New EastEnders boss Kate Oates has promised to place the soap’s iconic families – like the Mitchells and the Fowlers – “at the heart” of the show.
After previously giving Coronation Street and Emmerdale a boost during her time on those soaps, Kate is now looking to wave her magic wand over EastEnders.
And Kate, who’s just started on EastEnders, reckons the way to go is to put the soap’s biggest families in the centre of the action.
Plus, while talking to the Daily Star, Kate promised she wouldn’t be axing a load of characters.
“No-one will be going. I go with it when the story goes with it – I haven’t come in with a list of people to axe.
“At Corrie I put the iconic families, like the Barlows and Platts, back at the heart of the show and I think a similar approach is needed at EastEnders.”
Kate Oates in her old Corrie job
And what better way of putting the Mitchells at the heart of the show than perhaps brining back Ross Kemp as Grant Mitchell?!
While Kate didn’t say who she was looking to bring back, she did say she is looking at the possibility of some fan favourites returning.
“We’re going to be brining some people back. So that’s exciting.
“I haven’t made the calls yet but there will definitely be two, possibly three old faces returning. You’ll probably see them in the first quarter of the new year.”
As well some old characters returning, Kate also says she plans to introduce some “new faces” into the mix.
It was revealed earlier this year that Kate was becoming Senior Executive Producer overseeing not just EastEnders but also Casualty and Holby City.
At the time Kate said: “Working across EastEnders, Casualty and Holby City is an amazing opportunity for me to have creative input into three of the UK’s leading dramas. I’m excited about meeting the teams and talent behind each show and can’t wait to get stuck in and tell some unmissable stories.”
EastEnders continues on BBC1.
Sheridan Smith plays a supermarket worker whose life is turned upside down when her mum suffers a stroke
The BBC has released a first look image of Sheridan Smith with her old Gavin & Stacey co-star Alison Steadman in their major new drama, Care.
Sheridan Smith stars as Jenny, a mother of two-raising her girls after the departure of her husband Dave.
Alison Steadman plays Mary, Jenny’s widowed mother, who is a rock in Jenny’s life, looking after the children so Jenny can work in her full-time job at the supermarket.
First look of Alison Steadman and Sheridan Smith in BBC1’s Care
But their worlds come crashing down when Mary suffers a devastating stroke and develops dementia.
Jenny is left torn between her own life and caring for her mother. Could another way be possible? Little Boy Blue actress Sinead Keenan also features in Care as Jenny’s sister Claire.
The 90-minute drama has been written by Jimmy McGovern, whose long CV includes Broken, The Accused and The Street, and Gillian Juckes, whose real life experiences formed the inspiration for the story.
Jimmy previously said: “A great cast, a wonderful director and a superb co-writer! I’m really looking forward to making this.”
Gillian previously said: “It has been a great experience working with Jimmy and a wonderful opportunity to write about a subject very close to my heart.”
Alison Steadman previously worked with Sheridan Smith on Gavin & Stacey
Cilla actress Sheridan of course famously worked with Alison on Gavin & Stacey. Sheridan played Smithy’s sister Rudi, while Alison was Gavin’s mum Pam in the hugely successful comedy series, which ended in 2010.
Care will be shown on BBC1 later this year.
Sheridan Smith image: PA; Alison picture: PA Wire/PA Images.
Tragedy ahead, reveals Corrie star
Coronation Street star Jack P Shepherd has hinted that David Platt – or another member of the Platt family – could die in the New Year.
Soaps love some festive doom and gloom and there’s nothing like a death to really shake things up!
Now, Jack, who plays David Platt, has revealed that the Grim Reaper is likely to be at work on Corrie very early next year.
Speaking to the Daily Star Sunday, the hugely popular actor said: “This year I think someone dies at New Year.
“It might be someone to with the Platts, and no, it’s not David’s dog.”
Festive doom and gloom?
So, is David doomed? Or, might his mum Gail die to finish off what’s been a truly horrendous year for David? Or, might David be attending the funeral of his dad Martin Platt?
Gail’s ex husband made a comeback earlier this year when David – traumatised after his rape ordeal – paid him a visit. Might David be mourning Martin in the New Year?
Jack, who picked up a TV award last week, certainly won’t mind playing out more tragic scenes as he also revealed he loves the soap’s grittier storylines.
“I like the darker storylines. And of course it’s nice to get awards but it’s not something that I go for. I find it hard to take compliments. I didn’t win funniest male though did I? I was up for that the other year.
“Seriously though it’s great when Corrie is doing well. EastEnders dominated for years and then Emmerdale and now we are.”
Meanwhile, new Corrie boss Ian MacLeod recently promised us a massive Coronation Street Christmas. But he also said it wouldn’t be all doom and gloom on the cobbles.
