Discussion in 'UK Soaps Forum' started by Cookiescholes, Aug 9, 2017.
Could they not afford to pay anyone else to be in this episode?
EastEnders has a history of two, three and four-handers going back over thirty years.
Sometimes less is more.
Yes thats correct. It's cut backs, I blame all of the licence fee dodging scum bags.
It finishes November 8th
You don't know about such episodes in the history of EastEnders? Really?
No, that's really not it.
but the last 2 character ep was 2010 with Max and Stacey. So one might assume they had stopped doing them with that length of gap. Why start again now?
It's not just Eastenders who has a history of doing them.
I can remember Raquel and Curly doing a two hander back in the day on Corrie and also Deirdre and Tracey.
One could assume a lot of things about an ongoing series. But wouldn't it be tedious if each of those assumptions was met?
Lisa hasn't been in the show since 2010. By your reasoning it would have been safe to assume she wouldn't be seen again. You were glad to see her back.
Well then see it as a return to form rather than the beginnings of cancelation. My favourite EastEnders episodes have always been the ones like this.
We will see who is right but do you not remember when Brookside was only focused on one family/house before it ended?
You are missing something entirely.
No I'm not. It could easily be a sign of cutbacks or the BBC wanting rid.
There was a three-hander in 2013 between Carol, David and Masood. (OK, and David's girlfriend -- but she was off of Loose Women so they probably only had to pay her 50p.)
Well, there was quite a glut of two-handers in the early-mid 2000s (Steve and Matt, Phil and Sharon, Phil and Ricky, Kat and Zoe, Kat and Alfie, Trevor and Little Mo, Dot and Den, etc.) but that ended around 2004-5. The quality dropped after a while so maybe the people in charge made a conscious decision to wait until they had a really good creative reason to do a two-hander -- i.e., Max and Stacey in 2010.
Because they had another really good creative reason, maybe?
If you don't mind me saying so, you seem to view EastEnders with a great deal of suspicion. You don't think it's possible for old people to have sex without injuring themselves, for a woman in her late forties to conceive a child, for someone to drown in a swimming pool, for a person to criticise pantomimes one year and be excited about going to one the next. And you seem very contemptuous of fictional people suffering the indignities of poverty. Have you considered that perhaps Enders just isn't your kind of show?
Dot had a one-hander.
Lisa Maxwell was a regular on The Bill, regularly appearing with Scott Maslen. Scott Maslen had played occasionally dodgy DS Hunter, right up until his career change to become former police officer Jack Branning on EastEnders. Lisa Maxwell plays a recurring character on Hollyoaks, currently on stint three. Jesse Birdsall (who turned up in EastEnders) had worked with Scott Maslen in a long-running storyline on The Bill. Jesse Birdsall played Lisa Maxwell's Hollyoaks' character's deceased former husband on Hollyoaks. Jesse Birdsall played characters married to Gillian Taylforth's characters on both Footballers' Wives and Hollyoaks. Gemma Bissix played Clare on EastEnders (nominated for Best Bitch at the Inside Soap Awards in 2008) and played Jesse Birdsall's and Lisa Maxwell's Hollyoaks' characters' also deceased daughter, also named Clare (nominated for Best Bitch at the Inside Soap Awards 2007 and 2008 and winner of Villain of the Year at the British Soap Awards 2007), on Hollyoaks. Gillian Taylforth's Hollyoaks' character is currently offscreen in South Africa, although was additionally mentioned to be in London.
Who was that? And it generally isn't that is why the person who had one older than that has the record for oldest mother. It wouldn't be a record if lots of people were doing it. I do like EE but it has been poor under the current producer.
I respectfully disagree with the honurable member.
I really like Lisa Maxwell, a very good actor who also has a gift for comedy. She narrowly missed out on the role of Stella in Coronation Street. And I agree she was superb in the Bill and is playing a blinder in her role in Hollyoaks as the Donovan's Mother.
Um... Just. No. It's definitely an artistic, stylistic choice from writers/producers. And it's actually something EastEnders is well known for and something which lots of fans like.
I agree EastEnders started the trend as has been said with Den, Ang and the Window cleaner in the early days. I think Cookie is winding us up.
If it was budget cuts, we would be having a 2 hander every fortnight.
Just to let you know, there will be another 2 hander coming up soon with 2 characters which you wouldn't expect. Won't spoil it and say who, but I am looking forward to this.
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