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Topic: Eastenders
Posted By: admin
Subject: Eastenders
Date Posted: 03/April/2009 at 12:36
* So they have a storyline going for most of the last year and as soon as Ronnie finds out Danielle is her daughter, they have her killed off. Proper shit.
 
* As long as Archie stays in a long time. I love bad guys like himself.
 
* We need more episodes with Masood Ahmed in. Funny bloke.


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Posted By: boogs
Date Posted: 03/April/2009 at 14:52
This is why I prefer Neighbours I hate british soapies.

YUCK!


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"Aww Boogs it has been so long without you.



How are you doing my love.



You have got to know I love you.



You were so supportive of me and stood right there with me.


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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 05/April/2009 at 04:37
Yeah killing Danielle off soon as Ronnie finally found out she was her daughter was a bit of a let down as i would have liked to see where the story went with Danielle officially a Mitchell, also couldnt they at least come up with something a bit more original than her getting hit by a car, half the cast that have left seem to have been written out that way.

Must admit though i didnt particularly like Danielle's character and sorry Admin she didnt do much for me on the looks front either, which is odd as i normally go for the girl next door look.

In more positive Enders news i hear cockney legend Danny Dyer is in negotiations to play a character in the soap.
He would be fantastic as the new bad boy character to replace Sean Slater.


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Posted By: kaos
Date Posted: 04/May/2009 at 16:05
Ever since the episode after Danielle died I stopped watching. Making me believe Janine done it on purpose pissed me off so much that I no longer watch it. That hour ep was good, but my god the killing off was unneeded. A 9 month or so storyline of her not saying anything just to be killed off on the hour ep? F that..

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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 04/May/2009 at 16:20
Yeah it was bad writing, i dont really have a problem with her being killed off i just wish they could have come up with a more original way of doing it.

In more bad news Danny Dyer has turned down a role in the soap. Unhappy

The writers seem to be getting desperate at the moment, all the best cast members have gone so i hear rumours they are thinking about bringing back the Jackson family and the Slater girls.

I wouldnt have a problem with that as i prefer it when they extend existing families rather than just bringing in random new families, i dont know why they got rid of Deano and Carly just because their Dad quit the programme and was killed off in a car accident - shocking!!


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Posted By: kaos
Date Posted: 04/May/2009 at 16:42
I liked the Wicks lol. Did the other 2 leave or get kicked off? And Sean Slater was great..it sucked he left, but that ep was pretty sick

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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 19/February/2010 at 22:58
I thought the live episode tonight was very well done and didn't spot any obvious mistake.
 
The only small thing was how much the cameraman zoomed in from far away when Stacey and Bradley were down by the bridge.
 
They could have easily botched the Bradley suicide and didn't so well done to the cast.


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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 22/February/2010 at 11:39
From what I saw the whole thing went smoothly apart from Jack Branning forgetting his lines for a split second but to his credit it wasnt that noticeable.

The ending was very predictable though and all the climbing on the roof looked very amateurish.

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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 22/February/2010 at 11:52
Originally posted by fletch fletch wrote:

From what I saw the whole thing went smoothly apart from Jack Branning forgetting his lines for a split second but to his credit it wasnt that noticeable.

The ending was very predictable though and all the climbing on the roof looked very amateurish.
 
See ya like me getting so into the show that you don't notice things that went wrong so much.
 
However it hasn't stopped geeks ripping the show by mentioning loads......
 
http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/view/123339/EastEnders-actors-cock-up-first-live-show/ - http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/view/123339/EastEnders-actors-cock-up-first-live-show/
 
Considering the lovely Lacey Turner nearly missed the episode for flu I thought she was excellent.


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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 22/February/2010 at 12:20
Some people would have been watching purely to point out the cock ups which is very sad.

Lacey Turner is a fittie as are Charlie Brookes and Rita Simmons who play Janine and Roxy.

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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 19/April/2010 at 14:36
Next monday I believe is the big conclusion to the Syed/Christian/Amira storyline which ends with Amira leaving rumoured to be pregnant.
 
She will be missed because most of the young females like Chelsea and Libby are bland actresses.
 
It's about time Ben Mitchell came out as gay because he obviously is.


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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 19/April/2010 at 14:43
Originally posted by admin admin wrote:

Next monday I believe is the big conclusion to the Syed/Christian/Amira storyline which ends with Amira leaving rumoured to be pregnant.
 
She will be missed because most of the young females like Chelsea and Libby are bland actresses.
 
It's about time Ben Mitchell came out as gay because he obviously is.


He's a bit young for that isnt he? Although I think hes 13 or 14 but he looks way younger.

I think the direction they are heading in is for Ben to come out as being gay which will no doubt be a funny storyline with his Dad being very much a mans man and a known hard-case and its obvious he wants Ben to be more of a chip off the old block.


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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 19/April/2010 at 15:40
Yeah he's 14, him being gay as never been hinted at by script writers but it looks so obvious the Digital Spy forum has a massive thread on it lol.
 
Him being so soft, into dancing, timid etc is drawing towards it happening one day.
 
He's a poor actor though so dunno if he would come across well with such a big storyline.


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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 19/April/2010 at 16:53
Originally posted by admin admin wrote:

Yeah he's 14, him being gay as never been hinted at by script writers but it looks so obvious the Digital Spy forum has a massive thread on it lol.
 
Him being so soft, into dancing, timid etc is drawing towards it happening one day.
 
He's a poor actor though so dunno if he would come across well with such a big storyline.


They may go in another direction though and have him suddenly become more like his Dad, I think they would need to re-cast for the role though as the current actor just looks to weedy to pull it off.

Ben has shown glimpses of a tougher side in the past but more often than not comes across as a complete nancy boy who would run and hide if you said boo to him.


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Posted By: John The Baptist
Date Posted: 19/April/2010 at 23:29
He is such a fucking pussy and so annoying I just want to smack him in the face. I watched it for the first time in years tonight and he's still as shit an actor as he was on his EE debut.

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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 29/April/2010 at 15:09
http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/soaps/s2/eastenders/news/a217182/stacey-and-jean-to-leave-eastenders.html - http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/soaps/s2/eastenders/news/a217182/stacey-and-jean-to-leave-eastenders.html
 
Stacey had done far too much in such a short space of time that it was overkill with her character hogging the screen.
 
Jean is a very well played character and one of the few comedy moments in the show.
 
I hope neither are killed off so the door is open for their return.


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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 29/April/2010 at 15:43
Thats a shame as the pair are two of the better characters in the soap and both have been part of some of the more recent major stoylines, particularly Stacey.

But in all honesty I did see this coming, Lacey Turner is a talented actress who could probably go on to better things and I thought it was just a matter of time before she decided to persue other options.

With Charlie Slater set to leave as well it does seem the Slater clan is being phased out, although Kat Slater is set to return along with Alfie Moon later in the year.

I do like how Enders have in recent times expanded on existing families though rather than just bringing in random characters, the Branning family in particular is huge now and its been good to see a few new Mitchells.

I've also enjoyed the introduction of a new brat pack with Za Za, Leon and Fat Boy.


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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 29/April/2010 at 15:57
Zsa Zsa actually has something about her....I'm thinking her secret admirer is a lass too....
 
Leon is expandable and seems too nice to be a long term character.
 
Fat Boy gets lots of bad press but I think his character is ACE with all his phrases.


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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 29/April/2010 at 18:32
Why does Fat Boy get bad press? I think hes one of the more entertaining younger characters, although he and Leon are a blatant rip-off of Martin Fowler and his best pal Azzife(sp) from past years.

Zsa Zsa definately has something about her I agree, have to check her age so I know if Im checking out jail bait or not as shes playing a girl still at school. Tongue


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Posted By: John The Baptist
Date Posted: 16/September/2010 at 14:08
Quote 50 Cent will be making a cameo in Eastenders after bosses of the BBC show invited him to make a guest appearance.

Fiddy, who has previously claimed to be a fan of the soap is apparently excited about filming his scenes but it upset that The Vic landlady, Peggy Mitchell (played by Barbara Windsor), will not be on set after she quit the show last Friday.

The Baby By Me rapper revealed to The Mirror: "I really wanted Peggy to throw me out of her pub, but I didn't get it organised quick enough and it's too late now,"

He added: "I've performed with Eminem and Justin Timberlake, acted with De Niro and Pacino, had a guest spot on The Simpsons - in the U.S. a sign that you've made it to the very top, but I can't fulfill my biggest showbiz dream."




lol amazing.

