlifted out of Afghanistan and was mumbling about a colleague called Alex. Gender neutral name? Conspicuous lack of pronouns? Sudden reluctance to be in the same room as the handsome doctor husband she hasn’t seen in months? It could only mean one thing.
When Alex showed up – played by Heather Peace, no less – Bernie and her backstory came tumbling out of the closet, but the relationship that really caught viewers’ attention was with Serena Campbell, the Shiraz-swilling, seemingly-hetero consultant, fond of telling Bernie how terrific she is.
While most shows can’t put two ambitious women in the same room without turning them into rivals, Bernie and Serena bonded from the start, and actress Jemma Redgrave was happy to step out of her scrubs (probably not literally – we didn’t ask) and talk about why #Berena is still so groundbreaking.
“What’s really been lovely is to build a friendship, and a friendship between two women of a certain age who are both professional women, who have a shared language. That was really easy for Catherine and I, because we had that shared language anyway. They really like each other and support each other and everything comes from that. Anything that happens beyond that is luck, but I think the chemistry is very good.”
You can read the full interview here. Enjoy!