EastEnders to air over five nights for one week only in Branning family special!

by Lynn Connolly

Starting on November 21st, EastEnders is going to air for five consecutive nights, and it’s going to focus primarily on the Branning family.

The main storyline for the five-night special is to be the introduction of the eldest Branning brother Derek, who’s to be played by Jamie Foreman.

We’re also going to see Jake Wood as Max Branning returning to Walford during the special week of episodes. He of course was last seen driving off into the sunset afterTanya ditched him.

As to Jamie Foreman – who is the real life son of Freddie Foreman, an associate of the infamous Kray brothers – he’s set to cause a real stir when he lands in Walford.

Jamie’s previous roles, both in TV and films, have more or less all featured him a ‘hard man.’ He’s starred in Roman Polanski’s adaptation of Oliver Twist and British films, Nil By Mouth and Gangster No.1.

He also starred alongside Martin Kemp – who played Steve Owen in EastEnders – in ITV’s gangster saga, Family.

Here’s a clip of Jamie and Martin in the drama…

While speaking to the BBC about joining the cast of EastEnders, Jamie said, “I am hugely excited to be joining such an iconic show.

“EastEnders is full of fantastic actors so it is a role I couldn’t refuse.

“The Brannings are such a great family to be joining and I am extremely interested to see how Derek is going to fit in.”

And Bryan Kirkwood, the Executive Producer of the show, said, “Loyal EastEnders viewers may know that the fearsome Derek Branning, eldest son of Jim, has been a shadowy presence looming over the rest of the family for years.

“So it’s a real coup to sign Jamie Foreman to play the biggest, baddest Branning brother. Jamie has an incredible acting pedigree, having starred in some of the best British movies of recent times, and we can’t wait for him to bring his unique talents to Walford.”

An EastEnders insider added, “Out of all the Brannings, Derek is the one that most people fear.

“Although he can be charming he will be the one that can out alpha almost any man in Albert Square, maybe even Phil.

“He is going to cause a lot of disruption to his family.”

I can’t wait to see what Derek’s going to get up to, and I really, really can’t wait for five nights in a row of ‘Enders!

I’d like to see it routinely air five nights a week to be honest, but maybe that’s asking too much…

Or is it?

Would you like to see more episodes of EastEnders? Or do you think producing more shows would water down the content and quality of it?

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Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.