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Nickie | 15:25 UK time, Monday, 21 November 2011

It's BRANNING WEEK! Exclamation marks to the power of a million - for EastEnders is on every single day this week! So don't forget and miss Wednesday's episode and then wonder why there are a load of continuity problems in Thursday night's episode...

Max is BACK. With his brother Derek in tow. What'll Tanya make of her ex being back in town? And how will Lauren and Abi feel about seeing their dad for the first time since they kicked him out the door? And what's more, will Rainie and Cora be able to keep using No 27 as a doss house?


What do you make of Derek? I won't lie to you, I'm excited. There's already been lots of conjecture about the new Branning brother on this blog. What do you think? I am drumming my fingernails waiting for Derek and Phil to lock horns for the first time. If they meet and get on quite well and become quite good chums, I will be FURIOUS.

And in other news:

Is Abi off the rails?

Not a good week for our Abs. In the dark about why her mum is acting so strangely, she lashes out and comes home in a police car. And begins to suspect that Jay may not be the stellar boyfriend she thought he was...

How cute is Amy Mitchell?

Discuss all of the above and anything else that you think about this week's episodes in the comments...


  • Comment number 1.

    This has got the be a good week! OMG. I just realized something amazing that I didn't think was possible. This week doesn't revolve around the Masoods!!! XD
    Can't wait for Max's return-hope he does it in style! ;)
    Don't know what to think of Derek yet. He seems a bit crazy to me though...
    It seems like this website is turning into 2 teams-Team Derek and Team Phil. I'll just say i'm team Phil all the way! :D

  • Comment number 2.

    I think its gonna be an outstanding week the clip of the branning brothers looks brill and poor roxy as well as amy jack is making roxy suffer the same way he did with james and i cant believe Lola is pregnant theres lods of drama in the squre

  • Comment number 3.

    @ Clare - last week wasn't all about the Masoods either - they were only in it on Monday and not that much either. There are many weeks when the Masoods aren't in it at all. Every family gets equal time!

  • Comment number 4.

    @ Clare I'm right with you - TEAM PHIL ALL THE WAY!!!!!!

  • Comment number 5.

    Loved the way Tanya's family stood by each other against Shirl, and Tanya's 'speech' on defending Rainie was brill. Felt soo real!
    Love Tanya and her family, and love Shirley too!
    OMG someone has recorded Phil's voice while he was talking about the cut-n-shut cars he was selling and Kevin Wick's death! WHO IS ITTT!!!

  • Comment number 6.

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  • Comment number 7.

    Cant Wait x Not Going To Miss This For The World :) xx Iloveyou EastEnders

  • Comment number 8.

    Its the first episode where Tanya looks proper ill before she looked normal so it looks much more realistic and makes you believe the story more now.I haven't got a clue who is stalking Phil cant wait to know I wonder when the storyline will break out maybe over new year ??? Ive got to say I don't like the way they have glammed up Rainie with her hair and makeup they try to do that to much with all the women on Eastenders its much more realistic when the characters are the opposite.looking forward to the rest of the week don't think max will be back until Thursday tho

  • Comment number 9.

    Im worried for Lola my best mates 15 and shes already got 2 kids shes really ill i hope lolas not the same she my 4th fav charecter after the moon family

  • Comment number 10.

    Also Eastenders is on everyday this week yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 11.

    @Ofcourse Really? Wow, that's even worse then if Eastenders are draging storylines on so long that it feels like it is there constantly! ;)

    @Ishtiab Khan Yaaaay! :D I think most people on here are team Derek though :(
    Thanks for the support! Woooooo team Phil! :D

  • Comment number 12.

    I'm glad Max is coming back to the show!!, I missed Him so much when He left for a bit but it's looks very interesting week. :-)

  • Comment number 13.

    this weeks looks interesting i hope it's a good story line

  • Comment number 14.

    I hope Tanya and Max get together again they are sooooooo good together!!!!!!! :)

  • Comment number 15.

    PLEASE WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF THE WORSE RECESSION IN LIVING MEMORY. BANKS ARE CALLING IN LOANS, MILLIONS OUT OF WORK could we Please have JUST ONE UP BEAT STORY LINE? I am so sick of these relentless SLIT YOUR WRIST story lines. IN THE 30s they had up beat films to chear us up! ARE YOU SPONSORED BY THE SMARAITANS? Please it it nearly Christmas can't we have just one 'JOKE' per episode?

