Archives for September 2011

Photo spoilers: Crime doesn't pay - or does it?

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Rob Francis | 09:45 UK time, Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Week commencing 3 October 2011

Stand by me?

Caught disposing of the evidence after his latest attack on Phil, Ben gets a stern talking-to from Christian. Can Christian rein in the maverick Mitchell? Looks like he's the perfect shoulder to cry on at least...

Ben and Christian


Key player?

When Eddie sees the opportunity to unlock a brighter future, Vanessa seems a safe bet to help out. Let's hope for their sake that Vanessa and crime are a winning combination. Okay, you probably saw what we did there...

Vanessa and Eddie


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Inside Soap Awards: The results!

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Nickie | 18:00 UK time, Monday, 26 September 2011

Extra Extra! Read all about it! The Inside Soap Awards winners have been announced!

EastEnders have walked away with a handful of shiny gongs, including the sought-after Best Soap accolade. Hurrah *smiley face*!

Here's a list of our other wins, in no particular order...

Best Actress - Jessie Wallace


What a year its been for our Kat Moon. Jessie's performances since arriving back on our screens last September have blown us (and you!) away. Big congratulations Jessie!

Best Young Actress - Maisie Smith

Maisie Smith has skipped away with the Best Young Actress award for her portrayal of says-it-like-it-is Tiffany Butcher. Both her on and off-screen mums must be so proud!

Best Wedding - Afia and Tamwar

Our most recently married Masoods had the (two) weddings of the year, and now have a gong to prove it! Congratulations Afia (Meryl Fernandes) and Tamwar (Himesh Patel) (for the third time)!

Funniest Performance - Tameka Empson

Last, but certainly not least Tameka Empson (Kim Fox) was laughing all the way to the stage tonight to pick up her award for the funniest performance.

So, your fave soap has done it again. Many of the cast members and storylines fought off tough competition to win a host of ISAs. And lets not forget the Best Soap win (have we mentioned that already?).

Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote!

Episode discussion for week 26 September

Nickie | 14:00 UK time, Monday, 26 September 2011

Give us your tuppenceworth or equivalent intellectual currency on the following hot topics of the week!

Tyler hearts Whitney

We love to love tra la la.... would you fall for Tyler Moon's cheeky charm if he pulled a romantic stunt like this for you? AND if you could woo a Walford resident - which one would you choose and how would you snare them?


Masoods in crisis

Things are infinitely more serious over at the Masoods, where Zainab is struggling to figure out what happened on the night of her 'overdose'. Can Yusef escape suspicion? And how will Masood take the shock news?


Ben's dilemma

Meanwhile, Ben's happiness is short-lived when Patrick is in the wrong place at the wrong time. And when Phil gets involved, everything spirals out of control. What should Ben do?


Moon secrets

And finally, if you're not on either side of a secret this week, your name's not Moon. There's Michael and Vanessa's clandestine deal, Eddie's secret son - not to mention the fact that Tyler is still in the dark about Anthony betting against him in the fight. Let battle commence!


Photo spoilers: Gateau-t of my face!

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Rob Francis | 00:00 UK time, Sunday, 25 September 2011

Ahead of our regular Tuesday selection of preview pics (this time for week commencing 3 October), let's find out what's happening in Walford this week...

At a high-profile council event, a pompous official makes a pass at Mandy. Cake in hand, Ian makes it quite eclaire that the man's lewd remarks really take the biscuit!

Ian and Mandy


We'll be adding lots more spoiler pics to the blog on Tuesday 27th September, so don't forget to check back!

Heather to leave Albert Square

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Nickie | 11:43 UK time, Friday, 23 September 2011

After nearly 5 years on the Square (that's roughly the same amount of time as Wham were together, fact fans!) George Michael obsessed, Alice band wearing, 80s pop revivalist and cheese fanatic Heather Trott will be leaving our screens next year. Her exit storyline is top secret but actress Cheryl Fergison had this to say:

"I've had a wonderful time at EastEnders, it's been a privilege to be part of such an amazing programme and working alongside a fantastic group of people. I'm really excited about exploring new opportunities."

