Daytime Confidential British Invasion

Hello everyone, it has been quite awhile since the Brit’s invaded Daytime Confidential, but they are back and this time they mean business. We have shocking exits, long awaited returns, a few children being brought into the world and a whole lot more, so get ready because the invasion begins now.

Actress Kara Tointon (Dawn) and her co-star Ricky Groves (Gary) have both been let go from the BBC soap. Both of the actors’ contracts were up this summer, but the producers decided against renewing. Work has begun on the characters’ exit plot which will see Dawn and Gary’s relationship put to the test. The two actors will continue to film until the summer and will be leaving our screens late this year.

Here is a piece of news that will make Patsy Palmer (Bianca Jackson) happy. There are reports that EastEnders heads are trying to lure back Dean Gaffney (Robbie), Natalie Cassidy (Sonia), Lindsey Coulson (Carol), Howard Antony (Alan) and Devon Anderson (Billy), reuniting the family for the first time in twelve years. When contacted, a BBC spokesperson confirmed that the producers were ‘thrilled’ with Patsy’s return, but denied plans to bring back the entire Jackson family.

Is Christian a gay ‘stereotype’? Not in John Partridge’s eyes. He says his character is not a gay stereotype. Christian wears brighter colors than he normally would wear, but that does not make him a stereotypical gay man.

Bend it Like Beckam star Preeya Kalidas just began filming her stint on EastEnders. She said in a report that coming onto the square was as overwhelming as it is to be a part of EastEnders. Preeya will be playing the girlfriend of Syed Masood and will be arriving in the square later this year.

The Official EastEnders website sat down with Charlie Brookes (Janine Butcher) for an interview which can be read here.

Congratulations to Stephen Lord (Ex-Jase Dyer) and his wife Elaine Cassidy on the couple’s first pregnancy. We wish them the best in life and hope both of the actors’ careers will continue to grow as their family expands.

Who is up to heading down to their local pub and getting a pint of Coronation Street branded ale? I personally don’t drink, but why not have a bit of Corrie to drink? It’s not like you are going to go down to the local joint and request an All My Children on the rocks or a shot of The Guiding Light. More on this story can be read here.

The rest of the Corrie news is not so bright. We have contract negotiations and worries, but hey that’s what makes the soap world go around right?

Antony Cotton (Sean Tully) has extended his contract which will keep him on the show at least until July 2010, but with one staying one must go, correct? That unlucky soul is Philip McGinley (Tom Kerrigan). He has finished filming and will leave the street in the coming months.

Along with extending his contract, actor Antony Cotton and actress Katherine Kelly (Becky Granger) are both in the USA for pilot season. The actors have ‘vowed’ to get a primetime show and hope to work their schedules so they can film primetime shows in the US and return to the UK to shoot Corrie.

Actress Rachel Leskovac (Natasha Blakeman) is worried about her future. She said in a interview with The People she is secure until August and will be told in May whether or not she will be sticking around. She is not the only one worried about their future with the show. Actor Bill Tarmey (Jack Duckworth) says that after nearly thirty years his time on the street may be up. The actor has said that he would like to take a break and just enjoy life. After forty years in acting he feels like he deserves it.

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11 Responses

  1. Profile photo of daisyclover1938

    Wow so much news!! Where to start??

    1) EEEEEEEE!!!! My Jase!! Love the pic John! Congrats to SL and his wife (a good actress btw – I liked her in Felicia’s Journey). But you *know* it just broke my Stephen Lord Lovin’ heart :(

    2) John, we are the KISS OF DEATH! Dawn and Garry?? WHY??! And can I just go on a little rant here? If they were getting rid of Dawn anyway, why couldn’t they have written it so Jase, Jay, Dawn and Summer go off together??? Instead they kill Jase, get rid of Jay, have Dawn do practically nothing for months and then send her off (apparently w/ Garry)? LAME!!! I want my Dyer Family Happy Ending D*mn It!! |(

    3) I don’t watch Coronation Street (keep meaning to check it out, lol) but I did rent those Corrie DVDs and saw a lot of Duckworth stuff and it looked good. I’m sure BT will be missed if he does decide to retire.