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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 13/January/2011 at 22:45
Charlie Slater leaving tonight was sad, despite his character rarely doing much.
 
Jodie/Poppy stuff is nice light relief comedy, and they look to be pisstaking out of The Only Way Is Essex.
 
Disapointed the baby snatching storyline is going to be ended early due to complaints from views. Producers shouldn't be such pussies.


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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 14/January/2011 at 09:26
Originally posted by admin admin wrote:

Charlie Slater leaving tonight was sad, despite his character rarely doing much.
 
Yeah a touching send-off. Its not like he'll really be missed though, his character had been reduced to a background role, almost as minor a part as the likes of Tracy in recent years.
 
Jodie/Poppy stuff is nice light relief comedy, and they look to be pisstaking out of The Only Way Is Essex.
 
Yeah that was funny, the 2 girls are definitely hamming it up with the Essex girl talk. Poppy is a fittie as well and I wouldnt mind her coming into the show fulltime.
 
Disapointed the baby snatching storyline is going to be ended early due to complaints from views. Producers shouldn't be such pussies.
 
It disappoints me more that there are such complete idiots out there that they are actually harrassing Samantha Womack in the street for her character's part in the storyline. She is just doing a job like anyone else and has no say or control over what happens on-screen. The people hassling her are clearly losers who are completely detatched from reality. All in all though Im not sorry to hear that the story wont be running longterm as it is pushing the boundaries of good taste.


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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 14/January/2011 at 13:21
Originally posted by fletch fletch wrote:

It disappoints me more that there are such complete idiots out there that they are actually harrassing Samantha Womack in the street for her character's part in the storyline. She is just doing a job like anyone else and has no say or control over what happens on-screen. The people hassling her are clearly losers who are completely detatched from reality. All in all though Im not sorry to hear that the story wont be running longterm as it is pushing the boundaries of good taste.
 
It's disapointing on tuesday night so many scenes got cut and replaced at last minute with Jodie and Poppy chatting on for ages about nothing of note.
 
Scenes like Ronnie breaking down at the grave, Alfie helping Kat into the church, and Kat/Alfie carrying the baby coffin.
 
Months of emotional acting, long days, and lots of hard work now not to be seen as it's all cut because around 9K out of 10 million have moaned to Watchdog/Offcom.


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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 14/January/2011 at 14:12
Originally posted by admin admin wrote:

Originally posted by fletch fletch wrote:

It disappoints me more that there are such complete idiots out there that they are actually harrassing Samantha Womack in the street for her character's part in the storyline. She is just doing a job like anyone else and has no say or control over what happens on-screen. The people hassling her are clearly losers who are completely detatched from reality. All in all though Im not sorry to hear that the story wont be running longterm as it is pushing the boundaries of good taste.
 
It's disapointing on tuesday night so many scenes got cut and replaced at last minute with Jodie and Poppy chatting on for ages about nothing of note.
 
Scenes like Ronnie breaking down at the grave, Alfie helping Kat into the church, and Kat/Alfie carrying the baby coffin.
 
Months of emotional acting, long days, and lots of hard work now not to be seen as it's all cut because around 9K out of 10 million have moaned to Watchdog/Offcom.
Yeah those people need to get lives, while its true the storyline is pushing boundaries, surely people can separate fact from fiction. At the end of the day its a tv soap-opera that features far-fetched storylines more often than not, its not real-life, people should take everything they seen in Enders with a pinch of salt.
 
Im personally just not a big fan of storylines that revolve around babies, they are too common-place in Eastenders. I would much rather see further developments with Phil Mitchell now being ''the godfather of Walford'' and see his 2 runners Connor and Ryan as well as Jay and Ben get some meatier storylines based around Phil's shady dealings. Would also like to see more happen in the love/hate relationship between Max and Vanessa and Tanya and Greg, personally I think it will result in Max back in the sack with yummy Mummy Tanya.


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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 18/January/2011 at 13:39
I saw a picture today of Phil Mitchell having an heart attack in an arguement with Ian Beale, and Ian walking away.

Samantha Wommack got the big storyline to write her out in a big way.

Good to see Afia back last night as her and Tamwar make for some nice light hearted scenes.


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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 18/January/2011 at 13:58
Originally posted by admin admin wrote:

I saw a picture today of Phil Mitchell having an heart attack in an arguement with Ian Beale, and Ian walking away.

Samantha Wommack got the big storyline to write her out in a big way.

Good to see Afia back last night as her and Tamwar make for some nice light hearted scenes.
Still think Samantha Womack quit due to the abuse she was receiving in the street from idiots who have no grasp on reality, as well as the fact she was apparently quite vocal about her dislike of the storyline while filming.
 
Phil is looking to become gangland kingpin of Walford, he even now has the traditional shady nightclub base.


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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 03/November/2011 at 14:34
/soaps/s2/eastenders/" rel="nofollow">

'EastEnders' Max to return in huge Branning week

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EastEnders bosses have announced that the soap will air five nights in a row for one week only in late November as Max Branning makes his long-awaited return to Albert Square.

In a huge set of episodes for the Branning family airing from November 21, Max ( /celebrities/jake-wood/" rel="nofollow - Jake Wood ) will finally arrive back in Walford - joined by his fearsome older brother Derek ( /celebrities/jamie-foreman/" rel="nofollow - Jamie Foreman ).

Max Branning in EastEnders

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Jamie Foreman

© Rex Features / Mark Large/Daily Mail


Pictured left: Jake Wood (Max Branning). Pictured right: Jamie Foreman (Derek Branning).

EastEnders fans will remember that /soaps/s2/eastenders/news/a334869/eastenders-airs-tanya-max-affair-plot-climax.html" rel="nofollow - Max left the Square in August after his affair with ex-wife Tanya was exposed. The businessman had been left stunned when Tanya ( /celebrities/jo-joyner/" rel="nofollow - Jo Joyner ) unexpectedly told him that she didn't want to be with him.

Max was unaware that a health scare was the real reason for Tanya's sudden u-turn, and she has since been receiving treatment for cervical cancer.

Max's return is likely to cause a stir within the Branning clan, while the surprise appearance of Derek will shock the entire family, who haven't seen him for years.

Derek has a reputation for being a destructive and dangerous man due to his past, so viewers will have to wait and see whether he has changed and if the Brannings will welcome him back into the fold.

In a further twist, the big week will also see Tanya reveal a long-held family secret - which will shock her mum Cora ( /celebrities/ann-mitchell/" rel="nofollow - Ann Mitchell ) and sister Rainie ( /celebrities/tanya-franks/" rel="nofollow - Tanya Franks ) to the core.

Jo Joyner as Tanya Branning

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Ann Mitchell as Cora Cross

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An EastEnders insider teased: "Branning Week will see secrets and lies exposed which will rock the family in a week Walford is sure to remember."

EastEnders' Branning Week begins on Monday, November 21 with four further episodes airing on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The previous week will only see three episodes air due to Children In Need being broadcast on Friday, November 18
 
Seems I misheard on the radio recently that Eastenders was going 5 nights a week permanently, the move is apparently a one-off deal. Cant say I'm sorry to hear that as every weekday would have have been overkill for the soap.
 
The introduction of Dereck Branning is interesting, he is being played by Jamie Foreman who is a legit Londoner and has appeared in British gangster flicks like Layer Cake.
 
Hopefully we will also see the return of Susie Branning who was a entertaining character and her stint in the show was all too brief.


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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 03/November/2011 at 14:42
I'm also glad it's only a one off, but usually when episodes/weeks are based around just one family/storyline it seems to drag.

Glad that Jake Wood is on his way back. It's alright when he can blag a three month break due to being such a good character that they wouldn't risk losing him permantly. No doubt he will have been on a few holidays and made the most of being able to see friends and family more often.

No mention of Lauren Branning having a storyline to herself. She's always a bit part in others. I'm surprised being a Branning she's not been made the focal point of a big story yet.


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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 03/November/2011 at 15:15
The Eastenders filming schedule is gruelling from what I understand, its partly why many actors dont stay in the soap for long as they cant handle the long, tiring hours that they have to put in. Ross Kemp for example can make more money for working a far more relaxed schedule doing various other shows.
This is why I dont think the soap will ever move permanently to 5 nights a week as it would add more hours onto the filming schedule.
Top names like Jake Wood, Scott Maslen, Steve McFadden, Shane Ritchie and Jessie Wallace are regularly written out of the show for periods of time to allow them a break.
 
