Eastenders

EastEnders

Following Mohammed George’s caution, EastEnders Executive Producer, Diederick Santer, has taken the decision to suspend Mohammed George with immediate effect for a period of two months.

In addition Mohammed George would like to apologise to the BBC and its viewers for his actions that have brought EastEnders into disrepute.

Jessie Wallace returns to BBC One for the first time since playing Kat Slater in EastEnders in a brand-new film called A Class Apart.

The one-off film also stars Nathaniel Parker (Inspector Lynley) and George Cole (Minder) and is written by the Bafta-nominated Tony Grounds (When I’m 64, Births, Marriages And Deaths). It is produced by Paloma Productions.

Wallace plays single mum Candy, who is trying to keep her 11-year-old son, Kyle, on the straight and narrow with help from her Grandad George (George Cole), who isn’t the best role model himself.

When her son, Kyle (Sanchez Adams), is offered a place at the local failing school, Candy is having none of it. She knows only too well the grass is greener at nearby Park View and doesn’t see why her boy can’t go there.

Feeling frustrated and disenfranchised, Candy decides to mount a one-woman protest, chaining herself to the Park View gates until her only son is granted a place.

However, fate intervenes. The conceited headmaster (Nathaniel Parker) of a nearby prestigious private school chances to catch Candy on the local news.

He jokes to his deputy, Charles, that if Kyle attended Haltham, he’d turn him from “chav-rudeboy” to respectable public schoolboy. Charles doesn’t believe he can do it and they make a bet.

Headmaster Anthony’s first task is to find a way to get Kyle into the school. Can he win his bet and get one over on his scheming deputy – and how will Candy and Kyle cope with the culture shock as two worlds collide?

Producer/director Nick Hurran says: “Candy is just a normal mum trying to do right by her son, and although it seems at first that Kyle is the victim of a social experiment, Anthony’s heart is in the right place.

“Initially, he clashes with Candy but she soon begins to warm to the man who is trying so hard to help her son. It’s a heart-warming story with a slight sting in the tail which will strike a chord with many parents.”

Peter Fincham, Controller of BBC One, says: “It is great to have Jessie back home on BBC One. I know audiences loved seeing her in Albert Square, and I am really excited about us all experiencing her in a new role.”

Nick Hurran’s film and TV credits include the award-winning Girl’s Night, romantic comedy Little Black Book and Take A Girl Like You.

Joe Macer will fall through a window after arguing with Jim Branning but it’s unclear as to whether he was murdered or committed suicide or it was just an accident.

Andy (Kelvin Fletcher) is shocked when Daz (Luke Tittensor) admits that he wants to see Billy (David Crellin). Andy instructs him to stay away but Daz later agrees to meet his dad in secret. Billy hopes that he and Daz can repair the damage of the past, but they fail to see Victoria spying on their meeting. Will she expose Daz’s lies?

Elsewhere, Jo (Roxanne Pallett) is frustrated by Andy’s failure to make a decision and fumes when Katie (Sammy Winward) asks her to give her and Andy some space for the evening. She agrees and storms off to the Woolpack where an older man flirts with her. As the night progresses she is shocked to learn that her mystery man is Billy Hopwood.

Also, McNally (Steven Farebrother) attempts to speak with Daz and Andy about Billy’s release but he is sent packing by Jack (Clive Hornby). Desperate for the scoop he orders Jasmine (Jenna-Louise Coleman) to question Daz but she feels guilty when her friend tells her everything. McNally demands to know the result of their chat, but will she tell him the full story?

Friday 26 January 7 – 7.30pm ITV1

Billy (David Crellin) arrives back in the village but his sons react differently to their father. Andy (Kelvin Fletcher) demands that Billy leaves them alone but Daz (Luke Tittensor) has divided loyalties. After catching Daz on his own, Billy tries to convince him to meet in secret. Will Daz risk the anger of the Sugdens to spend time with his father?

Meanwhile, Val (Charlie Hardwick) feels sympathy for Rodney’s (Patrick Mower) situation but Pollard (Chris Chittell) refuses to help. Rodney spends his day drinking in the Woolpack and mocks Val’s attempts at an apology. Desperate to help she convinces David (Matthew Wolfenden) to give Rodney some compensation and infuriates Pollard by allowing Rodney to stay at Farrers. Will Pollard be able to regain the upper hand?

Elsewhere, Kelly (Adele Silva) worries about Billy’s return and refuses to go outside. Jimmy (Nick Miles) does his best to comfort her and reassures her that he will support her. Kelly determines to do something about Billy, but how will she exact her revenge?

Thursday 25 January 7 – 7.30pm ITV1

Rodney (Patrick Mower) demands that David (Matthew Wolfenden) atone for stealing his workers but instead he finds a loophole in Rodney’s tenancy agreement and orders him to leave the antiques barn. Pollard (Chris Chittell) is amused by Rodney’s downfall and praises his son’s actions. However, Del (Hayley Tamaddon) is horrified when she sees how crushed Rodney is and declares that she wants nothing more to do with David.

