List of EastEnders television spin-offs
EastEnders is a popular British soap opera that has aired on BBC One since 19 February 1985. Several spin-off shows have been made, some of which use flashbacks to look at the history of the characters. Others have been a lead-up for a character's eventual return to the show, and some have followed characters who had departed from the show in another setting. Like off-set episodes, these spin-offs are set outside the usual location of Albert Square. Documentaries have also aired, particularly for the 10th, 15th, and 20th anniversaries of the show looking back at the history of the show's inception, its characters and storylines.
- 1 Spin-off episodes
- 2 Documentary shows
- 3 Charity specials
- 4 Other specials
- 5 EastEnders themed game shows
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
This episode was first broadcast on 26 December 1988 and was set during the second World War in the period between 1939 to 1945. The episode was written and directed by the creators of EastEnders, Tony Holland and Julia Smith. It looked back at the early life of the residents of Albert Square and featured a young Lou Beale, Ethel Skinner and Reg Cox, who was a minor character found dead in the first ever episode of EastEnders in 1985. Holland was most upset to discover that Dot Cotton had been too young during the war to be featured as a useful character (she would have been six years old in 1942) and also complained that the major events of the war occurred in the wrong order for effective drama. Lou and Albert Beale (Gary Olsen) were celebrating their marriage in Walford, and planning their happy life together when war was declared. Albert was conscripted into the army, leaving Lou and her three children, Kenny, Harry and Ronnie, behind (Pauline and Pete were not yet born). Lou's family rallied around including her mother, sister Flo and she also had a gang of friends including young Ethel, dodgy Reg and pub landlords Ray and Lil to keep her company. Lou worried that Albert would not return from war intact, and the episode saw her propositioned by another man in his absence, but she managed to stay faithful and she and Albert were reunited. Ethel's parents were killed by an enemy bomb while she was sheltering with Lou in Walford East tube station. Ethel was also torn between the amorous advances of a GI and her admirer William Skinner (Ian Brimble).
This was the only appearance of Albert and William, as both had died by the time EastEnders began in 1985.
The Return of Nick Cotton
This episode first aired on 1 October 2000 and was a lead-up to the return of Nick Cotton as a regular character later that year, more than two years after his last appearance. It was written by Matthew Graham and directed by Chris Bernard. The episode followed Nick as he has just been released from prison. Fast forward to 10 weeks later and he was living in a squat in North London. He then had a dream where his dead father, Charlie, appeared and warned him that something terrible is about to happen to him. He was told by a black gay couple living in the squat with him that seeing your own dead relatives in your dreams was a bad sign but Nick was not worried. He then decided to meet up with his son Ashley and ex-wife Zoe and went to Zoe's brother Eddie asking about where Zoe lives. He also had some mean-looking thugs, one named Colin on his trail who had a score to settle with him. He met up with Ashley who revealed he and Zoe were living with Zoe's new boyfriend. The thugs discovered Nick's whereabouts and showed up at Zoe's house trying to break in. To escape them Ashley and Nick got into a stolen convertible car and drove off. Zoe pleaded with Ashley not to go with Nick knowing he would be a bad influence but Ashley did not listen. Then just before the end of the episode Nick and Ashley were discussing where to go from here and Nick predictably said "Let's go visit Ma." So they decided to travel around for a bit before their eventual return to Walford.
Ricky & Bianca
This two-part episode aired on 13 and 20 May 2002 and was a lead-up to Ricky Butcher's return later that year as a regular character. It was written by Simon Ashdown. The episode saw Ricky reunite with his ex-wife Bianca Jackson and son Liam in Manchester. Bianca had been in Manchester doing an arts degree for the past two and a half years and was struggling to look after Liam.
Ricky discovered she had been working in a nightclub and had stolen money from the manager Vince. Ricky ended up getting caught in the middle of all of this along with his new girlfriend Cassie. After he got Bianca out of trouble, they had a one-night stand during which Bianca conceived their daughter Tiffany. Ricky told Cassie he didn't really love her, he was still in love with Bianca. Cassie managed to manipulate Bianca into thinking that she and Ricky would never be happy together, and Bianca made the difficult decision to leave Liam with Ricky, feeling that he'd be a better parent than she would, and left in a taxi.
