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The new star heaped praise upon the touching EastEnders storyline his character Mick Carter has been part of

EastEnders needs to review its take on Cockney life

BBC admits EastEnders must make more reference to 'Shoreditch hipsters' to reflect changes in East London

The soap EastEnders must recalibrate its outdated depiction of Cockney life to take account of the young hipsters and tech entrepreneurs who have made East London a fashionable place to live, the BBC has admitted.

Paula Lane, Hayley Tamaddon, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Jennie McAlpine and Debbie Rush of Coronation Street

National Television Awards 2014: Coronation Street, Doctor Who and Ant and Dec win big

Julie Hesmondhalgh took Serial Drama Performance for her Corrie role

Grace Dent on TV: EastEnders, BBC 1

A window on the real world with Danny and his diamond geezers

Brian May reveals he is undergoing 'urgent' tests for cancer

The Queen guitarist, 66, told fans that he made the discovery after visiting his doctor over the festive period in excruciating pain

A festive scene from ratings winner Mrs Brown's Boys

Mrs Brown's Boys wins festive ratings battle as EastEnders loses top spot

Mrs Brown's Boys wins festive ratings battle as EastEnders loses top spot

I'm a Celebrity 2013: TOWIE reality TV star Joey Essex

I'm a Celebrity 2013: Joey Essex and Matthew Wright to face first bush tucker trial

The two celebrities will be challenged to eat pig's brain

Children in Need raises record breaking £31m

Doctor Who, JLS and Ellie Goudling were among stars who participated in 2013 Children in Need show

TV Review: EastEnders, BBC1

David Wicks (Michael French) was in particularly good form on EastEnders last night, delivering a masterclass in menace.

A friend of Andy Coulson’s who met Rebekah Brooks on holiday in 2002 said she rarely switched off her phone

Phone hacking trial: Rebekah Brooks ‘phoned NOTW about missing schoolgirl’

Court hears how Ms Brooks rarely switched off her mobile during a holiday to Dubai at the height of the hunt for Milly Dowler

Agents of SHIELD viral marketing poster

Marvel's Agents of SHIELD posters warn of 'extraordinary activity' in viral marketing stunt

But can it beat EastEnders and Coronation Street in the ratings?

The 1,000 Words Challenge aims to to tackle the UK's poor reputation for learning foreign languages

The 1,000 Words challenge: Britons 'should learn 1,000 words of a new language' to compete in jobs market

Everyone in Britain should learn 1,000 words of another language, a new campaign is urging, amid concerns that people lose out on jobs abroad because of poor language skills.

Luisa Bradshaw-White has been cast in EastEnders

From Holby City to Walford: Luisa Bradshaw-White heads for EastEnders

Former Holby City star Luisa Bradshaw-White is to join the cast of EastEnders - playing the cheeky sister of hard-nosed Shirley Carter.

Is your living room starting to sound like The Queen Vic?

Scottish ‘EastEnders’ fans are turning ’ochney: study shows how telly viewing accelerates language change

Scots may be adopting Cockney slang after research found that watching television could be a factor in accent change.

Tom Ellis and Tamzin Outhwaite pictured in December 2010

EastEnders actors Tamzin Outhwaite and Tom Ellis separate after 7 years of marriage

Former EastEnders star Tamzin Outhwaite and her husband Tom Ellis have separated, a spokesman for the couple said.

Laila Morse, known to millions for her role as EastEnders' Big Mo, who has been declared bankrupt.

EastEnders' Big Mo, otherwise known as Laila Morse, declared bankrupt

Laila Morse, known to millions for her role as EastEnders' Big Mo, has been declared bankrupt.

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