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BBC Defends Violent Bobby Beale Scenes After Viewer Complaints


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The BBC has defended Friday night’s (May 20th) episode of ‘Eastenders’ in which viewers saw young Bobby Beale violently assault his mum Jane with a hockey stick. Some viewers took to Twitter to complain to the broadcaster over the harrowing scenes, which aired before the 9pm watershed.

Laurie BrettLaurie Brett plays Jane Beale in ‘Eastenders’.

But in a statement to The Mirror the BBC said: "EastEnders is a fictional drama and our millions of regular fans who tune in each week know and expect dramatic storylines. However we are always mindful of our time slot in which we are shown and we ensure all scenes are editorially justified.”

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'EastEnders' Confirms Plans To Build A Mosque On Set


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The BBC is overhauling the set of its showcase soap opera ‘Eastenders’ in a bid to make it more representative of the real East End of London, adding a mosque, among other features, at its Elstree studios.

It is hoped that the reported £15 million makeover to Walford will allow the soap to “better reflect” the real East End of London as it exists today. “[It] will be as authentic as East London today, including a mosque,” a source told The Sun on Tuesday (February 23rd).

EastEndersActors on the set of 'EastEnders' in 2014

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Ben Champniss - The cast of 'Eastenders' are seen outside Elstree Studios in Borehamwood at borehamwood - Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom - Tuesday 16th February 2016

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Eastenders and Ben Champniss
Eastenders, Maddy Hill and Himesh Patel
Eastenders, Maddy Hill and Himesh Patel
Eastenders, Maddy Hill and Himesh Patel
Eastenders, Maddy Hill and Himesh Patel

Eastenders, Perry Fenwick , Steve Mcfadden - 2016 National Television Awards (NTA) held at the O2 Arena - Winners at National Television Awards - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 20th January 2016

Eastenders, Perry Fenwick and Steve Mcfadden
Eastenders, Perry Fenwick and Steve Mcfadden
Eastenders, Perry Fenwick and Steve Mcfadden

Danny Dyer Leaves 'Good Morning Britain' Viewers In Stitches With Wedding Question Responses


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Cockney cheeky chap Danny Dyer was on great form during a daytime TV appearance today, as he left viewers in stitches with his hilarious responses to Susanna Reid’s questions during an interview on ‘Good Morning Britain’.

Trying to prise some details out of Dyer about his upcoming wedding to his long-term partner Joanne Mas, the presenter asked him whether his current ‘Eastenders’ storyline, in which his character Mick Carter is getting married to Linda (Kellie Bright), had got him thinking about his own impending marriage.

Danny DyerDanny Dyer leaving the ITV studios after his 'Good Morning Britain' interview

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Danny Dyer Reveals He Was Almost Broke Before 'EastEnders' Role


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He was one of the most ubiquitous faces of British film and television during the mid-noughties, but Danny Dyer has revealed the “desperate” financial situation he was in before the BBC offered him a part on ‘Eastenders’ in 2013.

The 38 year old actor, who plays the pub landlord Mick Carter on the long-running soap, appeared on ‘The Jonathan Ross Show’ this week and revealed that he was on the verge of financial meltdown when he was offered the part.

Danny DyerDanny Dyer with fellow 'EastEnders' stars Maddy Hill (l) and Kellie Bright (r)

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'EastEnders' Becomes First British Soap Opera To Cast A Transgender Actor


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The BBC has made a piece of television history by becoming the first British station to cast a transgender actor in a transgender role in a soap opera. The long-running ‘Eastenders’ has cast 21 year old Riley Carter Millington in the role of Kyle, who will hit screens later in October with a view to becoming a regular character by the end of 2015.

While this is not the first time that a transgender character has appeared in a British, it does represent the first time that a transgender actor will portray a transgender character.