Which leads us to wonder... What's your favourite Heather moment? My vote = rooting through (what she thought were) George Michael's bins... Tell us yours!


Christmas in Walford in.... SEPTEMBER

Nickie | 10:32 UK time, Friday, 23 September 2011

WARNING: This blog post should not be read by anyone who is infuriated by mentions of Christmas in September

It is 92 days 14 hours 24 mins 10 secs to Christmas (as I write this)

Which also means it's 92 days 'til Christmas Day EastEnders!

It is also NO DAYS 'til the filming of festive season EastEnders because that's what's happening on the set right now. Check out the tree in the Square and tingle at the prospect of the sensational seasonal drama that will greet us once December rolls round... And while you're there, check out the Albert Square webcam, Turpin Road webcam and George Street webcam


Photo spoilers: Ben and Tyler shout out to Walford

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Rob Francis | 10:20 UK time, Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Week commencing 26 September 2011

Hell-Ben(t) on destruction

Ben's clearly not a happy customer as he trashes the Minute Mart in front of poor Patrick. Wonder what's set him off?

Patrick and Ben


Give me a sign

Tyler puts his faith in Fatboy's advice, as he puts on a show of affection for Whitney. Will she get the message?

Tyler, Fatboy, Whitney and Tiffany



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Inside Soap Awards: Last chance to vote for Best Soap

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Nickie | 14:02 UK time, Monday, 19 September 2011

**Voting is now closed. Winners will be announced after tonight's event....**

You can still vote for Best Soap til noon on Monday 26 September here

... but all other categories are now closed to the public vote. These are the EastEnders cast members and storylines that have made the shortlist.

Winners will be announced on Monday 26 September. Good luck to all of the nominees!

Best and Sexiest Male


*Wolf whistle* Scott Maslen is up for two gongs - best and sexiest male for smouldering in the guise of Jack Branning

Best Actress

When Kat Moon stomped back to the Square last September, drama wasn't far behind. So it's no suprise that Jessie Wallace is up for Best Actress this year.

Sexiest Female

After numerous steamy rendez vous onscreen with Max *and* Greg this year, Jo Joyner has earned her Sexiest Female stripes with this nomination.

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Episode discussion for week starting 19 September

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Nickie | 10:04 UK time, Monday, 19 September 2011

The Square's awash with secrets and lies this week. Comment on the week's drama, or forever hold your peace...

Tanya confides in Lauren, but how will Lauren deal with this heart-stopping news? And will she be able to keep her mother's secret?

Yusef's manipulation of Zainab takes a sinister turn. Has he gone too far this time?

Meanwhile, Lauren's got more worries as news breaks of her canoodle with Darren. Should he come clean or cover up? And if Jodie gets wind of it, what revenge should  take on her love-rival? Dye all of her clothes pink?

A sparring match goes a bit further than Ben expected. Is this the start of a knock-out relationship?


On Set With... Charlie Hawkins

Nickie | 08:00 UK time, Monday, 19 September 2011

We couldn't let Charlie G Hawkins (aka Darren Miller) go without  fitting in a sneaky On Set With... first. So press 'play' for Charlie's mini-tour of the Square as well as news of the Series 3 episode of E20 that he co-wrote with Himesh Patel and his dreams of becoming the Car Lot King... Sob... We'll miss him... 

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Photo spoilers: Moon beams at ray of sunshine Whitney

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Rob Francis | 00:00 UK time, Sunday, 18 September 2011

Ahead of our regular Tuesday selection of preview pics (this time for week commencing 26 September), let's get up close and personal with what's happening in Walford this week...

With a little help from Cupid Fatboy, Whitney and Tyler square up for a snog on Arthur's bench. Will Whit finally find happiness?

Tyler and Whitney


We'll be adding lots more spoiler pics to the blog on Tuesday 20th September, so don't forget to check back!


On Set With... Matt Lapinskas

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Nickie | 13:22 UK time, Thursday, 15 September 2011

Stop press! This week we grabbed Matt Lapinskas AKA Anthony Moon for an in-depth discussion of  macro-economics and the future of the euro.

We didn't really - we asked him what he gets up to between scenes with Tony Discipline aka Tyler Moon and if he could store anything in his belly button what it would be.

