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EastEnders: Shona McGarty says Whitney Dean only loves the bad boys!

Shona McGarty, who of course plays the role of troubled teen Whitney Dean in EastEnders, reckons that her character is always going to be more attracted to bad boys than she is to men who treat her well.

And of course, she’s not the first on the Square to feel that way; Dirty Den in his heyday had loads of affairs with the Square’s ladies, and more recently, Tyler Moon (Tony Discipline) is stepping up to the bad lad plate.

Previously, Whitney dated truly bad lad Rob Grayson (Jodi Latham) – who only wanted to use her as a commodity – and before that, she had an underage affair with horrid step-dad Tony King (Chris Goghill).

But as viewers will know, Fatboy Chubb (Ricky Norwood) who is most definitely one of the nicest guys around Walford, has fallen for Whitney, and though she’s dating him, she can’t stop thinking about Tyler… Read more & comment »

TV legend Robert Vaughn joining the cast of Coronation Street!

In what is quite a coup for the show, legendary The Man From UNCLE actor Robert Vaughn is to join the cast of Coronation Street.

He will apparently appear early in 2012, and though his stay is expected to be for just three weeks, he’s set to cause a stir while he’s there.

He’s been cast in the role of Milton, who’s a rich American who wins the steely heart of Roy Cropper’s mum Sylvia Goodwin on the cruise she won for writing a slogan for a cough mixture.

But as viewers will know, she nicked the slogan from batty Mary, but has no hesitation in enjoying her cruise prize… Read more & comment »

Is it all over for Cain Dingle in Emmerdale?

Cain Dingle – who’s played by Jeff Hordley – is a bad lad extraordinaire, but it seems that when the villagers find out the extent of his recent bad behaviour, he could find himself run out of town…

Next week, John Barton (James Thornton) is set to find out that Cain bedded his wife Moira (Natalie J Robb) and of course, the entire village – aside from Charity Tate, Victoria Sugden and Belle Dingle, who already know – have yet to discover that he got teenager Amy Wyatt (Chelsea Halfpenny) pregnant.

And of course, let’s not forget that Cain still wants Charity back, even though she’s vowed to never have anything to do with him again, and is about to marry Jai Sharma (Chris Bisson).

Also, Cain’s dad Zak Dingle (Steve Halliwell) has washed his hands of Cain since he thumped him recently.

So all in all, there aren’t very many people around Emmerdale who actually like Cain are there? Read more & comment »

EastEnders: Nina Wadia teases that Zainab may choose Yusef over Masood!

EastEnders star Nina Wadia, who of course plays Zainab Masood, has hinted that her character may end up falling for, and choosing to be with, evil schemer Doctor Yusef Khan rather than her loyal husband Masood.

As fans of the show will know, Zainab and Masood (Nitin Ganatra) have been apart for months, ever since Yusef – who’s played Ace Bhatti (whose real forename is Ahsen, Ace is a nickname) – began meddling in their lives and manipulating Zainab.

He even made her believe she had tried to commit suicide by taking an overdose of sleeping pills, when in fact, Yusef put crushed up tablets in her food.

His latest scheme has backfired though, because in recent episodes, Masood uncovered Yusef’s dastardly plot to make Syed (Marc Elliott) believe he wasn’t baby Yasmin’s father… Read more & comment »

Coronation Street’s Chris Gascoyne explains special Peter Barlow episode

It’s been reported this week that Corrie bookie Peter Barlow – who is of course played by Chris Gascoyne – will not only leave his wife Leanne (Jane Danson) for Carla Connor (Alison King), but he’ll also fall off the wagon and right into the bottom of every bottle he can find by Christmas.

And it seems that the show’s bosses are to film a special episode which will “delve deeper” into Peter Barlow’s problems, especially his alcoholism.

Speaking to Inside Soap, Chris explained, “I’m just about to film an episode where Peter is going to appear in every scene, which is brilliant to do.

“It will explain a lot about the man’s internal workings, and viewers will get to see him participating in his regular Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, which we’ve actually never properly seen on screen.” Read more & comment »

New Emmerdale character Megan Macey will cause a stir in the Dales!

