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It’s been a great week for the residents of Albert Square. At the National TV Awards, EastEnders won Best Serial Drama for a third year running. I knew they’d win. EastEnders always wins when an award is decided by the audience; if it’s the critics who have the final say, Coronation Street tends to win. Did EastEnders deserve it? Not in my opinion. I don’t think it’s been consistently the best soap this year. I would’ve voted for Coronation Street. Too bad Corrie…maybe next year you can bribe all the National Television Awards voters – I’d like an Aston Martin DB5 please.
Lacey Turner who plays Stacey Slater won Best Actress — one night ahead of her on-screen wedding. Did you see all the drama on Thursday? It was brilliant. Lacy Turner definitely deserved her award.
Coronation Street’s Kym Ryder was named Best Newcomer for her role as Michelle Connor. I bet she was really pleased about that. She’s been trying to put the ghost of Hear’say behind her for ages. Two things are true though: Pure And Simple was a good pop record. 2. Danny boy really does look like Shrek. Check out Kym Ryder as she was back then…
Not only did EastEnders clean up at the National TV Awards, it’s now been confirmed that that Sid Owen will be returning to the show as ‘Rickaaaaaaaaaaaaay’ in Spring 2008. Read the following story: Actor Sid Owen is to return to BBC One soap EastEnders to reprise his role as Ricky Butcher, the BBC has said. The announcement comes a day after it was confirmed his former co-star, Patsy Palmer, would also return to the show in her role as Bianca Jackson. The pair endured a stormy relationship which eventually ended, and viewers will see Ricky return to Albert Square with his new fiancee. "I’m over the moon they’ve asked me to come back," Owen said. Read more about this story.
Hey that’s good news, the return of Rickaaaaaaaaay! Can I say that again? Rickaaaaaaaaaay! Yes, I’m really pleased that Sid Owen’s decided to come back to The Square cos Biancaaaaaaargh without Rickaaaaaaay! is like Ant without Dec or Lennon without McCartney. Remember when Sid Owen returned on his own previously? Something was definitely missing. Let’s just hope that the return of Sid & Patsy signals a return to the glory days of the much-loved soap. And then some of those audience awards will really be deserved.
Yes, EastEnders did very well at the National TV Awards this week. But here’s a couple of categories that Sir Trevor MacDonald forgot to mention:
The least number of appearances made on EastEnders this year:
Nominees are: Arthur Fowler (EastEnders), Cindy Beale (EastEnders), Gus Smith (……?).
And the winner is….Gus Smith!
The least number of lines spoken by a soap extra:
Nominees are: Max Branning’s daughter’s Hamster (EastEnders), Bethany’s Doll (Coronation Street), Gus Smith (……?).
And the winner is…Gus Smith!
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