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Katy R | 10:00 UK time, Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Confront you fears...

A nervous Alfie goes to speak to Derek about his finances (or should we say lack of finances). Will Derek offer a helping hand? Hmm...

Derek and Alfie

Spoilt rotten

Being the lovely chap that he is, Fat Boy spoils his lady 'Fitney' with bundles of pressies on Valentines day. But is that face mask hiding a smile or a grimace?!

Whitney and Fatboy

Mum knows best

Cora confronts Tanya about how she's feeling and, for once, Tanya opens up. Will they put the world to rights?

Tanya and Cora

Fly me to the Moon

When a scheming Lucy tells Tyler that Fatboy is going to propose to his true love, he panics. Will he be able to convince Whitney that he's the man for her?

Whitney and Tyler

A romantic dinner for 3!?

Shirley prepares a meal for Heather and Andrew as a surprise. Will this be an evening to remember or a night they all hope to forget?

Heather, Shirley and Andrew

Let the wedding bells ring!

Ah, the perfect setting to pop an engagement ring on for the first time - the laundrette. Will Miss Trott be pleased as punch with her bit of bling?

Heather and Andrew



  • Comment number 1.

    Derek is SO EVIL

  • Comment number 2.

    Alfie moon is so attractive!

  • Comment number 3.

    Derek a proper east ender

  • Comment number 4.

    ben is so annoying , need a proper kick. ahhh poor fatboy..

  • Comment number 5.

    derek is just a horrible man and we need the mitchell brothers back to sort him out!
    i hate all these 'new' actors replacing characters, ben's character is awful from the cute camp one previously, lucy beale now looks younger and wearing a wig and just can't do that evil face etc although i do feel lauren branning is good.....

  • Comment number 6.

    When are producers going to read what is being said about Derek and do something about it ... On all the sites, this, Facebook , digital spy ... So many people are switching off or criticising the programme because of one character ... I have been an avid viewer for 20+ years and have never felt so strongly about a character and so many agree ... It's a shame no one is listening before even more switch off ... They listened to the baby snatch criticism and ended the storyline sooner ... Why can't we get rid of the pantomime dame ... Aka Derek Branning .... Emmerdale has my vote now as best soap and I NEVER thought I would switch allegiance

  • Comment number 7.

    Looks good this week! Am glad that Mandy has seen what Lucy has been doing (don't really like Lucy)!

  • Comment number 8.

    Why does everyone have problems with Derek, I think he's great!
    @Wan3d, really? Loads complaining about him? Why would they do that!? Phil Mitchels done a lot more worse things than Derek yet everyone hates the new guy. I really dont understand why, if the reason is, he's too nasty, I think he's playing his part well, the square needs another hardman, not just Phil Mitchel.

  • Comment number 9.

    Is it possible for the writers of Eastenders to be told that their new character Derek is not watchable? My partner and I have stopped watching Eastenders now because we found him so annoying. We only ever watched one soap; Eastenders, but dumping Eastenders we have now started watching Coronation Street on ITV instead, it's really good! - I guess we should thank Derek for that lol.
    Anyway, please let us know when Derek goes and we'll watch Enders again. Well, providing it doesn't clash with my new love of Corry that is!

  • Comment number 10.

    I think Mandy's my new favourite character

  • Comment number 11.

    CookieCrumble04: Lucy does nasty things to Mandy, but I understand why she does that. Mandy is clearly only after Ian`s cash. She didn`t really want to marry him and Ian wants to arrange the wedding as quickly as possible so that she doesn`t have a chance to change her mind. She cheated on Ian with Ricky, and her plan was to split Ricky and Bianca up (and she managed to do that!), that`s why she told him about her daughter who died. And now she keeps telling Lucy how Ian is wrapped around her little finger, how he spends his money on her and would do anything for her.

  • Comment number 12.

    Bigsmile76: I see your point maybe Mandy's not my fav character and Lucy might be alright. :)

  • Comment number 13.

    i hate derek!!!!! i dont really like whitney,she is a hypocrite but she looks pretty in that blue dress

  • Comment number 14.

    any one know how long Derek is going to be in EastEnders
    i hate Derek

  • Comment number 15.

    I can't understand the dislike for Derek I find him such a real character. His snide comments his brutal way of treating people. It shows that Phil isn't the only Hardman.

  • Comment number 16.

    LOL Vikstar2000 someone's bitter...
    I swear theyre trying to give Derek as many enemies as possible so they can build up for the 2012 Christmas storyline of: Who Killed Derek?

