Another joy filled week in Walford, culminating in a horrific stunt by the resident bullies – here are some highlights:
Fit Beale ~ Jane’s bought Ian a present, there’s a few steamy looks passing between them until she reveals that it’s a fit bit! Cue Ian scheming to demonstrate that he is getting his thousands of steps in. Using his grandson wouldn’t be part of the deception would it? Oh yes it would!
Jane’s triumph ~ Once Ian has stopped cheating the fit bit, Jane shows him her ability to log some steps on her fit bit, and it’s a touching moment when Ian realises how far Jane has come. I can’t be alone in wishing for a full recovery for Mrs Beale?
Woody’s unpopular ~ Sacking Tracey from The Queen Vic? What on earth was Woody thinking! I loved the riot it kicked up and maybe he will think twice before he makes any further rash decisions, or maybe not! All hail Tracey, the heart of the Queen Vic Pub!
Jobs a good ‘un (or not…) ~ Denise and Michelle are both off to interviews, Denise’s interview is not quite as high-brow as she imagined, given that it ends up being a cleaning job. Michelle’s is yet another education based option. Either way, job hunting is not going well for either of them and Denise is on her knees financially. When will the girl get a break?
Party time ~ Louise thinks she’s having a pyjama party with her ‘lovely’ mates, they have other plans and Sharon’s house is turned into party central with a selection of invited guests rocking up, including Travis and Keegan. The cocktails that Louise is necking in an attempt to look cool aren’t as innocent as she thinks and disaster strikes leaving the troubled teen unconscious in the street and an ambulance on its way. I wonder when we’ll see an end to the bullying storyline? It could run and run because that would reflect real life, of course.
EastEnders has been packed with more juice than a blood orange and still the drama continues – here are a few of the highlights from Albert Square…
Stacey’s Preggers ~ Stacey (Lacey Turner) has been trying to get pregnant again so that she can truly have a baby belonging to Martin (James Bye) and she’s succeeded. Baby Fowler is conceived and the couple couldn’t be more delighted as they decide to keep the news between themselves. With Jean (Gillian Wright) back on the scene (hooray, might I just say? I love Jean!) I can’t imagine that the news is going to be met with a full hoorah as we all know what happened to post-natal Stacey last time. Let’s see where they’re going with this pregnancy storyline for the character. It could be a bumpy ride (pardon the pun!).
Bex’s Bullies ~ Bex (Jasmine Armfield) suffers again at the hands of bullies; Louise (Tilly Keeper), Madison (Seraphina Beh) and Sydney (Alexandra D’Costa). Destroying Bex’s guitar is one step too far, but luring her into a false sense of security by having Madison make her believe that she has broken away from the gang and wants to be friends, ends in more than tears. Handing over a box of sweets to Bex as a peace offering, let’s just say the chocolate ones aren’t chocolate! Louise is obviously not happy to be a part of the bullying but it looks as though she can se no way out. The storyline is reminiscent of bullying suffered by a few fellow pupils when I was at school and I’m sure is extremely relevant today. Bullying should be highlighted and EastEnders are doing a grand job of that.
Sonia’s back! ~ Sonia (Natalie Cassidy) returns when her daughter cries out for help as a result of her bullying hell. So, is mummy going to put a stop to it? How long is she staying for this time? And most importantly of all, where’s her trumpet? Hee hee…
Ian steps back ~ Ian (Adam Woodyatt) starts to consider stepping back from his business empire building as Jane (Laurie Brett) tries to convince him that spending more time together would be a better use of his time. Will the workaholic take his wife’s advice and start to become all about the pipe and slippers? It is Ian Beale we’re talking about, I’ll believe it when I see it!
Lauren & Josh ~ Lauren I(Jacqueline Jossa) is dolling herself up for a night out with the girls again and happens to mention to Josh (Eddie Eyre) which nightclub opening she will be at. Of course he turns up, but she bolshie Lauren bolts when her crush goes to kiss her. What game is she playing?
