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There were fast and furious scenes in the fictional London Borough of Walford yesterday as EastEnders stars put the pedal to the metal while shooting the soap's most explosive stunt ever.


Long for some good clean (well, almost) fun? Then hurry down to Carry On Up the Barbican, a three-week celebration of one of the most popular and long-running series in British cinema history which ensured the immortality of Kenneth Williams, Barbara Windsor and Sid James. All 30 Carry On films will be screened - from the first, Carry On Sergeant, to the series' recent revival with Carry On Columbus.


As the Barbican launches the first ever retrospective of all 30 Carry On films, Nicholas Barber asks Peteri; iRogers, the man behind the series, what he makes of all the fuss, and compiles a Carry On compendium

What a carry on - boobs and buffoonery enter the arthouse Ooh, they are naughty but they just carry on and on and on them Saucy celluloid feast as cinema reruns Carry On classics

OOOOH Matron, drop everything! They've got their hands on them and they're going to show us the whole lot. Thirty-seven years after the first tantalising glimpse of the Carry On team's considerable assets, a London cinema, better known for pandering to the more cerebral end of the market, will screen all 30 of the cult comedies next month, bringing the likes of Marshall P Nutt, Detective Sergeant Bung and the Khasi of Kalibar into a region hitherto inhabited by Kieslowski, Roeg and Jarmusch.

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As, beneath the shadow of Barbara Windsor's embonpoint,the relationship between the Mitchell brothers swings ludicrously from the Oedipal to the murderous and back via the psychopathic to the incestuous, it is somehow reassuring to discover that t he blueprint for EastEnders villainy is still abroad, spreading his slime across the Thursday evening schedules. Dirty Den is back.


Whether Tim Supple likes it or not, celebrities are the name of the game. Bath's Jack and the Beanstalk boasts lovely Lionel Blair (above, with Barbara Windsor) in the title role (Jack, not the beanstalk). They've even bagged Britt Ekland as the F airy, a role taken in Birmingham by daytime TV's jaunty Judi Spiers. Her coachload of celebs includes Su Hi di Hi Pollard, the post-Crackerjack (with or without pencils) Don McLean and Scorpio from Gladiators.

The party's over, Jeffrey, but loved the books : The Agreeable World of Wallace Arnold

IT GRIEVES me greatly to think that my old friend and quacking partner Lord (!) Archer is not throwing his immortal Christmas party this year. For many of us, Jeffrey's is as much a part of the festive season as the holly and the ivy. Indeed, it w ould not surprise me to discover that on that very first Christmas day, while the Wise Men were placing their (to my mind somewhat unsuitable!) presents in the crib, who should have put his head around the stable door but our old friend Jeffrey, bearing a crate of Vintage Krug and a hundredweight of Shepherd's Pie, just to help "break the ice" on an otherwise very sticky occasion.

TELEVISION REVIEW / A man who couldn't carry on regardless

TWO 'OOH MATRONS' and one 'infamy, infamy, they've all got it infamy': thus was Kenneth Williams, national treasure, remembered by Sunday's The South Bank Show (ITV). As is the way with South Bank Shows, Melissa Raimes's obituary of the nostril Colossus, was thorough, wry and diverting. Unusually, though, however hard the bunch of talking heads who were Williams's colleagues tried (Barbara Windsor did her bosomy best), it wasn't affectionate.

Ere, there's a right ol' Carry On goin' on dahn the Vic

THEY'VE been calling it Britain's dreariest soap for some time now. It's partly the dialogue and partly the lack of it. In one episode, 113 questions were asked in 28 minutes. That's not counting the rhetorical ones. EastEnders, says BBC 1 boss Alan Yentob, needs a facelift.

Captain Moonlight: Cruise With The Stars

WELL, NOW. You remember November. Cold, miserable, no fun. Ideal time for a holiday, to get away from it all. And has the Captain got one for you. It's a cruise, leaving Southampton for 14 nights round the Med and the Canaries. Run by Cruise World, its title is Cruise With The Stars. Among those on board: Norman Wisdom, Barbara Windsor, Johnny Morris and Gareth Hunt. Fourteen nights. Just imagine it.

Underrated / Gloomy, perhaps, but lifelike

EastEnders is great television, mixing passion and grit in hugely popular style.

Struggling 'Eastenders' to carry on with Windsor

FOR SOME weeks, it had been rumoured that the BBC1 soap opera EastEnders, which has suffered serious ratings losses, was preparing to reveal a secret weapon. Yesterday, it was announced that the series, in its struggle for recovery, has gone for bust. The famously buxom and punning former Carry On actress, Barbara Windsor, will join the cast in the autumn.

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Question Time: Barbara Windsor

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