Archives for May 2011

Photo spoilers: Market crash and money matters

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Rob Francis | 10:00 UK time, Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Week commencing 6 June 2011

Crashing into town

Mo and Eddie look on in horror as tragedy threatens to strike on the streets of Walford. What's driven them to a state of panic?

Mo and Eddie

 

Relative calm

A tender moment between Janine and Lydia. Has Walford's baddest girl mellowed, or is she looking simply forward to her possible inheritance?

Lydia and Janine

 

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Photo spoilers preview: Handbags at dawn

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Rob Francis | 00:00 UK time, Sunday, 29 May 2011

Ahead of our regular Tuesday selection of preview pics (this time for week commencing 3 June) , it's time to find out what's to come in Walford.

Handbags at dawn

As Max mocks Greg, is Tanya starting to have second thoughts about who's the right man for her?

Greg, Tanya and Max

We'll be adding lots more spoiler pics to the blog on Tuesday 31 May, so don't forget to check back!

 

 

Eddie Moon comes to Albert Square

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Matt Humphreys | 15:51 UK time, Friday, 27 May 2011

Be the first to see the Eddie Moon TV trail... coming to your telly very soon!

It looks like Michael isn't quite ready to welcome his dad to Walford with open arms...

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On set with... Cathy Murphy

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Lou | 11:30 UK time, Friday, 27 May 2011

Do you ever have one of those days where you feel like you're crawling along cobbled ground, aching and have a touch of the sniffles?

Well, things were as bleak as Big Mo's undercrackers in the land of Lou this week until the adorable Cathy Murphy's beaming smile walked towards me in the sunshine.

Chatty Cathy may play tomboy-with-a-tag Julie Perkins, but you can't help but see a girly side shine through as the actress chats about a hot newcomer on Albert Square and how life at EastEnders is one big song and dance...

But which cast member can belt out opera?!

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Dot cottons on to her sister

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Lou | 06:00 UK time, Friday, 27 May 2011

Oooh I say... Dot Branning tracks down her estranged sister, Rose, this Summer after years apart. Who'd have thought it?

Dot hasn't spoken to Rose since she found out about her affair - with Charlie Cotton - her own husband! *Raises eyebrow*.

It's funny what a bout of hypochondria can do though, as Dot decides to go in search for her long-lost sibling to try and heal their rift.

But all is not so rosey for the pair...

 

 

The chalk and cheese siblings don't have the best start to their reunion, as Rose is not too happy to be tracked down. Poor Dot.

The cast and crew welcome Polly with open arms! The actress adds: "I am thrilled to be joining the cast of EastEnders, the show is a real British Institution with an extraordinary creative team.

"I'm really looking forward to working with June again, who I have been friends with for over 30 years".

Polly is best known for playing Trish Valentine in Eldorado.

Lauren's diary: "I should be in my prime!"

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Lou | 20:00 UK time, Thursday, 26 May 2011

There's a serious drought in Albert Square and it's making headlines in Lauren Branning's latest diary.

Water may be running from the Brannings' household taps, but the lack of lurrrve flowing in Lol's life is severely damaging her mood. If she doesn't bag a fella quickly, then she may shrivel up and be single FOR-EV-ER. At the ancient age of 17... she'd better get a move on.

But, where are all the hotties?! Whitney reckons that the man of Lol's dreams could be just around the corner...

Check out Lol's video...

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Does Eddie Moon get killed?!

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Lou | 14:30 UK time, Thursday, 26 May 2011

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No... it's Eddie Moon

It's the moment we've all been waiting for with baited breath... David Essex walks into Walford! Charasmatic Eddie is drawn to the Square to see his nephew, Alfie, and his faaaaaamily.

BUT, is his time on the Square over before it's begun?! *Gasps*. Eddie heroically attempts to save Amy from Carol's slapdash driving on Monday, 6 June, but does he pull it off?

That woman really should remember her OBSERVATIONAL skills. Tut tut. 

