Why Are U.K. Soaps Like EastEnders Thriving, While American Soaps Are Being Flushed Down The Loo?

It's a question we've asked often on the Daytime Confidential iTunes podcast and here on the companion blog. Why are soaps around the world doing so well, yet U.S. soaps have become an endangered species?  BBC America blogger Kevin Wicks helps answer that question and many more in a revealing chat with BBC's Controller of Continuing Drama John Yorke. Wicks spoke to Yorke for the mega popular blog Anglophenia.  Check out a few snippets of the conversation below:
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East Enders: E:20 Shows Peeps How to Make Your Own Online Drama

Have you ever wondered how web dramas like Martha Byrne's Gotham, or Crystal Chappell's Venice are created? Well the people behind EastEnders special 25th anniversary web spinoff EastEnders E20 are showing you how it's done in this informative online special "Eastenders E20: How to Make Your Own Online Drama".

In this documentary the creators of E20 discuss how the project began with the idea of using new talent, not only in front of the camera, but  behind-the-scenes. Other items discussed include: the length of a web soap, how the Internet and PDAs have changed content viewing, and many other interesting tidbits.

Follow the jump to see more videos in this "How to" series along with a preview of the finished product.

Chris Coghill Returns To EastEnders

Everyone's favorite pedophile Tony King (Chris Coghill) is returning to EastEnders to terrorize Whitney and Bianca one last time, as the trial of Whitney vs. Tony began filming last week, and will air in November.

Tony was last seen in November when the pedophile storyline wrapped up. For more on this story check out Digital Spy's news story here.

Are you glad to see Tony go to court for what he has done? Or do you wish that storyline would have just been dropped?

Thanks DaisyClover for the tip!

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British Soap Awards Interviews

This past Saturday the British Soap Awards were filmed. What's On TV was on the scene and interviewed all the major stars. Above we see an interview with EastEnders stars Rita Simons (Roxy) and Scott Maslen (Jack) as they discuss the current state of EastEnders and touch on Daniellegate. Be sure to check out whatsontv.co.uk for more interviews with all of your favorite stars.
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EastEnders Wedding Promo

The highly anticipated wedding between Peggy Mitchell (Barbara Windsor) and Archie Mitchell (Larry Lamb) is almost here.Will the wedding actually happen, or will Archie's secrets finally be revealed? Tune in on April 2nd to find out.