I'm glad to see Jake Wood(Max Branning) return as well, hes one of the better characters and a strong actor. He reminds me of Dirty Den in his younger days.


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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 03/November/2011 at 15:19
Originally posted by Fletch Fletch wrote:

The Eastenders filming schedule is gruelling from what I understand, its partly why many actors dont stay in the soap for long as they cant handle the long, tiring hours that they have to put in. Ross Kemp for example can make more money for working a far more relaxed schedule doing various other shows.
This is why I dont think the soap will ever move permanently to 5 nights a week as it would add more hours onto the filming schedule.
Top names like Jake Wood, Scott Maslen, Steve McFadden, Shane Ritchie and Jessie Wallace are regularly written out of the show for periods of time to allow them a break.
 
I'm glad to see Jake Wood(Max Branning) return as well, hes one of the better characters and a strong actor. He reminds me of Dirty Den in his younger days.


That's it mate. You've mentioned the star names so if they say they want months off they get it or would walk.

Look at Samantha Wommack. Her storylines from the past few years were so grueling she's on her year out to chill with family.

Jo Joyner took extended leave for her twins, Patsy Palmer is still on leave until xmas time due to giving birth and Sid Owen wanted time off to I think do charity work in India or something so he's not coming back until around same time as Patsy.


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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 03/November/2011 at 15:56
Steve Mcfadden(Phil Mitchell) takes so many breaks from the show hes almost part-time now. That is the only reason they've been able to keep him in the show for as long as they have, by giving him regular lengthy breaks from filming.
 
Nigel Harman who played Dennis Rickman was one of the worst, he was rarely in it for more than a few weeks at a time before taking off for a lengthy period, Rob Kazinsky who played Sean Slater was another, ironically both these actors still quit the show after only a short amount of time in their respective roles and have since gone on to do very little else.
 
Patsy Palmer and Sid Owen were only re-introduced to the show fairly recently and are a popular couple among viewers, so I'm sure producers will do what they can to accomodate them with time off when requested.
 
Samantha Womack I'm sure will return in the future, otherwise they would have come up with a more permanent storyline to write her out.
 
In a departure that was pretty much kept quiet Neil McDermott who played Ryan Malloy was written out of the show recently. Shame as I was enjoying his more criminal-influenced character of recent times.


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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 03/November/2011 at 16:02
Apparently Neil McDermott is in his late 20s, married, is a father and cheated on his missus with a teenage fan.

I'm sure Google has plenty about it. I think he left off his own back to save his marriage but can't be too sure.

His stuff with Janine was some of the better stuff at the time.


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Posted By: Baz
Date Posted: 03/November/2011 at 16:04
Jake Wood aka Kill Crazy LOL

I only catch Eastenders now and again, but Max is a great character and it'll be great seeing him back on our screens.

I enjoy Phat Boys performances too, he could be about for a while if they use him properly.


Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 03/November/2011 at 16:30
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http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/tv/soaps/3436570/Married-EastEnders-star-romps-with-girl-16.html

He is 30 years old and shagged a 16 year old girl even though he didn't know her age at the time.

His childhood sweetheart wife is gorgeous, but his 16 year old lay is ugly.

I think quiting the show to save his marriage is one thing, but one article mentions he's moved into a 350K house. How is he going to keep up the mortgage payments?


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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 03/November/2011 at 17:19
His wife is way fitter than the girl he tapped behind her back.
Quite possibly wasnt the first time he had cheated as I would imagine he got attention from girls alot when he was out, obviously this is the first time a girl has gone to the papers.
 
£350k for a house isnt a fortune in this day and age, he must have done pretty well financially from his time in Eastenders and perhaps his missus has a decent job? He clearly has a bit of cash put away as he can afford to take time away from work to sort his marriage out.
 
If/when he resolves things with his missus he can start looking at other acting options, if all else fails I would think Eastenders would take him back as there are many current storylines his character could be written in to.
 
 


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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 08/November/2011 at 13:09
http://www.people.co.uk/celebs-tv/celebrity-interview/2011/11/06/i-broke-down-filming-this-dishonour-102039-23540685/

Great to see an Asian family so prominent in the christmas ratings rather than the usual stereotypes of them owning corner shops like you get in Corrie.

I hope it doesn't signal the end of Ace Bhatti (great name) in the show. Dr Khan is a brilliant character.

It's good to have Amira back. She's a good looking lady despite her nose.


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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 27/November/2011 at 23:54

According to reports there will be deaths galore over the Christmas and New Year period with Pat, Dr Khan and Heather all set to be killed off.

Pat's death is being done as Pam St Clement is retiring from the show, from what I hear several names from the past including her on-screen sons David and Simon will be returning for her last storyline which will see her find out she has a terminal illness. She deserves a good send off after so many years in the show.
 
Dr Khan apparently dies in a fire in the B&B which he starts as he plots to kill Zainab.
 
Not sure about the circumstances of Heather's death but I did hear the actress who plays her had decided to quit the show a little while ago. Her character has run its course and she wont really be missed.


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Posted By: Baz
Date Posted: 28/November/2011 at 09:58
Your typical sombre christmas in soapland then LOL

Pat's send off has already been filmed with the old 'one of three possibilities' thing that they love to do in soapland.

The other two will be no loss, a villain is easy to replace and Heather is just taking up pointless screentime of late.


Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 28/November/2011 at 11:26
Dr Khan will be solely missed. Ace Bhatti is a great actor and has one of the funniest names going.

Heather has rarely done anything of note and her dumb character that never has any luck has run it's course.

Pat deserves a huge send off for her long time in the show. I'm betting when she got time off last year (visiting her son David in New Zealand in the show for months), when she came back she couldn't be arsed anymore so decided to quit.


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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 28/November/2011 at 13:20
Dr Khan has to be one of the most creepy characters in the show, every time he talks you can just tell he has evil intentions.

Heather has always just been a annoying background character, will be glad to see the back of her to be honest.

In other storylines apparently Ricky sleeps with Mandy and Morgan's Father is introduced to the cast, but he apparently has no idea that Bianca was ever pregnant, let alone that he has a kid.

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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 28/November/2011 at 15:07
How good to see Jake Wood back? I read a snippet from him in the paper last week saying he told producers he was worn out from the demanding storylines he's been involved in, so they gave him ten weeks off.

What a weird bloke Lauren Branning slept with. Gives me hope of nailing Jacqueline Jossa hahaha.

The new Branning brother is creepy, which I love. Funny how he had never been mentioned before by anyone like he didn't exist.


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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 28/November/2011 at 15:33
Originally posted by admin admin wrote:

How good to see Jake Wood back? I read a snippet from him in the paper last week saying he told producers he was worn out from the demanding storylines he's been involved in, so they gave him ten weeks off.

What a weird bloke Lauren Branning slept with. Gives me hope of nailing Jacqueline Jossa hahaha.

The new Branning brother is creepy, which I love. Funny how he had never been mentioned before by anyone like he didn't exist.




Derek Branning has been mentioned in past storylines involving the Jackson family, he even made a appearance at Carol and Alan's wedding whilst being played by a different actor, that's what he meant when he said he still owed David Wicks something because David punched him.

The new Derek is a excellent character who I hope sticks around for a long while. Can imagine the Branning Brothers trying to take over Walford Mitchell style. Would be nice to see Suzi Branning return as well, her stint in the show previously was all too brief.

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Posted By: John The Baptist
Date Posted: 30/November/2011 at 21:18
God, I love Jamie Foreman so much.

Hes like a perfect fit for this show.

I just wish hed play the racist taxi driver from Football Factory in this too.


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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 30/November/2011 at 22:31
Yeah Jamie Foreman is a legend, he was superb in The Football Factory and Layer Cake. They need to let us know more about the history of Derek Branning and why everyone is so petrified of him. Obviously he's headed for a feud with Phil Mitchell, I knew that was a given the moment he turned up.

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Posted By: Baz
Date Posted: 01/December/2011 at 12:23
He's just the thug of the family obviously, and he must be something nasty if he's a bigger thug than Jack & Max. Some bloody showdown with Phil will obviously happen at somepoint, and he'll no doubt be killed off as Phil is the mainstay these days.


Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 01/December/2011 at 14:40
To be honest I dont see Jamie Foreman, Jake Wood or Scott Maslen staying in Eastenders for the longhaul.....
 
Jake Wood is a talented actor who seems to be tiring of the Enders schedule, he would surely have other less demanding options if he left.
 