This episode first aired on 2 January 2003 and followed Dot Branning to Wales to visit the family she stayed with during World War II. Through a series of flashbacks, we see Dot being evacuated, and her experiences of evacuation. Her guardians Gwen and Will featured in the episode.
This episode aired on 13 September 2003 and followed Frank Butcher as he set up a seedy nightclub and a car valeting service in Somerset after returning from Spain where he was last seen in 2002. When Frank is sent a car to valet by the local gangster named Reg Priest, his assistant finds a dead body in the boot. Frank and his club staff try to find a way to avoid the police asking questions and fall foul of Reg so they throw the body into the water over the side of the pier. The episode was written by Tony Jordan.
Pat and Mo
This episode first aired on 1 April 2004 and revealed what caused the feud between Pat Evans and Mo Harris that lasted until Pat's death. Pat and Mo meet at the grave of Pat's brother and Mo's husband, Jimmy, and reminisce about old times through a series of flashbacks. Mo's brother, Stan Porter also appeared in the episode.
Dorothy Branning: The Next Chapter
This episode first aired on BBC's Red Button service on 11 January 2013. Abi Branning (Lorna Fitzgerald) tracks down her grandmother Dot Branning (June Brown), who has been living away from Walford with her granddaughter Dotty Cotton, following the revelation that her father Max has a secret wife, Kirsty, and the fallout it had caused for her family, including Max's current fiance/ex-wife and Abi's mother Tanya. She convinces Dot to return home to Walford when she recognises how she is lonely, starting the 'next chapter' in Dot's life. It acted as the return of June Brown to the role of Dot after six months away.
T & B 4 Eva
This episode first aired on BBC's Red Button service on 8 November 2013. Bianca Butcher (Patsy Palmer) is studying to become a beautician in Manchester for six weeks, away from her family in Walford. She meets the charming Terry Spraggan (Terry Alderton), and they fall for each other and eventually start a relationship. The episode led to the eventual introduction of Terry and his family when they returned to Walford with Bianca when the six week course ended.
Several documentaries have been made about EastEnders, usually broadcast on BBC Three. Since February 2010, Watch started repeating various EastEnders documentaries. Since then, they occasionally show documentaries on Saturdays and Sundays.
Part of the title sequence used for EastEnders Revealed.
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Running time||30–60 minutes|
|Original channel||BBC Choice
|Original run||20 December 1998– 22 March 2012|
EastEnders Revealed is a factual entertainment programme that looks back at the storylines, characters and stars of EastEnders. It first aired in December 1998 as part of the new BBC digital channel (BBC Choice) line-up and last aired to date in March 2012. EastEnders Revealed was the only BBC Choice programme to last the entire life of the channel, and was carried over to its replacement BBC Three where it continues to this day. It has been presented by Gail Porter, Harriet Saxton, Jayne Middlemiss, Edith Bowman, Colin Murray, Melanie Sykes and Tracy-Ann Oberman.
The episodes are 30 or 60 minutes in length and, on occasions, have been broadcast on the BBC's flagship channel, BBC One. This is usually after a major storyline has been taking place in EastEnders, for example when Leslie Grantham (Den Watts) returned to the show in 2003, when Wendy Richard (Pauline Fowler) left and when Peggy Mitchell (Barbara Windsor) left.