ITV recently announced that former Corrie star Gaynor Faye – who played Judy Mallett in the Manchester based soap in the ‘90s– is joining the cast of Emmerdale, and according to the show’s executive producer, Stuart Blackburn, she’s not going to take any prisoners!

Gaynor, who’s the daughter of writer and TV producer Kay Mellor, will join Emmerdale as Megan Macey, the sister of Declan Macey, who is of course played by Jason Merrells.

And in fact, this will be the second time Gaynor and Jason have worked together, since both appeared in comedy drama Fat Friends. You can see a clip of them in action after the jump.

We won’t see Gaynor on-screen as Megan until early in 2012, but Stuart Blackburn is keen to let us know that she’s going to “really shake things up” when she does arrive… Read more & comment »

EastEnders: Ben Mitchell will accuse Christian Clarke of molesting him! And is Cryed over?!

Eek! That Ben Mitchell (Joshua Pascoe) is one troubled young man isn’t he?!

He recently made up a lie about Patrick Trueman (Rudolph Walker) that set his dad Phil (Steve McFadden) off on a revenge scheme that got wayyy out of hand, and now, he’s to accuse Christian Clarke (John Partridge) of molesting him.

It all begins when Ben – who has a crush on Christian – asks the gym trainer if he’d like to watch a DVD, and when Christian agrees, trying to take his mind off his troubles with boyfriend Syed, Ben takes it the wrong way…

He leans in to kiss Christian, who firmly rejects him. Humiliated, Ben storms off, only to be seen by nasty medic Yusef Khan (Ace Bhatti) who quickly figures out what happened.

He then asks Ben if Christian forced himself on him, and though initially Ben says he didn’t, he later changes his mind, and says he did… Read more & comment »

Emmerdale: Andy Sugden and Debbie Dingle ‘saviour sibling’ storyline – A tad unbelievable?

In this week’s episodes of Emmerdale, we’ll see Debbie Dingle (Charley Webb) suggesting to Andy Sugden (Kelvin Fletcher) that they should conceive another baby so that the child’s bone marrow could be used to treat their daughter Sarah, who’s been diagnosed with Fanconi Anaemia.

As of tonight, we’ll see the couple deciding that IVF treatment could be the best way of conceiving another baby, however, as they are no longer a couple, one of the doctors they consult says it would be unlikely that they could be helped as they aren’t in a relationship.

So Debbie will tell Andy that they must pretend to be a couple again, much to the horror of their respective partners, Cameron (Dominic Power) and Alicia (Natalie Anderson).

And – rather unbelievably in my opinion – they’ll do their best to make the rest of the village believe they’re back together too… Read more & comment »

Coronation Street: What’s your view about product placement on Corrie?

The Guardian reported yesterday that for the first time ever, Coronation Street’s bosses are employing product placement within the show in a bid to increase revenue from advertisers.

The paper states that a Nationwide cash machine will be seen in Dev Alahan’s corner shop during an episode that will air on Monday, November 14th.

Until earlier this year, product placement in UK shows was banned, however, TV watchdog Ofcom issued new rules stating that product placement could indeed feature in shows, but they added it must be “editorially justified” and not gratuitously added to a storyline or scene.

They also stipulated that in shows featuring product placement, viewers must be informed of it by the appearance on-screen of a small letter P… Read more & comment »

Emmerdale star Mark Charnock on his scary encounter with a snake!

Emmerdale star Mark Charnock – who of course plays chef Marlon Dingle – has revealed that he was left “snake-aphobic” after getting up close and personal with a boa constrictor while filming scenes for the show’s latest spin-off DVD.

And just in case you’re wondering, the real term for the fear of snakes is apparently ‘ophiophobia‘.

Anywho, the DVD, entitled, Paddy and Marlon’s Big Night In, features Marlon and Paddy – who’s played by Dominic Brunt – waking up after a heavy night of boozing, with no clue about what they did the night before.

And inexplicably, they discover a snake in the house, which manages to find its way up Marlon’s trouser leg!

Of filming those scenes, Mark told the PA, “The snake really went up my trousers!

