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Member Name: MikeBorry
Date: 08/09/10, updated on 06/04/13 (105 review reads)
Advantages: lots! see review.
Disadvantages: !!!!! None !!!!
Eastenders is shown 5 days a week, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with an ominbus on Sundays.
The times are between 7.30pm - 8.30pm on BBC 1, or 10pm on BBC 3, the ominibus is shown on a Sunday afternoon.
This soap like most revolves around the few familes that live in Albert Square.
There's the Mitchell's. Peggy head of the family and once again owner of the Queen Victoria Pub, she has a son Phill who at the moment is an alcoholic crackhead druggy, who's life has gone down hill since his son Ben was sent to a young offenders prison for assualting Jordan..... We'll get to him later. Phill's daughter Louise has also left again and has chosen to go back with her mother Lisa, who a few years back shot Phill!
There's Sam, Peggy's daughter who has just given birth to a baby boy and has also just been released from prison. The baby could either be Ricky Butchers or Jack Brannings! Who's the daddy?????
Grant is Peggys other son, but he lives in Portugal and is very rarely seen nowdays. He may pop back for a special episode now and again.
The Slater family. Big Mo, she's a little bit nutty and like's to sell knock off goods! Charlie is the man of the house and the only man I may add. He is a cabbie but I haven't seen him in a while. Jean, Stacey and baby Lily also live in the same house as did Staceys totally bonkers 'friend' Becca. Jean and Stacey both suffer with bipolar disorder, but controll it with medication. Recently Stacey has been persuaded by Becca to stop taking her tablets and is heading on a downwards spiral once again. Stacey has had some really excellent storylines and she is probably my favourite character. She married Bradley, they divorced, they remarried and then tragically he died, whilst trying to flee Albert Square with a heavily pregnant Stacey. He fell from the rooftop after being chased by police, they had recieved information that he was Archie Mitchells killer (from Becca) but it was actually Stacey who killed him!!!
It was only recently that Stacey discovered it was Becca who called the police and they had a fight and during this fight Bradleys ashes were thrown over Stacey, I think she is heading for a breakdown.
The Brannings. Dot and Jim. Dot works in the laundrette and looks after Jim, she has had a hard life, what with Nasty Nick Cotton being her son. He has tried killing her a few times and pretty much treats her like dirt. He also brought home a little girl 'Dotty' and tried to get her to fleece her grandma out of lots of money. Jim isn't around as much as usual, due to having a stroke in real life, but the writers have wrote this into his part and he is doing very well.
Max, Tanya, Lauren, Abbie and baby Oscar are another part of the Branning family. Tanya has left (she has given birth to twins in real life) she couldn't put up with Max's lies and cheating any longer. She took the kids with her but Abbie came back to stay with Max. Max is also Bradley's father, but he did have an affair with Stacey!
Jack is another of the Brannings, he is with Peggy's niece Ronnie but also has a baby girl with her sister Roxy and may also be the father of Sam's baby boy.
The Beale family. Ian, Jane, Lucy, Peter and Bobby.
Ian Beale is the owner of the chippy, the cafe and a market stall, he is also a smarmy slimey git! He has been married a good few times...... How I do not know! And he is now married to Jane who was shot/stabbed by Ian's other son. This left her unable to have children of her own and when 15 year old Lucy got pregnant, Jane was supposed to raise the baby as her own. Ian took Lucy for a termination and they told Jane that she had lost the baby. Lucy is a bit of a bitch, and her twin brother Peter is nothing like her, he is a bit dopey! Bobby is the child Ian had with Laura, and Jane has practically been there since he was a baby. Laura was killed off a few years ago.
There's Patrick Truman, Denise and Jordan. Libby and Chelsea have recently left and are now holidaying in Spain with Libby's gran. Patrick see's himself as Denise's father, although he isn't. Denise has been through a tough time lately. Her husband Lucas the serial killer church pastor, killed his ex wife and Denises ex husband aswell as a few more prostitutes. Denise was initially blamed for the murders, untill Lucas abducted her and hid her in the basement of the house next door to Patricks, Denise didn't know that she was that close to home and when she escaped everything became clear for everyone. Lucas was arrested, and Denise has taken on his son Jordan as her own. This is the same Jordan that was beat up by Ben Mitchell for taking the micky out of him.
