There’s nothing better than sitting down in front of the TV on Christmas Day evening while tucking into a sandwich packed full of Christmas dinner leftovers. One of the mostly hotly-anticipated Christmas specials returns for a double bill this year. The episodes feature matriarch Agnes (Brendan O’Carroll) refusing to buy a Christmas tree, and Cathy (Jennifer Gibney) has an internet date.
EastEnders left some viewers confused on Monday night as the latest episode featured Kathy Beale gushing over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement news – just hours after it had been announced. Prince Charles revealed the happy news earlier in the day, and show bosses reacted by rushing to film a special scene. It took place in the cafe, where Shaki Kazemi – played by Shaheen Jafargholi – is rudely looking at his phone while trying to buy a drink from Kathy (Gillian Taylforth), and she asks him what is “so interesting”.
The veteran TV star is allowing the unusual techniques to happen to her for new ITV show 100 Years Younger in 21 Days. June will be joined on the programme by Happy Mondays legend Shaun Ryder and seven other celebrities as, collectively, they try to shed 100 years off their looks.
Paul Nicholls has dramatically opened up about his near-death experience – in which he was attacked by a group of savage wild dogs resulting in him falling 20ft down a Thai waterfall. The Ackley Bridge actor was left “screaming in screaming” with a gaping hole in his knee after his part of his knee cap “flew out” when he hit a rock following the horror fall in Koh Samui this summer. Paul Nicholls opened up about his near-death experience on Loose Women.
Pam St Clement on new ITV travel show Gone To Pot. The Albert Square legend – who starred on the soap from 1986 until 2012 – headed to the US for a road trip alongside Linda Robson, Christopher Biggins, Bobby George and John Fashanu in the new show which aims to explore the effects of the drug.
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Lucy Benjamin has returned to EastEnders – just as we hoped she would – in an explosve storyline with her alter-ego Lisa Fowler coming face-to-face with Phil Mitchell on Monday night. The 47-year-old actress quit the soap in 2010 after 12 years of playing the loveable troublemaker, but agreed to reprise her role for a couple of weeks after her character learns that her daughter Louise Mitchell was set on fire by two bullies at her school prom. Issuing his final warning, Phil said: ‘You never come near my daughter again, you understand me?
New EastEnders showrunner John Yorke has lifted a ban on the show’s stars appearing in pantomimes in the hope it will lift the cast’s morale. The BBC soap’s long-running stars like Adam Wyatt and Letitia Dean have historically turned to money-spinning productions as a means of boosting their earnings, but were banned from taking on such roles for some time until now, and Yorke reportedly thinks it will improve the overall mood on set. ‘John has made it his mission to meet with disgruntled stars and find out what has gone wrong.
EastEnders star Lee Ryan has been ordered to rest by doctors after he was ‘rushed’ to hospital over the weekend. A source told the Press Association: “He is on his way home this morning. An EastEnders’ insider said filming had not been affected.
Danniella Westbrook jetted to Poland to get a face and neck lift with her Celebrity Big Brother pal Christopher Maloney and has showcased her new look on Instagram. Danniella Westbrook on when she appeared on ‘In Therapy’ last year. The 43-year-old former Eastenders star – who returned to taking cocaine after she tragically suffered a miscarriage in 2016 – first had surgery to rebuild her nose in 2002 after her septum infamously collapsed from years of taking the class A drug.
Eagle-eyed Eastenders viewers were left scratching their heads last night when a scene about the general election revealed a plot hole.
Former EastEnders showrunner Dominic Treadwell-Collins has backed a spin-off with Walford favourite Danny Dyer as the star of the show. It’s former executive producer quit EastEnders in 2016 to work on spin-off soap Redwater and ahead of it’s debut on Thursday, he said Kat and Alfie aren’t the only residents of Walford who could hold their own series. Dominic told Huffington Post: “You can take these characters who are so loved and put them in a whole new world and I don’t think you could do that with a lot of soap characters.
Dame Barbara Windsor has opened up about the difficult decisions she made early on in her life and has said that she knew that having five abortions was “wrong”.
Pillar of the community and Queen Vic barmaid for what seems like an eternity. Much like the ravens in the Tower of London, there’s a theory in the East End that if Tracey actually ever leaves The Queen Vic, the Borough of Walford will fall to rack and ruin. Following advice from new character Fi Browning, the businesswoman working for the new buyers, the pub had to sack two members of staff.