Yesterday's EastEnders

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It's a bit naff to discuss TV shows on here I realise, but last night's Eastenders -- WHAT THE HOLY FUCK?

Alan Trewartha, Tuesday, 29 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I don't watch it regularly, in fact it's dropped right off my priorities. Yesterday came in with shopping, switched on the teev while unpacking, to be confronted with what appeared to be a spin-off sit-com. Bonkers.

Alan Trewartha, Tuesday, 29 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Fair Deal Fwank's faux tache and toupee reduced me to hysterics. But then I am easily pleased on a Monday night.

Emma, Tuesday, 29 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

What was wrong with it. I liked Frank's moustache. Rula Lenksa says she would love a permanent role in the soap and Dennis Waterman's daughter being in it 'is no barrier'.

Quiz: which ILE-er once stood up Dennis Waterman's daughter on a date?

N., Tuesday, 29 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

What was wrong with it? WHAT WAS WRONG WITH IT?! it's difficult to know where to start. i was laughing too hard, and aghast at the audacity of what they were doing. it was like another tv show altogether. acting, scripting, pacing, style, all thrown out for... for... i don't know what. Even the other abroad specials that they've had seemed like part of the eastenders story. This just made me realise how coherent a world the square is (usually) presented as.

Alan Trewartha, Tuesday, 29 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

What happened?? I was watching four and a half hours of Buffy and missed it! What happened??? Tell me!!!

Sarah, Tuesday, 29 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

It was a bit like a whole separate soap being spun off from Stenders in the style of Knots Landing but this is surely A GOOD THING? I liked the way they were setting up all the daft intrigues & stuff e.g. the timeshare sales rep trying to cop off with the much younger son of Rula Lenska. Plus I used to live in that neck of the woods so was whisked into nostalgia land from the comfort of my sofa.

Emma, Tuesday, 29 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

And Sarah there is no point telling you what happened as you are out tonight too, watch the onmibus like everyone else. In a nutshell, Frank faked his own death as part of a dodgy timeshare scam and is now attempting to scam a golf club with Rula Lenska (who he is shagging). Peggy is trying to track down New Sam with the help of a charming gent she encountered by chance who happens to be the Chairman of the golf club Frank is trying to scam. With hilarious consequences.....

Emma, Tuesday, 29 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Oh dear.

DG, Tuesday, 29 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I never watch this, but I was gripped by the last 10 minutes last night - mostly due to the presence of 1970s Voice Over Man as the ex- CID golf-club supremo who helps Babs Windsor out. What is his name? BBC's Eastenders site less than useless wrt this.

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 29 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Michael Jayston (Radio Times still best for cast lists, even in internet edition)

N., Tuesday, 29 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Michael Jayston -- another in a long line of Doctor Who/Eastenders cross-overs. He played a sort of avatar of the Doctor from the future called The Valeyard. (Allegedly the Doctor when he'd run out of regenerations).

scuse me.

Alan Trewartha, Tuesday, 29 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I watched it on a Pocket TV and thus missed hilarious tache action. I feel robbed.

Graham, Tuesday, 29 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Graham, you must be the only person in Britain who watches things on a Pocket TV. Also, why have you got so many gadgets. Are you moneyed?

N., Tuesday, 29 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Not any more.

Graham, Tuesday, 29 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

(I was in the kitchen cooking dinner. It's not like I wander the streets watching TV, that would be sad)

Graham, Tuesday, 29 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Is the answer Mark C?

Ally C, Tuesday, 29 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I am not a regular either because of various reasons, i.e. my lack of living room and TV anymore, but alas, destiny always throws in my path these gems of chapters in which the cockneys decide to be naughty and go to the playground of the naughty cockney par excellence, that is, SPAIN.

It is satisfactory that my home land is the only landscape that serves as background as the little happy-go-lucky moments in 'EastEnders', though...Another San Miguel, please!

Arantxa, Wednesday, 30 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

My only knowledge of "Eastenders" is thru that Osymyso track "Pat n' Peg"



We're lookin' for ROY!

Brian MacDonald, Wednesday, 30 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I got an e-mail yesterday from my friend who works a mile away from me in Ancoats, to say that the Beeb were filming another special there - the RETURN OF BYANKAH AND RICKEEE!

misterjones, Wednesday, 30 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

This programme has really taken a turn for the better! I am impressed. Okay so little mo is still a wet whimpering sap, and Chrissie still acts and looks like a pantomime dame, but Wow - the Moon brothers? Give me a piece of that - quick!