List of titled episodes
|Title||Subject(s) of episode||Original air date|
|"Grant Mitchell Revealed"||Grant Mitchell||25 October 1999|
|"Ricky Butcher Revealed"||Ricky Butcher||20 April 2000|
|"Frank Butcher Revealed"||Frank Butcher||2 November 2000|
|"Sharon Watts Revealed"||Sharon Watts||July 2001|
|"Dot to Dot"||Dot Cotton||20 August 2001|
|"Slaters Revealed"||Slater family||10 October 2001|
|"Truemans Revealed"||Trueman family||12 November 2001|
|"Mel Revealed"||Melanie Owen||3 December 2001|
|"The Jacksons Revealed"||Jackson family||14 January 2002|
|"Being Peggy Mitchell"||Peggy Mitchell||11 February 2002|
|"Trouble Man: A Steve Owen Special"||Steve Owen||1 March 2002|
|"The Fowlers"||Fowler family||1 April 2002|
|"Mel Leaving Special"||Melanie Owen||12 April 2002|
|"Angie And Me"||Angie Watts||22 April 2002|
|"Through Kat's Eyes"||Kat Slater||9 September 2002|
|"Jamie Mitchell"||Jamie Mitchell||10 October 2002|
|"And Sparks Will Fly"||Trevor Morgan||4 November 2002|
|"A Year in the Life of Sam Mitchell"||Sam Mitchell||17 January 2003|
|"Mark Fowler"||Mark Fowler||13 February 2003|
|"Laura Beale Unwrapped"||Laura Beale||18 February 2003|
|"Being Barry Evans"||Barry Evans||17 March 2003|
|"The Coming of Age of Sonia Jackson"||Sonia Fowler||6 May 2003|
|"Walford's Brat Pack"||Vicki Fowler, Gus Smith, Spencer Moon, Kelly Taylor, Zoe Slater, Martin Fowler||20 June 2003|
|"The Dr. Trueman Show"||Anthony Trueman||11 July 2003|
|"Dirty Den Returns"||Den Watts||26 September 2003|
|"The Life and Crimes of Martin Fowler"||Martin Fowler||14 October 2003|
|"In Bed with Garry Hobbs"||Garry Hobbs||18 November 2003|
|"Lean, Mean, Deadly Janine"||Janine Butcher||1 January 2004|
|"Alfie's Story"||Alfie Moon||2 February 2004|
|"Blood Feud: The Watts vs. The Mitchells"||Watts and Mitchell families||12 February 2004|
|"The Real Billy Mitchell"||Billy Mitchell||20 February 2004|
|"The Rise and Fall of Janine Butcher"||Janine Butcher||26 February 2004|
|"Natalie Evans"||Natalie Evans||22 March 2004|
|"Squaring up to the Ferreiras"||Ferreira family||26 March 2004|
|"The Growing Pains of Spencer Moon"||Spencer Moon||4 May 2004|
|"Sonia and Martin - Love Conquers All"||Martin Fowler and Sonia Fowler||11 June 2004|
|"Kelly Taylor - Working Girl"||Kelly Taylor||1 July 2004|
|"The Real Paul Trueman"||Paul Trueman||23 July 2004|
|"Sam Mitchell - Happy Ever After?"||Sam Mitchell||16 September 2004|
|"The One and Only Dot Cotton"||Dot Cotton||30 September 2004|
|"Andy Hunter - Hunter's Prey"||Andy Hunter||9 December 2004|
|"Little Mo's Big Story"||Little Mo Mitchell||26 December 2004|
|"Ian Beale - The Real Deal?"||Ian Beale||3 February 2005|
|"The New Moons"||Alfie Moon, Spencer Moon and Nana Moon||17 February 2005|
|"The Growing Pains of Zoe Slater"||Zoe Slater||17 March 2005|
|"The Curse of the Queen Vic"||The Queen Victoria public house||31 March 2005|
|"The Make-up of Kat Moon"||Kat Slater||27 May 2005|
|"Meet the Millers"||Miller family||31 May 2005|
|"Growing up in Walford"||Walford's youths||14 June 2005|
|"Jim & Dot - When Opposites Attract"||Jim Branning and Dot Cotton||16 August 2005|
|"Chrissie Watts: Victim or Villain?"||Chrissie Watts||22 September 2005|
|"The Duchess Returns"||Peggy Mitchell||4 October 2005|
|"Goodbye, Pauline"||Pauline Fowler||1 January 2007|
|"The Secret Mitchell"||Danielle Jones||3 April 2009|
|"The Sins of Archie Mitchell"||Archie Mitchell||26 December 2009|
|"Whitney's Story"||Whitney Dean||22 March 2011|
|"The Murder"||Heather Trott and Ben Mitchell||22 March 2012|
Since 1 December 2006, a new breed of behind-the-scenes programmes have been broadcast on BBC Three. These are all documentaries related to current storylines in EastEnders, in a similar format to EastEnders Revealed, though not using the EastEnders Revealed name. The include clips from the series and interviews with the show's cast and crew as well as TV critics such as Sharon Marshall.