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We *heart* Dot and Jim

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Guest Insider | 20:00 UK time, Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Wow! Struggling Dot finally crumbles and realises she can no longer look after Jim.

It's already been a tense week as we've seen a worn out Dot over-working herself; trying to juggle work at the launderette, caring for Jim and managing with her bad shoulder.

Dot and Jim

 

It's just typical of Dot continuously refusing a helping hand -as we all know she's "not one to fuss" - but even she can't do everything.

The old fashion girl has always been about principles and following the rules regardless! So being there for Jim 'through thick and thin...in sickness and in health, until death do us apart', was the motto for her to stand by.

Deep down, confused and lonely, may not begin to describe how Dot is feeling. It certainly hasn't been an easy ride for Dot with Edward seeking her affections. Now, what will happen to their friendship?

Ps...you can't help but love the moment Dot watches her and Jim's wedding video *wipes tear of eye*. Emotional!

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Photo spoilers: Masood mayhem!

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Rob Francis | 10:00 UK time, Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Week commencing 30/05/2011

Paranoia

As Yusef stirs things up with his family, Masood is desperate to get to grips with the gossip that's going around. Does Afia have the answers?

Masood and Afia

 

Hot seat

Masood finally snaps - and gives disruptive doc Yusef a taste of his own medicine. How far is he prepared to go to save his marriage?

Yusef and Masood

 

 

 

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EastEnders wins BAFTA

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Matt Humphreys | 08:48 UK time, Monday, 23 May 2011

Following on swiftly from success at the British Soap Awards and at the National Television Awards in January, EastEnders triumphed again at the BAFTA TV awards and was named Best Continuing Drama!
Carol and Jim  
If you missed the BAFTAs, catch up on all winners at BBC News.
 

And if you're after more awards news, then check out the nominations fo the TV Choice awards.

Photo spoilers preview: Hot seat

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Rob Francis | 00:00 UK time, Sunday, 22 May 2011

Ahead of our regular Tuesday selection of preview pics (this time for week commencing 30 May) , it's time for another terrific teaser of what's to come in Walford. Looks like a particulalry 'gripping' week too!

Hot seat

Masood finally snaps - and gives disruptive doc Yusef a taste of his own medicine. How far is he prepared to go to save his marriage?

Yusef and Masood

We'll be adding lots more spoiler pics to the blog on Tuesday 24 May, so don't forget to check back!

 

 

On set with... Jake Wood

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Lou | 11:00 UK time, Friday, 20 May 2011

If you were to describe the Square's Max Branning in three words what would they be?

Chances are that they wouldn't be the kindest words plucked from a dictionary. In comparison, actor Jake Wood is nowt like that in reality. He's a polite, professional and an UTTERLY lovely fella. I might even start an appreciation society.

Jake joined us on set this week after an early start and spent time out of his looooong day to tell you a little bit more about his day-to-day doings.

WARNING: If there are any chicken's reading this... turn away now!

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Preview: June Brown on Dot's struggle

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Lou | 17:20 UK time, Thursday, 19 May 2011

It's been an uphill struggle and an emotional journey for both Dot and Jim Branning since the former boxer suffered a stroke in 2007.

Poor 'ol Dot has been running around the Square trying to juggle her day job in the Laundrette, along with looking after Jim and, lastly, herself. I'm tired just thinking about it.

From Monday, 23 May Dot's struggle becomes more obvious and serious emotions come to light...  

Watch the preview vid of Dot getting flustered at Carol Jackson and read on for June Brown's take on how her character really feels...

On accepting help from Carol

"She doesn't really like Carol as she feels she is a sharp character and Carol hasn't really bothered with Jim since she returned to the Square. Dot's been left to do it on her own."

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On Jim's return

"Dot's finding it very hard, especially as she's having difficulties with her shoulder and the fact that Jim can't walk means that she has to do everything for him.

"She feels helpless, Jim is her husband and she wants to be there for him, but it's a full-time job caring for someone in his condition and she still has her work at the Launderette and her life to juggle, so she's finding it very difficult."