Jamie Foreman has appeared in movies and is likely costing Enders producers a hefty sum, chances are he is only set to be in the show for a limited time.
 
Scott Maslen is another I can see eventually tiring of the schedule and persuing other options.


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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 01/December/2011 at 15:01
Originally posted by Fletch Fletch wrote:

To be honest I dont see Jamie Foreman, Jake Wood or Scott Maslen staying in Eastenders for the longhaul.....
 
Jake Wood is a talented actor who seems to be tiring of the Enders schedule, he would surely have other less demanding options if he left.
 
Jamie Foreman has appeared in movies and is likely costing Enders producers a hefty sum, chances are he is only set to be in the show for a limited time.
 
Scott Maslen is another I can see eventually tiring of the schedule and persuing other options.


Jake Wood: He's done so much already like cheat on his wife, nearly remarry, become a parent again etc. His two year contract probably takes him until xmas 2013 where he will have done even more crazy storylines. He could then quit and do British movies where he would make more money for less work.

Scott Maslen: Same could be said for him. When Samantha Womack took her year out I thought he would have done too, to take advantage of his higher profile from being on Strictly last year.

Jamie Foreman: Just the latest well known name to be brought in short term just like the likes of David Essex and Phil Daniels in the past. I can't see him being in longer than two years.


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Posted By: Baz
Date Posted: 01/December/2011 at 15:44
Originally posted by Fletch Fletch wrote:

To be honest I dont see Jamie Foreman, Jake Wood or Scott Maslen staying in Eastenders for the longhaul.....
 
Jake Wood is a talented actor who seems to be tiring of the Enders schedule, he would surely have other less demanding options if he left.


He would be welcome back for a stint as kill crazy in the new red dwarf i'm sure LOL


Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 01/December/2011 at 15:56
Originally posted by admin admin wrote:

Originally posted by Fletch Fletch wrote:

To be honest I dont see Jamie Foreman, Jake Wood or Scott Maslen staying in Eastenders for the longhaul.....
 
Jake Wood is a talented actor who seems to be tiring of the Enders schedule, he would surely have other less demanding options if he left.
 
Jamie Foreman has appeared in movies and is likely costing Enders producers a hefty sum, chances are he is only set to be in the show for a limited time.
 
Scott Maslen is another I can see eventually tiring of the schedule and persuing other options.


Jake Wood: He's done so much already like cheat on his wife, nearly remarry, become a parent again etc. His two year contract probably takes him until xmas 2013 where he will have done even more crazy storylines. He could then quit and do British movies where he would make more money for less work.

Scott Maslen: Same could be said for him. When Samantha Womack took her year out I thought he would have done too, to take advantage of his higher profile from being on Strictly last year.

Jamie Foreman: Just the latest well known name to be brought in short term just like the likes of David Essex and Phil Daniels in the past. I can't see him being in longer than two years.
 
Is David Essex returning? It seemed his departure was not permanent. My guess is the storylines will see him return with Michael, Tyler and Anthony's sister Frankie in tow.
 
Enders has seen a variety of well known names pass through for a limited time only over the years. I think this is a combination of the show budget not being able to cater for their salary demands longterm, and also because the actors in question have no desire to work the demanding schedule for a long stretch. Ross Kemp and the late Mike Reid were two other former permanent cast members who went on to bigger things but agreed to come back on very limited basis only that would see them probably earn more from a handfull of episodes than most show regulars do in a year.


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Posted By: Baz
Date Posted: 01/December/2011 at 16:07
Agreed, and with them killing off a few characters they may need a 'star' name to boost things for a few months in TV time, which is little time in terms of tapings.


Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 14/January/2012 at 23:21
So David Wicks' brief return came to a end this past Friday, his exit was well done as he left in typical David fashion, despite trying hard to turn over a new leaf he ended up running away yet again against his Mum's dying wishes leaving another woman behind broken-hearted.
I enjoyed his scenes with Dereck Branning as it was nice to see a old feud resurrected and come to a head, Dereck is a great character and I hope to see his feud with Phil Mitchell develop.

The brief cameo appearance of Simon Wicks at his mothers graveside was a nice touch to conclude the ''Pats death'' storyline. It had been strongly rumoured that Nick Berry would reprise his role as ''Wicksy'' alongside storyline brother David for at least a few episodes, but it seems that was not to be.
My guess would be this was due to a combination of Nick Berry being reluctant, he has retired from acting and has been living life out of the spotlight for several years now, and also perhaps that after more than a twenty year absence, producers had difficulty coming up with story-lines for him other than attending his Mums funeral, after all the only remaining characters that would even know him are Ian and Dot I think, at least David had a whole host of people who knew him to work with.
So it's likely the cameo-spot was all the actor himself and producers could agree on. Apparently it was only filmed on Thursday meaning spoilers about it were not leaked for once.

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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 15/January/2012 at 10:32
I have to stick up for David Wicks. He clearly loves Carol which is strangely why he made the right choice in leaving. He know show unreliable he is and Carol sorting the hair of Tiffany on the way to the car made him see just how much he couldn't take away the woman he loves away from her big family who need her after Pat died. He also knows that while he loves Carol he wouldn't be able to keep her happy for long as he always screws up.

Nick Berry grey hair aside still looks young for his age and in good nick (see what I did there). It was a shame Mr Heartbeat himself wasn't in for a few episodes and instead we only got "hello mum". Still after not being seen since 1990 it was better than nothing.


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Posted By: Baz
Date Posted: 15/January/2012 at 10:38
Isn't Berry sticking around then? David had to leave without Carol, not only to keep the family together but to avoid potential danger from the Branning boys. (BTW how long till Phil & Derek have a fight?)

It's also going to take some getting used to with the new girl playing Lucy. Oh and having the teenage alcoholic could play out really well given it's something many families go through with teenagers.


Posted By: Codebreaker
Date Posted: 15/January/2012 at 14:47
Originally posted by Baz Baz wrote:

Isn't Berry sticking around then? David had to leave without Carol, not only to keep the family together but to avoid potential danger from the Branning boys. (BTW how long till Phil & Derek have a fight?)

It's also going to take some getting used to with the new girl playing Lucy. Oh and having the teenage alcoholic could play out really well given it's something many families go through with teenagers.

The worst thing the old Lucy Beale did was getting caught going out under age. She played a good part, I don't think this girl can do the same.


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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 15/January/2012 at 18:46
Originally posted by Baz Baz wrote:

Isn't Berry sticking around then? David had to leave without Carol, not only to keep the family together but to avoid potential danger from the Branning boys. (BTW how long till Phil & Derek have a fight?)

It's also going to take some getting used to with the new girl playing Lucy. Oh and having the teenage alcoholic could play out really well given it's something many families go through with teenagers.
 
Pretty sure Nick Berry's blink and you'll miss it cameo is all we will see from his Simon Wicks character. As I said in my earlier post it was rumoured he would return for a longer stint but Berry has long retired from acting and probably had no interest in returning to the soap, plus with so few characters still on the square that would even know ''Wicksy'' how could they write him back in realistically especially now without David or his Mum around?
 
I think the storyline with David sleeping with Simon's wife was introduced so it wouldnt seem strange that Simon missed his mothers funeral and decided to pay his respects alone later on before heading off again probably never to be seen again in the square.
 
I liked the girl who used to play Lucy, she was a decent actress and resembled Lucys on-screen Mum Cindy as well which was usefull. I'll give the new actress time before I give a opinion, as I say I saw nothing wrong with the original, perhaps producers felt a different look was needed for Lucy as she reaches adulthood, like they did with Lauren.
 
Originally posted by admin admin wrote:

I have to stick up for David Wicks. He clearly loves Carol which is strangely why he made the right choice in leaving. He know show unreliable he is and Carol sorting the hair of Tiffany on the way to the car made him see just how much he couldn't take away the woman he loves away from her big family who need her after Pat died. He also knows that while he loves Carol he wouldn't be able to keep her happy for long as he always screws up.

Nick Berry grey hair aside still looks young for his age and in good nick (see what I did there). It was a shame Mr Heartbeat himself wasn't in for a few episodes and instead we only got "hello mum". Still after not being seen since 1990 it was better than nothing.
 
It was a fine line between right and wrong with David's exit, yes he did it because of pressure from the Brannings and Bianca to do right by Carol, but he also did what he does best and took the easy way out by running away after he more or less promised his dying mum he wouldnt do it again. His departure mirrored his previous one some fifteen years ago where he sped away in a car crying as his son Joe chased after him screaming for him to come back. He left before as he had alienated his family and couldn't handle son Joe's illness.
 