  • Comment number 17.

    If whitney goes back to Tyler (again!), can i be Fatboy's new girlfriend please? He is such a sweetie with a heart of gold and he just doesnt deserve to be messed around like this. And he's hot!

    I have to say I'm with the "anti-Derek" clan. His eyes are always bulging out of his head, his hair is greased back like some 80's reject, and he does that weird thing with his mouth that i just can't take seriously. I'm not really sure what the point of his character is.

    Loved the way Kim slapped that guy last night! She is hilarious!

    Much love
    x x

  • Comment number 18.

    Derek is a vile toad, he is just a one dimensional character,even villains need some redeeming qualities.
    Shirley is going to be hearbroken when Heather goes, it'll be good to see her softer side. And no Chryed again, no change there then.

  • Comment number 19.

    I'm all for bad guys but when characters like Dereck start delivering lines like 'when I say I'll break your legs I actualy mean i will really break them' that's not really the stuff you expect on a family soap, toan it down BBC people are switching off.

  • Comment number 20.

    I don't think anybody cares about the people who turn off EastEnders because of Derek, as they are obviously not true EE fans! I can see why people would find him annoying though, but he brings interesting storylines to the show. One thing I would say, is that Whitney and Tyler get it together soon because her and Fatboy are dragging on! Also, I hope it works out for Kim and Ray because they're made for eachother :D

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  • Comment number 22.

    I think Ray is amaizng hott! like seriously! i like the way how KIM is playing 'hard to get' , it s better for her to keep it up, than to fall into the cliche and falling for RAY 'straight-away' like whitney. Dereck is verryy annyon but in a goodway, obviously. Hopefully one day I will join the cast!!

  • Comment number 23.

    People who switch off because of Derek, you ain't true EE fans, at all. Nothing, noone has ever driven me to stop watching Eastenders. I've loved every episode since I started watching it 20 years ago. I think Derek is brilliant. People can have their own opinions though but I just dont get it.
    As for Whitney, I used to like the girl, but now shes messing about, and wanting to get with Tyler, messing Fatboy about in the process. She's a hypocrit and I hope she realised she's made a bad mistake.
    Keep up the good work Eastenders.

  • Comment number 24.

    whitnay hair look lush down xx

  • Comment number 25.

    this week looks AMAZING!!! Xxx

  • Comment number 26.

    whitney needs to choose or otherwise she's going to lose both of them

  • Comment number 27.

    Derek is not suppose to be a likeable character so if you feel strongly about him and hate him then it means the writers and actor are doing their job. Where are the Masoods?

  • Comment number 28.

    Where are the masoods??

  • Comment number 29.

    Derek is so consistently nasty, sneering and manupulating, that quite honestly i just do not find him credible.

  • Comment number 30.

    I thought it was just me! Derek actually makes me cringe. We finally got rid of the smarmy, disgusting Yusef, I thought it was safe 2 watch again but he has been replaced with an even more disgusting character! I wont be tuning in again until hes gone!

  • Comment number 31.

    I have just come home from work and couldn't wait to watch Eastenders. But yet AGAIN it was was ruined by that horrid horrid man Derek! It's not even worth watching anymore. He really has brought Eastenders down to the lowest. No wonder Coronation Street won best soap award this year. He needs to leave A.S.A.P. I love Eastenders but can't bare to watch it while Derek is apart of it!!!!!

  • Comment number 32.

    It's as if the Eastenders Script Writers can't think of how to use any of the other characters so they just keep using Derek again and again. Don't get me wrong, I still love Eastenders but Derek is just wasting way too much air time.

  • Comment number 33.

    Derek is the best to come in it for a long time that Lucy is not the old Lucy is she looks a lot younger if she is

  • Comment number 34.

    please please send Derek back to where ever ye found him under a rock most likely. Having watched Eastenders since the Beginning I just can't anymore while he is there he just makes me cringe and I end up switching over just get rid.

  • Comment number 35.

    Whitney is SO mean! What a heartless bitch :(

  • Comment number 36.

    aw! Tyler & Whitney were made for eachother!! Let them be together at last!!

  • Comment number 37.