Pat Butcher..... Her house is treated like a hotel! At the moment Bianca, Ricky and her brood are living there, Whitney, not Bianca's biological daughter but she treats her like her own, she's Biancas ex partners daughter. Liam and Tiffany, they are Ricky and Biancas children! It has only recently come to light that Ricky was Tiffanys dad. Bianca has another son too but he's young and isn't seen as much as the others, his name is Morgan.
Bianca and Ricky were an item in the soap years ago and they are now married. Ricky could also be the father of Sams baby. Riiiiiiccccckkkkyyyyyy!!!!
Whitney had a big storyline when she first arrived in the soap, she was being abused by Bianca's ex boyfriend and her step dad. This was a tough storyline.
Ronnie and Roxy Mitchell turned up one day out of the blue and have never left. They opened a club R&R's, then Roxy inherited all of her dad Archies wealth. She gave it all up when she found out that Ronnie had been abused by Archie as a child.
Ronnie was made to give up her daughter. She had her when she was young about 14 I think. She was led to believe that Amy was dead.
Danielle turned up and befriended Stacey. This was Amy! Ronnie found out all to late when Danielle was tragically run over and died in Ronnies arms.
Roxy ended up having a baby with Jack, who was Ronnies boyfriend. Everyone was led to believe that Sean Slater was the babies dad, untill the truth came out.
The Massoods. They have just found out that their son Syed is gay and he is living with Janes brother Christian. This has been quite a controversial storyline as they are muslims and this is totally against their religion.
Janine Butcher, Pat's step daughter. She's a soap bitch and has got away with so much stuff!! She is currently due to be wed to Ryan, Whitneys brother. Janine has been a prostitute, killer, gold digger and whatever else!
Ryan is the father of baby Lily.... he just doesn't know it yet!
Minty, Heather, Darren, Baby George, Shirley......
Minty has decided he wants to be with Heather! Heather has a baby with Darren, Baby George is named after George Michael! Shirley is Heathers best friend and Phill's on/off girlfriend. She was also married to Denises ex husband.
Billy and Jay.
Billy has 2 of his own children with Honey. She left him taking the kids with her, although Janet and William do sometimes stay with Billy.
Jay is Jase's son, Jase is dead, Billy watched him get beaten to death, Jase was with Dawn but she is now with Gary and they have left Albert Square with baby Summer.
Billy now care's for Jay and they get on fine.
Billy is a Mitchell, but is treated like the black sheep of the family unless it suits them.
There's bound to be a few people missing from this list and if there is I appologise. I will update when I remember.
There's a fire tonight and people will die......... But who??????
I love the way the soap has controvesial subjects and brings things to light. I think it's a great fast paced soap that doesn't just jump from one thing to the next.
I look forward to watching it in the evenings with a cuppa.
It's a long running soap that I hope will have more years to come.
So whats changed in the last few years on Albert Square? Here's a quick low down on whats been going on since - (It is now 2013 - A very long time in soap years!)
So having ran through the characters I will start by who is no longer in Eastenders -
Peggy - Left after Queen Vic fire.
Sam - She may have gone on the run with a fake passport? I can't quite remember, she wasn't a character who made a particularly big impact on me!
Big Mo - Gone but rents out a house on the Square.
Charlie - Moved away.
Stacey & Baby Lily - Max too them to the airport after Bradleys tragic death, she killed Archie and Janine found out - (I think I am remembering that correctly!!)
Becca - Gone.
Jim - Had a stroke and Dot made the agonising decision to put him in a care home after she could no longer cope.
Jane - Left Ian - Another one bites the dust!
Peter - Gone somewhere?!
Jordan - Gone.
Pat - Died on New Years Day 2012 - Was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer which had already spread. Was a weepy episode I must admit!