A revelation, a car crash with far-reaching consequences and a fatality – it’s all been going on in Walford and Sharon’s (Letitia Dean) backkkkkk! Here’s a few highlights:
Michelle’s misdemeanours ~ During a party for Sylvie (Linda Marlowe) at The Vic, Bex (Jasmine Armfield) decides to let on that she knows the truth about Preston (Martin Anzor) and Auntie Michelle (Jenna Russell). She interrupts a song to shout it out to the gathering in the pub! Martin (James Bye) is flabbergasted and the repercussions look set to spread far and wide. After all, not only has Martin’s sister been sleeping with a lad almost 33 years her junior but she has done so knowing that the lad in question has been sleeping with her niece as well!
Kush’s krush ~ Kush (Davood Ghadami) has continued to pursue Denise (Diane Parish) until she halts his attentions with a declaration of friendship only. However, when Kush is a victim of Michelle’s drive through the chip shop, Denise changes her mind and ceases the day and the opportunity. Although Carmel (Bonnie Langford) had hoped that her son’s girlfriend was a doctor he’d met in hospital! Let’s see how long this relationship lasts!!
Chip shop carnage ~ The chip shop drive through mentioned above was the result of an intoxicated Michelle losing control of the vehicle she thought it was a good idea to take for a spin around the square. Kush, Kathy (Gillian Taylforth) who is working in the chippie at the time and of course, the driver herself, all come a cropper in the ensuing carnage. No fatalities to report but Michelle does end up coming off worst. Plus I expect that chip shop will be closed for as long as it takes Ian (Adam Woodyatt) to sort it out…
Sharon shoots her mouth off ~ Sharon comes returns to sort out Michelle’s mess and attempts to shoo Preston off by giving him a cock and bull story about Michelle’s true feelings towards him. It seems to work and she has his plane ticket paid for without so much as a bye your leave. Whether that’s truly the last of the young lothario, remains to be seen. What will Michelle’s reaction to the news that her best friend has seen off her toy boy lover?
Farewell Sylvie ~ In scenes that had me hiding behind my hands as the end was in sight, an unsupervised Sylvie (Linda Marlowe) ran a late night bath, brought the radio in for company and exited Walford as a result. With devastating consequences and a heartbroken Tina (Luisa Bradshaw-White) beside herself that her mum may have cottoned on to the plans to put her into a care home and committed suicide. That wasn’t the case, as we saw, but it’s a sorry end for one of my favourite residents and what will Shirl (Linda Henry) say when news reaches the prison?
Walford has provided every emotion going, this week. Ian’s (Adam Woodyatt) results from his recent tests, Shaks (Shaheen Jafargholi) loses it with Keegan (Zack Morris) and Carmel (Bonnie Langford) blows her top. It’s all going on… here are a few highlights:
Shakil at Boiling Point ~ Having been associated (you can hardly call it friendship) with Keegan, Shakil finally snaps and pummels the bully, this week. Although Keegan has supposedly allied himself with his school ‘pal’, he has been tormenting him just as much if not more than Bex (Jasmine Armfield). Finally pushed to his limits, Shaks turns on the hateful teen. This won’t be the last of it, so I’m interested to see how this plot continues. EastEnders haven’t shied away from showing the horror of bullying. I applaud them for that.
Carmel’s crisis ~ The situation between Bex and Shaks ultimately beings problems for their parents and in this case it’s Carmel (Bonnie Langford), Martin (James Bye) and Stacey (Lacey Turner) who end up at loggerheads. With Carmel being grandmother to Stacey’s baby, this clash of heads does not bode well. Carmel and Stacey had already endured a tempestuous relationship, this latest twist appears to be the final nail.
Ian’s ‘ills’ ~ Ian finally goes to the GP surgery to receive what he anticipates to be devastating test results. He reveals to his family, in dramatic scenes, that he hasn’t much time left. Cue Jane (Laurie Brett) in floods and Kathy (Gillian Taylforth) in shock as he continues his tale of woe. It seems that Ian doesn’t have much time left to prevent himself from heading towards type 2 Diabetes. Although that’s nowhere near the tragic storyline fans had in mind, it’s great that EastEnders have shone a spotlight on the seriousness of this situation. No more donuts for Ian!
Shirl takes one for the team ~ Shirly (Linda Henry) is a mum who will go all out to protect her family, and she is now offering to go to prison in place of Mick (Danny Dyer). You can’t knock Shirl for following her maternal instinct, but I really don’t want her to go! With Danny Dyer taking a break from the show, I wonder if the writers will put Mick behind bars for a short time?
