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.
Read more & comment »
We return to Albert Square on Tuesday 11th March as Sharon and Ian go round to Dot’s to offer their condolences over Nick’s death…
However, they’re shocked at the state Dot’s in, and finding her behaviour odd, Sharon later talks to Fatboy about it, and he confides in her that shortly before he died, Nick had tried to make contact with Dot, but Poppy intercepted his calls, and deemed it best not to tell Dot about it. Read more & comment »
When we revisit Walford on Monday, 10 March, it’s as Dot’s upset to learn that Ronnie has bought the gym and has changed its name without even asking her if she was okay with it. However, there’s more upset ahead for Dot when a police officer calls on her…
The officer informs Dot that her wayward son Nick has died, leaving her devastated as she reminisces on his troubled and too short life. Read more & comment »
Piers Morgan’s Life Stories returns to ITV this week on Friday 3rd January, 9pm
Piers Morgan kicks off the eleventh series of his successful talk show. Filmed in front of a live studio audience, each show turns the spotlight on a famous guest, looking back over their personal lives and careers using archive footage and revealing interviews with friends, family and colleagues.
The interviews are intimate, in-depth and emotionally charged, as Piers lays bare his subjects’ life stories. In previous years the series has attracted a host of star interviewees, including Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Joan Collins and the then prime minister, Gordon Brown… Read more & comment »
In the episode of EastEnders that airs on Tuesday 17th December, Tiff notices a text about a doctor’s appointment on Carol’s phone, forcing Carol to lie about the reason for the visit.
Carol later goes to visit Alice, but she’s surprised to find David there, reassuring Alice that people are there for her. Read more & comment »
Lady Gaga has admitted that she loves British soaps and Eastenders in particular, during her recent trip to London.
The singer was in England to promote her new album ARTPOP and single Venus and as well as a performance on the X Factor, she’s also set to pop up on Graham Norton’s BBC chat show later this week.
The global superstar met with June Brown, who plays Dot Cotton on Eastenders, while filming the programme and was full of praise when Graham asked if she’d ever seen the Walford based soap opera before.
Read more & comment »
Poor Dot Branning (June Brown) has been through the wringer of late, what with the council taking her to court over her rent arrears, so that last thing she needs is anymore problems at home…
But that’s exactly what she’s going to get when Fatboy (Ricky Norwood) takes pity on young Bobby Beale – whose sister Lucy has banned him from having any pets at home – and offers to look after the lad’s newly acquired pet.
However, that pet is a snake, which Fatboy doesn’t bother to inform his girlfriend Poppy (Rachel Bright) about, so while she’s tidying up, she opens the lid of the cage and sees a dead mouse… Read more & comment »
Coming up next week on EastEnders, Dot Branning (June Brown) is terrified that she’s going to lose her home on the Square as the court hearing looms…
The hearing was of course ordered by Walford Council after they learned that Dot had been subletting her house to tenants – and most notably to Cora Cross (Ann Mitchell) who failed to pay the rent – and had got into arrears.
However, her friends on the Square are set to be horrified to learn of the court case, and the fact that Dot’s been issued with an eviction notice, so Fatboy (Ricky Norwood) and Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) decide to fight Dot’s corner… Read more & comment »
The Great British soap opera has become segmented in our lives, with the likes of Coronation Street, EastEnders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks providing us with over 22,850 episodes between them totalling over 11,500 hours since they all began entertaining us, making them almost an extension of our own lives.
With these facts and figures which make the likes of the Mitchells, the Barlow’s, the McQueen’s and the Dingles such a strong influence on society, it is no wonder the divorce rate in Britain today is so high.
The average relationship life expectancy in soapland is anywhere between six weeks and six years, and whilst weddings occur almost weekly on one mainstream soap or another, successful, long and fulfilling marriages are almost unheard of.
Read more & comment »
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.
Read more & comment »
Fans of EastEnders will know that Cora Cross (Ann Mitchell) is persona non grata as far as Dot Branning is concerned, given that while Dot was away from the Square, she allowed Cora to live in her house on condition she paid the rent and the bills…
However, Cora did neither, so now, poor Dot (June Brown) faces the possibility of losing her home and is in debt as she tries to pay all the bills left by Cora.
So when things suddenly begin disappearing, Dot – who threw Cora out a couple of weeks ago – suspects that her former houseguest is taking stealing the items. And in the episode that airs on Tuesday, March 5th, when some cuts of cold meat mysteriously vanish from the fridge, Dot storms off to confront Cora and to demand she hand back the keys to the house. Read more & comment »
Last night saw the 18th annual National Television Awards at London’s O2 arena, and what a night it was.
All the stars were out in force to celebrate the highly acclaimed ceremony, with some of them having too much fun…
Before the awards even began Celebrity Juice presenter, Keith Lemon, decided to entertain the cold masses outside on the red carpet with star jumps, after a making a dash to the gents as soon as he arrived.
Read more & comment »
EastEnders fans will of course know that last year, Dot Branning (June Brown) left Walford after what had been yet another annus horribilis for the downtrodden granny…
She wanted time away from Walford and therefore headed off to stay with friends, however, she’s headed back to the Square, but as we’ll see in a Red Button special tomorrow night – which is entitled Dorothy Branning: The Next Chapter – Dot’s initially in no hurry to come back to Albert Square.
Until that is her step-granddaughter Abi (Lorna Fitzgerald) tracks her down and convinces her that the good ship Branning needs her at the helm to guide the troubled relations back to some kind of normality… Read more & comment »
Dot Branning has of course been away from the Square for months now, having taken herself off to visit relatives and have a break from the various and nefarious activities of her family…
However, her return is heralded by the death of her stepson Derek Branning (Jamie Foreman) at Christmas, and to celebrate the return of the EastEnders icon, the BBC are to air a Red Button special which will see Abi (Lorna Fitzgerald) tracking down her MIA step-granny.
While announcing the one-off mini-episode, which is entitled Dorothy Branning: The Next Chapter, the BBC stated, “Why has Dot stayed away from Walford for so long? Why won’t she come home?
“We’re about to find out when Abi Branning leaves the East End on a mission to seek out her Grandma Dot…” Read more & comment »