  • Comment number 16.

    We need balance with stories about cancer,marriage breakdown etc

  • Comment number 17.

    Max's enterance was SO cool! :D

  • Comment number 18.

    Absolutely loved Max's entrance! I had to rewind it I was so shocked!

  • Comment number 19.

    I tell you i bet the queen vic that the person stalkng phil is David Wicks,i promise you all go back to the episode of the car lot going up when frank was in it and your see and eastenders are bringing back simon and david,As pat dies at christmas simon is skint and phil will see david

  • Comment number 20.

    Max had an epic entrance! :D
    I'm loving EastEnders at the moment, i have to admit story lines haven't been as good as usual but this makes up for it!!! :DDD

  • Comment number 21.

    i LOVED mondays ep. there was so much drama, amazing acting & good use of characters. linda henry is amazing in such a small scene she can look so shaken and about to cry. she does it so brilliant and with such subtle. i mean jo joyner is brilliant too but she doesn't do her crying scenes as subtle as linda does them. i loved all the phil / shirley scenes and that hug was too cute! I dont care what people say about the kiss - there was nothing wrong with it! if they didnt kiss people wouldnt believe phil liked her like that! :) ! they were only trending on twitter for that reason. i want them to be trending cos they are good !! they just work so naturally together.

    i also loved tonights ep. really starting to like cora she was hilarious. LOVED max at the end. he is just awesome!!!!!!

  • Comment number 22.

    YEAH!!!!! Max is back!!! Love him!!!

  • Comment number 23.

    I think it is great that they are bringing back repercussions of the Car lot storyline involving Phil, Frank, Pat etc.
    It is guaranteed that Phil and Derek will go head to head at some point. If you remember Derek of old he was nothing more than a stupid bully who couldnt even defend himself from David Wicks (David Knocked him to the floor with 1 punch). Also, David Wicks feared the Mitchell Brothers (who didnt?!) With this in mind it is ridiculous to think that Derek is any match for Phil Mitchell. If you look back over the years at who Phil has taken on then Derek wouldnt even try and cross him. Just a few people Phil has taken on and beaten up: One of the most feared loan shark gangs in London, Steve Owen (eastend bad boy/gangster), Dennis Rickman (resident hardman), Johnny Allen (Notorius London gangster/murderer), Sean Slater (ex-soldier and psychopath), Jack Branning (ex cop and tough guy), Dan Sullivan (Tough guy with bad connections), Dirty Den, His brother Grant (probably the toughest lunatic ever to walk in the square), Nick Cotton(Murderer/lunatic) Ian Beales assassin, Cindy Beale etc . . .to name a few. Nowadays we see people like Janine Malloy threatening him and giving him a run for his money. Its not realistic. It will be good for Phil and Derek to go head to head but I hope its entertaining but more to the point, realistic.

  • Comment number 24.

    @otty1985 To be fair Derek was drunk when he was knocked over by David, furthermore Derek had already beaten up David off screen when he discovered that Carol was preggers by david. The guy has also just come out of prison for armed robbery so their is hope yet that he can be the one to topple phil

  • Comment number 25.

    @clarkster: Good point mate. Phil has been arrested and spent some time inside for armed robbery too though (Den Watts set-up). We'll see what happens, but for now, I am team Mitchell! lol.

  • Comment number 26.

    OMG max is back it's loking good

  • Comment number 27.

    Loved Max's return. It's been a bit boring without him. Jo Joyner and Jake Wood are two of the best actors in the whole of soap, not just EastEnders. I hope Max and Tanya get back together soon. They belong together!
    Looking forward to the seeing the fued between Phil and Derek as well as see how the Roxy v Jack storyline turns out. Can't wait for Christmas either with Pat's death, the B&B fire and Ricky and Bianca coming back. :)

  • Comment number 28.

    I must say congratulations! ...... I'm not an Eastenders viewer but caught the last 5 minutes of tonights episode. I haven't a clue what the story line is or who are the characters, sorry!

