EX-EastEnders actress Brooke Kinsella MBE has praised the soap for tacking the brutal reality of knife crime in a storyline inspired by her brother. The former soap star has been working with bosses to mark the tenth anniversary of her younger sibling Ben's murder. He was killed while out celebrating the end of his GCSEs in north London in an unprovoked attack in 2008. Brooke, who played Kelly Smith in EastEnders from 2001-2004, later launched the Ben Kinsella Trust in his memory to help educate young people away from knife crime. This spring, an emotive storyline will send shock-waves across Albert Square as soap bosses promise "powerful, heart breaking and dramatic" scenes. The Kazemis and Taylors will be at the heart of the drama when Shakil (Shaheen Jafargholi) and Keegan (Zack Morris) are attacked. Talking about the upcoming episodes, Brooke said: “It is now 10 years since we lost Ben to this horrific crime and it is impossible to put … [Read more...] about EastEnders bosses praised by ex-soap star Brooke Kinsella for teen knife crime storyline inspired by the brutal murder of her brother Ben
THE exit door at EastEnders has been busy this week — with Lee Ryan and Richard Blackwood both waving goodbye to the soap. And there will soon be another departure in Albert Square, as Maggie Steed, below, who plays Joyce Murray, heads off. But while Woody Woodward (Lee) and Richard’s Vincent Hubbard have both had the door left open to return, there will be no going back for Joyce. I’m told she will die in her sleep next week, leaving husband Ted, played by Christopher Timothy, heartbroken. Maggie and Christopher joined the show last year, but clearly have not wowed bosses enough with their performances. And as Joyce leaves, there will be another new face as her daughter Judith, played by Emma Fielding, arrives on the Square. A BBC source said: “Joyce’s time on the Square has been a brief one and, after her death, Ted will come out of his shell a bit and viewers will see more of him. His and Joyce’s daughter … [Read more...] about Maggie Steed set to leave EastEnders as bosses kill off Joyce Murray
EASTENDERS fans cried with laughter as Kat Slater returned to Albert Square tonight. Viewers praised the brilliant one-liners from Stacey, Big Mo and Jean as they kept up the pretence of leopard print loving Kat being dead. Kat, played by Jessie Wallace, was furious when she found out Big Mo had faked her demise. Storming over to Stacey's house, she went wild at Big Mo before later realising the reason she had lied was because she was in debt with a gangster. Poor Jean was completely confused throughout, asking at one point: “So who’s in the coffin?” while stressed Stacey struggled to get her head around what had gone on. Kat and Big Mo’s hilarious row also saw her begging Kat to get into the coffin so she could invite the neighbours round to pay their respects. Kat shouted: “I’m not getting into that coffin,” to which Mo bellowed back: “Just hold your breath!” The episode got even funnier when Ian Beale popped in and Kat was forced … [Read more...] about EastEnders fans declare soap is ‘back to its best’ after Kat Slater’s hilarious comeback
EASTENDERS fans are convinced Stacey Slater dropped an F-bomb at the start of tonight’s episode. Viewers believe they heard Stacey telling Big Mo to “f**k off” when they rowed about Jean. On Tuesday, Jean returned to Albert Square convinced that Kat is still alive. While viewers, and Big Mo, know that she is, Stacey still has no idea her beloved cousin is alive. As Big Mo tried to keep up the pretence that Kat was dead, she accused Jean of not taking her medication. Stacey tried to stop her speaking badly of her mum Jean and turned to shout at Big Mo. But as she turned away and shouted at Mo, fans claimed they heard her shout “f**k off nan!” One tweeted: Did Stacey just say F**k off????????” A second said: “Did Stacey just say “Nan , Fuck Off!” Another commented: “Did Stacey just tell Mo to f*ck off??” However if you listen back carefully, Stacey actually told Mo: “Buck off!” Actress Jessie Wallace will … [Read more...] about EastEnders fans convinced Stacey Slater told Big Mo to ‘f**k off’ – but did you hear it?
CORONATION Street, Emmerdale and EastEnders fans are now able to get a degree in soap thanks to a new course. Soap fans will be able to study how their favourite shows are made at university and the course even has its own Coronation Street-style outdoor set. The University of Central Lancashire's fast-track BA-Hons Continuing Drama Production degree will launch in September 2018 and will be completed in two rather than three to help reduce student debt. For the course, the university has even built a street with pub and newsagent – just like’s Corrie’s Rovers Return and Kabin. As well as that, there are also interior sets of houses, shops and the pub, plus state-of-the-art control rooms and editing suites. The degree – backed by Street stars Jennie McAlpine and John Thomson – will give students the chance to gain work experience on soaps like Corrie, Emmerdale and EastEnders. Fiz Brown catches Hope trying to push Joseph down the stairs on … [Read more...] about Coronation Street, EastEnders and Emmerdale fans can now get a degree in soap – and it’s backed by famous faces