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TV land: First Ade at Holby.

Byline: NICOLA METHVEN and POLLY HUDSON

HE found fame as psychotic punk Vyvyan in The Young Ones and was Bottom's boozy, accident-prone Eddie Hitler. So you wouldn't expect Adrian

Edmondson to have much of a bedside manner.

But that hasn't deterred the bosses at hit BBC1 hospital drama Holby City.

We can reveal that Bradford-born Ade, 49, has signed a six-month contract to do the rounds at Holby General.

He will be reprising his role as Dr Percy "Abra" Durant, who first appeared in Holby last June, when the show filmed a one-off special in Ghana as part of BBC Africa Week.

His wacky character proved such a hit, that Holby bosses got him back for two more episodes, shown in September and December. And now they want to make Abra a permanent fixture in the show.

Ade, who is thrilled to be returning, tells us: "Abra is a great character - he's a maverick and can do things the others would not be able to get away with."

Abra finds it hard to conform to bureaucracy and is a risk taker. He is not afraid to fight for what he believes in - which, inevitably, lands him in all sorts of trouble.

It's a dream role for Adrian - in more ways than one. "I'm a massive fan of Holby, I've always wanted to be in it," he says. "My 14-year-old never misses it, so getting this part was a dream."

Emma Turner, the show's Series Producer, says: "We are delighted that Adrian has agreed to come back.

"He made a huge impact in the few episodes that he was involved in and there are some explosive and controversial storylines in store for his character when he returns to film with us."

Adrian dons his white coat and stethoscope in May and will be on screen from August.

What with Patsy Kensit joining the cast as well, things at Holby can only get better - unlike most of the patients...

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 5, 2006
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