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Subject: Eastenders

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/25/17 at 2:56 am

Tamzin Outhwaite to return as Melanie Owen

Tamzin Outhwaite is returning to EastEnders after more than 15 years away from the show. She's returning to Albert Square in her role as Melanie Owen, having made her first appearance in 1998. An EastEnders spokeswoman confirmed she was coming back to the soap as a regular character. Outhwaite, seen most recently in New Tricks, said: "EastEnders is in my DNA and I always knew deep down that someday I would revisit Mel." Her first scenes will be broadcast in the new year.

Subject: Re: Eastenders

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/20/19 at 6:01 am

EastEnders overrun set rebuild project criticised

The BBC has been criticised by a group of MPs for the way it has handled the redevelopment of the EastEnders set. In December, the National Audit Office (NAO) revealed that the project had gone £27m over budget. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said the BBC was "complacent" and the project "was flawed from the start". In a statement the BBC said it "strongly rejected" the "notion that there has been any complacency in managing this project".

Subject: EastEnders: BBC One soap will run out of new episodes on 16 June

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/04/20 at 8:29 am

The last new episode of EastEnders will be broadcast on Tuesday 16 June, the BBC has confirmed. The soap has not filmed any new episodes since March amid the coronavirus pandemic. BBC One has been broadcasting fewer weekly episodes since then, in an attempt to make the stock of existing footage last as long as possible. But from 22 June, the channel will broadcast a new programme in its place, celebrating the soap's history. Secrets From The Square will see Stacey Dooley sit down with two cast members every Monday to reflect on their time on the show. The programme will also tease what's to come when EastEnders returns and take viewers behind the scenes of the soap.

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