    4) Gemma is going back to the wrong show (and the wrong Clare, lol!) Bring her back to EE!!!

    Thanks for the news John!! Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to stare dreamily at the Jase pic for a little while :love:

  2. Profile photo of Johnathon

    1) — Cool, and i know lol, sorry.

    2) — WE ARE SO The kiss of death, it is not funny anymore, I mean i was kinda okay with the fact that Oliver left Neighbours right once i started watching, and then Jase leaving EastEnders kinda fit to, i mean it was just bad timing and all was what i said, but then Dawn is leaving, A whole family i like is leaving Neighbours and Home and Away has exits out the wazoo of people i like so seriously WE ARE THE KISS OF DEATH! lol.

    Now onto the exit storyline –

    My guess is the actress was debating if she wanted to come back or not (when Jase was killed off), then she has only been played every now and again (My guess is this is because of her maybe not wanting to come back so Ala Frons they backburnered her until she said one way or another).

    I think Stephen Lord wanted to go, he had a wife and he wanted to get started on a family so they gave him a brilliant exit, gave a lot of people some amazing work for the next Soap Awards and everything just worked out.

    Now writing Dawn off with GARY, FLAMING GARY….that irks me, I mean I liked them as a couple, they were ‘okay’ but they had nothing on Dawn and Jase. I do think it is awesome that Gary gets the ‘girl’ of his dreams, but I just don’t see them ‘lasting’ long term, I hope i am not coming off mean because I am seriously not trying to, but the characters just don’t seem like the ‘perfect’ match.

    3) I don’t think i have ever really seen this guy lol, but as much as I love Corrie now (and I do!) I don’t think i would advise picking it up with everything else you watch lol.

    4) I think something behind the scenes happened at EastEnders, there has to be more to her ‘exit’ there then meets the eye, because I think she would still be on there if something didn’t happen, maybe it was the storylines or something but whatever.

    You are TOTALLY going to watch Clare on Hollyoaks though, i will be posting clips of her on Hollyoaks before her return and then i will make sure you see her episodes lol.

    Clare was the most AMAZING LOVE TO HATE Character EVER, she is the best baddie and i cannot wait for her return.

    Enjoy Jase lol.

  3. Profile photo of Brooke

    Good to have the Invasion back Johnathon! I’m excited for all the EE news, especially with the rumor about the Jackson clan coming back! I remember the Robbie and Sonia characters the most.  Remind me again who Preeya Kalidas was on Bend it Like Beckham?  I only remember Keira Knightley and Parminder Nagra’s names…

  4. Profile photo of LuvCoop1

    Hey Johnathon,

    Since we are on the topic of the British Invasion, do you have any news when Torchwood, season 3 will start showing in the States on what network? I just love John Barrowman and Ianto!


  5. Profile photo of soapoperafan

    Thanks for the update! We’re still a couple of years behind here. First, I was sorry to hear about the death Wendy Richard who played Pauline Fowler for years on Eastenders. But my question is about Corrie Street. Where did Vera Duckworth go? Jack is living alone with Tyrone and Molly and his grandson Paul just went on the run because of the fire at LeeAnn’s restaurant (that she faked). Hope you can help.

  6. Profile photo of Johnathon

    @LuvCoop1 –

    There is no air date set for the US or the UK just yet, but I believe the timeframe is June/July.

    The show will be airing on BBCAmerica in the states, and it will air five nights in a row :) hope that helps, I cannot wait to see how this season works out :).

  7. Profile photo of Dariclone

    Oh no, I’ve just started watching Eastenders and I like Dawn! Too bad!
    As for Corronation Street, I’m glad that the actor who plays Sean is extending, but I’m sad that others have to go.

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