News, Reviews & Features
  • Four months back in Albert Square and I never want to leave

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 2nd May 2014

    It's been something of a revelation to me, as the worst kind of TV snob who likes to watch and discuss "high-end", mainly American, drama, that four months back in the snug embrace of Eastenders has been quite so rewarding.

  • Where's MY bloody Oscar, asks Todd Carty

    TV News | Ed Williamson | 3rd March 2014

    In a statement via his press officer earlier today, Todd Carty demanded to know why, when you're basically guaranteed an Oscar for playing anyone with AIDS, he never got one for playing Mark Fowler in Eastenders. A spokesman for Matthew McConaughey responded, surprisingly quickly, that Mark Fowler "only ever had HIV", which from an acting perspective was "a completely different kettle of fish". In response, a Carty representative said:

    Yeah, fair enough.
    McConaughey is said to have liked it when Mark tricked Nick Cotton into falling off the viaduct.

  • Christmas TV shows and their Christmas present equivalents

    TV Feature | Rob Young | 23rd December 2013

    A while back I said to Ed we should do something about Christmas telly, like a rundown of what's on over the festive period. And he said, in a J. Jonah Jameson kind of way: "We need a gag, you fool; a reason for it to exist!" I imagine he was smoking a cigar at that point. So here is that reason. I've scoured the pages of the Sunday Times' two-week Christmas Culture magazine to find the best/funniest/stupidest things on television. And I'm going to compare them with Christmas presents. Stay with me: this is definitely a thing.

  • Why do people want soap spoilers?

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 4th December 2013

    If I told you what was going to happen in the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead, you'd batter me about the head and neck, and quite rightly. But listen: Carol Jackson in Eastenders is going to get breast cancer. If you watch Eastenders then you already know this, because the producers want you to, and deliberately announced it to the press. So why do we want spoilers for soaps, but not for anything else?

  • One door closes, another one opens

    TV News | Ed Williamson | 1st October 2013

    Sure, Breaking Bad might be over. But Danny Dyer is becoming landlord of the Queen Vic at Christmas, meaning Eastenders will immediately become as good as Breaking Bad, if not better. Walter White wouldn't have even got near a slot on Danny Dyer's Deadliest Men. Slag.

  • Eastenders and Corrie fight fire with tea lights

    TV News | Matt Looker | 24th September 2011

    It seems the soaps are at war again. As soon as Eastenders bosses release details about Pat meeting a fiery end on Albert Square, reports come from the Coronation Street set that Eileen Derbyshire, who plays Emily Bishop in the show, "may have burned herself a bit".

  • Suggestions for returning TV stars

    TV News | Kirsty Harrison | 14th September 2011

    Eastenders are bringing the Wicks brothers back to kill off Pat. Or something. Nick Berry hasn't been in the show for about 80 years, and will "shake up the square", allegedly. Bit tasteless, considering there's just been an earthquake somewhere. We've thought of some other people who should be brought back to rejuvenate their old shows. NO SEGUE FOR YOU!

  • Pat leaves Eastenders, ratings will stay the same

    TV News | Matt Looker | 11th July 2011

    Pat is leaving Albert Square, presumably after realising that writers have run out of storylines for her. She has literally done everything there is to do in life.

  • Best TV drug addicts

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 8th June 2011

    By which we mean 'worst', obviously, because drugs are BAD. Unless of course you only take enough to have a smashing time, in which case we've very much got five on it. Welcome to Our Drug Hell.

  • Farewell The Vic: We Are Not Amused

    TV Feature | Kirsty | 10th September 2010

    She's seen everything in Albert Square. Watched over it through births, deaths, and shocking revelations, always ready with a pint of mild or a G&T to take the edge off.
    No, not Peggy "Faaaamily" Mitchell - I'm talking about The Queen Vic. Farewell, old friend, until we meet again. The Queen is dead! Long live The Queen!