As has been previously reported, Dot Branning’s grandson, Charlie, is set to turn up in EastEnders in an upcoming storyline, but now bosses have revealed that his debut storyline will be centred on the fact that his dad, Nasty Nick Cotton, has died!
Fans of the long-running BBC soap will know how Nick (formerly played by John Altman) has flitted in and out of EastEnders for the past 29 years.
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June Brown is of course a legend in her EastEnders role as Dot Cotton, however, in an interview with TV Biz this week, she’s revealed that in her younger days, she’d wanted to become a doctor!
86 year old June, who joined the cast of EastEnders in its first series back in 1985, said, “In my early days I might have liked to have done something with medicine.
“I think I would have quite liked to have been a doctor. But I decided not to stick with it because of the long training.”
She added, “I wouldn’t have had the confidence to trust myself as a doctor… Read more & comment »
Tonight sees the second instalment of new BBC2 sitcom, Heading out, starring and written by British comedy genius Sue Perkins, and Unreality TV were privileged enough to catch up with one of its main stars, Joanna Scanlan, to find out all the goss for the rest of the series.
Heading Out tells the story of Sara, a veterinarian who is given an ultimatum by her friends to tell her parents that she is gay.
In order to help her ‘come out’, Sara’s friends buy her 6 weeks’ worth of sessions with a life coach in the form of eccentric netball player, Toria (Joanna Scanlan), before her parents are due to visit so that Sara can come clean to them at last.
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There’s great news for EastEnders fans today in that the BBC have announced that June Brown is headed back to Walford to reprise her role as Square stalwart Dot Cotton in the New Year.
Fans will recall that June took a few months off from the show earlier this year to work on her autobiography and to front hard-hitting BBC documentary series, Respect Your Elders.
Dot will be back in January, quite possibly to pick up the pieces of the Branning family after what we’re told is to be an “explosive” Christmas for the family, who, by then, will be minus hard man and villain Derek Branning (Jamie Foreman) who’s being written out over the festive period.
The show’s Executive Producer Lorraine Newman, said, “Dot is one of the EastEnders best-loved characters and Albert Square hasn’t been the same without her.” Read more & comment »
As fans of EastEnders will know, veteran actress June Brown – who of course plays Dot Branning – is currently taking a break from the show, but she’s most certainly not using the time to do any resting!
Despite being 85 years old, in addition to having recently filmed a very moving documentary for the BBC’s elder season with her former co-star John Bardon, who played Dot Branning’s husband Jim, June is also writing her auto-biography and looking to start a career in music.
For her foray into the world of music, June is reportedly teaming up with her godson, musician Tim Arnold – who is of course dating June’s EastEnders co-star Jessie Wallace – to make her debut single… Read more & comment »
EastEnders star June Brown has asked for time off from the show and her role as Dot Cotton in order to write her autobiography.
It seems that 85 year old June – who’s starred in the show since 1985 but who left for four years in 1993 to return in 1997 – initially asked the show’s bosses for a year off, however, she ultimately agreed to a six month sabbatical.
A show insider told the Daily Mirror, “Some friends on the set feared she may be considering a permanent exit…
“But EastEnders bosses are determined to keep her and they have offered her six months off which she has taken.
“She has admitted the filming can be exhausting and she feels some time off is long overdue.” Read more & comment »
It’s been reported today that EastEnders legend June Brown – who of course plays Dot Cotton – is to pen her autobiography next year.
The book is expected to go on sale in 2013, and will be produced by publishing house Simon & Schuster.
Carly Cook, a representative of the publishers, told Digital Spy, “June has undoubtedly lived a full and fascinating life.
“She is one of the few national treasures left not to have done her autobiography. And she has more to say than most.
“As big celebrity non-fiction prospects stand for 2013, June Brown’s story is a proper one, the life of someone who is hugely respected and much loved.
“Although best known for her brilliant portrayal of Dot Branning, she is seen as an institution – an outstanding TV and stage actress whose appeal is far-reaching and ageless.”
And as Ms Cook says, 84 year old June will certainly have a good tale to tell, which, were it a drama, would be typical of an EastEnders storyline… Read more & comment »
Emmerdale’s executive producer Stuart Blackburn, has revealed that he’d love to have Corrie character Norris Cole (Malcolm Hebden) and EastEnders legend Dot Cotton (June Brown) on the rural soap.
Speaking to Inside Soap magazine, he said, “I adore Norris, and I’d love to bring Dot and Edna together, because despite being superficially similar, I think they’d hate each other.”
Blackburn went on to say, “They’d probably each describe the other as sanctimonious and po-faced!”
Blackburn was interviewed by the magazine about Emmerdale’s 40th anniversary next year, for which he has a whole host of exciting storylines planned.
He said, “We’re hoping to do something very different that redefines our new, modern Emmerdale… Read more & comment »