Documentaries have included:
- EastEnders Unveiled: A Weddings Special, 1 December 2006, giving an insight into how the show's weddings are produced, and took a look at the past weddings of Walford. It was broadcast straight after the wedding of Ian Beale and Jane Collins.
- EastEnders Sweethearts: The Story of Martin and Sonia, on 2 February 2007, following the departure of Martin and Sonia Fowler.
- EastEnders Scandals: The Wicks Family, 9 March 2007, coinciding with Kevin Wicks's return to Walford.
- EastEnders Feuds: The Beales vs. The Mitchells, 18 May 2007, examining the feud between Ian Beale and Phil Mitchell and going behind the scenes of episodes broadcast on 17–21 May.
- EastEnders Vixens: The Rise and Fall of Stella, 20 July 2007, following the death of Stella Crawford and looking at the various female characters in EastEnders past and present.
- EastEnders Affairs: Max and Stacey, 1 November 2007, looking at the relationship between characters Stacey Slater, her fiancé Bradley Branning and his father Max Branning.
- EastEnders Christmas Fall Outs, 26 December 2007, looking back at Christmas episodes and going behind the scenes of 2007's Christmas episodes.
- EastEnders Ricky and Bianca, 4 April 2008, constructed in aid of the return to EastEnders by Ricky Butcher (Sid Owen) and Bianca Jackson (Patsy Palmer), looking back on the relationship of the two characters.
- EastEnders: Whodunnits, 31 October 2008, showing infamous whodunnit storylines such as the murder of Reg Cox, following the whodunnit of Max Branning being run over by an unknown assailant.
- EastEnders: Comebacks, 31 December 2008, celebrating the return of Nick Cotton.
- EastEnders: The Return of Sam Mitchell, 11 September 2009, in conjunction with the return of character Sam Mitchell, played by Danniella Westbrook.
- EastEnders: The Two Faces of Lucas, 26 November 2009, looks at the character of Lucas Johnson, played by Don Gilet, as well as other characters who have had a "turning point" in their storyline.
- EastEnders: The Greatest Cliffhangers, a three-part series on BBC Three, featuring 100 cliffhangers from the first 3918 episodes to find out which character had the most endings. It aired as part of the show's 25th anniversary celebrations. The first part aired on 26 January 2010, the second on 2 February 2010 and the third on 16 February 2010. The character turned out to be Phil Mitchell.
- EastEnders Live: The Aftermath, 19 February 2010, a special show hosted by George Lamb after the show's first live episode on the 25th anniversary.
- EastEnders: Christian and Syed, 26 April 2010, following the reveal of Syed Masood's affair with Christian Clarke and the departure of his wife Amira. The programme also looked at other gay, lesbian and bisexual characters from EastEnders ' history.
- EastEnders: The Murders of Lucas Johnson, 30 July 2010, looked at the story of Lucas Johnson and other character deaths from EastEnders ' history.
- Peggy Mitchell - Queen of the Vic, 10 September 2010, looked at ten moments from Peggy Mitchell's time in the show. The episode was broadcast on BBC One following Peggy's departure.
- EastEnders: Kat and Alfie's Return, 24 September 2010, followed the return of Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace as Alfie and Kat Moon. It looked at their history as well as Kat's family, the Slaters, and also went behind the scenes of the fire at The Queen Victoria.