Think your being a bit kind with Nick Berry Adders, the darkness covered up how much he has aged I think, heres a pic.....
 
 
And here is how Enders fans remember him as Wicksy.....
 
 
 


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Posted By: Baz
Date Posted: 15/January/2012 at 19:10
Storyline wise it makes sense for him to have a flying appearance, but why would he, in styoryline terms, fly all the way from New Zealand just to say a couple of words then to disappear off the face of the earth again?

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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 15/January/2012 at 20:14
Originally posted by Baz Baz wrote:

Storyline wise it makes sense for him to have a flying appearance, but why would he, in styoryline terms, fly all the way from New Zealand just to say a couple of words then to disappear off the face of the earth again?



Fair point, but it was his Mum and they had a fairly close relationship I think, far closer than she was with David. I think most people would go to the effort to pay their last respects to their mother, even if it did mean travelling half-way across the world just for a a few moments at her grave-side.

You would think that given he's come all that way he might check out the square, but then again why? The only people that would still know him are Dot and Ian, plus Ian hates him for his affair with Cindy.
Also he probably doesn't want to run into his brother David who recently slept with his missus.

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Posted By: Kieran_TheKiz
Date Posted: 16/January/2012 at 13:44
I loved the Simon Wicks cameo appearance, it was something new, to have it after the credits.
Not to compare Eastenders to pro wrestling storylines, but there aren't many fueds on Albert Square anymore, I thought David VS Derek Branning could of lasted a long time had David not left.

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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 07/February/2012 at 22:39
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2082762/Hetti-Bywater-dons-leather-skirt-roll-cigarette-play-EastEnders-new-Lucy-Beale.html

I see a comment saying she was probably in character, but the article is from early this year and I would know if i'd seen a scene by now of Lucy looking like that LOL

She's better looking then the old Lucy who had a face like a slapped arse.

If she smokes and has dress sense so bad in real life it's not good tnough.


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Posted By: Baz
Date Posted: 08/February/2012 at 06:20
Nice outfit! You can't beat a bit of class LOL

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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 10/May/2012 at 11:57

Quote EastEnders antiques dealer Anthony Moon is to leave the soap, Digital Spy can confirm.

The shop manager, played by Matt Lapinskas, will depart screens in the coming weeks after less than a year in Walford.

Lapinskas, confirming his exit, commented: "I'm having a fantastic time working on EastEnders and playing the role of Anthony Moon. Working with David Essex, Tony Discipline and the EastEnders cast has been an absolute pleasure.

"Although I will really miss EastEnders and everyone involved, I am very excited about future projects and what is next for me as an actor."

Anthony turned up on Albert Square last July, just a few weeks after his dad Eddie and brother Tyler.

His storylines have included short-lived romances with Poppy Meadow and Amira Shah, as well as a dangerous encounter with the villainous Derek Branning.


A very quick exit after being in the soap for less than a year, I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that off-screen he has been dating the actress who plays Whitney?

It's no huge loss, Tyler is the more entertaining of the two Moon brothers and gets the better storylines.

In any rate Enders has a a couple of new face set to arrive.....

Quote EastEnders villain Derek Branning will be forced to face up to his past when his son Joey arrives in Walford.

As expected, Joey will turn up on Albert Square hot on the heels of his sister Alice - sent by their mother to tempt her back home.

When Joey realises that Alice wants to stay put, he resolves to show her exactly the kind of man Derek (Jamie Foreman) really is.

Played by David Witts, Joey is being billed as a charming character who "prides himself on telling it how it is, but is in fact a compulsive liar".

The newcomer also finds it easy to attract girls, but likes to make them feel they have made the first move - even if he has nudged them into it.

Witts commented: "I am delighted to be joining EastEnders after being a fan for so many years. Joining the Branning family couldn't have come at a better time, especially after the recent British Soap Awards wins."

EastEnders' executive producer Lorraine Newman added: "Joey is a fantastic addition to the Brannings and after an explosive entrance onto the Square, he is set to break a few hearts as he campaigns to bring Derek down."

Show bosses announced the casting of Jasmyn Banks as Alice last month.


Should be very interesting. Derek Branning is the best character that has been introduced in ages, so it's good to see them expanding on that by bringing in his kids.

The Brannings have to be the biggest family in the soap now, what with Max, Jack and Derek and their children, then of course Carol and her daughter Bianca and all her kids. There are still two Branning sisters that have yet to become part of the cast full-time, Suzie Branning did appear for a brief spell before vanishing again a while ago.



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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 10/May/2012 at 12:38
Anthony Moon is no loss. Can he take his brother and real life girlfriend Whitney with him? All three are annoying.

Patsy Palmer was back for all of two minutes before bosses let her have another six months break for her children. Glad little Maisie who plays Tiffany is staying around.

June Brown is having a year off to write her autobiography. The woman is 85 years of age so if anyone deserves a rest it's her.

Jo Joyner is leaving the show later this year. Another big female departure.

Charlie Brooks is supposed to be leaving as well to do Strictly Come Dancing. I don't see why she has to leave when Scott Maslan managed both without time off.

So that would be four big female stars of the show possibly lost in 2012 alone. This on top of Pat leaving and the popular Heather being let go despite fan protests. The show had better hope Samantha Womack still wants to come back after her 12 month break is up. Roll on Jessie Wallace getting back, but then after her husband to be cheating on her she deserved her break to deal with it.


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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 10/May/2012 at 13:17
Originally posted by admin admin wrote:

Anthony Moon is no loss. Can he take his brother and real life girlfriend Whitney with him? All three are annoying.

Patsy Palmer was back for all of two minutes before bosses let her have another six months break for her children. Glad little Maisie who plays Tiffany is staying around.

June Brown is having a year off to write her autobiography. The woman is 85 years of age so if anyone deserves a rest it's her.

Jo Joyner is leaving the show later this year. Another big female departure.

Charlie Brooks is supposed to be leaving as well to do Strictly Come Dancing. I don't see why she has to leave when Scott Maslan managed both without time off.

So that would be four big female stars of the show possibly lost in 2012 alone. This on top of Pat leaving and the popular Heather being let go despite fan protests. The show had better hope Samantha Womack still wants to come back after her 12 month break is up. Roll on Jessie Wallace getting back, but then after her husband to be cheating on her she deserved her break to deal with it.
 
Agree that Anthony is no big loss, he was very much a background character who didnt get any major storylines. I dont mind his brother and Whitney though, I did prefer Tyler as the player rather than the guy loved up with Whitney though.
 
I'm amazed that June Brown can still handle the filming schedule at 85 years old, the reason the likes of Bianca, Tanya and Ronnie amongst others are constantly taking lengthy breaks is because they have young families and its well known that the Enders filming schedule means very long hours and has to be both physically and mentally draining. This is the main reason why many cast members dont stick around for that long and why big names like Ross Kemp and Michael French were only willing to come back for brief spells.


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Posted By: John The Baptist
Date Posted: 10/May/2012 at 19:28
They will proll rope in Ross Kemp and Babs Windsor again, thats their emergency strategy for everything.

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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 21/May/2012 at 22:48
Lots of hashtag winning tonight including.......

1) The legs of Hetti Bywater in that tight black mini skirt, especially in the opening scene.

2) Kym and Ray funny as per usual with the best comedy double act in soapland.

3) The slight turn back heel of Derek after a couple of babyface weeks getting to know his daughter.


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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 22/May/2012 at 06:30
I dont find Hetti Bywater attractive, I actually preferred the previous Lucy, not in looks but I think she was a much better actress and a better fit for the part. She also shared alot of characteristics and even looked a bit like her on-screen Mum Cindy played by Michelle Collins.
 
Derek was class as always, looking forward to the introduction of his son and more appearances from his daughter, I wonder if we will find out what Tanya said to her?


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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 28/May/2012 at 12:46
Adam Woodyatt has to be winning awards for his performance in his mental breakdown.

I like the ending with Mandy how she cares for him but just doesn't love him so can't marry him. Much better than the predictable "i've never liked you and was after your money" ending we could have had.

Now onto this week and the continuation of the strange Michael/Jean partnership that works so well.


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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 28/May/2012 at 18:13
Nicola Stapleton's return was very brief as apparently those were her final scenes last week.
 