Meanwhile, Jo (Roxanne Pallett) badgers Andy (Kelvin Fletcher) for a decision about their relationship but his problems are compounded when Katie (Sammy Winward) tells him her period is late. Andy pleads with Jo to give him more time to break the news but she is relentless. Will Jo tell Katie before Andy gets the chance?

Also, Matthew (Matt Healy) questions Perdy (Georgia Slowe) for clues about Tom’s murder and her answers implicate Rosemary (Linda Thorson). Matthew pushes for Perdy to make a statement but she doesn’t want to cause further problems in her marriage. Later, with Vaughan (Richard Cole) present, Matthew takes the initiative and accuses Rosemary of murder. Can he find enough evidence to support his theory?

Wednesday 24 January 7 – 7.30pm ITV1

Katie (Sammy Winward) struggles on the orienteering day and admits to Donna (Verity Rushworth) that she might be pregnant. Meanwhile, Andy (Kelvin Fletcher) rushes off with Jo (Roxanne Pallett) and the pair of them flirt in the woods. Andy confesses that he has less in common with Katie than he does with Jo and moves in for a kiss. Jo pulls away insisting that she doesn’t want to be the other woman and that Andy must decide what he wants. Will he leave Katie for Jo?

Later, Kelly (Adele Silva) continues to avoid Viv (Deena Payne) because of Billy (David Crellin) so Jimmy (Nick Miles) tries to comfort her. But when Kelly sees Daz (Luke Tittensor) her anger boils over and she threatens to kill Billy if he turns up. Daz is nonplussed and asks Jack (Clive Hornby) for answers. Equally furious, Jack and Kelly both demand that Viv explain her actions but she bluntly tells them that Billy will return whether they want him to or not.

Elsewhere, David (Matthew Wolfenden) continues his charm offensive in order to win Betty (Paula Tilbrook) over. Laurel (Charlotte Bellamy) is fuming when she defects and confronts David in the café. She is shocked when he ignores her protests and offers her a job as well. Is Laurel prepared to sacrifice loyalty to Rodney for the sake of her finances?

Tuesday 23 January 7 – 7.30pm ITV1

Viv (Deena Payne) decides to visit Billy (David Crellin) in prison to ease her fears over his return. She outlines that his crime was unforgivable but for the sake of moving on with her life she allows him to return to the village. She burst into tears on the way out and Bob consoles his wife. When they get home Kelly (Adele Silva) rips into Viv for her stupidity. Is Vic Windsor’s murder being unfairly forgotten?

Elsewhere, Andy (Kelvin Fletcher) continues to take out his frustration on Katie (Sammy Winward) and it plays into Jo’s (Roxanne Pallett) hands. She organises an orienteering day for the three of them but Katie insists that Donna (Verity Rushworth) joins them. When the two of them are alone, Andy tells Jo that he wishes it could be only the two of them going. Are they about to embark on a second affair?

Also, David (Matthew Wolfenden) undercuts Laurel’s (Charlotte Bellamy) prices to win clients for his cleaning business. His actions impress Pollard (Chris Chittell) but he warns his son not to pinch workers from the factory to join his staff. David agrees and turns his attention to poaching Betty (Paula Tilbrook). Will his offer to double her wages secure her allegiance?

Monday 22 January 7 – 7.30pm ITV1

Bob (Tony Audenshaw) panics when he receives a letter confirming Billy Hopwood (David Crellin) has been granted parole. He chooses to hide the evidence from Viv (Deena Payne) but faces Kelly’s (Adele Silva) wrath when she finds out. She is furious when it transpires that Bob could have prevented Billy from returning to the village, if he had told Viv, and demands that he comes clean to his family. Will Viv and the twins be safe now that Billy is a free man?

Meanwhile, Matthew (Matt Healy) schemes as he warns Barraclough (Glynis Barber) that he will make an official complaint about Vaughan’s (Richard Cole) personal relationship with Rosemary (Linda Thorson). Barraclough immediately alerts Vaughan to Matthew’s threat and the chief agrees to back off for the sake of the investigation. Has Rosemary lost her security blanket?

Elsewhere, Katie (Sammy Winward) takes the brunt of Andy’s (Kelvin Fletcher) anger over Billy’s release. Jo (Roxanne Pallett) tries to ease the tension and tells Andy he should convince Billy to stay away. Grateful for her support, Andy thanks Jo and the bond between them grows. What does this mean for his and Katie’s marriage?

ITV1 Network Sunday 21 January 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Robert Kazinsky, who plays womaniser Sean Slater, has been suspended by the BBC due to bombarding a model with obscene text messages and photos. This is the second time a sex scandal has caused Eastenders producers to take action. Leslie Grantham was written out of the soap after taking part in webcam sex sessions. Kazinsky will continue shooting until February to avoid disruption to the show’s storylines.

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