- EastEnders: The Greatest Weddings, 11 and 12 November 2010, a two-part documentary counting down the top 50 weddings from EastEnders history. This episode aired following the screen wedding of Ronnie Mitchell and Jack Branning.
- EastEnders: Farewell Stacey, 28 December 2010, documenting the story of Stacey Slater following her departure.
- EastEnders: Greatest Exits, 7 July 2011, discussing the ways characters leave the series, ending with the five best. This episode was broadcast following the departure of Ronnie Branning.
- EastEnders: The New Moons, 6 October 2011, followed the storyline involving Michael and Eddie Moon following Eddie's departure. It also looked at the arrivals of the new members of the Moon family, and the other fathers that have been on the Square.
- EastEnders: Farewell Pat, 2 January 2012, following Pat Evans departure this programme looks back at Pat's greatest moments and celebrates her 25 years on the Square.
- EastEnders: 30 Years of Cliffhangers, an updated three-part series on BBC Three, airing as part of the show's 30th anniversary celebrations. The first part aired on 27 January 2015, the second on 5 February 2015 and the third on 12 February 2015.
- EastEnders: Back to Ours, a six-part series which aired on BBC iPlayer over the course of 27 January-12 February 2015 as part of the show's 30th anniversary celebrations. It featured several cast members, past and present, looking over their greatest moments on the show. Taking part in the series were Shane Richie, Jessie Wallace, Samantha Womack, Rita Simons, Nitin Ganatra, Himesh Patel, Diane Parish, Rudolph Walker, Tameka Empson, Adam Woodyatt, Laurie Brett, Barbara Windsor, and Pam St. Clement.
- EastEnders: Backstage Live, 20 February 2015, a special show hosted by Zoë Ball, Ore Oduba, and Joe Swash after the full live episode which ended EastEnders Live Week.
|Presented by||Angellica Bell|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of episodes||10|
|Running time||15–20 minutes|
|Original run||February – May 2005|
EastEnders Xtra was an interactive entertainment series based on EastEnders. It was first available to viewers in February 2005, which coincided with the 20th anniversary of EastEnders. Television viewers could watch the show by pressing the red button on their television remote, at 8.30pm on Monday nights. The programme was presented by CBBC presenter Angellica Bell and was approximately 15 to 20 minutes in length. It was primarily aimed at younger fans of EastEnders. It featured games and interviews with cast members, looked behind the scenes and allowed viewers to take part in quizzes on their mobile phones. The series was produced by Simon Hall. The theme and music used within the show was a rocked up version of the EastEnders theme tune.
The series ran for ten weeks, featuring ten episodes. Each episode featured an EastEnders star as a co-presenter. In the first episode, Tracy-Ann Oberman who played Chrissie Watts explained that The Queen Victoria pub uses exterior and interior sets for filming. Perry Fenwick who plays Billy Mitchell took part in "Extractor", a part of EastEnders Xtra which asks cast members a series of questions. The other co-presenters were Nabil Elouahabi (Tariq Larousi), Pooja Shah (Kareena Ferreira), Jemma Walker (Sasha Perkins), Natalie Cassidy (Sonia Fowler), Ameet Chana (Adi Ferreira), Cliff Parisi (Rick 'Minty' Peterson), Joe Swash (Mickey Miller) and Mohammed George (Gus Smith).
EastEnders Family Album was a special documentary which first aired on 13 February 2000 to coincide with the 15th anniversary of EastEnders. Narrated by Wendy Richard (Pauline Fowler), the documentary looked back at some of the most memorable storylines and characters in the show and featured interviews with past and present cast members.
EastEnders: The Whole Truth was a series of five documentary episodes, three pre-recorded and two live, broadcast every day from 2–6 April 2001, presented by Gaby Roslin. The first three, pre-recorded episodes were broadcast at 12:00pm, whereas the two live episodes were broadcast before the main EastEnders shows on those days. EastEnders: The Whole Truth examined the "Who Shot Phil?" storyline, including interviews with several cast members. Episode 5 was broadcast before the assailant, Lisa Fowler, was revealed to the public, and episode 6 gauged the reaction the following evening.