Buck naked in the bushes, Wednesday, 26 January 2005 13:52 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"But he's me son!"

Actually, Patrick, didn't we find out a while ago that he's technically not your son? Hmm?

accentmonkey (accentmonkey), Wednesday, 26 January 2005 14:57 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i cannot wait for andy to be brought down!

also, ian and jane + sexual congress = vomit.

lauren (laurenp), Wednesday, 26 January 2005 14:58 (twelve years ago) Permalink

ian and ANYONE + sexual congress = vomit!

Rachel Verinder, Wednesday, 26 January 2005 15:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Ian captivates ladies with his enormous throbbing business acumen

Stevem On X (blueski), Wednesday, 26 January 2005 15:16 (twelve years ago) Permalink

And pictures of his impressive moustache

RickyT (RickyT), Wednesday, 26 January 2005 15:18 (twelve years ago) Permalink

omg i had to switch channels on that scene last night with ian and jane. ew.

i demand an appearance by bricktop & co to 'sort out' Andy.

Ste (Fuzzy), Wednesday, 26 January 2005 15:22 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i think they were "doing it" on the floor. BARF!

lauren (laurenp), Wednesday, 26 January 2005 16:53 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I'm glad I was in the pub now.

I like the new Ronnie Kray 'loves his mother, only kills his own' type East End gangster. Have we found out what the connection between him and Pat is yet?

Matt DC (Matt DC), Wednesday, 26 January 2005 17:19 (twelve years ago) Permalink

johnny allen. he's so dignified.

lauren (laurenp), Wednesday, 26 January 2005 17:20 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I'm watching it regularly for the first time in a year now. The Moon Brothers, Alfie and Little Mo, Billy's little rant at the end of last night's show, and with any luck Patrick's going to kill Andy Hunter. Yay!

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Wednesday, 26 January 2005 18:07 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Yeah, Ian and Jane 'spooning' - delightful.
Can't wait for tonights, can't believe Eastenders is now the highlight of my life. About time Andy went down.
Are the Ferraras actually out of it now? Under what circumstances did they leave? And where the hell are Martin and Sonia? They came back from america and were in the pub for all of ten minutes then vanished into thin air....

One day all things will come sliced, Thursday, 27 January 2005 10:24 (twelve years ago) Permalink

has Dennis knocked up everything that walks in the Square yet?

Stevem On X (blueski), Thursday, 27 January 2005 10:37 (twelve years ago) Permalink

no his dad seems to be doing that instead

Ste (Fuzzy), Thursday, 27 January 2005 10:44 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Everything except Zoe. (x-p)

Madchen (Madchen), Thursday, 27 January 2005 10:45 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i must say i've noticed hardly any incestuous shenanigans since moving to East London.

Stevem On X (blueski), Thursday, 27 January 2005 11:56 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Haven't you been to a FAP recently?

Matt DC (Matt DC), Thursday, 27 January 2005 13:17 (twelve years ago) Permalink

You people need to stop bringing your sisters to FAPs! Jeez!

The Phantom of the Operating System (kate), Thursday, 27 January 2005 13:26 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i couldn't help reading next week's spoilers in one of the trashy women's mags. guess what? apparently an angry mob led by sam (and patrick, i'd assume) goes after andy. i can't wait!

lauren (laurenp), Thursday, 27 January 2005 13:30 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Are there any gays in Eastenders at the moment? I like a good gay character.

My Aunt Eileen On X (blueski), Thursday, 27 January 2005 13:31 (twelve years ago) Permalink

There's Derek, but he is not under any circumstances a good gay character. Or even a good character.

So Paul Trueman is properly dead then? I was hoping they were going to keep it open, in a Dirty Den kind of way.

Eastenders has got so much better since they dropped the absurd pretence that Leslie Grantham is supposedly attractive to women and made him into the durty old man everyone really thinks he is. Did you hear Den say "its so vulgar having your photo in the paper" the other week?

Also there's a Den whodunnit coming up, apparently. Soap whodunnits are always great in a preposterous kind of way.