“It wouldn’t do anything for a lot of the time, it just stayed still like a draught-excluder… Read more & comment »

EastEnders: Jane Beale’s back! Will she and Ian get back together?

The BBC announced yesterday that in next week’s episodes of EastEnders, Jane Beale’s back, but it doesn’t sound like Ian’s (Adam Woodyatt) going to be pleased to see her…

Jane is of course played by Scottish actress Laurie Brett – who originally joined the show in 2004 after having roles in The Bill, My Hero, and Family Affairs – who’s been away from the Square for the last few months on maternity leave.

Her return storyline begins when Ian’s son Bobby runs away from home to go look for his step-mum, and he does indeed find her, but he’s disappointed when Jane takes him home to his dad.

Of Jane’s surprise return, a show insider said, “Ian can’t believe that Jane is back on the Square… Read more & comment »

Coronation Street star Kym Marsh reckons the Connor family are cursed!

Corrie star Kym Marsh – who’s recently returned to the show and her role as Michelle Connor after her maternity leave ended – reckons that the entire Connor family are doomed to be forever miserable.

Speaking to the TV Times about her return to the show, and her forthcoming storylines, Kym said, “It does look as if Michelle’s relationship [with Ciaran McCarthy] is in danger of being touched by the hand of the Connors,.

“Everything they touch turns rotten. You have to feel sorry for her!”

And she’s not wrong there is she? In just a few years, the Connor family have had a really rough time of it, with Liam Connor being murdered by Tony Gordon – who was at the time married to Carla Connor, Michelle’s sister-in-law – and of course, Carla’s rape at the hands of Frank FosterRead more & comment »

Helen Flanagan reveals the real reason she’s leaving Coronation Street

It’s been speculated in the media that Corrie star Helen Flanagan made her decision to leave the show due to the crippling panic attacks that she’s suffered of late…

However, during an interview with Hello! magazine, Helen said that the real reason she wants to go is because she no longer likes her character, Rosie Webster.

Helen, who’s played the part of Rosie for over a decade said, “I didn’t enjoy playing her when she went through a promiscuous phase.

“I’d always felt I would leave by the time I was 21, but when I made up my mind, it wasn’t even as if I had a choice.

“I just knew instinctively. After 12 years playing Rosie, it is time to be myself.”

Helen came back to the show last month following a three-month break, during which she underwent a radical change of image by cutting her hair short and dying it blonde. Read more & comment »

Do we want Emmerdale’s Gennie and Nikhil to become an item?

As fans of Emmerdale will know, Gennie Walker (Sian Reese-Williams) has had a crush on factory boss Nikhil Sharma for months…

However, recently, locum vet Nicky Pritchard (Matt Milburn) took a shine to Gennie, and they are now dating.

But Rik Makarem, who plays Nikhil, has revealed that despite previously shunning Gennie when she confessed she was in love with Nikhil, his alter ego is now in love with her!

So would we like to see them getting together? Or is Gennie better off with Nicky?

Speaking to Soaplife, Rik said, “Suddenly all the things he has appreciated in Gennie come into sharp focus…

“Deep down he knows that Gennie is The One, but it’s Nicky’s interest in her that’s made it come to the fore.

“It makes Nikhil realise just what he’s missing. He 100 per cent regrets being so harsh on her when she told him she loved him.” Read more & comment »

Coronation Street Blub Poll: Did you cry when John Stape died last night? And what’ll happen to Fiz now?

Well, killer John Stape’s reign of terror is well and truly over, for as viewers saw last night, he gasped his last in hospital and went to the great soap opera in the sky – or to hell, depending on your karmic viewpoint – with wife Fiz’s tears fresh on his face…

It was all very emotional as Fiz was permitted to visit John (Graeme Hawley) on his deathbed, and he miraculously awoke from his coma when he heard baby Hope crying.

And of course, the whole episode was full of the plot holes I made mention of in this article, but I can’t feel too bad about them given how very good Jennie McAlpine’s acting was in last night’s episode.

However, my question is this – did you cry when John died?

I’m asking because I pretty much always blub when I see someone else doing it. Real life, fiction; it’s all the same to me, and my family think it’s hugely amusing… Read more & comment »