    But now knowing a bit more ....... Tania's & the families acting, relating to the issues related to cancer truthfully brought a tear to my eye & can see the storyline developing into something that will touch many people :-)

    Ranie ..... will you marry me? :-) x

  • Comment number 29.

    EASTENDERS IS BACK!!! I cant remember the last time I cried, laughed, and was actually on the edge of my seat watching my fav soap. Tonights episode was absolutely Brilliant!!! Excellent script... but please dont let Jean's win end in tears. :)

  • Comment number 30.

    I loved tonight's ep well done Enders can we have a chryed week next? please lol

  • Comment number 31.

    Well done Eastenders what a brilliant episode tonight. All actors/ actresses in tonight's episode were fantastic.I liked the fact you just stuck to the branning family [ and pat] threw out the whole episode and didn't just keep cutting back to them in between other scenes with different characters it was good you just focused on the one story it really payed off. know wonder Tanya has found it hard knowing what she had gone threw with her dad years ago its good Eastenders added a bit more to the story by bringing up the past to do with her dad.Derek Branning seems like a really good character think he will stir up a bit or should I say a lot of trouble Eastenders just keeps getting better lately keep it up

  • Comment number 32.

    I agree with Hannah, a Chryed week next please !!! or just a happy reunion; they shouldn't be apart, it's so wrong.
    It is great to see Phil suffer some repercussions from his actions for once, he is a vile bully who never seems to have to answer for his behaviour.
    It's been a very dramatic week, well done Enders.

  • Comment number 33.

    Absolutely loving this week! Fantastic to see Jake Wood back as Max and Jamie Foreman has such a screen presence as Derek. I agree with everyone who can't wait for Derek to lock horns with Phil! It is going to be one brilliant episode when that happens. The way the team have potrayed Tanya's cancer battle is incredibly realistic and sensitive. Really hope Max steps up and supports her through now.

  • Comment number 34.

    Tonight may have been the best episode of EastEnders ever!!! It had me on the edge of my seat all the way through. Loving the fact that Max is back and looking forward to see how tonight's episode plays out. Brilliant acting, brilliant script, well done!

  • Comment number 35.

    Presentation of Tanya's reaction to her Cancer is "over the top" and distressing to the hundreds of wives and the loving husbands who are currently supporting them in precisely this situation. I am one of them. I've watched and appreciated Eastenders since it started but you've really got it wrong this time.

  • Comment number 36.

    I agree with GibbyBlogger, tonight's episode was superb. I haven't cried this much for a long time whilst watching Eastenders. It was gritty, emotional but most importantly REALISTIC! You don't need to have stolen babies to get an award winning storyline. If Jo Joyner doesn't win an award for tonight's performance there is no justice.

    I know that this story will resonate with a lot of Eastenders viewers, I know what it's like to lose someone very close to cancer, which makes it even more powerful. I hope that Max sticks around and is Tanya's rock as she fights this - now that would be a brave storyline!

    Loving the new villain as well - he managed to fit in after his first speech - 'The best newcomer' award I think!

  • Comment number 37.

    Really glad to see max back. The story line and actors have been amazing. I'm going through the similar situation with my mum. It's very heartbreaking but it does bring families closer together. Everyone being strong for one person they love in their lives

  • Comment number 38.

    Some excellent acting all round tonight....

  • Comment number 39.

    I loved the show tonight - thank you for bringing Max back it just hasn't been the same without him! Great acting tonight from all the actors and actresses. Thank you for finally getting Tanya and Max back together. Very well written. Love it !

  • Comment number 40.

    I wrote on here the other week about when Kat told Alfie she cheated and how much better it was that the next episode carried on from where the last left of you did this again this week weds in to Thursdays episode then Thursday in to Fridays and it has certainly payed of the whole week has been brilliant but weds- Fri episodes were the best it really does make a difference when there is a big story going on and you continue the story over so many episodes instead of fitting it all in one half hour show please make sure Eastenders you do more episodes like this when big stories are revealed.Its the first time In ages that I am going to re watch the whole week again I was gonna watch the weeks episodes again after I finished watching Fridays witch I cant remember wanting to do in ages.Interesting to know what next week will bring I'm sure it wont be good as this week but with Christmas just around the corner I'm sure it wont be long before the next big story starts to unravel.I am sorry but don't agree with RAY PARRY I'm sorry to hear that a loved one you know has cancer it cant be easy but everybody deals with the illness in different ways I see how you would compare tanyas story to yours but no to stories are the same. BRILLIANT WORK EASTENDERS KEEP IT UP

  • Comment number 41.

