Freddie Jones Leaving Emmerdale

Hello and welcome to A Slice Of Soap!

I’m opening today with another piece of news concerning an imminent cast change. You’ve probably heard by now that Freddie Jones, who plays cheeky loveable rogue, Sandy Thomas, is leaving Emmerdale after two years in the soap.

Sandy arrived in the village in 2005; he turned up uninvited for son Ashley’s wedding. His final episode will be in March, but show bosses are hoping he’ll have a change of heart.

Anita Turner, Emmerdale’s new series producer, said: "Freddie has been an asset to the show and will be greatly missed but we hope this won’t be the last we see of Sandy."

Freddie added: "I regard it as a privilege to have worked with such amazing people who are 100 per cent professional and work together incredibly well after so many years. Any problems are buried in laughter. I’m looking forward to spending more time at home but Sandy may well be back in the future."

Well let’s hope that the 80-year-old actor will make a return to the Dales in the future…although something tells me there’s more chance of hell freezing over than that happening. I think it’s great to see older characters in soaps if they’re well written – like Corrie’s Blanche Hunt for example. Look at EastEnders for example. With the exception of Stacey Slater, the best characters are the older ones: Peggy Mitchell, Pat Evans, Jim and Dot Branning…talking of Dot….

Did anyone watch EastEnders last night? I was looking forward to the Dot Branning special (although to me, she’ll always be Dot Cotton) and it didn’t disappoint overall – some parts dragged a little but other parts were brilliant. June Brown proved yet again that she’s an amazing actress if she’s got a decent script. I bet when the doctors play that cassette to Jim, it will have the desired effect; he’ll sit up and groan: "Fer gawd’s sake woman, give it a rest!" Credit to EastEnders for trying something different. What did you guys think of it? Let me know here. 

Gus Watch

So we’re counting down to Gus’ departure from EastEnders. Here’s a cryptic conundrum for you. What connects the vehicle below to Mohammed George, the actor who plays Gus? 

Answer: It’s for his career. It will need rescuing after he leaves EastEnders

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4 Responses to Freddie Jones Leaving Emmerdale

  1. BERYL says:

    I haven\’t watched Eastenders since Barbara Windsor came back into it, her voice and acting grate on my nerves, she might have been good for the Carry On films but she isn\’t my idea of a soap actress. Dot Cotton (me too re the change of surname) will always be important to Eastenders, as Edna will to Emmadale and Blanche in Corrie, it is difficult at the moment to see any of the young one\’s filling their shoes.

  2. archie says:

    I agree we are losing some great characters from the soaps,but I think some of the story lines are a bit jaded & certainly are dragged out too much, how about more happy scenes instead of all misery….

  3. blue eyes says:

    EASTENDERS – Clair is not for eastenders their is already Roxie, Stacey, Chelsea Eastenders does not need any more male stealing underhand females, and I think Charcterof Clair is awful……………SCRAPPING BARREL EASTENDERS – you have many great females Peggy,Chelsea,Tanya,Stacey  —– no need for more CLAIR get rid send her back to past show where nudity is a must because ability to convince public is not thier on other show nudity is a must and not acting skills….
     
    Emmerdale – Love the way things going – shame we have lost Linda Lusard, Lovely to see her Hubby in show only briefly.why are they not on more tv great actors ???? both !!! – EMMERDALE is getting great since Linda joined will prcive now gone see how it pans out – great acting though must say LOVE BELLE DINGLE, ELIE needs kicking where iut hurts involving Sam, Pollard showed CARE !!!! great to se this for Sam…..
     
    NEIGHBOURS I LOVE LOVE LOVE chilling time for me dinner done, tim to relax fage ( is that banned word) cup of tea and not think to much—going to love tonight cannot wait love Ramsey st and the actors all – hate what is happening to porr lovely caring Suzanne………………like the postive attitude of the young lady she ran over attempting, believing she can assist her healing POSITIVE FOR ANYONE DISABLED NOT TO GIVE IN ( disabled myself older though)

  4. blue eyes says:

    EASTENDERS – Clair is not for eastenders their is already Roxie, Stacey, Chelsea Eastenders does not need any more male stealing underhand females, and I think Charcterof Clair is awful……………SCRAPPING BARREL EASTENDERS – you have many great females Peggy,Chelsea,Tanya,Stacey  —– no need for more CLAIR get rid send her back to past show where nudity is a must because ability to convince public is not thier on other show nudity is a must and not acting skills….
     
    Emmerdale – Love the way things going – shame we have lost Linda Lusard, Lovely to see her Hubby in show only briefly.why are they not on more tv great actors ???? both !!! – EMMERDALE is getting great since Linda joined will prcive now gone see how it pans out – great acting though must say LOVE BELLE DINGLE, ELIE needs kicking where iut hurts involving Sam, Pollard showed CARE !!!! great to se this for Sam…..
     
    NEIGHBOURS I LOVE LOVE LOVE chilling time for me dinner done, tim to relax fage ( is that banned word) cup of tea and not think to much—going to love tonight cannot wait love Ramsey st and the actors all – hate what is happening to porr lovely caring Suzanne………………like the postive attitude of the young lady she ran over attempting, believing she can assist her healing POSITIVE FOR ANYONE DISABLED NOT TO GIVE IN ( disabled myself older though)

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