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Carry On Daniella

Former EastEnders actress, Danniella Westbrook will take over from best pal Barbara Windsor - by starring in a Carry On movie. Danniella used to play Sam Mitchell in EastEnders. She's set to play the saucy giggling blonde, and David Jason will take over the role of Sid James!

 Madhur Spices it up
TV cook Madhur Jaffrey is to join EastEnders next month. 'Enders bosses are remaining tight-lipped about her precise role, saying only that she'll be "a mystery link to the Ferreira family". The Ferreiras arrive in early June, and Madhur will make some guest appearances at a later date.

EastEnders 'less shocking' than real life

Storylines in EastEnders are less shocking than real life, according to a new study.

The New Scientist's research accuses the soap of underplaying basic human nastiness over the course of the last 18 years.

For example it found that incidences of infidelity are much higher in real life than in Walford.

Nevertheless the researchers conclude that the soap's continuing popularity rests with the fact its plot lines play out primal human behaviours such as infidelity, deceit and murder.




Den is back!

Dirty Den is set to make a dramatic return to EastEnders after 14 years, the BBC have confirmed.

Actor Leslie Grantham, who played Dennis Watts in the BBC1 show from 1985 to 1989, is coming back to Albert Square after 12 months of negotiations, a BBC spokeswoman said.

Den's exit from the show was left open, although many viewers assumed he was dead after a confrontation with a gunman beside a canal.

But soap fans never saw his body fall into the water after the "fatal" shots were fired from behind an innocent looking bunch daffodils.

His return will require a degree of dramatic licence on the part of programme makers after a body was fished out of the canal a year after his disappearance and buried as Den.

Grantham, 57, has reportedly signed a six-month deal and said rumours suggested that the storyline would reveal he faked his death to escape gangland villains.

Grantham is set to return to work next month, but will not appear on screen until September.

Along with alcoholic wife Angie, Den was one of the most memorable landlords at the Queen Vic.

One of soap's badboys, he had a long-term mistress and also made 16-year-old Michelle Fowler pregnant.

In one of the best-remembered scenes in the soap, he served Angie with divorce papers on Christmas day, after she pretended to have a fatal illness.

Pauline Was Den's Asassin!
Dirty Den is set to return to EastEnders during a Cockney knees-up - with Russian mafia bodyguards in tow.
Den was apparently laid to rest in May 1990 after a body was discovered in a canal. It was assumed he had been the victim of a gangland hit.
But actor Leslie Grantham, who played Den for four years, is coming back to Albert Square after lengthy negotiations.
The Sunday Mirror says his come back will have a twist worthy of Agatha Christie.
The paper claims the gunman hired to kill Den wasn't linked to his underworld enemies but Pauline Fowler (Wendy Richard).
Pauline was furious at his treatment of her daughter Michelle (Susan Tully), who Den seduced and made pregnant.
Den will be tracked down to the former USSR by lovechild Vicki Fowler (Scarlett Johnson) who persuades him to come home.
The paper says Den will stun regulars by walking into the Queen Vic and saying: "Hello everybody. I'm back and I want my pub."
He will launch a bitter battle for control of the boozer with Alfie Moon (Shane Ritchie).
Grantham is set to return to work this month, but won't appear on screen until September.