EastEndersAlbert Square will be getting a transgender character later this month

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Tramp aka Duffie from Eastenders, (Black and white dog) - Crufts 2015 Opening Day held at the NEC Birmingham - Day 1 at National Exhibition Centre - Birmingham, United Kingdom - Thursday 5th March 2015

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Eastenders, (black and White Dog)
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Jamie Borthwick and Harry Reid - Jamie Northwick and Harry Reid seen grabbing some lunch on a break from filming 'Eastenders'. - London, United Kingdom - Friday 20th February 2015

Eastenders, Jamie Borthwick and Harry Reid
Eastenders, Jamie Borthwick and Harry Reid
Eastenders, Jamie Borthwick and Harry Reid
Eastenders, Jamie Borthwick and Harry Reid
Eastenders, Jamie Borthwick and Harry Reid
Eastenders, Jamie Borthwick and Harry Reid

Jamie Borthwick and Danny-Boy Hatchard - The cast of 'Eastenders' the outside BBC Studios - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 18th February 2015

Eastenders, Jamie Borthwick and Danny-boy Hatchard
Eastenders, Jamie Borthwick and Danny-boy Hatchard
Eastenders, Jamie Borthwick and Danny-boy Hatchard
Eastenders, Jamie Borthwick and Danny-boy Hatchard
Eastenders, Jamie Borthwick and Danny-boy Hatchard
Eastenders, Jamie Borthwick and Danny-boy Hatchard

Danny Dyer Auditioned For 'Game Of Thrones'. Three Times.


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It may be a vehicle for a great deal of British acting talent, but ‘Game of Thrones’ is apparently unwilling to accommodate Danny Dyer. The ‘Eastenders’ star has apparently auditioned for the HBO smash series on three separate occasions, only to be rejected.

Dyer revealed during a recording of ITV’s ‘Jonathan Ross Show’ “I’ve been up for it three times, I got three knockbacks”. Dame Diana Rigg, another guest on Ross’ show and who plays Lady Olenna Tyrell in ‘Game of Thrones’, said “I’ll put in a word for you as long as you lose the cockney accent.”

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Danny Dyer, pictured with 'Eastenders' co-star Kellie Bright, auditioned for 'Game of Thrones' three times

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Eastenders Actor John Bardon - Jim Branning - Dies Aged 75


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Eastenders actor John Bardon, who played Dot Branning's husband Jim, has died aged 75. Bardon suffered a stroke seven years ago and was forced to reduce his appearances on the BBC One soap opera.

John BardonJohn Bardon played Jim Branning on 'Eastenders' [Getty/Bruno VIncent]

June Brown, who played John's on-screen wife Dot, said: "I shall miss him very much and shall always love him dearly."

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Jacqueline Jossa And Dan Osbourne Expecting Baby


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The pitter patter of tiny feet is heading to Albert Square as Jacqueline Jossa, better known as Laura Branning, has announced she is expecting a baby with her on/off boyfriend Dan Osbourne.

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Osbourne and Jossa pictured together on a night out

The pair made the announcement through their spokesperson, and said "We're thrilled by our news." This is Jossa's first child, although Osbourne's ex-girlfriend Megan gave birth to their baby boy, Teddy, eight months ago. 

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BBC’s BAME Representation Called Into Question Again; 'Eastenders' Compared To E. London


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In a bid to convey the lack of Black, Asian and minority ethnic representation in Eastenders, The BBC's audience council in England compared the population of Walthamstow in east London with Walford, the fictional home of EastEnders.

Eastenders castDanny Dyer recently joined the Eastenders cast

The conclusion: the British soap is "almost twice" as white as real life London, prompting the latest criticism of the BBC’s effort to realistically convey the U.K’s demographics realistically. 

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Eastenders Actor Ricky Norwood Suspended Over Cannabis Skype Video


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Eastenders actor Ricky Norwood - who plays Arthur 'Fat Boy' Chubb on the long-running BBC soap -has been suspended after reportedly being videoed smoking cannabis. Show bosses made the decision on Monday (April 1) after meeting with the actor.

Ricky NorwoodRicky Norwood Has Been Suspended by Eastenders

An EastEnders spokesperson told Digital Spy: "Ricky Norwood has been suspended from the show for a period of two months with immediate effect.

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