Take that Paxman! Press play now for this and more...

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This week's EastEnders Omnibus on Saturday 17 Sept

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Nickie | 11:29 UK time, Thursday, 15 September 2011

This week's EastEnders omnibus (for episodes from Monday 12 September - Friday 16 September) will be on Saturday 17 September on BBC Two from 14.05-16.00. Don't miss it!

News: Awards hat-trick for EastEnders

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Rob Francis | 12:40 UK time, Wednesday, 14 September 2011

EastEnders collected a trio of gongs at the TV Choice Awards 2011 ceremony in London last night.

The show beat rival dramas Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks to scoop the 'Best Soap' award, while Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace were named best soap actor and actress respectively.

Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace as Kat and Alfie Moon


The pair, who play Kat and Alfie Moon, arrived back Albert Square last year and have seen some powerful storylines since their return.

Commiserations to nominees Steve John Shepherd and Jacqueline Jossa, very strong contenders in the Best Soap Newcomer category, who lost out on the night. We're sure we'll see them on the podium very soon!

Photo spoilers: Here comes the bride

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Rob Francis | 10:00 UK time, Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Week commencing 19 September 2011

Golden wedding?

It's the big day - but will Darren and Jodie still be together in 50 years?  Or even 24 hours?

Darren and Jodie



Keeping secrets

It's a  tense time for Tanya, as she begins her cancer treatment. But do any of her family know where she is?



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Episode discussion for week starting 12 September

Nickie | 01:00 UK time, Monday, 12 September 2011

This week, in the blue corner... Topless Tyler Moon, Carol 'the Fury' Jackson and Dirty Flirty Darren Miller. Have your say about the week's knock-out action in Walford, or forever hold your punches...

We hate to say I told you so but...

What did Vanessa expect would happen when she nicked Carol's man? Is Carol justified in her wrath? Or did her... how can we put it... difficult temperament contribute to Eddie's dalliance with Vanessa?

Fight night

Tyler takes to the ring for the big fight. Will Whitney be knocked out by Big T in his boxing shorts? Will Tyler reign supreme? And will Michael regret setting his brother up in order to get back at his dad?

Eddie's secret

Michael discovers Eddie's secret... and may want to erase the past month of Machiavellian scheming. Can they put the past behind them? Or is it too late for a true reconciliation? 


Dirty Darren

Darren jumps to conclusions when he catches Jodie in a clinch with Anthony. And retaliates in kind... But which lady suits him best? And doesn't he know that a secret never stays a secret for long in Walford?


I will always love you?

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Rob Francis | 00:00 UK time, Sunday, 11 September 2011

Ahead of our regular Tuesday selection of preview pics (this time for week commencing 19 September), let's see what's cause for celebration in Walford.


I will always love you?

Jodie gets 'poppy' with Poppy, as the girls rock R&R with some hen night karaoke action. But will she be singing such a happy tune on her wedding day?

Poppy and Jodie



We'll be adding lots more spoiler pics to the blog on Tuesday 13th September, so don't forget to check back!

Exclusive video: Watch Amira's Secret Ep 2

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Nickie | 19:58 UK time, Thursday, 8 September 2011

In the second of two exclusive videos, Qadim challenges Amira's fantasies about Syed's motives in contacting her. Will she give up on him? And what will her secret mean for Syed and Christian?

Episode 1 is beneath if you missed it...

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Exclusive video: Watch Amira's Secret Part 1

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Nickie | 19:59 UK time, Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Amira returns in the first of two exclusive videos. As guilt-ridden Syed continues his quest to track her down, Amira is living in her father's appartment under his watchful eye. Will she manage to evade over-protective Qadim to make contact?

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Watch Part 2 of Amira's Secret now where all is revealed!

On set with... Jacqueline Jossa

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Nickie | 09:55 UK time, Tuesday, 6 September 2011

 We put your questions to the lovely Jacqueline Jossa aka Lauren Branning.

So if you want to know about the Shona McGarty exercise programme (TM) and who Jacqueline would choose to defend the Square during the zombie apocalypse, we suggest you press play now...