Matt DC (Matt DC), Thursday, 27 January 2005 13:34 (twelve years ago) Permalink

was the return of Den covered by the media in Eastenders world as well then? as in ''River murder' Landlord alive after all shockah' tabloid headlines?

Stevem On X (blueski), Thursday, 27 January 2005 13:39 (twelve years ago) Permalink

This has reminded me to actually script that Eastenders zombie special, when Albert Square's dead come back to eat the living. Mostly because I just like the idea of Zombie Trevor lurching across the market going "Mooooooaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh".

Matt DC (Matt DC), Thursday, 27 January 2005 13:44 (twelve years ago) Permalink

haha yes and include Rolly the dog in the zombie hord.

Ste (Fuzzy), Thursday, 27 January 2005 13:48 (twelve years ago) Permalink


will anyone tell the difference?

Stevem On X (blueski), Thursday, 27 January 2005 15:00 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Den's going to get buried under the Vic, isn't he?

Madchen (Madchen), Thursday, 27 January 2005 15:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
Well well well, wasn't fridays episode EXCITING? What a SUPER twist, eh, what?

I was terribly disappointed at Andy Hunters death, I was expecting him to be torn apart by Alfie or Patrick, but hey ho, can't have all the square murderers.

Gosh, I'm sad.

Rumpington Lane, Monday, 21 February 2005 14:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Best bit of Friday's episode = Ian Beale playing air guitar.

Matt DC (Matt DC), Monday, 21 February 2005 14:55 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Worst bit = naked Martin Fowler. Ewww.

Matt DC (Matt DC), Monday, 21 February 2005 14:55 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Andy's death was pathetic, such a rub way to go for someone supposedly so dangerous.

how did Den fake his dead pulse?

Ste (Fuzzy), Monday, 21 February 2005 16:06 (twelve years ago) Permalink

given that the bus seemed to be going at 5mph I would be amazed if anyone ends up with more than a nosebleed.

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 24 January 2017 09:23 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Denise not dead, but it's looking grim for Whitney (if she's under there), having a bus repeatedly dropped on her head by lots of well-meaning bystanders. That'll be fun and games for Lee's depression storyline development, eh?

Was also going to say "bloody hell, Lacey Turner's a right good wee actress" but she must be really well-practised at doing hysterical screaming over the years.

ailsa, Wednesday, 25 January 2017 01:58 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I thought that episode was actually surprisingly well done and extremely tense throughout.

I'm guessing that Whitney isn't even under there (her phone could be in the market for any number of reasons) but Lee dies trying to save her. Everyone else survives.

(Also Whitney is a more interesting and popular character with more history and better actor so killing her just to advance Lee's depression/departure storyline would be a weird move even for a soap).

I'm guessing the bridge is going to collapse as well. They're rebuilding the set so they might as well take the opportunity to trash some of it.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 25 January 2017 09:51 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Yeah despite the actual crash being nonsense I thought the episode with the aftermath worked really well, even the "community lifts a double decker bus" part didn't seem as ridiculous as it must have looked on paper. All the references to terrorism didn't feel as clunky as these things normally do either. I'm glad Martin isn't dead, I don't need to see Max and Stacey again and again.

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 25 January 2017 11:13 (eleven months ago) Permalink

The bus thing actually happened in London a couple of years ago:

Matt DC, Wednesday, 25 January 2017 11:17 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Yeah, I think the Whitney's phone thing is a massive swerve (could her and Lee have the same ringtone?). But if it drives her into having an affair with Danny Dyer, I'll be well pissed off. Coronation Street are already going down the "deal with grief & a depressed partner by having an unlikely affair" route (and making a right mess of it), Stenders can fuck right off with doing the same. I think Lee dying/Lee suffering survivor's guilt on top of everything else would give Whitney and him a storyline in itself, not re-running Stacy & Max with new characters.

ailsa, Wednesday, 25 January 2017 13:10 (eleven months ago) Permalink

They are definitely going to put Whitney and Mick together. Definitely. They were already building up to it with the whole "oh, I'll sleep on the sofa, you wear L's pyjamas" business.

I thought this episode was great. Does it feel like the crew for Eastenders must be a lot bigger than it used to be? I wonder if the BBC is trying to avoid laying people off by just piling them all into Albert Square and hiding them there.

trishyb, Wednesday, 25 January 2017 19:34 (eleven months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

I hate the actress that plays Michelle.

