Eastenders Round-Up ~ Week Commencing 6 February 2017

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…

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 31/01/2017 - Programme Name: EastEnders - January-March 2017 - TX: 09/02/2017 - Episode: EastEnders - January-March 2017 - 5439 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 31st JANUARY, 2017* Jack confides in Max that he’s finding it hard to work Glenda out.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

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…

Ian Beale ~ a bit like marmite!

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.

Photo credits: BBC




Eastenders Weekly Round-Up ~ Week Commencing 16 January 2017

There has been the usual share of highs, lows and bizarre behaviour that we all expect from the residents of the popular Square. So, here’s a taste of what last week had to offer:

Babe’s on borrowed time ~ Babe (Annette Badland) has been behaving like the spoilt and petulant child of the Carter family of late, and her schemes caught up with her this week – leaving Mick (Danny Dyer) with yet another death stare opportunity. Mick has been under a black cloud since Linda (Kellie Bright) went on her my dash to stay with her mum. I think Babe’s days truly are numbered now that she has rocked the boat in such spectacular fashion.

Lee loses it (again!) ~ Just the week before, Babe was blaming Whitney (Shona McGarty) for Lee’s (Danny-Boy Hatchard) misfortunes, but now the man himself has turned on Whitney and blames her, too. I can’t be alone in thinking that a percentage of Lee’s troubles may have been spurred on by his unsuspecting wife, but surely only because of his state of mind at the time. Either way, their relationship seems to be on a downward spiral with no light at the end of the tunnel.

Glenda ~ Just that, Glenda! I love Glynis Barber and all that she brings to the role. Now that we’re without her two daughters, I think the way is clear for her to stir things up and become a prominent part of the Square again. Good decision!

Facing the Funeral ~ Jack (Scott Maslen) has played the bereaved husband so believably that it’s broken my heart. When we finally said our goodbyes to Ronnie (Samantha Womack) and Roxy (Rita Simons) it was such an emotive episode that I almost couldn’t watch. I’m not going to wax lyrical, the scene with Jack and the children summed it up for me, haunting.

Stacey’s Shoulder ~ Has anyone else noticed that Stacey (Lacey Turner) has turned into the shoulder to cry on and the voice of reason? What a turn around from her Puerperal Psychosis – who’d have thought it? Although I still think she might run back into Max’s (Jake Wood) arms before long. Just a hunch.

Photo Credits: BBC 




Eastenders Weekly Round-Up ~ Week Commencing 9 January 2017

Here we are with another five highlights from the drama that has unfolded on Albert Square this week. It’s been a cornucopia of angst, distress, revelations and a cheeky two-hander between a pair of classic characters. So, just a normal week in Walford, really – let’s see what’s been floating my boat and sinking my ship….. No? Too much? OK here’s the highlights:

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 03/01/2017 - Programme Name: EastEnders - January-March 2017 - TX: 12/01/2017 - Episode: EastEnders - January-March 2017 - 5423 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Sharon sees Michelle sobbing in the Square. Sharon Mitchell (LETITIA DEAN), Michelle Fowler (JENNA RUSSELL) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
Picture Shows: Sharon sees Michelle sobbing in the Square. Sharon Mitchell (LETITIA DEAN), Michelle Fowler (JENNA RUSSELL) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Jack Barnes

Two-Hander totes amazeballs! ~ Despite my ‘on the fence’ opinion of Jenna Russell as Michelle, which remains unchanged as we go to print, the revelation about Michelle’s 17 year old school boy lover over in the States was an edge of your seat episode for yours truly. Letitia Dean was quite engaging as Sharon and improved my thoughts on Ms Russell as her life-long friend because she took the lead in the scenes rather adeptly. I knew there’d be more to Michelle’s reappearance than the search for a decent cup of tea, but this bomb shell was quite something. Well done, writers!

Denise’s destiny ~ Denise giving birth to the baby she plans to have adopted was a harrowing experience to watch, it was done so brilliantly. Kudos to Diane Parish, she hit the mark throughout the entire episode. The scene where she finally acquiesced and held her new baby boy broke my heart. I think it’s brave of her to make a decision for his future, as a mother myself I don’t know if I could do what she’s doing. Also, I must mention Tameka Empson’s understated performance as Kim, it suited the tone and showed another side to her character.

Mick’s misery ~ Mick’s (Danny Dyer) birthday is not quite the occasion for celebration with Lee’s (Danny-Boy Hatchard) misdemeanours putting financial strain on the family purse strings. Having been advised not to buy any pressies for daddy dearest he has bought a piece of West Ham’s old ground and it is not received with a big warm hug and a thank you. Seeking out the receipt and returning it is more Mick’s bag in this case and it seems that Whitney (Shona McGarty) really got this one wrong.

Babe’s browned off ~ Babe (Annette Badland) is not happy with Whitney’s influence on Lee and makes it abundantly clear, following the disastrous giving of the gift to the birthday boy. As the pair lock horns and Babe attempts to shake off the new wife, Whitney stands her ground and tells the bitter old matriarch to do one, in a nut shell. However, I’m sure I’m not on my own in thinking that Whitney has not had the final word on this battle. The gloves are off, folks!

Dot’s dealings ~ I feel the need to comment on Dot’s (June Brown) ongoing loneliness. Although I am sure that many people of her age are in similar predicament and it goes undetected, everybody has their noses in one another’s business in the Square and it seems convenient that in Dot’s case at least, now they don’t. I think it’s a fantastic story line in as much as it highlights the problems that are faced by the elderly, but I’m not sure how realistic it is in this setting? I am happy to be contradicted…


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