On watching an old video of Jim

"She is very upset because it contrasts so much what was then and what is now."

On Edward

"She feels guilty because there is an attraction there, but because of her religious views she feels it is wrong."

On telling this story for EastEnders

"It is extremely important as there are so many people out there in similar situations. 

"It was very moving, as Dot's obviously very close to Jim on screen and I'm very good friends with John off screen."

Photo spoilers: Who cares for love?

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Rob Francis | 10:00 UK time, Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Week commencing 23 May 2011:

Ringing the changes?

Is that a band of gold for Ronnie, or is she banned from Jack's life altogether? A lunchtime encounter at Argee Bhajee could reveal the answer. 

Jack and Ronnie

 

Fading away?

Dot's concern for Jim, and her ability to cope, deepens. What should she do that's best for both of them?

Jim and Dot

 

 

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Who gets your TV Choice award?

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Lou | 09:00 UK time, Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Just when you started to dip after the excitement of the British Soap Awards... along comes the TV Choice Awards to rescue you from your lacklustre lull. Hooray!

EastEnders are not only up for the Best Soap gong, but are also nominated in four other categories. 

These awards are really important too, as they're voted for entirely by YOU!

Will EastEnders bag the Best Soap award for a consecutive time? We hope so!

Check out the list of categories that your top notch soap are nominated in. You can vote for your favourites through the TV Quick & TV Choice website.

Best Soap Actor

Shane Richie (Alfie Moon), Steve McFadden (Phil Mitchell) and Nitin Ganatra (Masood Ahmed) are our nominees for Best Actor. Which of these talented studs gets your acting accolade?

Best Soap Actress

It's been a strong year for the women of Walford and these ladies have been heavily hit by the drama. The nominees up for a gong in this category are Jessie Wallace (Kat Moon), Nina Wadia (Zainab Masood) and Lindsey Coulson (Carol Jackson).

 

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Lauren's diary: Fatboy reveals feelings for Mercy

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Lou | 20:31 UK time, Monday, 16 May 2011

Lauren 'Spielberg' Branning is on the verge of going all deep on us after Tommy's Christening.

BUT, it's okay, as this "pretty lady" is pulled back from the edge of darkness and is saved by the bell... in the form of Fatboy!

The soon-to-be-married Fatster is at a loose end and sneaky Lol wants him to dish the emotional dirt on his bride-to-be, Mercy...

Is the Fatster in it for the real deal? Lauren's recorded their tete-a-tete, so you can find out just how he REALLY feels...

Check out Lol's video...

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New Games

Rob Francis | 11:15 UK time, Monday, 16 May 2011

Due to popular demand, today sees the launch of two newgames for the website: Suspicious Spoilers and Quote Me are set to test your powers of prediction, as we challenge you to figure out what's ahead on the show.

Predictor Games

 

 

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EastEnders crowned Best Soap at British Soap Awards

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Lou | 00:01 UK time, Sunday, 15 May 2011

Woop Woop! After a fantastic year, EastEnders came up trumps to win Best Soap at the annual British Soap Awards 2011 in Manchester on Saturday night.

As well as winning the ultimate glory a second year on the trot at the prestigious soap oscars, your favourite soap has clinched another trio of shiny gongs!

The wonderful Jessie Wallace beat off tough competition to be crowned with Best Actress for playing been-through-the-mill-and-back Kat Moon. The Vic landlady has had a gripping year, as she's struggled to deal with Tommy's loss... and getting him back.

On the glitzy night, Jessie Wallace had to grace the stage twice, as she picked up Best On-Screen Partnership with Shane Richie for their portrayal as loveable Kat and Alfie Moon.

And guess what folks? Let's hope that Scott Maslen (Jack Branning) had his acceptance speech prepared, as he took the top totty award! Yep, for a consecutive year Scott picked up the Sexiest Male gong. Ding. Dong.

