The Return Of EastEnders’ Nick Cotton

Hello and welcome to today’s edition of A Slice Of Soap.

Hey soapsters – can you believe that Nick Cotton, played by actor John Altman, is set to return to EastEnders this Christmas? The return of one of Albert Square’s best loved villains…nasty Nick Cotton. I’m stunned. This can only mean good things for the show’s ratings cos we all know that when nasty Nick’s around it can only mean one thing…TROUBLE! Yeah, that’s the way it’s always been with Nick, Dot Branning’s wayward son, and some thing’s just never change.

So, what do we know about John Altman’s character? Well, Nick Cotton appeared in the very first episode of EastEnders way back in 1985 and caused a scandal by murdering both Reg Cox and then Eddie Royal. Did nasty Nick stop there? No, of course not. Who can forget the time when he tried to poison his poor old ‘ma’, Dot? Beyond redemption – that’s Nick, despite devout Christian Dot’s best efforts. What has she ever done to hurt anyone? Alright, some fans will point to the Dot special – the one-woman-episode of ‘Enders that aired early on this year and lost the show nearly one million viewers (where was Nick when he was needed most eh?) but apart from that, Dot’s always been a good, law abiding, over-righteous, chain-smoking, pillar of Albert Square.

Anyway, back to our little trip down memory lane; the last time Nick was living in Albert Square, Dot disowned him when she realised the death of Nick’s son Ashley, her grandson, was his fault. If you can recall, Nick had been desperate to get his own back on Mark Fowler and was so determined to hurt him that he cut the brakes on his motorbike – but unfortunately it was Ashley who took the fatal bike ride.

So, what’s EastEnders’ villain of villains been up to since 2001? Well, unlike your typical sophisticated East End criminal, he hasn’t exactly been living the good life in a villa in Spain somewhere (no…Nick ain’t that clever). For the past few years, Nick’s been living at Her Majesty’s Pleasure for drug-related offences (see, a leopard can’t change its spots can it? Or can it?).

Anyway, actor John Altman speaking about his return to EastEnders said: "After an absence of seven years I am thrilled to return to Albert Square, the BBC have always given me great storylines as Nick Cotton and I look forward to seeing if Nick will once again spread fear and loathing throughout the Square!" Diederick Santer, EastEnders executive producer, said: "Nick Cotton is an EastEnders legend. His complex relationship with Dot, his criminal tendencies, and his addiction to heroin, violence, and everything else that’s bad have made him one of the show’s best-remembered and best-loved villains."

All I can say is that the return of Nick Cotton couldn’t come at a better time for EastEnders. With the imminent departure of bad boy Sean ‘Shout’ Slater and the possible shooting of either Max or Jack Branning, Albert Square will be in desperate need of a real pantomime-like villain, and they don’t come much better than nasty Nick Cotton.

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13 Responses to The Return Of EastEnders’ Nick Cotton

  1. dawn says:

    how can nick come back as a few years ago he died in prison and jim and dot went on the train to the prison

  2. andy says:

    i was just thinking the same thing this isnt yet another rose from the dead is it like dirty den?

  3. C.J. says:

    They\’re really scraping the barrel now, aren\’t they? Haven\’t seriously watched Eastenders for about two years, and it doesn\’t look like I\’m about to start again…

  4. Laura says:

    nick got cancer in prison. jim and dot went to visit him cos they thought he might die but actually he made a full recovery. its on wikipedia.

  5. shirley says:

    if they are going to keep bringing back the dead , i say bring back young den & jamie , they were lovely , they keep bringing back the wrong ones ,i have never missed an episode so i think i know what i am talking about , never liked nick at all.

  6. Soap Blogger says:

     Megan, a small edit required to your comment as we have to keep it clean. 🙂
    Megan08 October 09:14
    (\’m so glad that John Altman name Nick Cotton coming back to Eastenders this christmas cos he was sooooooo funny and sweet, i love it when he talk funny and i was p***ing myself laughing when he does that. yeah!!! i\’m glad he coming back can\’t wait to watch him on Eastenders but i don\’t like jamie and mark fowler. 

  7. Tori says:

    Oh yeah!!! Nasty Nick!!
    We need a proper badguy not the "wannabies" w have had the last few years wee need to see Dot doing what Dot does best being a martyr to her wicked wayward son.
    Well done as for the Branning brothers.. Well who ever goes the other one has a long chase to catch up to Nasty Nick. For eye candy i know who i like to look at but for being a bad un.. well thats his brother.
    Script writers use Nick and keep him in for a long stint. Let him be bad reform fall off the wagon get back on let Nick be Nick be the best telly on all year.

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  10. Sue says:

    If he comes back I will never watch again!! I couldn\’t stand the first, second and every other time he\’s been \’dug up\’, the square is dark enough without him!!!!

  11. Nick says:

    I have just recovered from depression, (Seriously – no male cow effluent) and I have had to stop watching Eastenders because of the lack of humour, the poor story lines, and it causes me to start and feel my depression coming on. Unfortunately some of the Corrie stories are going that way too.

  12. amanda says:

    so i take it this nick is dots son? i remember the story line wen they went to visit him in hospital but i neva ed it when he was on the square was it rle tht bad?…….. and was anybody shocked when you found out tht danielle is ronnies daughter???

  13. Georgia says:

    Wikipedia is wrong – I am certain the was an episode where Dot got a call that Nick had died. And so many other people have said it that I\’m starting to wonder whether there is a cover up going on! :S

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