Heavy Doors (jed_), Friday, 7 April 2017 19:35 (nine months ago) Permalink

Me too.

trishyb, Friday, 7 April 2017 23:18 (nine months ago) Permalink

to be fair the character seems to have been ruined and she can only do so much with the role/lines she is given.

The girl who plays Bex has been really good throughout this fake Hollyoaks storyline.

boxedjoy, Saturday, 8 April 2017 08:15 (nine months ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Susan Stranglehands (jed_), Friday, 1 December 2017 01:46 (one month ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Hey, last year it was great when we killed off two sisters! Let's (maybe) do EXACTLY THE SAME THING THIS YEAR!

ailsa, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 00:57 (three weeks ago) Permalink

jesus, this programme. I started following it because i spend a lot of time at my mum's looking after her and she watches all the soaps. god, what a depressing show. it's quite incredible that this can be a primetime soap although on the rare occasion that they try to do something light and comic it's even worse. eastenders is really terrible at comedy.

the wilmot brown & family takeover of the square was quite a good belated acknowledgment of the changing face of the east end but it's landed the show in the same place it was before.

i think "how can anyone watch this?" when i'm actually watching it. not only that it's gotten to the point that i iplayer it when i've missed it and still wonder how anyone can watch it!

Heavy Messages (jed_), Wednesday, 27 December 2017 01:09 (three weeks ago) Permalink

...even though i've actively chosen to!

Heavy Messages (jed_), Wednesday, 27 December 2017 01:11 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I've actually been really enjoying it lately. I really fancy Max Branning and he has been at the centre of it so that has helped but I'm also loving Abi's pre-fall transformation into mini-Janine. I'm really hoping this upcoming heist storyline sees the men involved struggle to pull it off and a team of Sharon, Kim, Karen and Linda team up to save the day, because camp female icons are always more watchable than naff gangster storylines.

boxedjoy, Thursday, 28 December 2017 19:54 (three weeks ago) Permalink

You've got to figure that if you were Martin and Stacey you'd find someone far away from Walford to spend Christmas with, wouldn't you? Although I suppose Martin's got to shift those sprouts.

trishyb, Saturday, 30 December 2017 01:15 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I really fancy Max Branning

For real?

Luna Schlosser, Saturday, 30 December 2017 01:30 (three weeks ago) Permalink

there's something about him that's very attractive despite his non-conventional good looks

boxedjoy, Saturday, 30 December 2017 14:50 (three weeks ago) Permalink

A quick bit of research indicates that this is indeed a thing now.

Must admit I’m very surprised. He does nothing for me.

Luna Schlosser, Saturday, 30 December 2017 15:08 (three weeks ago) Permalink

It's been a thing for a while - several ladies of the internet (not me) were quite excited when he did Strictly a few years ago. I saw him in a pub once. He's tiny.

ailsa, Saturday, 30 December 2017 15:29 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i actually find him hideous sometimes and all right at other times.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Saturday, 30 December 2017 15:47 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Whether you find him attractive or not, it's pretty obvious that in the world of EastEnders he is regarded as attractive. Perhaps being unable to lift up your feet properly when you walk is a mark of virility in the mysterious netherland of Walford.

trishyb, Saturday, 30 December 2017 16:12 (three weeks ago) Permalink

lol i hadn't noticed that. will keep my eyes peeled.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Saturday, 30 December 2017 16:16 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I never noticed it until trishyb pointed it out to me and now it's definitely a thing I notice about him.

ailsa, Saturday, 30 December 2017 18:48 (three weeks ago) Permalink

It's like he's scuffing out some kind of code!
Although I don't know if new-style hoodie lurker Max wears the same hard-soled shoes.

trishyb, Saturday, 30 December 2017 22:14 (three weeks ago) Permalink

They've been showing him with his shirt off a lot lately, presumably to add at least a shred of credibility to the world's least convincing screen lothario.

Matt DC, Sunday, 31 December 2017 11:33 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I know, its been great!

boxedjoy, Sunday, 31 December 2017 18:09 (three weeks ago) Permalink

giving us baldies hope yet !