Let's hope that the northern city has now recovered from the waft of hairspray and glow of gooorgeous tans, after hosting the awards for the first time in 12 years. 

Thank you for all of your votes in these top-notch awards!

 

Photo spoilers preview: Masood meltdown

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Rob Francis | 00:00 UK time, Sunday, 15 May 2011

Ahead of our regular Tuesday selection of preview pics (this time for week commencing 23 May) , it's time for another teaser of what's to come in Walford.

Masood meltdown

As her home life deteriorates, Zainab needs a should to cry on. Syed's on hand, but what can he do to help? Maybe a box of chocs would be a start?

Syed and Zainab

 

 

 

We'll be adding lots more spoiler pics to the blog on Tuesday 17 May, so don't forget to check back!

 

Will Heather forgive Ben?

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Guest Insider | 17:00 UK time, Thursday, 12 May 2011

The secret’s finally out of the bag… Ben has come clean to Heather (and the rest of the Square) that he IS Kevin68. Poor Hev.

That was the problem with Hev's internet dating experience - she never knew if she was having a real romance!

Broken-hearted Hev goes off on one tonight for being “stupid old Heather” and believing someone could possibly love her. Both Ben and Hev's friendship will surely be on rocky grounds.

Heather and Ben

Hev and Ben take up their positions for a new dance routine to 'Freedom'

Isn’t it weird how throughout their ‘web affair’ the two may find they have much more in common than they think.

Let’s just do a quick tick list of why it might be worth saving their friendship:

  1. Both like soppy films (check)
  2. Enjoy eighties music (check)
  3. Love a Cheddar and pickle sarnie (check)
  4. Both feel alone (check!)

But the real question we want to know is... what has Ben really been playing at? A closer look into one of Kevin68’s emails (now just schoolboy Ben) *thumbs down* will surely give us a clue:

“It’s so easy to feel lonely even if you’re in a crowded place. I feel the same. Doesn’t matter how many people are about, it’s like you’re invisible. It’s good to talk about it. Perhaps we can heal the pain together."

Hev may have her Freedom, but will her friendship with Ben take a turn for the worse? What do you think?

Charlie Brooks on the Soap Awards night

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Lou | 14:00 UK time, Thursday, 12 May 2011

Janine Malloy may be a manipulative madam who would rather spend her evening throwing evil stares and making catty comments to other bar locals, but that's way off the agenda for actress Charlie Brooks.

We had a brief, girly chat to the Villain of the Year nominee in this year's British Soap Awards

Here are a few of her numptious nuggets about the BIG NIGHT in Manchester aproaching...

 

On the star-studded ceremony:

"They are usually really good fun because you get to see people you know from the other soaps and have quite a laugh.

"I remember them from when I was younger. There was quite a lot of younger cast members - Jack Ryder (Jamie) and Natalie Cassidy (Sonia) so we’d get all dolled up together. I think I was probably 18 at my first one."

On getting 'dolled up':

"I never spend ages getting ready - I’m a wash-up-and-go kind of girl. I’m so impatient, I just want to get it done and get out."

On 'ergh! What is she wearing?' fashion disasters:

"I've had several fashion disasters! One year I wore a dreadful black dress, awful shoes, awful make-up. The shoes were these pink flat gladiator sandals that tied up the whole of my leg. Absolutely horrendous! I’ve had loads."

Let's hope she has no fashion disasters this year...

On this year's fun n' frolics...

"We always mix together at the soap awards. This year we’re all getting coaches up to Manchester which is going to be lots of fun."

You can bet there'll be sing songs on the M6.

If you haven't yet voted in this year's Soap Awards, then make your vote count through the British Soap Awards website.

On set with... Shane Richie

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Lou | 16:50 UK time, Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Oh. My. Days. Time spent on set with the lovely (and very busy) Shane Richie was one not to be missed! The sun was shining, the mood was joyful and we were blessed to hear a little sing song from the good man himself.