    Derick really gets on my nerves!! Where's simon guys, they told us he was coming back and he hasn't been on it since pats funeral! Also Peggy should come back!! Looks like a great week, Whitney should be with a guy that's a bit like fatboy and a bit like Tyler, a Tyler - fit and nice to look at, fatboy - funny, great guy, helpful, etc, really nice! Whitney should think before she acts or speaks cus she's just gonna get herself tangled up again!! She should stay with fatboy but then she should be with Tyler too!! I really don't know, it's just harsh for fatboy cus it's the first girl he really loved and trusted and now she'll probs leave him for Tyler!!! :/ u know what I have been more into corrie now than eastenders, it was amazing last year, it's gone down alot!! I think viewing has gone down a lot too that's why corrie won the nta award for best soap!! tell me when eastenders gets better with viewing and characters and i'll start watchin it again!!

  • Comment number 38.

    Whitney isn't just messing fatboy about. She messed Peter about too remember? Is that why Lucy is mean to her I wonder?

  • Comment number 39.

    I don't feel sorry for Whitney at all. She's stupid & easy. Fatboy treats her so well & all she does is throw it back in his face. She's slaggy & tarty. And Ofcourse; I agree with you! I don't blame Lucy one bit for hating her. If she just opened her eyes & stopped sleeping around and falling in "love" with boys so easily then maybe she'd have a brain cell to rub together. Sorry people I know it's just a Soap but people like her character get on my nerves! Love Fatboy loadssss'! (: he's an amazing character. Keep it up Ricky Norwood!

  • Comment number 40.

    Mandy Lucy & Ian are so annoying I want them gone. and I definitely don't want Mandy's Mum coming either!

  • Comment number 41.

    whitney choose tyler. i feel and think the whitney feels like fatboy is smothering her

  • Comment number 42.

    @ those who say nasty stuff about Whitney: Well, Whitney and Fatboy have the same problem IMHO. Whitney is very young. So her mind is telling her to be with someone like Fatboy - kind, funny and caring. But her heart keeps on falling for the guys who are not good for her, what she really wants is adventure. Basically, she looks for trouble and she always finds it. And Fatboy is only young, too. And he wants adventure as well - that`s why he falls for the girls who don`t really care about him. But I am sure, when he is a bit older and tired of all that heartbreak, he will find a nice girl who he loves and who loves him back.

  • Comment number 43.

    I think that the reason that myself as well as a lot of others dislike the whole Derek malarkey is because he is the most unbelievable "baddie" ever, he is a nobody, I mean the state he was in after beating Michael moon up, I was expecting Michael to be half dead, if not at least hospitalised. It makes me cringe to watch Derek and his bravado, Shirley is more intimidating.I'm more of an eastenders girl however I watch for entertainment and at the moment I'm not entertained, corrie on the other hand is fab

  • Comment number 44.

    I love Derek's evil nature but it's the way it gets mixed with him thinking he's doing good but in reality he knows how evil he is. Whitney needs to make her choice. When Whitney leaves Fatboy, which is what I bet will happen. She'll crawl to Tyler who'll take her back and Fatboy will be alone again. He should get with Lauren. Be her savior

  • Comment number 45.

    I just love Derek - a real character. To me he's Del Boy with attitude - just brilliant! Be very sorry to see him go and would be good to have Branning v. Mitchel story line.

  • Comment number 46.

    Tanya, you made me cry just looking at that picture, your eyes are so sad :(
    Jo Joyner is the best actress ever

  • Comment number 47.

    Bring back David Wicks, a few episodes was not enough!!

  • Comment number 48.

    i dont like fatboy he isnt right for whitney, tyler is the best for whitney snd he is a bad boy and dare devil what i tthink whitney likes about him

  • Comment number 49.

    Fat boy Derek is a joke if thats what you have brought in for Phills part then he is not the same carrickter as Phill,he looks like a comedien talks till we get fedup litening to him.If you cant get someone with Phills looks and nature,then please dont make us suffer this joke as a hard man who looks and acts more like a clown.

  • Comment number 50.

    I have been a massive fan since i was very small :) , but i have to agree with most of these comments !! there appear to be no REAL characters now a days , its far to dramatic and to slow paced , im starting to enjoy other soaps more !!! come on eastenders !!! start doing less boring dragged out story lines and make them more fast paced !!!
    loving david wicks !!! bring him back !!

  • Comment number 51.

    Please Please get rid of Derek Branning he is an awful addition to Eastenders, I have been a fan through good and bad stories but he really makes me switch off, sorry I just don't like his acting at all. This seems to be a common theme on this comment page so please listen before you lose all your watchers.



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