“I wanted it to be a Christmassy Christmas, and there will be warmth and light-heartedness amongst the drama,” he revealed.
Coronation Street continues on ITV.
Rovers snowy pic: ITV/REX/Shutterstock
It might not be a match for Bodyguard, but nonetheless a whopping audience watched Strictly Come Dancing last night as Seann Walsh and his dance partner Katya Jones finally departed the BBC1 favourite.
Over nine million people tuned in, according to Telly Mix, as Seann and Katya – who had an eventful time on the show to say the least! – lost out in the dance off with ex-cricketer Graeme Swann and his pro partner Oti Mabuse.
Speaking about his time on the show, Seann said: “When you watch it and hear people at the end say this has been the best experience in my life… you don’t really believe, but this has been without a doubt the best experience of my life. Probably bar the last few weeks.
“But generally speaking, from the beginning it really was. I can’t believe it, it’s been amazing.”
Alexander Skarsgard and Florence Pugh as Becker and Charlie in Little Drummer Girl, which pulled in over five million viewers
Not surprisingly given the huge audience, Strictly Come Dancing was the most watched show on Sunday night.
Strictly easily saw off traditional rival The X Factor, which pulled in over four million viewers.
Elsewhere, Jodie Whittaker’s reign in the TARDIS continues to go well, with the latest episode of Doctor Who attracting over six million viewers. It seems the move to Sunday nights is helping the long-running series.
The Little Drummer Girl, the latest John Le Carré adaptation on the box, also got decent ratings, with over five million people seeing the opening episode of the six part spy thriller.
It didn’t do as well, though, as The Night Manager, another Le Carré adaptation.
Back in 2016, The Night Manger, which starred Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie, was watched by over 10 million viewers. It did so well it even led to rumours that Tom Hiddleston could be cast as the next James Bond…
TV Times top picks for tonight
What’s on telly tonight? Here the TV Times team of expert reviewers highlight the best shows on Tuesday 30th October
Great British Bake Off: The Final, 8pm, C4
After a great couple of months and a stressful semi-final, the three remaining bakers will be relieved to know that there are only three more challenges left to complete this series. But of course they won’t be straightforward! Firstly, Paul and Prue are demanding perfectly decorated doughnuts (yum!), and then we’re told to expect a technical unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. In fact, it’s such a curveball that the baking won’t actually be taking place inside the tent! We’re officially intrigued… Of course the moment we’re all waiting for is the reveal of the 2018 winner – who will walk away with the cake stand of champions? Rating: *****
Informer, 9pm, BBC1
Raza is finding it both difficult and dangerous being a police informant. Fitted with a hidden camera and a wire, he’s told by counter terrorism officer Gabe to get the faces and names of people attending the funeral of murdered police informant Yousef in the hope that they will provide leads to a terrorist cell. But Raza’s questions don’t go down well with Yousef’s brother Dadir… Gabe also feels threatened when he bumps into someone from his undercover days infiltrating a far-right group. Rating: *****
There She Goes, 10pm, BBC4
This series really does strike the right balance between comedy and heartbreaking drama. In tonight’s episode, there are predictably chaotic scenes as Emily and Simon take the children swimming. “This was supposed to be a treat for her,” apologises dad Simon to a lifeguard, as Rosie causes mayhem, but what does Rosie want to do instead? Emily (the wonderful Jessica Hynes) embarks on a hilarious, touching odyssey to find out… Rating: ****
More previews tomorrow.
If Cain confessed – wrongly! – to killing Joe, Debbie might murder him, reveals Charley
Life’s never easy for Debbie Dingle, and over the coming weeks, she has a head full of problems, including the fact she could get sent to prison for her involvement in the acid attack on Ross Barton.
“If Debbie is convicted, she’ll go to prison for a long time and her kids would be on the outside,” says Charley Webb, who plays her. “So she wouldn’t cope well.”
Cain and Graham stand over Joe Tate
If circumstances had been different, Debbie would have Joe’s support. Had things gone to plan, they’d be married now. But Joe mysteriously bolted and Debbie has no idea where he is.
“Joe just went on their wedding day,” adds Charley in an interview with TV Times. “He’s out there, and she wants answers. She thinks Cain is behaving a bit oddly but she doesn’t think the two things are linked. This is a low point in her life and I’m not sure things could get any worse.”
Oh yes, they could! Because Cain is a bubbling cauldron of guilt, wrongly believing that he murdered Joe.
If he was to “confess” to his daughter that he did away with the love of her life, the pair’s relationship would surely never be the same again.
“I think Debbie would be most angry that Cain let her believe Joe walked out on her,” adds Charley. “I don’t know if she’d forgive him… She might kill him!”
Emmerdale continues on ITV.