Eastenders Round-Up ~ Week Commencing 24 April 2017

Life in Walford has continues to be messy for its residents, with cunning plans unfolding and deceit in every corner of the Square, let’s look at some highlights…

Fi Browning (LISA FAULKNER) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Nicky Johnston

Ladies Night ~ New arrival, Woody is full of ideas, it seems and not all of them bad ones! His mates happens to be strippers, so a Ladies Night is planned and there are a few happy punters in The Vic that night, too. Let’s see if Woody can compete against Max Branning!

Derek’s hired! ~ Honey was starting to lose the will with her new ‘apprentice’, Derek – however despite many false starts from the well meaning pensioner, the pair have struck up a good working relationship. Whether Derek will always be able to have a handle on resident bully Keegan? Remains to be seen…

Investigations at The Vic ~ New character, Fi is on the prowl at the Queen Vic checking the books and generally stressing Shirl and co. out! Meanwhile Max continues to hover in the background until he can make his move. Troubling times ahead for the already scarred Carter family!

Abi’s house-share ~ Donna and Abi are busy cooking up a plot for Abi to move into the spare room in the shared house with Jay and Ben. Moving in with her two ex boyfriends doesn’t seem to faze the young Branning girl, however the boys are not so sure. Persuasive efforts go some way towards convincing them and even though Abi has had second thoughts about leaving Dot, it looks as though there will be a ‘Friend’ style living arrangement going on. It’s bound to be interesting!

Steven & Lauren ~ Over at The Beale house, Steven almost puts the mockers on Lauren’s second interview when he answers her mobile and claims that the caller has the wrong number! His plan is foiled when Lauren receives an email, but if Steven doesn’t want her to get the job and with her dad working against her too – Lauren’s career plans look doomed to fail.

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EastEnders Round-Up ~ Week Commencing 13th March 2017

Walford has been churning out the misery again, this week! If it’s not Bex (Jasmine Armfield) and her woes, there’s Max (Jake Wood) and his scheming, plus Tina (Luisa Bradshaw-White) is struggling all the more with Sylvie (Linda Marlowe) now that Shirl (Linda Henry) is banged up. Here’s a few highlights:  

Tears before bedtime for Tina ~ Caring for mum isn’t getting any easier for Tina as she decides that taking Sylvie to work is the way forward. Kathy (Gillian Taylforth) isn’t keen on this idea, whereas Tina isn’t overly keen on Kathy’s opinion either, she is doing everything she can to avoid putting her mum into a care home.

Bex’s bothers ~ Bex is still being bothered by bullies and formulates a plan to avert going back to school. Telling her dad (James Bye) that an apprenticeship will be her plan, it’s clear that Bex will do anything not to return to the bullies’ lair. This storyline is still only just hotting up…

Linda’s back (and she’s gone again!) ~ Linda (Kellie Bright) makes a brief return this week after Jane (Laurie Brett) tips her off about Mick’s (Danny Dyer) problems. The reunited Carters reconnect and Linda’s all for staying at The Vic while arranging for her mum to have alternative care. However, Whitney (Shona McGarty) seems able to convince the worried landlady to return to where she is needed most of all. Although I’m not so sure this is right for Mick. So, it’s back to maternity leave for Kellie Bright after her keeping in touch day!

Grandad ~ Max (Jake Wood) is suddenly seeking a relationship with Lauren (Jacqueline Jossa) and his grandson. Stacey (Lacey Turner) happily encourages him to go round to see them both. However, what are Max’s real intentions for this step? He’s always playing a game and his daughter is wise to it, too. More to come I shouldn’t wonder. I’m a fan of Jake Wood’s so I’m glad to see him taking a more central role in the soap, again.

EastEnders to strike? ~ June Brown who plays Dot missed out on a BAFTA for Best Actress in 2009. Now, the cast are claiming that they’re going to halt filming if she is snubbed this year. This is probably an exaggeration, but as the stalwart turned 90 years old this year and continues to work on the soap, I see their point that recognition is surely over-due.

Eastenders New Year’s Day ~ Episode Review

New year, new television programme to include in Break A Leg’s episode reviews, the first programme being Eastenders. I am aiming to round-up each week’s episodes but to kick-start, here’s my take on the dramatic scenes that took place in the first instalment of 2017.

It has been no secret that Ronnie (Samantha Womack) and Roxy (Rita Simons) were going to be exiting the soap without an option to return. The Mitchell sisters have been almost as iconic as the Mitchell brothers, although I think their imminent demise has been met with mixed reactions from the viewing public. The photos that had initially emerged last year seemed to indicate that alcohol would play its part in the tragic double death of the sisters, Ronnie was pictured in her wedding dress with her reprobate sibling at her side while they perch precariously on top of a building. As last night’s tragic tale unfolded that building was revealed to be the hotel that Ronnie had become Mrs Branning, at.

Programme Name: EastEnders - TX: 11/01/2016 - Episode: 5209 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Jack Branning.  Jack Branning (SCOTT MASLEN) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Kieron McCarron
Picture Shows: Jack Branning. Jack Branning (SCOTT MASLEN) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Kieron McCarron

It was all going as well as events can for Eastenders, Roxy agreed to give her sister away after Phil (Steve McFadden) was declared too unwell to leave hospital. As a well wish, their cousin had arranged for a Thelma and Louise style car to whisk the girls away in style. A London bus had already transported the rest of the wedding party off for the celebrations. However, the first fly in the ointment appeared when Roxy felt unable to be party to the nuptials given that Ronnie had not yet told Jack (Scott Maslen) that she wanted Roxy to move with them to start their new life. Ronnie can’t move without her sister and she’s soon back-tracking on her solo trot up the aisle. However, in true Ronnie and Roxy style, they reconcile with Jack’s blessing for Roxy to join them in Ongar and the wedding is back on.

The wedding reception is a full on knees up with the sisters taking centre stage, dancing, having group selfies and a spark striking up between Roxy and Max (Jake Wood). Retiring to their respective bedrooms with twenty minutes to go until midnight, it seems that Roxy and Ronnie’s shenanigans are not finished. While Jack is reading Cinderella to the children (which is quite haunting in itself, given the clock that is shown at various intervals) and Max is waiting for a spot of how’s your father with his sister-in-law’s sister, the dynamic duo are roaming about the hotel. We see the red herring roof scene where there could quite easily be a mishap, particularly given Ronnie’s impersonation of the key scene from Titanic – how apt!

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 23/12/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - January-March 2017 - TX: 01/01/2017 - Episode: EastEnders - January-March 2017 - 5416 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Ronnie & Roxy are racing each other to jump in the pool. Ronnie Mitchell (SAMANTHA WOMACK), Roxy Mitchell (RITA SIMONS) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy
Picture Shows: Ronnie & Roxy are racing each other to jump in the pool. Ronnie Mitchell (SAMANTHA WOMACK), Roxy Mitchell (RITA SIMONS) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

However, the swimming pool is the final resting place for two of the soap’s most popular and enduring characters. With Roxy diving in, never to surface again and Ronnie misguidedly jumping in after her in full wedding get-up including a pesky veil… I expect most of you saw the rest.

What struck me with the exit storyline is that the filming was pretty spectacular and the parting shot, though incredibly sad, was also poignant. Plus, if this sends any sort of message to viewers, it’s that intoxication and swimming don’t mix.

The unfortunate end to a happy day aside, I was also impressed with the showdown between Mick (Danny Dyer) and Lee (Danny-Boy Hatchard). It was every bit as memorable as a part of the episode as the departures which led to silence as the credits rolled.

Well done, Eastenders!

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