Adam Woodyatt did do a good job portraying a man going through a break-down, good work from him as usually his acting is average at best and its clear hes only still in Enders through loyalty and has probably only stayed as he knows he wont get any decent acting work elsewhere.
 
It was a good storyline, Ian was obviously looking for another trophy wife to measure up alongside the likes of Cindy and Mel, but had convinced himself it was true love, Mandy and Lucy knew the truth and it was obvious from the start Mandy wasnt really in to Ian, she just saw him as a friendly face from the past who could provide a safe and stable environment for her.
 
Looking forward to seeing the fall-out from Ian's break-down and also further developments with Derek and his estranged family.
 
My missus made a excellent suggestion saying Danny Dyer would have been perfect cast as Derek's son Joey Branning. Dyer apparently was on the verge of joining the EE cast a couple of years back I believe, not sure what the part was they had in mind for him but he ultimately rejected it saying he didnt think he could handle the pressure of being in the soap.


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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 30/May/2012 at 11:27
http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/soaps/s2/eastenders/spoilers/a383366/max-receives-a-shock.html

I'd expect Tanya will ask Max to leave the Square to get away from Derek. It's known Tanya is taking another rest from the show so that would make sense, with him turning down her request.

The only other thing I can think of is a vesectomy with it mentioning them getting their sexlife back on track.

Nice surprise that Poppy is returning because I liked her.


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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 03/June/2012 at 13:43
Yeah I liked Poppy, her ''Essex girls'' friendship with Jodie made for some nice light-hearted entertainment in a soap that is often recognised for being all doom and gloom. I wonder if her return will have anything to do with Anthony Moon's forthcoming exit from the show, pregnant with his baby perhaps?

Apparently Tanya asks Max a life-changing question, she's set for a six month break from the show so her current storyline will obviously see her written out for a while. If it means another split between her and Max I can't see how the two can get back together yet again when she returns, it will have happened way too many times so hopefully they can remove Tanya without breaking up the couple.

Dodgy Derek's son Joey is set to arrive any minute, by all accounts he's a chip off the old block unlike Derek's daughter Alice who is very sweet and innocent, not overly impressed with her character so far, she just comes across as bland and uninteresting.

Actually felt really sorry for Jean who got conned out of nearly £20k by Michael. He has turned on the charm and cleverly got her to invest in a imaginary scheme all the while convincing everyone she has a crush on him, now he's pocketed the money and with Jean chasing after him it does look like she's just a bit infatuated with him and obviously given the fact she has a history of being a bit bonkers people will more likely believe Michaels story.

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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 27/June/2012 at 11:35
Hetti Bywater needs a feed. It's no wonder she's a role model on prorexia websites. It was painful seeing how thin she was in her jump suit last night with her legs on show. It was in the press the other week a photo of her back at an awards do and her shoulder blades were pointing out horribly. She looks ill, rundown and in need of a rest.

After seeing in the press yesterday pictures of Ian Beale's return I can't wait. He looks like Tom Hanks in Castaway.

I kinda like Alice to look at. She's all sweet, innocent, softly spoken, plain looking type of girl. I'd go there.

Good to see young Michael being a good husband standing by his wife.


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Posted By: Baz
Date Posted: 27/June/2012 at 12:23
It won't be long until Michael screws her over, we all know it! Seeing Ian as a tramp type character should be fun so bring that on.

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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 29/June/2012 at 17:02
Alice Branning needs to make her character more interesting, she's painfully bland, they've even made it into a storyline with Anthony Moon rejecting her saying she's boring. I can't see her being a longterm character unless they liven her up a bit.

Her brother Joey on the other hand is a very interesting new character, bit of a charmer with the ladies, while also being quite dark and bit of a hard-nut like his old man. Good casting as well as the actor does bare a slight resemblance to his Dad, I think so anyway. He reminds me of Sean Slater who was one of my favourite characters of recent times.

Michael is bound to screw over Janine at the first opportunity. I'm wondering how they will script Janines exit from the soap as she's set to take a six month break very soon.
The guy playing Michael is one of the best in the show, he does a very convincing job. Far prefer him to his cousin Alfie who has become a bit boring these days.

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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 16/July/2012 at 22:32
There 2nd ever live episode next week is going to be tough to get right with the Olympic torch really coming through the set at same time and Lola having to apparently do a seven minute scene for giving birth.

I remember the first live episode was littered with mistakes like even screen legend Barbara Windsor calling Dot Cotton "June".

This episode if goes alright will win some awards to Lola.


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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 16/July/2012 at 23:55
I thought it was just the bit with Billy running with the Olympic torch that was going to be live? Sure I read somewhere they will edit the live footage into a pre-recorded episode.

Not sure if Shirley's daughter Carly is coming back, but that's the first time I can remember a non-cast members voice being heard on the phone like hers was in tonight's episode. I would like to see both Carly and Deano return, decent characters that were only around way too briefly. It would also give Shirley more of a purpose in the show, I find her gobby, mutton dressed as lamb character really annoying, Phil could do way better as well.

The photo-frame storyline is a bit dumb, noone would be stupid enough to stash evidence which could convict them of murder under their bed and then allow it to be taken off to a charity shop.

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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 26/July/2012 at 12:46
Billy's live torch scene was good and I didn't spot any mistakes such as someone accidentially calling him Perry.

Noticeable that all the cast seemed to be there even if they hadn't been seen for the rest of the episode. Guess they wanted to be there for such a special moment.

It was funny as well seeing cast members acting out of character like with how happy Shirlie looked watching it happen when she's always grumpy.


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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 13/October/2012 at 06:54
Quote Derek Branning to be killed off?

Derek Branning is rumoured to be leaving EastEnders over the festive period, with the Daily Star reporting that his dark past could finally catch up with him.

Eldest Branning sibling Derek, played by Jamie Foreman, arrived in the soap last November and very quickly made his presence felt around Walford.

Foreman the son of real-life former gangster Freddie Foreman is said to have wanted Derek to become one of the most notorious soap villains, before leaving the show on a high.

Last week he was spotted filming on location with a gang of thugs chasing his character.

A source revealed: “Everyone working on the show is confident viewers will be on the edge of their seats once again over the festive period.

“The Branning family are going to be huge this Christmas, apart from Derek’s dramatic ­departure there’s the matter of one of the Branning brothers being ­revealed as Kat Moon’s secret lover. We will also see the return of Derek’s sister Carol Jackson, daughter Bianca Butcher and her kids for the ­nuptials.”

Lauren’s relationship with her cousin Joey and the truth behind Max’s secret payments to a mystery recipient will also be revealed over the coming months.

When asked about the reports regarding Foreman’s departure, an EastEnders spokesperson said: ”We don’t want to comment and spoil it for the viewers.”


If this is legit then it's a real shame as Derek Branning is one of the most entertaining characters of recent times, by far the best of the three Branning brothers. Jamie Foreman is very effective in the role as well.

It doesn't surprise me as actors that are fairly well known to the general public like Foreman rarely stay in Eastenders for anything more than a short stint, although this appears to be a decision made by Enders producers as I did see a report that Foreman pays out a fortune in child maintanance but his payments have now been reduced by the courts as he no longer has the steady income that his Enders contract would provide, it also said he had struggled to find work in recent times so was likely very grateful for landing a key role in the show.

He had appeared in various Brit films over the years, mostly in small parts, rarely a starring role, but was very type-cast as gangster/villain/hard-man characters.

Still seems strange that EE would cut the character given how vital he has been in storylines since his arrival and that they've also introduced his two estranged children Joey and Alice.

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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 13/October/2012 at 14:57
It would be a shame if Derek was to leave as he's the best baddie since Johnny Allen.

Noticed this picture of Alice Branning in real life and WOW!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.nowmagazine.co.uk/tv-news/539010/jasmyn-banks-i-want-to-be-the-next-kate-winslet

Just look how hot she is when she's not playing a geek LOL She's a comfortable 8/10.


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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 14/October/2012 at 13:40
Johnny Allen wasn't nasty enough, think that's why they binned the character fairly quickly. Martin Kemp as Steve Owen was the best villain I can remember until Derek came along, I liked Craig Fairbrass as Dan Sullivan as well.

Apparently the Branning family are set to be the central theme of Christmas again with Max's secret coming out about his mystery payments to a unknown person just as he is set to re-marry Tanya. Joey and Lauren also start having a relationship this year which will be unveiled and it also comes out about which Branning has been knobbing Kat. Bianca and Carol will have returned by then and of course there will be the storyline that leads to Derek's departure.