I miss Lee ~ I have to admit that I didn’t realise how much I would miss Lee Carter (Danny-Boy Hatchard) until I saw his performance on Let’s Sing & Dance for Comic Relief and felt a pang of regret that he has left the Square. I’m sure I can’t be on my own for feeling that he is a talented actor and I hope he moves on to bigger and better. At least the door is left open to enable him to return. The storyline that he left on was a well-crafted plot and he deserves a British Soap Award for his exit.
Albert Square couldn’t have a quite pancake day now, could it? Nor could things magically improve for the Carter family? No, of course not! Here are the highlights from Walford!
Mick’s money worries ~ Mick (Danny Dyer) has been experiencing money worries from all angles and they’re not set to improve anytime soon. Being told that the Queen Vic as a business is a good and sound bet but that he as an individual is too much of a risk to lend money to – that is the final straw, I’d say. Mick Carter is a broken man and there doesn’t appear to be any way out of the financial mess he is buried beneath. Despite the various reports about Danny Dyer’s enforced leave from the show, I can’t know his portrayal of Mick.
Beale’s MOT ~ Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) takes a turn for the worse while participating in a pancake race, he has still not received his results following the MOT he undertook at the docs. The dizzy spell puts fear into Jane (Laurie Brett) and subsequently, he is going to man up and find out what the verdict is. Whether it be Diabetes or something more life threatning, I feel sure that Woodyatt will be the man for the job. His performance during the live episodes back in 2015 was nothing short of astonishing. Fingers crossed for nothing too serious for the hapless Mr Beale.
Denise’s decision ~ Denise makes her final decision to let her baby boy go to another family and it’s a heart breaking moment to watch. She has ultimately done what’s right for the little one, giving him a chance in life and she has also opened doors for herself by taking the step. Will her decision be one that she regrets in the future? I can’t think that she will never think of speak of her baby again, but then this is soap land… Hats off to Diane Parish for the way she has played this out. It’s not an easy subject to tackle and she has faced it head on. Brilliant!
Bex bares all? ~ Poor Bex (Jasmine Arnfield) is still suffering at the hands of the nasty piece of work that we know as Keegan (Zack Morris). The bully boy has taken it upon himself to add an image of her head onto an indecent image and what’s worse? Her dad has seen it! Will this lad stoop any lower? When will Bex’s luck change?
Kathy ~ I have always been a fan of the Beale family, in all of their varying incarnations, and the return of Gillian Taylforth was a favourable choice from the powers that be, as far as I was concerned. Once we got past the fact that Kathy wasn’t actually, because that was a bit of a creepy thought to start with. She has fitted in seamlessly, has a wicked sense of humour and I think Ian is going to need her. As he always does! Big thumbs up for a blast from the past who I hope is here to stay for a long time to come.
Love was in the air in the Square, this week. OK it was circling the area… No? Well, someone must have been happy – let’s see shall we?
Whitney’s at her whit’s end ~ Whitney has come a cropper at the hands of Lee (Danny-Boy Hatchard) and decides that he should spend a night or two with daddy (Danny Dyer). Despite yet another set-back in their young marriage, Whitney is determined to get back on track and when the couple book a table for dinner on Valentine’s Day – Mrs Carter is hopeful. However, with her husband on a knife-edge with his mental health, he soon makes a rash decision and Whitney finds herself dumped. Who saw that coming? Well, we all did I suppose, but it was very harsh to do it on Valentine’s Day! His exit story line has been emotional to say the least, he’ll be missed.
Remember Roxy? ~ Jack (Scott Maslen) has sent his paperwork to Billy (Perry Fenwick) for the head stone to mark the Mitchell sisters’ grave. However, Billy is concerned and put out when he discovers that Roxy (Rita Simons) has been omitted from the wording. Approaching the grieving Widower, Billy tentatively queries if there has been a mistake. No mistake, though! Oh dear…
School Boy Absconds ~ Preston (Martin Anzor) is in the Square and Michelle (Jenna Russell) is rather delighted! It seems that the ‘boy’ has not forgotten his love interest and has pursued her all the way to Walford. Where will they go from here? I expect we’ll have fun finding out. I suspect they will too!
