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Last Updated: Thursday, 27 April 2006, 11:51 GMT 12:51 UK
Police spin-off planned for Holby
Actors Tina Hobley (as Chrissie Williams) and Robert Powell (as Mark Williams)
Holby City began in 1999 as a spin-off from medical drama Casualty
The BBC is planning a new police drama linked to Holby City, its popular long-running medical series.

Tony Jordan, an EastEnders writer since 1985, has been recruited to work on scripts for the programme, which is likely to be launched next year.

He is also tasked with working out how storylines between the police station and the hospital could be intertwined.

A BBC spokeswoman confirmed the series was being considered for a pre-watershed slot on BBC One.

The programme's "look and feel" were "in the very early stages of development" and it was not possible to give any further details, she said.

Holby City began in 1999 as a spin-off from another medical series, Casualty, and is now in its eighth series.

Any new BBC police drama will face competition from ITV1's twice-weekly programme The Bill, which last month marked its 400th episode.

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