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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 25/December/2012 at 12:13
Jacqueline Jossa is hot which is unrealistic because I have never had an hot cousin.

Derek being killed off his disapointing but it happens to all the evil men in the end.

The inside information i've been told that's not been made public but is from someone who 9/10 is right (think they have an insider) says Derek is killed by Max because Max finds out Derek once raped Tanya (hence why she's never liked him) and is the actual father of Lauren so it wasn't kissing cousins it was kissing full blood brother/sister with Joey. I think this will be the 1/10 the info is wrong.


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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 25/December/2012 at 14:18
One of my cousins is quite hot but I can't look at her that way because its just wrong.

Derek was always my top pick to be Kat's secret affair ever since Michael Moon was taken out of the running, they did a good job of keeping us all guessing right until the end, at one point I even thought they had pulled a swerve and it might turn out to be Joey Branning.

The build up to tonight's episode is seeing Derek become the most hated man in the square before meeting his demise. I'm gutted that he is to be killed off after such a brief stint in the show as he's one of the best characters in a long while, but after the Kat affair and his family pretty much all disowning him there was very little else they could do with the character I suppose.

The rumoured storyline about the Tanya rape and Lauren being Derek's daughter would be good, but I think producers may think it too controversial.

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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 27/December/2012 at 23:34
How quickly Derek died of his heart attack, without making any noise or even attempting to ask for help looked really bad script writing.

Kirsty Branning has such shockingly bad obvious botox lips they make the ones Leslie Ash have look good.

Kim sleeping through christmas day was funny. Don't see why Chelsea and Libby were too busy to come see their mum for christmas.


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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 29/December/2012 at 15:06
Derek's demise was very disappointing. Viewers had been led to believe he would meet a very nasty end likely leading to some sort of whodunnit murder storyline, instead we get some lame death of natural causes, if the heart attack is severe enough I think it's possible to kill someone that quickly but I did think at the time it was very unrealistic looking.

It was a shame for such a great character to bow out like that, in honesty I think there might be some behind the scenes issues surrounding Jamie Foreman that lead to his departure as it just seems odd to me that they would cut such a well received character from the show after just one year, and from what I've read Foreman himself was ecstatic to have landed the part and had no intentions of leaving anytime soon, in fact other reports stated he had struggled for work in recent times and was hugely grateful to have landed a secure acting job.

Kierston Waring who plays Kirsty Branning has appeared on tv loads mostly in gritty crime related dramas, she's also appeared in several Brit gangster movies.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kierston_Wareing

She's looked fairly fit in some of the stuff I've seen her in but she's definitely suffering from a botched botox job in the lips.

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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 01/January/2013 at 14:11
Kim and Denise dressed up at the Masoods new years party was funny, but then Ian dressed as Spock was better still.

They yet again get the latest in a long line of hot Asian ladies in the soap. Dunno how the ladies man Tamwar can deal with them all. This would be his second hot asian lady, his brother had one and his sister Shabnam was one.

Good comedy chemistry between Zainab and AJ. I've always liked the AJ character and find it brilliant how much he looks like his on screen brother.


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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 06/January/2013 at 15:44
Yeah I like AJ as well and the resemblance to Masood is very strong, good bit of casting there.

Max getting it on with Kirsty was always going to happen, so now we will probably see him and Tanya break up yet again. Madness really when you have a hottie like Tanya, why would you risk losing her for a quick fumble with a rough looking ex?

I wonder what the future holds for Joey and Alice Branning now Derek is gone, will they remain as permanent members of the cast and how will they fit in to the rest of the Branning clan already on the square? Would be cool if all the younger Brannings took up residence in Derek's old house, that could include Joey, Alice, Whitney(with Tyler Moon) and maybe Lauren.

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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 21/January/2013 at 22:21
For those who haven't seen Eastenders for a while........

1) We had the Alfie/Kat/Derek love triangle.
2) We had the Max/Tanya/Kirsty love triangle.
3) We had the Lauren/Joey/Lucy love triangle.
4) We had the Denise/Ray/Kim love triangle.
5) We had the Abi/Dexter/Jay love triangle for a few episodes.
6) We had the Alfie/Kat/Roxy love triangle.

Probably more too but bottom line is scriptwriters need some fresh ideas.


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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 19/May/2013 at 11:36
Gutted to hear that over the next 6-12 months Scott Maslen(Jack Branning), Steve John-Shepherd(Michael Moon) and Jo Joyner(Tanya Branning) will all be quitting the show, that's three key characters all departing at roughly the same time.
Shepherd especially has proved to be a talented actor with his portrayal of such a complex character in Michael Moon, Maslen claims to have been offers other roles but has never been able to accept due to being in Enders so decided to leave to pursue such options when his current contract runs out, Jo Joyner had been wanting a leave of absence to have some family time but instead decided to just leave, shes a Mum to either 2 or 3 young kids I believe so you can understand that.

As mentioned in the Neighbours thread very few soap actors stay in the shows for more than a few years these days, sometimes not even a year, soap acting in the industry has always been treated as a stepping stone to bigger things even though it usually doesn't pan out that way apart from for a select few, soap acting is quite cut-throat as well and if a character doesn't get popular quickly or have the desired effect they are often swiftly axed.

I know the schedule for working on a soap is pretty gruelling and is another reason why many actors don't hang around long, for example the likes of Ross Kemp have gone onto make far more money on ITV for working a far less punishing schedule doing a multitude of shows.

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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 30/July/2013 at 18:47
http://metro.co.uk/2013/06/09/tony-discipline-to-leave-eastenders-as-tyler-moon-moves-on-3834054/

Bump. Another one bites the dust.

Producers don't seem to have much luck with the Moon family, this is now the second time they've tried to extend the clan by introducing cousins of Alfie only for the characters to be written out pretty swiftly.

The first time it was Jake and Danny Moon who were both axed very quickly, Danny was even killed off and Jake vanished with some gangsters and I guess is now presumed dead.

Anthony and Tyler were brought in alongside the very hyped up David Essex who played their Dad, however he only signed up for a few months and quickly vanished, Anthony was cut soon after I think due to off-screen issues with the actor and now after a couple of years Tyler is off as well.

Trouble is with these kind of characters there is alot of buzz initially but they soon just fade into the background which is exactly what has happened with Tyler, the show producers never seem to have any kind of longterm plan in place for the characters.

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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 01/August/2013 at 14:30
Losing his job and girlfriend within no time at all isn't good......

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/soaps/s2/eastenders/news/a501825/eastenders-jacqueline-jossa-tony-discipline-split.html

It's no wonder ratings have gone below 5 million recently. The show is really stale.

Dunno how long Michael Moon is still in it for but i'm gonna miss him.




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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 25/September/2013 at 10:51
http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/soaps/s2/eastenders/news/a509707/eastenders-michael-moon-exit-plot-revealed.html

So Michael is killed off, seems a fitting end for the character, Steve John-Shepherd is a talented actor who I think will find work elsewhere so chances are a return was not in his plans anyway.

Scott Maslen aka Jack Branning is to depart later this year as well, possibly as part of the Christmas/New Year storylines, my guess is he heads off into the sunset with Ronnie Mitchell as Samantha Womack has only agreed to come back for a period of around six months I believe.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/eastenders/posts/EastEnders-cast-set-to-leave-in-the-New-Year

Apparently the massive cast overhaul has been put in place by the new boss of Eastenders who has been given the difficult task of getting the falling ratings up, all of the names listed have been axed due to apparently not fitting in with the new direction of the show.

It's a shame to see Carl leave so soon, one thing that frustrates me about Eastenders is the amount of new characters that come in and don't seem to be given a chance to grow into their roles before being shipped out, how are you supposed to become emotionally invested in a character that's only around for five minutes? Carl White will be the next in a long line of villains that only stayed in the show far too briefly, Derek Branning and Johnny Allen most notably before him were only in for very short stints despite being entertaining and popular characters. I've enjoyed seeing Carl try and muscle in on the Mitchell dominated square but it was disappointing to see him bottle it when Phil came home, would be nice to see someone actually square up to Phil for once.

Ava and Sam I won't miss as their characters have never really interested me, and with Tanya now gone Ava almost seems a bit lost, hopefully Dexter sticks around though.

