Is it me or does it feel like time has stood still since last week’s episodes of EastEnders? Problems remain the same, it seems and misery is ever-present, here are a few highlights:
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?
EastEnders never has a week without misery does it? Despite the fact that it’s Ben’s (Harry Reid) 21st birthday, there’s still not much to raise a smile about! Here are a few key moments:
Denise departs ~ …..only from the Minute Mart though! Denise (Diane Parish) has had more than enough after a chat with Head Office about training courses and all manner of other suggestions that she finds offensive sees her handing in her notice with no job to go to. Gotta love feisty Denise, though – there’s never a dull moment with her around and she has a confession from Kush (Davood Ghadami) to think on. It seems he doesn’t find her unattractive… boom chicka wow wow…
Yolande! ~ Yolande (Angela Wynter) was last seen in 2008 after leaving her philandering husband, Patrick (Rudolph Walker). In a well-kept secret move, she returned to tick off Denise about her customer service! Does this mean that she will be coming back again? I really hope so, I rather liked her and think Patrick could do worse than to have her back in his life.
Dennis the menace ~ Dennis (Bleu Landau) has been making a nuisance of himself to Auntie Michelle (Jenna Russell) quite successfully. He’s not giving up and she’s giving in! Even when it comes to her offer to bring home take away, he decides he doesn’t want pizza and instead requests fried chicken. Michelle foolishly offers to buy both! Then he’s calling her hurrying along, when is the boy going to desist? Not anytime soon I’ll wager…
Ben’s Birthday ~ Ben has the key of the door, never been 21 before – and it’s party time. He’s already feeling rather sorry for himself as Paul is not there to celebrate it with him and Pam and Les have remembered his big day by sending him a card, which stirs up memories. However, Jay (Jamie Borthwick) is soon teasing him about his lack of action in the bedroom and the party provides an opportunity for Ben to remedy this, with Johnny Carter (Ted Reilly). They’re both insistent that it was a one night stand in the cold light of day, but I actually think there’s something there and they’re not a bad match.
Whitney & Lauren sip their drinks as Whitney realises the real reason Lauren has dragged her to the bar. Lauren Branning (JACQUELINE JOSSA), Whitney Carter (SHONA MCGARTY) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Jack Barnes
This week’s EastEnders has given us punch-ups, more trauma for poor Dot (June Brown), Ian (Adam Woodyatt) in a medical dilemma and Rebecca (Jasmine Armfield) in a compromising position with her aunt’s play-thing. Certainly not a boring visit to Albert Square by any stretch of the imagination! Here are a few highlights and some exciting news…
Denise in a dust-up ~ Keegan (Zack Morris) gets his come-uppance in the form of post-natal Denise (Diane Parish), this week! The horrid teen winds up the shop worker to the point of no return and she sees red. I’m sure we all pretended we didn’t see that bodily harm, didn’t we? The boy makes my blood boil so it’s no wonder he’s doing the same to one of the Square’s most gutsy ladies. Well done, Denise! Give him another punch for all of us… Plus well done to Zack Morris for having the desired effect, he is a playing a character that we’re supposed to hate, after all.
Dot’s dodgy driving ~ Despite the warnings, Dot goes out driving this week – and with little Matthew in the car, too! It’s an accident waiting to happen and Kim (Tameka Empson) is first to point the finger at the traumatised stalwart. However, mouthy Kim can’t stay angry with her for long, when Dot breaks down in highly emotive scenes it’s enough to melt the hardest of hearts, I’d wager. When will Dot catch a break? 2017 is continuing where 2016 left off for our favourite long-term cast member.
Ian’s ignorance ~ Ian Beale has been to have his health check up, despite his initial reluctance, however the concern shown by the professional whom he cagily confided in has put him in a flat spin. The hapless entrepreneur seems to have decided that ignorance is bliss. However, with his own self-check almost interrupted by Jane (Laurie Brett), he is obviously not ignoring the possibilities entirely. Come on, Ian – man up!
Raunchy Rebecca ~ Bex has become quite sexually confident since her virginity was well and truly lost. Therefore she has no qualms about jumping into bed with Auntie Michelle’s (Jenna Russell) American beau, Preston (Martin Anzor). I’m not so sure if that dalliance was the horrifying part or if I was more disgusted by Michelle sleeping with her toy-boy afterwards, and with the knowledge that he had slept with her Niece! Have a word with yourself, Michelle!
Break A Leg Awards 2017 ~ Long-listing has commenced for the 2017 Break A Leg Awards and we are delighted to announce that both Adam Woodyatt and Laurie Brett have made the long-list for Best Actor on Television and Best Actress on Television respectively! Good luck to them, short-lists will be announced in October 2017.
Walford post-bus crash, an interesting place that’s for sure – especially with Martin (James Bye) up and about with not a care in the world. So how has the disaster affected the residents and has Mick (Danny Dyer) dealt with Whitney-gate, yet? Let’s see what the week held in store:
Stacey and Martin – baby talk ~ Stacey (Lacey Turner) has been hell bent on having a baby with Martin and since he was discovered under the bus, last week. So… with Martin showing no signs whatsoever of having suffered any lasting damage from the disaster in which a solitary unknown character died (yes, I am still harping on about that!), Stacey is raring to go. Although this does seem to have sprung up out of the blue and taken over their lives, at least Stacey has said she will go for help with her mental health ahead of the potential pregnancy. Stacey also has a run in with Carmel (Bonnie Langford) when she is trying to interfere with the way that Stacey is raising her grandson. I suspect that this will rear its head again!