We joined the Best Actor nominee, who plays loveable Alfie Moon, outside the Vic where he talked about heading up to Manchester "mob-handed" for the British Soap Awards and gave us a demo of his "winning face," "loser's look" and "the one-where-you-don't-even-get-a-mention" expression.

He also breaks an ALMIGHTY EXCLUSIVE! Boy George will soon be running the Minute Mart... You what!?

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Okay, it's time to come clean. Shane heard the news of the Karma Chameleon star joining through his fingers. *Winks*.

Has super duper Shane left you wanting more on-set adventure? Relive the delight in these blinders, or you can view them for the first time if you haven't clapped eyes on them before:

Which 'look' would you rather see from Shane at the British Soap Awards? You can still pick your faves until 5pm on Friday, 13 May through their official website. Recap on our nominees too.

Photo spoilers: Baptisms of fire

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Rob Francis | 10:00 UK time, Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Week commencing 16th May 2010

Early adopters?

Syed and Christian get probed on potential parenting by a social worker. Will they pass the test?

Syed and Christian

Baptism of fire?

Kat and Alfie celebrate a new beginning, as baby Tommy is christened. But will an unexpected arrival disrupt their special day?

Jean, Kat, Tommy and Alfie

 

 

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Two new Moons to shine on Albert Square

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Matt Humphreys | 00:01 UK time, Tuesday, 10 May 2011

With David Essex set to join the cast as Eddie Moon, it won't be long before he's joined by his two on-screen sons, Anthony and Tyler.

Youngest son Tyler Moon, played by Tony Discipline, arrives in Albert Square looking for his dad with older brother Anthony Moon (Matt Lapinskas) also stepping onto the Square shortly after.

The likely lads have lots in common but at the same time they're very different. Tyler lives for the weekend, loves a good laugh with his mates and often ends up in trouble, particularly where the ladies are concerned. Whereas he's quick to use his fist to sort things out, Anthony will look for a more sensitive solution and will rely on his brains and natural wit.

The new Moons

Pictured above are Matt (on the left) and Tony (on the right) with David Essex. Here's what they had to say on joining the cast...

Tony: "It's really exciting to be able to work on a show that you have grown up watching and have followed your whole life, I am very grateful to be given this opportunity and am looking forward to working on the show and becoming an EastEnder!"

Matt: "I'm absolutely over the moon! It's has been my lifetime ambition to be on EastEnders, I have watched it growing up with my Nan who is a big fan. I'm so pleased to get my first TV role, I just didn't believe it would be so big. I've met some of the cast I will be working with who were very friendly and welcoming and I can't wait to start filming."

Bryan Kirkwood, Executive Producer of EastEnders adds: "Both Tony and Matt are fabulous additions to the show. Headed up by David Essex, the Moon clan are on their way to becoming an established family in the Square."

Quiz: Which East Ender said that?

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Lou | 11:00 UK time, Monday, 9 May 2011

You may know your Bridge Street from your Market Street, but how clued up are you on the residents of the Square?

If you know your onions and have a memory as sharp as Shirley's comebacks, then see if you can guess which East Ender said these one-liners over the last year. And can you go as far as telling us which episode they were in?

Sound easy? Share your answers and we'll reveal the Walford wonders very soon!

1"I'm gonna kill him."!

2 "I've walked us back to happiness. Walking back to happ-in-ess, umpah, oh yeaaah."!

3 "I have been learning to deal with blokes like you."!

4 "Get her out of here, get her away from me, get her out of here!"!

5 "Alright Chuckles? Still the joker of the pack I see."!

Have you picked out your super duper soap faves in the British Soap Awards yet? If not, you have until Friday to make your choices. Just log on to: https://www.britishsoapawards.tv/

 

Photo spoilers preview: Baptism of fire

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Rob Francis | 10:00 UK time, Monday, 9 May 2011

Ahead of our regular Tuesday selection of preview pics (this time for week commencing 16 May) , here we are again with another teaser for what's to come in Walford.

