With the greatest of respect, TV fiction is like other fiction types. It is escapism. It suspends the boundaries of reality. That is, after all the only possible reason the writers on Eastenders get away with entire families living in large houses in London, whilst earning no money for themselves.
Researchers have been telling us for years that homicide is very much a male phenomenon - these crimes are largely male-perpetrated and men are over-represented as victims. Official data bears this out - the most recent figures from the Office for National Statistics inform us that 90% of suspects and around 2/3 of victims are male.
A year ago, in the months leading up to Lucy Beale's Good Friday death, chatter about Walford would have been met with a sigh, and probably an eye roll... Fast-forward to this week's anniversary celebrations and things couldn't be more different. But how have the BBC done it?
Since it was Valentine's Day, attendees were encouraged to dress up as Albert Square's all-time favourite couple, Kat & Alfie, and many did. But they're were also other characters on hand, such as Dot Cotton, Bianca Jackson and Den Watts, as you can see from the photos.
Dramatic behaviour, as well as the day-to-day stresses of life, has an impact on our emotional and mental health. Recently, so wound-up after dealing with an intense personal matter, I had to detox my mind, removing myself from the Internet and the drama for at least twenty-four hours.
It was surreal. I had an actual goodbye! An ending, a new mug and biro to take home with me! Id made a new Facebook friend.
Eastenders promised an action packed festive offering and they didn't disappoint and as Mick Carter found out that his sister is actually his mother, he reels from the news that his prospective wife-to-be had been raped by the person that turns out is his brother.
Life is beautiful, and so during this festive period, I'm going to be eating, drinking, spending time with loved ones, planning more protests ... and hoping that Santa comes down the chimney with plenty of menorahs and sacks of bulls**t.
If you choose to watch the soap with your child, you should be willing and able to discuss any issues the programme brings up, including that of sexual violence. If your child is old enough to understand that the implied rape scenes depict a rape, then she is old enough to be taught that rape does not just happen on an unlit path at night.
They say that the jobs you have the most fun on are the ones the public enjoy the least but early word on WSKTOW is very positive and I have to say I'm incredibly proud of it. Of course, making a good film isn't enough. The press usually give my films a mauling but then I don't make them for the press.
Speaking of soaps, Marcell's CV also includes two stints on EastEnders. He was interviewed by a Walford Gazette writer in 1996.
Minutes after the new issue of the Walford Gazette was delivered to the printer early this morning, I learned that my good friend John Bardon (Jim Branning) had passed away at the age of 75. John had a stroke in 2007 and he never fully recovered. But thankfully he was in good health when he and his wife Enda enjoyed a wonderful holiday in New York in November 2005. ..
With exception of Sonia who earned a nursing degree, there's a dearth of higher education, which is odd considering all the universities in real London, including the East End. Sure, in the early years, Michelle went to college, as did her well-schooled roommate Rachel.
If you need a care home, your finances will be assessed to see whether the council (or the NHS) will pay or whether you will have to do so. If you are paying your own care fees, it's crucial to get specialist independent financial advice to make the most of your money.
The only dilemma is that this time never comes. As the unwatched programmes you've saved gradually mount up, you realise that you only have 5% of space left. This leaves you with the excruciating predicament of what to delete.
The snapper and I duly waited outside the club later that evening. I remember Max pulling up in his silver Jaguar/Daimler and struggling to park. He kept bumping into other cars. No doubt he had over-estimated the length he had to play with!