Ricky - Left after Bianca decides she can't forgive his one night stand with Mandy - Just read that he has actually retired from acting!
Ronnie - Jailed, is due to be released but unaware of if she is coming back to the Square or not.
Syed & Christian - Gone.
Zainab - Recently left after Massood tells her he isn't happy and doesn't want to marry her again.
Janine - Left after some kind of nervous breakdown (in the soap not real life!) you may remember her winning the title Queen of the Jungle after appearing on I'm a Celebrity. She is due to return sometime soon.
Ryan - Gone, can't remember when or why!
Minty - Gone.
Heather - Killed by Ben Mitchell.
Darren - He left and then when Heather was killed he took on his role of father to Baby George who has also left the soap.
Ben Mitchell - Came back to the Square and then subsequently killed Heather so is now back in jail.
There have been plenty of new comers in the soap. As well as old faces reappearing.
Tanya and the kids are back. She had cervical cancer and ended up back with Max albeit briefly. They were to get re-married until Max's wife showed up! Duff, duff.
So we have Max's wife - Kirsty. Not warming to her. Max is now living in the B&B with Kirsty as Tanya rightfully threw him out.
Cora - Tanya's mother, Ava & Dexter - Cora's daughter and grandson, she gave Ava up for adoption as a baby, has been a recent addition to the soap.
Lola - Billy's granddaughter, she is a fantastic actress and has grown with the soap, at first she was quite irritating but I have really warmed to her. She had a baby by Ben Mitchell (who is supposed to be gay) she kept this a secret but since having baby Lexi social services got involved and we saw Lexi being taken into care, she is currently being looked after by Phil who up until this week had no intention of ever returning the baby to her mum, however after a nasty scare which resulted in hospital treatment for baby Lexi, Phil saw how great Lola was with her daughter and told her about the social workers plans for returning Lexi to Lola's care. This has been a very turbulent and emotional storyline which I think Lola has played out extremely well.
Sharon - Like a boomerang she is! She's back and due to marry Jack Branning! She's a quick mover - Came back with little Denny, Dennis' son. She loves to ruffle the poor kids hair an awful lot! Still does her grating whisper voice too!
There's Fatboy & Poppy. Poppy was originally Darren's girlfriends friend but she has become a regular character, fatbay has been in the soap for a while and is pretty much in it at all times now. He and poppy are an item! He is currently staying in the B&B whilst Poppy is living with Dot.
Alice & Joey Branning - Derek's children, Derek has since died after having a heart attack, Alice and Joey remain. Despite being cousins Joey is in a relationship with Lauren!
Carol Jackson - Back and living with Bianca and kids in Pat's old house which Janine is renting to them.
Kim Fox - Denises sister, owns the B&B, another surprise - Denise & Ian are getting it on!!!
AJ - Massoods brother, getting divorced from his wife, turned up and hasn't left.
So a nice bunch of characters there for you.
So in the Square, where everyone knows everything and nobody owns a washing machine, what has been going on -
In recent weeks we have seen Dot having a struggle with her house. She left for a period of time and left the responsibility of the rent up to Cora, who didn't pay! The council has caught up with her and she needed to go to court, she feared the worse but thankfully they were lenient on her and she got to keep the house. All's well that ends well.
Liam got involved with a gang. This ended up with him being stabbed. Bianca was out of her mind with worry when he decided to run away but things seem to be getting back on track. I hope Liam comes good again, I don't think he was ever actually really bad but I quite like the kid!
I have already explained the Lola, Billy, Phil, Lexi situation above, but we did see Lola run away with little Lexi out of sheer desperation. She's a good mum, I hope she gets Lexi back soon.
Kat & Alfie are no more *sob, sob*. It's not Alfie & Roxie - Doesn't have the same bell to it does it!? He couldn't handle Kats lies and cheating anymore, especially when it was Derek Branning she was having the affair with.
Kat is trying to get Michael to pay maintenance money towards his son but he doesn't want no part of it.
Summary: A great long running soap thats watched by millions!