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The soap EastEnders must recalibrate its outdated depiction of Cockney life to take account of the young hipsters and tech entrepreneurs who have made East London a fashionable place to live, the BBC has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

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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

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

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.

Albert Square's Jean Slater: Actress Gillian Wright has revealed she is quitting the show

See you Slater: EastEnders actress Gillian Wright quits soap, but says Jean might return one day

EastEnders star Gillian Wright is quitting the soap after eight years as Jean Slater but has refused to rule out a comeback some day.

Kat and Alfie on their wedding day at The Queen Vic in 2003

Love is in the Albert Square: Kat and Alfie set to reunite as another enduring EastEnders couple

Love is in the Albert Square as EastEnders' favourites Kat and Alfie Moon are set to get back together.

Ofcom has launched an investigation into I’m A Celebrity... into a stunt involving Charlie Brooks, left, and her daughter, Kiki, right

ITV rapped by Ofcom over I'm A Celebrity... trial involving Charlie Brooks' daughter

TV watchdog Ofcom has rapped ITV a trial on I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! which involved a seven-year-old child.

Kim Wilde performs during British Airwaysí Highest Concert in the air - at 43,000 feet, setting two new Guinness World Records, for highest concert and highest 'Harlem Shake', - which featured performances from 80s artists Tony Hadley and Kim Wilde on the red-nosed Boeing 767 aircraft in aid of Comic Relief and to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Red Nose Day.

Tony Hadley and Kim Wilde perform gig at 43,000 feet for Comic Relief

Eighties stars Tony Hadley and Kim Wilde sang their way into the record books today after performing the highest ever concert together on a jumbo jet.

A Blagger's Guide To: War and Peace

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'Call The Midwife' and 'Downton Abbey' will not go head-to-head this Christmas

Downton beats Call The Midwife in Christmas Day ratings battle as new figures released

New figures show rival period dramas Call The Midwife and Downton Abbey outshone Coronation Street in the Christmas Day battle of the period dramas.

Give me liberty, or give me Eric and Ernie

Just because we don't all watch the same Christmas TV programmes any more doesn't mean that the nation is coming apart at the seams
EastEnders pulled in 9.4m viewers on Christmas Day

EastEnders wins Christmas Day television ratings battle as BBC dominates festive viewing

Viewing figures slump in the great Christmas TV turn-off - audience numbers are lowest for a decade

EastEnders' Alfie lashes out after wife Kat affair revelation

EastEnders' Alfie Moon loses his cool and lashes out at Derek Branning after he discovers the truth about long-held suspicions his wife Kat was having an affair.

Wedding bells battle at Christmas: Coronation Street and EastEnders go up the aisle yet again

Another soap opera Christmas wedding? You'd think there were 364 other days of the year to get hitched. Daisy Wyatt looks back on the best Michaelmas marriages from the nation's two favourite soaps 

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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