    Get rid of Derek!!!

  • Comment number 42.

    Roxy has been floating around for long enough........she needs the love of her life back in the sqare....(the hottest of them all!).... Sean Slater...I reviewed the episodes in which he departed today, and thought yeah she does have a soul mate to love her for who she is.... This seems to be the EASTENDERS way of love. Come back Sean.

  • Comment number 43.

    LOVED that bit where Tanya has this conversation with Cora, nearly made me well up. And then her and Max - brilliant! But from what I`ve heard the things Max was up to while he was with his dodgy brother will come back to bite him.
    Generally, last two or three episodes were quite good actually. Hopefully it will not change because the script has been a bit rubbish recently. For example, I will not be surprise if the actress who plays Dot will follow the actresses who play Peggy, Pat and Heather and leave EE - look at what the producers done to her character!
    And fiona_au, you are absolutely right, Sean has to come back! Well, maybe he will as well. Just like Amira. He had Napoleon plans, but nothing has happened so far, so...

  • Comment number 44.

    Brilliant week all round! We need more storylines like this. Looking forward to seeing how the family all rally round to help deal with the situation. Well done cast and crew! So happy Max and Tanya are back together :)

  • Comment number 45.

    Wow! Friday nights episode with Tanya her family and Max was incredibly powerful, having had the terrible cancer that the character Tanya is acting out, is being so well executed, absolutely fantastic acting from the actress that plays her, so true.

  • Comment number 46.

    I must say the combination of characters worked; Max, Tanya, Cora, and Derek looked good together. Max and Cora are delightful to watch when they are both on screen.
    Bigsmile76 thankyou for agreeing with me regarding Sean Slater. I can see him working behind the bar with Kat and Alfie.

  • Comment number 47.

    max and tanya back together yay.

  • Comment number 48.

    dot is funny she loves to emphasise the 'half' sibling

    lola needs to stop bleaching her hair it doesnt look good

    why do people call her 'tarnia' when its 'tanya' its annoying

    the whos stalking phil storyline is boring as hes already had that concept in the who shot phil, writers need to come up with something else

    derek is definetley jims son RACIST, i dont like him

    is oscar related to abi in real life as they look similar???

    simon ashdown needs to win an award or something as he is a really good writer

  • Comment number 49.

    loving the branning week ! maxs entrance just fantastic ! tanya standing up to shirly ! and derek himself very exited to see what he has in store for walford !!! x x

  • Comment number 50.

    I missed Eastenders this week but saw the omnibus. The drama was as brilliant and absorbing as any Hollywood movie and the acting also. I'm a life long Corrie fan but when Eastenders at its best it makes Corrie look like the local Repertory Theatre.

  • Comment number 51.

    @ keitoya: When Lola was growing up, there was no one to teach her right from wrong etc. and of course if you ask her about her fashion sense, she will just ask "My what?". So messy bleached hair and track suits - that`s a trademark look for her and girls like her. She thinks she looks ok, she is so arrogant :) Derek is not there for you to like him, he is a bad boy. He did shake things up a little, didn`t he? Anyway, I prefer him as EE bad boy rather than boring and annoying Yousef. And as for Phil - he does have something to do, doesn`t he? You reckon the writer deserves an award, but if he can`t think of a better story line for one of EE iconic characters, so why not "stalker story line"? I do wonder who sends him all those pictures. My money is on Ben, but we have to wait and see.

  • Comment number 52.

    I love Max and Tanya's relationship. They are so perfect for each other. What a love story. I just hope Max doesn't screw up this time around. Please producers don't make Max screw up,use the Tanya cancer story to prove that with proper support and love from your partner that one can be able to beat this dreaded monster of a disease.Plssssssssssss

  • Comment number 53.

    So Do I Chucksumomoh there a great couple together and is Ronnie coming back in 3yrs time I hope she does Iwant Sam to come and the legendry Rickky caller is comin back in x mas

  • Comment number 54.

    This week is going to be so hard for the following people Tanya,Lola,Abi and I think Roxy because I think it's a stress week


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