Departing EastEnders star, Scott Maslen has done the unthinkable and credited another soap higher than his own!
Maslen, who has played car salesman Jack Branning in the hit BBC soap EastEnders since 2007, announced earlier this year that he is leaving, paving the way for a dramatic exit for his character. Read more & comment »
As fans of EastEnders will know, Samantha Womack is headed back to the show to reprise the role of Ronnie Branning, who is of course about to freed from prison having served time over the abduction of Kat Moon’s (Jessie Wallace) baby Tommy after Ronnie’s own baby, James, died of cot death…
And though of course Ronnie’s ex-husband Jack (Scott Maslen) had apparently moved on from his relationship with her, having been engaged to Sharon Rickman (Letitia Dean), Samantha has hinted that Ronnie and Jack could be set to reignite their romance. Read more & comment »
EastEnders favourite, Scott Maslen, has quit his role as Jack Branning on the award-winning BBC soap, it has been confirmed.
Scott, who has also appeared on the hugely popular BBC dancing talent show Strictly Come Dancing, has played the most loved Branning brother for 6 years, and in that time has been at the centre of some of shows most controversial and hard-hitting storylines it’s history, most notably the highly-publicised baby-swap drama in early 2011 with his on-screen wife, Ronnie Mitchell (Samantha Womack).
In next week’s episodes of EastEnders, former copper Jack Branning (Scott Maslen) could find himself facing a long time behind bars after he attacks love rival Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) after a row over Sharon Rickman turns violent!
The drama begins on Monday, February 25th when Jack tells Sharon (Letitia Dean) that she could earn far more money running a club in the West End than she’s currently earning running R&R for Phil…
So, convinced that he’s right, Sharon approaches Phil and asks for a pay rise, however, he’s quick to dismiss her and tells her if she doesn’t want the job, she should just quit. Read more & comment »
As we reported earlier this week, in the New Year, Phil Mitchell is set to propose to Sharon Rickman, and unlike the last time he placed an engagement ring on her finger, this time his offer of marriage is a real one!
However, Phil (Steve McFadden) isn’t the only Walford male hearing the sound of wedding bells in his head as it turns out that Sharon’s boyfriend Jack Branning (Scott Maslen) is also going to propose to her.
And as I mentioned in the title of this post, I wonder if Sharon (Letitia Dean) holds some kind of a record for having the most proposals of marriage ever, because of course she nearly married fiancé John Hewland – who she ditched at the altar before returning to the Square earlier this year – and prior to that, she was married to Dennis Rickman (Nigel Harman).
Before Dennis, Sharon was married to Grant Mitchell (Ross Kemp) and before that even – in 1987 – Sharon was engaged to curate Duncan Boyd, but she later called off the wedding. And in 2002, Sharon was engaged to Tom Banks, but he died while rescuing Little Mo Slater from a house that her violent ex-husband had set alight… Read more & comment »
In episodes of EastEnders which will air on October 11th and 12th, we’ll see that Sharon Rickman decides it’s finally time to tell her son Dennis the truth about how his dad died.
As fans of the show will know, Sharon (Letitia Dean) has been telling little Dennis that his dad died a hero’s death, fighting for his country overseas and only after he’d saved a number of other lives.
But of course, the sordid truth is that Dennis Snr – who was played by Nigel Harman – was stabbed to death in the street outside the Queen Vic after gangster Johnny Allen hired a hit man to kill him.
However, the fairytale lie that Sharon has been telling Dennis is shattered when Derek Branning (Jamie Foreman) deliberately mentions in front of Sharon’s son that Dennis Snr., was stabbed to death … Read more & comment »
Last night saw the 13th annual British Soap Awards, and all the stars braved the wind and rain to take their seats for the spectacular event, held at the ITV studios in London, where UnrealityTV were on the red carpet to speak to them all before the ceremony started.
The EastEnders cast were surprisingly sparse when it came to the red carpet event, especially when compared to the huge Emmerdale crew that showed up en masse, but we managed to catch up with some of the Walford residents to clear up some old rumours and get some new gossip!
Our first look at EastEnders news today is that Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) becomes convinced that Jack Branning (Scott Maslen) is his mystery stalker when he gets a sinister tape in the post…
As we saw in last night’s episode, Shirley (Linda Henry) confronted Rainie (Tanya Franks) believing her to be the stalker, but Rainie denied having anything to do with Phil’s torment…
However, when Phil receives a note that reads, “I know”, and then a text message that says, “I know you killed Kevin”, it begins to look like the stalker isn’t after revenge for the death of the man in the car lot all those years ago.
It seems they just want to make Phil suffer for his previous wrongdoings. And if that’s the case, they have a lot of them to choose from!
But as Phil knows that Jack has a copy of a tape that captured him admitting to selling Kevin Wicks (Phil Daniels) a cut-and-shut car – in which Kevin subsequently died – he immediately assumes Jack’s behind the latest notes and messages. Read more & comment »
EastEnders’ Jack Branning is a man on the edge as the full extent of Ronnie’s actions hit home but actor Scott Maslen couldn’t be happier with the most challenging storyline of his career.
Speaking about the controversial storyline, which prompted thousands of viewers to write in and complain to the BBC, Scott told The Sun’s Buzz magazine:
“Of course I was shocked when I read the script…and so was my wife. We have a kid [ten-year-old Zak]. But there are people who have actually done this horrible thing of swapping a baby. EastEnders had done its research. I know the argument was that the cot-death was enough on its own. But this show always likes to take a stance in telling stories that other people wouldn’t necessarily take the risk on. And when you look at the viewing figures when the baby swap was revealed [10.1million, where seven or eight million is the norm], the gap between us and our rival soaps was immense.” Read more & comment »