Tony’s Wife Sniffs Around ~ Phil’s (Steve McFadden) late friend, Tony is a constant reminder of his near-miss and the arrival of Tony’s Wife has set alarm bells ringing for Sharon (Letitia Dean). Is she seeking revenge because Phil got the liver transplant over him? We wait with baited breath. Sharon and Phil have taken the time to have dinner together and re-connect, this week – but I doubt this is a long-term eventuality.
Babe – oh dear! ~ Babe (Annette Badland) is in trouble or causing trouble, that’s the long and the short of it. When Ian falls asleep at the bar (Mr Beale’s health is the issue, if you read the spoilers) and Babe accuses him of being drunk – it’s no wonder that Mick’s (Danny Dyer) blood boils over. Babe has already been warned numerous times by her despairing family and with rumours stating that the character’s days are numbered, could the end be nigh for her? I’ll miss Babe if and when she exits the square, she stirs the pot and causes controversy, I like that in a Walford resident!
Sisters… ~ Kim (Tameka Empson) marching into Denise’s (Diane Parish) adult learning class was not her brightest idea. Humiliating Denise in front of her class was the icing on the cake, hence the decision to tell Kim that she should consider herself abandoned. They’ve always endured a tempestuous relationship, but has this latest development spelled the beginning of the end for the feisty siblings? Whatever happens, I can’t help but think that Empson and Parish play the duelling pair brilliantly, they are entertaining even at the height of dramatic exchanges!
Jane Beale ~ I always like to round-off with a piece about a character and on this occasion I want to pay tribute to Jane Beale, who is played brilliantly by Laurie Brett. Jane was one of my first favourite female characters on the square and I was a bit gutted when she left. Although it was great to see Laurie move on to pastures new, and do so well outside of Walford, I am pleased that she has retuned, re-married Ian (Adam Woodyatt) and continues to grace our screens in a superb role. She has had some cracking storylines from the outset.
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:
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…
Following on from the eerie silence of the finishing credits on New Year’s Day the Square has been in mourning for the tragic loss of Ronnie (Sam Womack) and Roxy (Rita Simons). While their exit from the show will be noticeable for more reasons than the glum expression on the face of newly widowed Jack Branning (Scott Maslen), I have to admit that the fall-out had made for excellent viewing. Although other sagas in Walford are playing second fiddle, they’ve also not been forgotten either. Here are my top five highlights of the week:
It has to be the post-traumatic scenes that have unfolded since the Mitchell sisters met their maker in a chlorine and alcohol fuelled disaster. Scott Maslen has surpassed himself in the episodes following New Year’s Day. I think it must be a combination of the filming and Mr Maslen’s performance that almost slowed the early scenes of the week to a funeral procession pace and gave the distinct impression that we were following events as they happened. Glynis Barber is sticking around as Glenda the grieving mum and the variation in the ways that they are both handling the loss and failure to unite in their grief is an interesting journey for both Jack and Glenda.
I am not entirely convinced about Jenna Russell taking over the role of Michelle, but what I am convinced about is that there is so much more to her visit than popping into the country for a decent cuppa. So, I am carefully checking out all of the tiny give-aways which are subtly hidden in her various scenes and I feel confident that more characters will be following to wrap this little mystery up. Although I’m not taking to Russell as a replacement for Sue Tully, I don’t deny that she is an accomplished actress who will be capable of carrying the ensuing drama that will surely come. I am rather surprised that her scenes with Ian (Adam Woodyatt) and Sharon (Letitia Dean) have been minimal thus far.
It was brilliant news for Mick (Danny Dyer) when he found out that Ollie was making good progress and that no more appointments are required to check up on the little one’s progress. Poor Mick has a lot on his plate as it is what with Linda (Kellie Bright) is with her ailing mother. Of course, in real life, ‘Linda’ is on maternity leave so Mick will be dealing with the ups and downs of the Carter family for as long as that lasts! At least he had Whitney (Shona McGarty) to accompany him to the appointment. Even if the air is clouded with her husband’s guilt… However small it may seem in the grand scheme of things, thank heavens Mick has caught a break with his youngest son. For now…
Denise (Diane Parish) has definitely made her mind up about the baby she’s carrying and intending to put up for adoption and Patrick (Rudolph Walker) has a real shock when he learns that she doesn’t wish to hold the baby after its born. Denise’s heart breaking speech listing her reasons why she couldn’t risk bonding with the new baby made for engaging viewing. I think Patrick is going to find being the birthing partner an arduous task and have started to wonder if he will pull out of it altogether, given his reaction to her decision.
Finally, my ‘don’t you just wanna scoop them up and hug them’ prize of the week goes to Billy (Perry Fenwick), Honey (Emma Barton) and their little family. When all else is crumbling around them, their unit seems so settled and secure and fills me with confidence! Probably misguided confidence because this is Eastenders after all, but for now, they are a real delight to watch.