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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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 »