Baptism of fire

Kat and Alfie celebrate a new beginning, as baby Tommy is christened. But will an unexpected arrival disrupt their special day?

Jean, Kat, Tommy and Alfie

 

We'll be adding lots more spoiler pics to the blog on Tuesday 10 May, so don't forget to check back!

Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace are both nominated for British Soap Awards. You can vote for your favourites at the British Soap Awards website.

E20 wins Webby award

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Rob Francis | 17:25 UK time, Tuesday, 3 May 2011

We're thrilled to announce  that EastEnders: E20 has won a prestigious award!  The online drama, which premiered on the EastEnders website in January 2010, has triumphed at the 15th Annual Webby Awards, seeing off stiff competition to take the top spot in the Drama section of the Online Film & Video category.

Introducing the world of Walford to such popular characters as Fatboy, Mercy and  Zsa Zsa, E20 is a hotbed of young talent, where new writers, actors and crew are all given the opportunity to cut their teeth on this groundbreaking show. 

E20- Naz, Stevie, Fatboy, Zsa Zsa, Leon and Mercy

 

The online episodes were supported by a huge selection of extra video and interactive content - from interviews to bonus scenes and social media. Viewers even had the chance to get involved by sending in original tracks and remixes of the iconic EastEnders theme for use in the series.

"E20 was created to champion new voices and new talent in a new format; and in so doing take EastEnders into the web-based world," John Yorke, Controller, BBC Drama Production and New Talent and Executive Producer of E20 told us upon hearing the news.

"To win such a prestigious award is a huge honour for all the team - and proof that the EastEnders brand is as brave and innovatory as it was when it first started, a quarter of a century ago."

If you've not heard of the Webb Awards, they're considered to be the top honour in the web world. The awards will be handed out in a ceremony due to take place in New York in June.

E20 will return for a third series later this year. In the meantime, Series 1 and 2 are still available to watch online at the E20 website.

British Soap Awards update

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Matt Humphreys | 14:34 UK time, Tuesday, 3 May 2011

The deadline has now closed. Please do not place any votes!

The big date is getting closer and closer now. On Saturday 14 May, the stars will stroll down the red carpet for the British Soap Awards.

A selection of the awards, including Best Soap, Actress and Actor are open for you to vote - and there's still time to do it.

Visit www.britishsoapawards.tv and support your favourite stars!

The shortlists for the other categories chosen by the British Soap Awards panel have now also been revealed and EastEnders has been nominated for the following awards...

Best Single Episode - Billie Jackson's death

Carol and Max

Best Storyline - Ronnie swaps her baby for Kat's

Ronnie

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Photo spoilers: Revelations, rifts and rucks...

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Rob Francis | 10:00 UK time, Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Week commencing 9/5/2011: Make a date (but perhaps not an online one) to find out what's happening in Albert Square very soon...

No Kev for Hev

A heartbroken Heather just wanted to be loved. She's clearly not seeing the funny side of Ben's prank.

Heather and Ben

 

All washed up?

Ben sits alone in the launderette, his head in a spin. What has he become and who can help him sort his life out?

Ben

 

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Charlie G Hawkins on leaving EastEnders

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Matt Humphreys | 06:00 UK time, Sunday, 1 May 2011

After eight years playing the role of Darren Miller, we can reveal that Charlie G Hawkins has decided to leave the show later this year.

Speaking about his decision to leave, Charlie said; "I've enjoyed my time at EastEnders immensely, it's been a terrific chapter in my life and I've loved every minute of it. I've had tremendous support throughout my duration on the show and I would like to thank Bryan (Kirkwood) and the whole team for believing in me".

Charlie as Darren Miller

 

And what does this all mean for Darren? After he broke free from his chaotic family life, he tried to forge a reputation as the Square's next business hot shot but he's been prone to the more than the odd dose of bad luck.

Life with Jodie is filled with old fashioned romance but will the rest of his time in the Square be quite as rosy?

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