( saw last 5 mins of the xmas day episode, and realised why i stopped watching after bh died ... )

mark e, Sunday, 31 December 2017 19:20 (three weeks ago) Permalink

this was, perhaps, the stupidest thing i've ever watched.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 17:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

tell me about it, and it went on so long. couldn't tell if they were going for comedy or misery half the time.

you shoulda killfiled me last year (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 17:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Can’t believe this is the new universities regulator.

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calzino, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 17:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink


you shoulda killfiled me last year (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 17:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I particularly enjoyed how they wrapped up the Jay's Dad storyline with about thirty seconds of dialogue, which happened while Jay was spending New Year's Day chilling by an iron railing

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 17:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Well, it's not like he can sit on the tyre swings like every other adult in the square.

trishyb, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 18:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

They had a change of showrunner not so long ago which resulted in a load of stories being very rapidly tied up which makes sense because most of them were terrible, especially the "oh yeah that guy wasn't your dad at all" one.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 18:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yesterday's EastEnders was completely insane - jumped ahead two days about twenty minutes in, Masood's aunt cured Danny Dyer's bullet wound with a bowl of soup, and the bloke who shot him appears to have just moved in and become another terrible comedy character. And Masood's aunt seems to have mellowed quickly to the area she was so dead set against via the medium of Linda's terrible brand of down-to-earthishness and, er, getting involved in covering up a shooting.

The Abi storyline seems like it's just been inserted into the rest of it whenever they remember about it. No-one outside of Max or Jack seem to really care that Abi's baby has been delivered and that the two Branning sisters are still in hospital.

ailsa, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 12:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, it's absolute rubbish. Hour-long episodes are a disaster, too. They need to get back to some proper Eastendersing.

trishyb, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 14:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I also loved the fact that Sonya said "Uncle Max" about fifteen times in her one scene at Ian's house, as if the writers have just remembered that they are related. And these Irish gangsters; I don't know. Unless they're a roundabout way of dragging Janine back in, I'm not interested. But my suspicion is that they're going to drag Alfie or Kat or both in with them.

trishyb, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 14:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

This stuff is cobblers but actually preferable to the hamfisted boardroom shenanigans of the last year or so.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 14:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Ha, I noticed the "uncle Max" thing as well. I think the Irish gangsters might be to drag Melanie back in - I think I read somewhere that Tamzin Outhwaite was coming back, so probably as another gangster. Because Stenders needs more gangsters.

ailsa, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 15:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I've only ever given up watching Eastenders once before. Something about Ian pretending to be gay or married to someone he wasn't married to, or some other farcical thing that he was doing to get well in with the local chamber of commerce. I'm very close to giving up again.

trishyb, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 16:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Cupla focal ar Eastenders! All is forgiven.

trishyb, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 20:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

this programme, fuck sake. just wow.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Sunday, 14 January 2018 01:24 (one week ago) Permalink

Friday was like watching a show where rhe main cast were all on holiday.

boxedjoy, Sunday, 14 January 2018 13:34 (one week ago) Permalink

the whole thing of Karen and Masood having a clean-off and her saying mr popaloo, mr dopapom, mr popadoodle.... i mean WHAT

Heavy Messages (jed_), Sunday, 14 January 2018 14:04 (one week ago) Permalink

Don't like the Taylors anyway, but Karen's racism idiocy (and Mr Papadopoulos letting it slide and still considering her for a job) is just awful.

ailsa, Sunday, 14 January 2018 14:21 (one week ago) Permalink

At this stage we've all been watching soaps long enough to know the drill: mouthy, noisy family moves into the square/onto the street, shakes things up for a while, gets accused of all sorts, turns out to be solid gold, and eventually gets sucked into the same routine as everyone else. Battersbys, Slaters, Taylors, they're all the same.

The stuff with the launderette was ridiculous. Masood's ice cream van thing was ridiculous. Mel's hat not being blown off her head on the ferry was particularly ridiculous. Maybe they should go back to two half hours a week.

trishyb, Sunday, 14 January 2018 21:05 (one week ago) Permalink

I'm sure it's less than a year since we had someone take a briefcase to a fake white collar job.

Chunky Backgammon (onimo), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 10:30 (four days ago) Permalink

This Tiffany storyline is awful as well, like why wouldn't Whitney just pick up the phone to Bianca at any point rather than swallow every single thing that comes out of Tiffany's mouth?

ailsa, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 16:18 (four days ago) Permalink

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