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EastEnders spoiler pictures: Linda Carter's mother Elaine arrives

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New EastEnders pictures have been released showing Linda Carter's mother Elaine arriving on Albert Square.

Elaine turns up in Walford later this month after Linda's partner Mick (Danny Dyer) makes a desperate phone call to her, urging her to pay a visit.

Mick makes the call as he has become concerned over some strange and distant behaviour from Linda (Kellie Bright).

Mick grows increasingly concerned about Linda

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Mick grows increasingly concerned about Linda

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EastEnders' Matt Di Angelo on Dean rape storyline: 'I was intimidated'

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EastEnders airs Matt Di Angelo's biggest ever storyline as Dean Wicks next week, as the troubled character rapes his sister-in-law Linda Carter.

Appearing at an EastEnders press event this week, Di Angelo spoke candidly about his initial doubts over the storyline, why he eventually agreed to the plot, and the impact he wants the upcoming scenes to have. Read on to find out what he had to say.

Matt Di Angelo as Dean Wicks in EastEnders

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Matt Di Angelo as Dean Wicks


Can you tell us about your initial reaction when EastEnders boss Dominic Treadwell-Collins told you about this storyline?
"When I initially had the meeting to come back, I'd just wrapped on another job and it wasn't in my head to go back to EastEnders. I sat with Dom and the only reason I came back is because Dom was genuinely in love with the show. He was gushing about it - I don't know anyone that loves the show more than Dom.

"Dom was also the same way when he told me about this storyline. He had a genuine love for the story, for the show and it's kind of infectious. My initial response was kind of, 'No, that's mental. I don't want to do that, that's really intimidating'. I was intimidated, but we sat down and we did have a long discussion."

What made you agree to it in the end?
"EastEnders is an institution - it's been going for longer than I've been alive and it gets an average of what, six million viewers? That's incredible, and with that great kind of power is a genuine responsibility to address these situations and problems that women go through a lot.

"That was what pushed me - that I'd have that responsibility under Dom's reign to address that situation. I'm honoured to take part in it."

Did your nerves come partly due to the possible reaction from the fans? Did you worry that people might think of you in a different way after this?
"Yeah. EastEnders wasn't my first job but I was 18 when I first started. The thing with soap is because the scripts come so thick and fast, a lot of your acting is instinctual. I don't think I could do this part playing a Glaswegian with a limp! It would be too difficult - there's too many scenes.

"Working on EastEnders is instinctual and your face is in everyone's living room. In the last job I did, I had a goatee and I was in the 1400s playing a bishop that was a serial killer on the back of a horse. I can't relate to that too much, but with this, Dean is so close to me and you want to nurture your character. You do have a genuine fondness and a love for your character because you're there so many hours playing him.

"When this got thrown at me, it was almost like it was thrown at me - at Matt - but it wasn't, it's the character. As an actor, you want to play a challenging part. You want to be challenged and that's what Dom promised me when he said, 'Come back and I promise you I will challenge you'. And he really has."

Linda comforts Dean

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Linda and Dean before the rape next week


Was there anything else that changed your mind?
"Dom said something about A-storylines and B-storylines that really stuck out to me. He said, 'Listen, you can take your pay cheque, you can do B-storylines, you can sit in The Vic, have a load of girlfriends, a few funny jokes and go. Or you can do A storylines and you can push yourself and you can be better at your job from it'. I feel like I genuinely am.

"After watching the episode and seeing the writing and direction, it just makes me really proud to be part of the show. Not just because I was in it, but because it's a good episode. It really felt like it was a really strong episode in the story and I just really enjoyed being part of it."

What had your biggest fear been beforehand?
"So many people watch the show and you're in so many people's houses every night. It's a show that's on so much, four times a week. Like I said before, in my last part I had a fringe and a goatee and people won't associate me with that, but this show is so popular. But if I have to get abuse on Twitter and a punch in the mouth, I'm fine with that as long as one person speaks up. All jokes aside, that's fine."

Can you tell us about the aftermath of the rape from Dean's perspective? Does he start to face up to what he's done?
"We had lots of talks with Rape Crisis and I worked heavily with the London Probation Centre, whose job it is to speak to these guys and help them realise what they've done. The strangest thing was that so many of them when accused or arrested, their reaction was genuine shock. That was the category we chose with Dean - genuine shock.

"There's a scene the next day where Dean speaks to Linda in a very normal way and asks if she wants to meet up again. In his head, it's so hard for him to think he's done anything wrong. When the rape happens, Linda's physical reaction is that her body doesn't scream: 'No, stop!' Dean reads it as him being a little bit forceful, but he thinks it happens and it's okay.

"So he doesn't address it, he carries on and he gets a new girlfriend afterwards. I think Dean is just so jealous of Mick and what Mick has - his whole family. He just wants to be Mick, I think.

"Before the rape, Linda is comforting Dean over something and she says, 'You're just like Lee, you bottle everything up. I'll make you a hot chocolate, it's Johnny's favourite drink'. He's just like, 'I'm not one of your kids, stop looking at me so maternal'. He just snatches it out of her. When Dean walks out the room, he's just thinking, 'You'll never look at me like one of your sons again'. It's just horrible."

