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The soap EastEnders must recalibrate its outdated depiction of Cockney life to take account of the young hipsters and tech entrepreneurs who have made East London a fashionable place to live, the BBC has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

Godmother of `EastEnders' dies

Julia Smith, (left) the co-creator of EastEnders, has died. The BBC said that the woman known to the cast as "the godmother" died yesterday at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, after a short illness. she was in her mid-60s.

Ena would never have approved

The man the tabloids have dubbed the mad axe murderer of Coronation Street pledged yesterday that he was going to stop killing off the TV soap's characters, only to see another long-serving actor resign because of changes to the show.

Something for all the family

Ten years ago this week, Mary Whitehouse declared that 'EastEnders' was putting the future of the family in peril. How wrong she was. A decade on, we know that the soap is what keeps a home together

Soft-soap 'em

Yorkshire Tyne Tees is taking on 'EastEnders' with a big dollop of Northern feel-good factor.

Is Grant Mitchell gay?

What is Grant really doing - where does that hard body come from?

Labour finds window of opportunity

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After 10 years as TV's most famous single mother, Susan Tully now craves an escape from soap megastardom - and a bit of adventure

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The rise and fall of family fortunes

You could watch the first five minutes of True Stories: The Trouble With Evan (9.30pm C4) and dismiss it as a Canadian version of QED, except with even lower production values. Evan is a compulsively difficult 11- year-old who is apparently as close as you can get to a visual contraceptive. His earnest, worried folks go to a "parenting group". A quick fix, surely, is but a few minutes away.

Here's one they didn't make earlier

Last week, at my friend Chris's house, I saw it. There, pinned to a cork board, was a Blue Peter badge. I gasped, I stretched my eyes, I had to sit down. All those years spent watching Val, John and Pete, dreaming of this, the pinnacle of derring-do...

It's been bleedin' marvellous

It began with a door being kicked in and has been a tale of misanthropy and woes ever since. Mark Lawson celebrates 10 years of `EastEnders'

Dirty Den `back' for anniversary

Classic episodes of EastEnders, featuring the Queen Vic favourites Dirty Den and Angie, are being shown as part of the series' 10th anniversary celebrations, the BBC will announce today.

LETTER: Her Majesty still rules the airwaves

From Mr Nigel Wilkinson Sir: Your front-page article today "Slump in audience for the Queen" informs us that the Queen's Christmas message was watched by "only 14.6 million people", while EastEnders topped the ratings with 13.5 million viewers.

Underrated / Gloomy, perhaps, but lifelike

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

Look who's talking: The brick that could have been a bomb: Michael Cashman reflects on what he has learnt from EastEnders, politics and campaigning for gay rights

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