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Photo spoilers: Tyler takes a hit

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Rob Francis | 09:40 UK time, Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Week commencing 12 September 2011

Ring leader

Tyler's packing a punch as he prepares for the fight of his life. Will he be a hit with the crowd, or on the ropes?

Tyler Moon


In safe hands?

All bets are off unless Anthony can lay his hands on some cash to put on Tyler's fight. Does Eddie know you're making a withdrawal from the bank of  Dad, Tyler?

Anthony Moon


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Episode discussion for week 5 - 9 September

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Nickie | 20:00 UK time, Monday, 5 September 2011

EastEnders fans! Hold your silence no longer! Tell us what you think of this week's episodes or forever live with the agony of not having given your tuppenceworth on the following:

Amira's Secret

Did you watch the exclusive mini-episodes? If not - get watching WITH HASTE. If you did, what do you think? Do you feel for Amira? Or does she pose too dangerous a threat to Syed and Christian's relationship?



Eddie's Dilemma

Loose-lips Eddie should know better than to cheat on Carol Branning. He's just lucky her fearsome older brother hasn't made his appearance in Walford yet. Could Vanessa be his match?

Alfie's heartache

Kat's got a bombshell for Alfie but can you blame him for being suspicious? Or does true love mean that you always support your other half, no matter what? Will Kat forgive him for his reaction?

Oh Mandy

So, Mandy seems to have charmed Ian, has she charmed you? Will she be able to cope with the pain of living with Ian Beale 24/7? And will his insurance cover the inevitible property damage?

Divorced from reality?

Will Yusef convince Amira's sinister dad, Qadim, to give Syed the divorce he craves? Or is there no such thing as a free decree nisi? Should Syed and Christian leave well enough alone?

Discuss this and anything else that takes your fancy (about this week's eps) here!

Scheduling alert! EastEnders omnibus on Saturday 10th

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Nickie | 09:00 UK time, Monday, 5 September 2011

This week's EastEnders omnibus (for episodes from Monday 5 September - Friday 9 September) will be on Saturday 10 September on BBC Two from 14.05-16.00. Don't miss it!

Amira Masood is back!

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Guest Insider | 13:10 UK time, Friday, 2 September 2011

Update: Episodes 1 and 2 of Amira's Secret - the exclusive special scenes - will be on red button on Tues 6 September from 8pm and Thursday 8 September from 8pm i.e. after the regular episodes on BBC One. They will also be online at the same time here on




EastEnders viewers are in for a special treat in September. As a prelude to Amira's return to Albert Square special scenes have been filmed for the Red Button that will begin to answer some of the questions posed by her dramatic exit from Walford in 2010.


Amira Masood is back in EastEnders


As he plans his life together with Christian, Syed's frustrations begin to grow as his attempts to re-connect with Amira and seek a divorce meet with no success. It is only with help from an unexpected source that his hopes are revived and Amira's controlling father Qadim is left with the decision as to whether he brings Syed back into his daughter's life once more.

Before viewers discover the full impact of Amira's return, two mini red button episodes will disclose Amira's world away from the Square and the repercussions that these events might bring to Syed and Christian's relationship. Caged in her father's home, hidden in disgrace...what secret will she reveal?

These special scenes can be seen directly after EastEnders on the red button on the 6th and 8th September.

There's a new firecracker in town

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Rob Francis | 17:00 UK time, Thursday, 1 September 2011

Both Fatboy and Grace are in for a shock in a couple of weeks as Mercy’s sister, Faith, unexpectedly arrives in Walford with a message from her sister.

Lauren, Faith and Fatboy


Grace had sent Faith back to Nigeria to get back on the straight and narrow, but as you will see, she’s anything but! Her arrival is set to send shockwaves through Walford.

Faith can be an incredible amount of fun, she has a cheekiness that charms most people. But she's not nearly as bright as she thinks she is and can sometimes be reckless and downright dangerous. Her actions have some major repercussions and severely damage her relationship with her grandmother Grace.

But before long she runs into Donnie and Ava, and together the unlikely trio set about making their presence in Walford known, in spin off EastEnders: E20.

The first episode of EastEnders: E20 will be broadcast online on 20 September 2011. Meet the cast in our exclusive video!

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