A-Z of EastEnders was a documentary broadcast on the twentieth anniversary of EastEnders in 2005 and presented by Jonathan Ross.
In 1993, a charity special crossover between EastEnders and the science fiction television series Doctor Who entitled Dimensions in Time was made in aid of the charity Children in Need. It ran in two parts on 26 and 27 November 1993 and was filmed on the EastEnders set. It featured several of the stars of the programme at the time. Another Children in Need special, Pudding Lane was broadcast in a series of five minute instalments throughout the 26 November 1999 telethon. It relocated the then current EastEnders characters to Pudding Lane in 1666, during the events leading to the Great Fire of London.
In 2003, a special was made for Comic Relief named OzEnders, which saw the chararacters in a spoof remake of The Wizard of Oz. June Brown starred as Dorothy Cotton, Jon Culshaw as Ozzy Osbourne and Adam Woodyatt as Ian Beale, and employed the rest of the cast of EastEnders, Merseybeat and Casualty.
In 2005, the characters Peggy Mitchell, Stacey Slater and Little Mo Mitchell appeared alongside Catherine Tate's character Lauren Cooper for a Children in Need sketch. Various EastEnders cast members have also appeared in sketches for Children in Need, performing songs with various themes. In 2007, they sang songs from The Beatles' Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, in 2008 they performed songs from West End musicals and in 2009 they performed renditions of classic songs produced by Motown Records. In 2011, they performed songs by Queen and recreated famous scenes from their videos. In 2013, the cast performed various styles of dance to different versions of "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk.
EastEnders get Mile Ready 15 March 2010, the cast of Eastenders do a fun run round Albert Square.
EastEnders and rival soap opera Coronation Street took part in a crossover episode for Children in Need on 19 November 2010, called "East Street". The EastEnders cast who took part in the mini-episode were Laurie Brett (Jane Beale), Charlie G. Hawkins (Darren Miller), Kylie Babbington (Jodie Gold), Nina Wadia (Zainab Masood), John Partridge (Christian Clarke), Diane Parish (Denise Johnson), Nitin Ganatra (Masood Ahmed), Jamie Borthwick (Jay Brown), Shane Richie (Alfie Moon), Jessie Wallace (Kat Moon), Ricky Norwood (Fatboy) and Shona McGarty (Whitney Dean).
Eastenders for Children In Need 2014 had two specials one being Grease-enders and the other being The Ghosts of Ian Beale.
On 10 August 2001, the BBC threw a gala party at the Television Centre in West London, which was attended by many EastEnders cast members. Part of the event was documented by the hour-long television show EastEnders: It's Your Party, hosted by Jonathan Ross. It featured several interviews with the cast.
Two musical themed Christmas specials, both titled EastEnders Christmas Party, aired on Christmas Eve 2003 and 2004, which had the cast and crew of EastEnders singing, dancing and performing short comedy sketches. Many former cast members also returned for the special episodes.
EastEnders themed game shows
A one-off special episode of the quiz show A Question of Sport called A Question of EastEnders was broadcast on BBC One on 15 February 2000 to mark EastEnders' 15th anniversary on 19 February 2000. The special was hosted by Gaby Roslin, and had two teams, each led by a team captain; Wendy Richard (who played Pauline Fowler) and Adam Woodyatt (Ian Beale). On Richard's team were Blue Peter presenter Katy Hill and stand-up comedian Harry Hill. Woodyatt's team consisted of Michelle Collins, who previously played Cindy Beale in EastEnders, and Jeremy Spake, who became famous for appearing in the television docusoap Airport. There were eight rounds and Woodyatt's team won with 36 points to Richard's 16.
A special edition of The Weakest Link aired in February 2010 for EastEnders 's 25th anniversary and featured past and present EastEnders cast including Adam Woodyatt (Ian Beale), Larry Lamb (Archie Mitchell) and John Partridge (Christian Clarke). It was won by Laurie Brett, who plays Jane Beale.
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