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Carry On and EastEnders star Dame Barbara Windsor laid to rest

Carry On and EastEnders star Dame Barbara Windsor laid to rest

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Dame Barbara Windsor's funeral has taken place, with a small number of family and friends in attendance due to coronavirus restrictions.Flowers on her coffin spelt out "Babs", "The Dame" and "Saucy", and a topless photo from one of her Carry On movies was included in the order of service. A mock pub sign, with a portrait of Dame Barbara in the style of Queen Victoria and the name "The Queen Peggy" was also carried into the venue. Image: A painted pub sign is carried into the venue for 'The Queen Peggy' Image: Flowers spell out 'Saucy' and 'The Dame' in honour of the star The film and TV actress died on 10 December aged 83 in a London care home, with her husband of 20 years, Sco...
‘Back with a bang’: EastEnders sets return date after lockdown layoff

‘Back with a bang’: EastEnders sets return date after lockdown layoff

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EastEnders bosses have confirmed the long-running soap will return on 7 September after nearly three months away from our screens.Filming resumed in Albert Square at the end of June after being put on hold since mid-March due to the national lockdown that forced all UK soaps to cease production. The number of weekly episodes was halved in a bid to keep the show on air for as long as possible using footage that had already been filmed, but there were none left to air come 16 June.Ahead of the coronavirus pandemic, the soap had run uninterrupted for 35 years. Image: The Old Vic will re-open its doors next month, but viewers can expect shorter episodes Dubbed "series two" by BBC bosses who confirmed the return, the new episodes will be f...
Filming of EastEnders suspended until further notice

Filming of EastEnders suspended until further notice

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The BBC has suspended filming on EastEnders, Casualty and Holby City until further notice because of the coronavirus outbreak.The number of new EastEnders episodes being shown each week is also being reduced to two.Filming on all BBC Studios' continuing dramas has been halted following the latest government advice on tackling COVID-19, the corporation said.More follows... Advertisement ...
Dot Cotton: Actress June Brown says she has left EastEnders ‘for good’

Dot Cotton: Actress June Brown says she has left EastEnders ‘for good’

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Veteran EastEnders actress June Brown has said she has left her role as much-loved character Dot Cotton after 35 years."I've left for good," said the 93-year-old in an interview with podcast Distinct Nostalgia.She is one of the BBC soap's longest-running characters and has become a firm favourite with viewers.Her character Dot has not been in an episode since January. An EastEnders spokesman said the "door remains open".Brown joined the show in 1985, the year it was created. In the last episode she featured in, aired last month, Dot Cotton - or Dot Branning - left a voicemail message for character Sonia Fowler saying she had moved to Ireland. Asked by interviewer and for...
Grange Hill’s Zammo to join EastEnders

Grange Hill’s Zammo to join EastEnders

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The actor who played Sammy "Zammo" McGuire in Grange Hill in the 1980s is to return to our screens as a new character in EastEnders.Child star Lee MacDonald, who's now 50, rose to fame more than 30 years ago as the loveable Zammo, a character who later ran into drug problems.MacDonald will appear on the BBC One soap in two episodes this spring.He'll play a bus driver, who takes on Mick Carter - played by Danny Dyer - in a radio competition to win gig tickets.MacDonald, who after subsequent small roles in The Bill and Birds of a Feather, quit acting to run a south London locksmith and key-cutting firm, said: "I am absolutely chuffed to bits and so excited to be briefly joining the cast of EastEnders."I can't say too much yet but watch this space. Top banan...