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

Eastenders to screen first live episode

TV soap EastEnders is to broadcast a live episode for the first time to mark the programme's 25th anniversary next year, it was announced today.

Dirty Den star in fire drama

Former EastEnders star Leslie Grantham was involved in a real life drama when he escaped a fire in an apartment.

High-definition television forces BBC to fix its sets

Designers told to renovate amid fears that fake buildings and wear and tear will be exposed

Millions of UK viewers tune in for Michael Jackson send off

Michael Jackson's star-studded memorial was a bigger draw than EastEnders, according to overnight viewing figures.

The 10 best soap exits

Soap opera stars come and go, and so do the plotlines used to bump them off.

Kinsella killers 'marked men' after life sentences

The killers of 16-year-old Ben Kinsella were jailed for life yesterday. Juress Kika, 19, Jade Braithwaite, 18, and Michael Alleyne, 20, from London, were told they would serve minimum terms of 19 years each after being convicted of murder.

Guilty, the men who killed teenager for 'respect'

16-year-old was celebrating end of his GCSE exams on night of brutal stabbing

TV star won over youngsters in hunt for brother's killers

Actress Brooke Kinsella played her most difficult role when she helped police build the case up against her brother's killers.

How We Met: Danniella Westbrook & Tony Mortimer

'Tony's partner and I went on tour with the boys – not to concerts, but we shopped the world'

'EastEnders' Barry is the new Ronnie

Fresh serving of 'Porridge': Clement and La Frenais bring Norman Stanley Fletcher back for stage show

Matt Gatward: Drogba's antics belong in the playground

We were promised an extravaganza, a galaxy of stars lighting up the Nou Camp with thrills, spills and dribbles. What we saw instead was petulance, play-acting and paddies during Barcelona's 0-0 draw with Chelsea that would have been awkward to witness at a four-year-old's birthday bash. More Play School than skill school; a sulk-off between Didier Drogba and Daniel Alves.

After Dido, English National Opera/ Young Vic, London

Whichever way you look at it, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas is a flawed operatic gem.

Richard's final TV moments reveal cancer fight

Eastenders star Wendy Richard, who lost her fight with cancer last month, is to make her final TV appearance in a moving documentary charting her battle with the disease.

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