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YOU GODDA problem? Try standing in front of the mirror and saying this. Fold your arms, clamp your jaw, raise one eyebrow and say it very, very quietly. There. Isn't that weird? Isn't it scary? Isn't it ever so slightly comical? And isn't it, above all, disconcertingly sexy? There. You've just experienced the Grant Mitchell effect.

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MAIN CLAIM: Blow jobs. Er, sorry, easing of pancreatic pain, involving head disappearing into boyfriend's lap in parked car, that is. Other than starring in a famous and quite squirmingly embarrassing court case concerning alleged oral relief of male partner, Gillian Taylforth is loved and admired as Kaff of the Caff - EastEnders' supreme old trouper who can out-act Babs Windsor with a simple purse of the lips. News of the week is that Kaffy is now gettin' eeowt ov the square, with her last episode to be screened over the Easter weekend.

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