Mrs Beale’s Mobility ~ Jane (Laurie Brett) has made extraordinary progress following the horrific beating she suffered at the hands of her Son, last year. Of course she’s made good progress, this is soap, they can do what they like! However, her recovery spells the end of NHS physio and Jane’s distress at the withdrawal of the service means that Ian is going to put his hand in his pocket again. He’s already splashed out on the swish new wheelchair and pink gloves, has he got money to burn?
June Brown ~ A very Happy Birthday to June Brown who has played Dot for decades and continues to be a favourite with the faithful following of fans. To think that she has reached the grand old age of 90 years old and continues to work regularly in such a fast paced and precarious business is an achievement in itself. Dot is the Queen of Walford and I really hope that BAFTA recognise her talent and longevity, soon. I know she has a NAFTA, but come on BAFTA!
Another week has been and gone, Albert Square is still dogged with heartache, dark clouds and depression – why do we watch it again? Oh yeah, cuz it’s like faaaamily innit? Seriously, Eastenders has pulled some exceptional episodes out of the Mini Mart bag, this week, here’s a few highlights…
Jack confides in Max that he’s finding it hard to work Glenda out. Max Branning (JAKE WOOD), Jack Branning (SCOTT MASLEN) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Jack Barnes
Mitchell Misadventure ~ Jack Brannng (Scott Maslen) was seeking closure this week when the verdict was reached relating to the deaths of Ronnie (Samantha Womack) and Roxy (Rita Simons). With Glenda (Glynis Barber) getting under his feet and rousing his suspicions, this hearing was one last hurdle to face. Death by misadventure was not what he wanted to hear, discovering that the combination of cocaine and the cold water that Roxy had plunged into had caused her to have a heart attack. While Ronnie should have removed her veil, let’s be honest! Glenda has been playing the golden grandma in the meantime, but her days appear to be numbered. Jack doesn’t seem keen to keep any more Mitchell women in his life. Although I think Amy (Abbie Knowles) will be sorry to see her go, but that appears to be Glenda’s plan.
Whitney’s Wiles ~ Whitney has decided that in the wake of the trouble that the Carter family are facing, what her husband needs is a good night out. What will help to pay for that? A couple of hundred pounds which has landed in her hot little mitts after pawning her wedding and engagement rings. A big pork pie (lie) to Lee (Danny-Boy Hatchard) about her financial gain and he’s all for handing the cash over to Mick (Danny Dyer). However, Whitney is hell bent on a bender, so we’ll see how well that goes!
Shaks is Shamed ~ The naked photo of Shakil (Shaheen Jafargholi) that has been doing the rounds has not left the unwitting teen with the biggest reputation(!) However, it’s a fight that brings his mother, Carmel (Bonnie Langford) to the school this week and the resulting punishment is a well timed confiscated phone. Shaks is set to be all the more oblivious to the spiteful chaos which is unfolding in the wake of his first time between the sheets with Becks (Jasmine Armfield). It’s a brave storyline that Eastenders is showcasing, I anticipate distressing scenes as this plays out.
Bye Bye Babe ~ Firstly, applause to Annette Badland who has been a force of nature as Babe. Despite her villainous disposition, I’m really going to miss the old bat and nobody could have played her better than Ms Badland. It looks like the door is left open for her to return, although she should be locked up for all of her misdemeanours and the key should have been lost forever. It was a harrowing exit, with Mummy Carter (Linda Marlowe) being lured to a watery grave by her bitter sister. However, Babe’s scheme was thwarted and no amount of untruths could save her. So it’s bye bye Babe and good riddance… until things need a good stirring again…
Beale is Brilliant ~ Many dislike Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) and it’s easy to see why, however I have always been a fan of the long-staying star and he went up even further in my estimation when he played a blinder during the live episodes in 2015. If ever there was an opportunity to prove his abilities as an actor, that was the time. Ian always appears to have the vast majority of drama crop up in his life and he relies on the females in the family to buoy him. However, if he wasn’t so hopeless, I wouldn’t find him half so appealing as a character. Kudos to Woodyatt for playing the Square’s biggest hard luck story and long may he stay in Walford. It just wouldn’t be right without him.