Kirsty I don't mind but she is no huge loss, if she doesn't get back together with Max then she's a bit of a spare part. Poppy I find quite entertaining but I guess there's only so much left for her to do and she's another with no real family ties around the square. Of the list AJ is the biggest loss as he's a great character who brings out the funnier side in his brother Masood, I liked how for once they brought in a Indian character who isn't a strict Muslim as well, his departure will further deplete the numbers of the Masood family leaving just Mas and Tamwar so you have to wonder how long they will be around before they are considered expendable as well.
Alice I think still had mileage in her character, especially if they'd allowed her to gain confidence and not be so dull and timid all the time, but they've apparently made the decision to write her out as part of Michael Moons exit storyline.

I wonder if a lot of this is cost-cutting as well, David Wicks returns this week full-time which no doubt would have taken the promise of a decent salary and the recent hirings of Jamie Lomas and Kate Magowan wouldn't have come cheap either.

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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 25/September/2013 at 11:31
Of the seven that's been announced as being axed this week.......

Poppy: Seems a shame as she's a good comedy character and her relationship with Arthur is light hearted.

Alice: I think this is a shame too. But it sounds like she would have gone to Hollywood at some point anyway........

http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/eastenders-star-jasmyn-banks-shows-1870533

AJ: Pointless from day one. Never been given a storyline.

Sam/Ava: I'd rather they stayed and Dexter fucked off.

Carl: No surprise. Heel characters can only last so long.

Kirsty: Be interesting to see if Botox Lips leavces with Carl.


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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 04/October/2013 at 20:55
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-24339870

Danny Dyer has to be the biggest name to join the cast in a while, he's a genuine east-end boy as well which adds a bit more authenticity as the majority of the cast are not Londoners.
Most of his movies have been terrible though, made me laugh on Celebrity Juice when both teams were asked to name at least three of the eighteen films he's appeared in fairly recently and all they could come up with was The Football Factory, he's become very type-cast for playing London based hard-man types in low-budget Brit gangster/crime flicks. That being said Im a fan of his and enjoyed his cameo in Lemon La Vida Loca recently as well as his appearances on Celeb Juice and other panel shows and I did enjoy his films The Business and The Football Factory.

It seems his casting as Shirley Carter's brother is part of a expansion of the Carter family as her sister is set to join the show as well soon. Dyers character is to become the landlord of the Queen Vic so I wonder what happens to Alfie?

Enders producers are under pressure to boost the flagging ratings and the recent flurry of big name castings has now included Danny Dyer, Jamie Lomas, Michael French and Gary Lucy.

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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 05/October/2013 at 14:23
Eastenders needs to get back to creating new stars rather than splashing money at well known names.

Danny Dyer will be glad of such a prominent role considering very few watch his movies that always flop at box office.

No idea what happens with Roxy/Alfie but it appears they leave the show next week for a break.

Haven't taken to Jamie Lomas at all, but thankfully he's not around much.


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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 05/October/2013 at 16:50
Originally posted by admin admin wrote:

Eastenders needs to get back to creating new stars rather than splashing money at well known names.

Danny Dyer will be glad of such a prominent role considering very few watch his movies that always flop at box office.

No idea what happens with Roxy/Alfie but it appears they leave the show next week for a break.

Haven't taken to Jamie Lomas at all, but thankfully he's not around much.



Yeah Jamie Lomas is very much a extra at this stage, I'm guessing they will build on his character as time goes on and probably introduce his ex and maybe other relatives as is the norm with Eastenders.

Creating new stars is easier said than done as WWE can attest to, how many new cast members in Enders over the past 5-10 years have only been in the show very briefly? I would say over half, it seems if a new character doesn't take off over-night they are scrapped, the other problem is the ones that do become popular tend to think the grass is greener elsewhere and depart the show of their own accord, Jack Branning and Michael Moon for example are set to exit in the coming months and Tanya Branning quit earlier this year. I know the gruelling filming schedule doesn't exactly entice actors into wanting to commit to the show longterm, I think veteran Enders stars like Steve McFadden and Shane Ritchie are granted regular breaks from filming.

As for Danny Dyer well he agreed to join the show a few years back but changed his mind at the last minute due to fears about how his fame through the show would cause too much invasion in his private life and unwanted media attention, obviously he's changed his mind now, probably due to a string of flop films and a bigger cash offer from Eastenders perhaps.

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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 06/October/2013 at 10:46
It tells me all I need to know about the show schedule when someone like Ross Kemp would rather spend most of his year in war zones making documentaries ha ha ha.

The paper other week said they are looking to bring Barbara Windsor back full time but have to work around the schedule if there is any chance she would agree.

For a 70 odd year old legend it can't be hard to make it so her scenes for the most part can be filmed over only say 2 days a week and during afternoons so she doesn't have early mornings or late nights.


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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 01/November/2013 at 10:49
Another two bite the dust.....

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2013-10-20/eastenders-david-witts-quits-joey-branning-role

http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/charlie-brooks-quit-eastenders-role-2648031

Charlie Brooks comes as no surprise, she's come and gone from the show several times now and has only just returned from a lengthy break, she has a young daughter and my guess is the gruelling Eastenders schedule is not allowing her the quality time she wants with her. Good that the door is open for a return, Enders bosses really should be more open to working out lighter schedules for longterm cast members who they value, I know they've done it for Steve McFadden and others in the past.

Shame to see Joey Branning vanish after such a short time in the show, the character still had a lot of mileage, then again I thought it was dumb to kill off his Dad Derek so quickly, Derek was a great character and they could have really built on the strained relationship between him and his family, from what I understand Jamie Foreman who played Derek was more than happy to commit to the show longterm as well.
With young actors like David Witts Enders is often their first major part, chances are they have ambitions outside of soap acting and probably arn't even a fan of the show, so they don't stick around for long, they just get some tv exposure and experience then move on which seems to be the case here.

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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 06/November/2013 at 15:47
I'm disapointed that it was Janine that did the fatal blow to Michael Moon.

It would have made the eventual exit of Alice way better with the thought that this sweet and innocent girl actually did have it in her to be a murderer like her father was.

Instead the shit scriptwriters thought it would improve their plumeting ratings by making Janine a murder once more.


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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 06/November/2013 at 16:28
Originally posted by admin admin wrote:

I'm disapointed that it was Janine that did the fatal blow to Michael Moon.

It would have made the eventual exit of Alice way better with the thought that this sweet and innocent girl actually did have it in her to be a murderer like her father was.

Instead the shit scriptwriters thought it would improve their plumeting ratings by making Janine a murder once more.



It also means that three of Janine's four husbands have now bit the dust, two of which were murdered by her, far-fetched much?

Michael was a decent character and it was a shame to see him move on, I think many of the better actors in the show like Michael and Jack Branning who possibly have other options available to them are deserting the sinking ship, it's rumoured that Janine is also quitting due to the falling ratings.

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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 07/June/2014 at 10:41
Abi Branning available at around 7/1 as the killer of Lucy Beale appeals because......

1) Lorna Fitzgerald needs a storyline. All she ever does is moan and study. She can't be far off 18 years old if she's not already so it's about time she had her own storyline rather than being involved in others.

2) It makes perfect sense her killing her sisters best mate for sleeping with her dad.

3) Even though it makes perfect sense it would still be a shock to people because Abi plays a sweet and innocent good girl character.

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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 20/February/2015 at 14:23
So I laid down £10 a piece with Sky Bet on Abi and Denise as Lucy's killer only for it to be announced as Bobby Beale who was my original pick!!

The live inserts so far have only seen one mess up with returning hottie Tanya referring to Ian by his real name of Adam. Fair play to all involved in the scene though for remaining cool and continuing unphased despite the obvious blunder.

Goings on a plenty at the moment with the death of Nick Cotton who had only just come back after being said to be dead.
In fairness his character had run out of mileage and John Altman is a terrible actor so retiring the character isn't the worst move ever. Nasty Nick was always like the Roddy Piper of Eastenders, returning for limited spells every once in a while and it worked as having him around full-time would have diluted his value.

The big news is the return of Kathy Beale last night, top marks to EE for keeping this a secret, apparently Kathy is back in the show and the appearance wasn't a one-off so it will be interesting to see how it's explained that she was announced as being killed in a car crash years ago and presumed dead ever since.

Richard Blackwood who I was a fan of back in the day is now in the show as a new character surrounded with mystery, he has connections to the Mitchell's particularly Ronnie it seems but also seemed to know Kim Fox making me wonder if he's the Father of her kid. Not sure if Blackwood is in permanently or for a short time only.

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