Dean thanks a horrified Linda for being there for him and she is shocked at how differently he see's things

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Dean thanks a horrified Linda for being there


What kind of impact do you want the storyline to have?
"It does almost sound cliché and obvious, but even if there are 100,000 complaints, I couldn't care less if one person watches this and says, 'Do you know what? I saw how that played out and I should say something'. Hopefully the reaction is not just from the women but from the guys. There are guys out there who are young and can get women, but they are overly forceful with it. It's happening so, so much.

"There's a really messed-up grey area of consent and not consent and drunk girls and things like that. For me, this was the part that we were playing out that was different to your everyday rape stories that you see on TV. We're playing a really grey area and people aren't going to like it.

"I think some people are going to want the obvious stuff and they're going to want Dean to go to prison straight away and want him to get punished, and he might not necessarily. That's not life. So if it changes a woman's point of view and she speaks out, and if it puts the seed in some guy's head of 'I shouldn't be doing this', then job done."

Are you looking forward to filming some dramatic scenes with Danny Dyer once the truth comes out?
"I think Danny is! (Laughs.) Of course I am. It's very complicated, though - it's not simple and it's not just black and white. There are many other things that are running through those episodes, so I can't say everything - I don't know everything - but they are so complicated. From an outsider, I will be watching and rooting for it to happen. And come on, it makes good TV. It's good - he does find out."

Do you feel that Dean needs a comeuppance?
"Yeah. When I watch a film, the good guy has to win, right? It's just the way it goes. From a legal and judicial point of view, it's not carried through so much, so at least if it's in some other shape or form, Dean needs something. He can't do this and get away scot-free, of course not. So there does need to be something."

Additional reporting by Peter Exley.

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EastEnders begins this storyline on Monday, October 6 at 8pm on BBC One.
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EastEnders' Kellie Bright: 'Linda's rape has massive repercussions'

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EastEnders star Kellie Bright has revealed more details about the upcoming rape storyline for her character Linda Carter.

Linda faces the toughest time of her life next week as she is sexually attacked by her brother-in-law Dean Wicks after consoling him during a tough time.

At an EastEnders press event this week, Kellie spoke further about the filming of the plot, the impact on Linda's relationship with Mick, and whether her bubbly character can ever return to normal.

Kellie Bright as Linda Carter

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Kellie Bright as Linda Carter

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Hollyoaks pictures: Behind the scenes at Ziggy Roscoe's big week

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It's a huge week for Ziggy Roscoe on Hollyoaks next week, and by the looks of these behind-the-scenes pictures, actor Fabrizio Santino enjoyed every moment of filming the dramatic episodes!If you haven't already heard, an eventful time for Ziggy kicks off when he attends a fun charity event at the local hospital and ends up facing off against his love rival Cameron Campbell (Cameron Moore) in a sumo wrestling match.

After the fight gets out of hand, Tegan Lomax (Jessica Ellis) drags Ziggy away. When they end up in a lift together, Tegan pulls the emergency stop button and refuses to let Ziggy go until he has given up the fight for her sister Leela.

Tegan's actions may seem harmless enough, but when dangerous villain Big Bob sparks a hostage situation at the hospital and cuts off the power, they end up truly trapped and in need of rescue!

Scroll through our gallery above to follow Fabrizio around the set as the scenes were filmed.

Hollyoaks airs weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4.

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Hollyoaks spoiler pictures: Grace and Trevor face new baby setback

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Hollyoaks couple Grace Black and Trevor Royle will face a further setback in their desire to start a family next week.

The couple have been having IVF treatment due to Grace's inability to have a baby of her own, but they were left devastated recently when Grace (Tamara Wall) suffered a miscarriage.

Grace shows Trevor her plans for IVF

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Grace and Trevor in Hollyoaks


There is further heartbreak in store for the pair next week when they learn at a hospital appointment that Grace may be completely unable to carry a child of her own.

Dr Lewis explains to Grace and Trevor that due to her shooting, there is more damage to Grace's ovary then they originally thought and she may not be able to carry a baby full term even with the IVF treatment.

Jazmine Franks as Esther Bloom in Hollyoaks

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Jazmine Franks


Distraught by the prospect of their baby dream slipping further away from them, Grace goes to see Esther, but is shocked when the teenager collapses.

After taking her to hospital, Esther soon becomes suspicious by Grace's extreme concern, but what exactly is Grace planning?

Hollyoaks airs these scenes on Monday, October 6 and Tuesday, October 7 at 6.30pm on Channel 4.
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Emmerdale's Gaynor Faye: 'Megan wants revenge against Charity'

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Emmerdale's Megan Macey faces the toughest time of her life next week as she bids a final farewell to her son Robbie Lawson at his funeral.

The sad day comes as Megan continues to hope that her brother Declan will make a shock return following the recent tragic events at the lake.

Here, Gaynor Faye - who plays Megan - chats about the funeral, Declan's uncertain fate and why her ruthless character will now be desperate to get even with Charity…

Gaynor Faye as Megan Macey in Emmerdale

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Gaynor Faye as Megan Macey

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Emmerdale spoiler pictures: Juliette gives birth to Jimmy's baby

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Jimmy King will struggle with his emotions on Emmerdale next week after Juliette gives birth to his baby.

Jimmy (Nick Miles) initially finds himself lying to Nicola (Nicola Wheeler) as he goes to meet Juliette, where he becomes overwhelmed with emotion when she shows him a scan photo.

Jimmy goes to meet Juliette

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Jimmy goes to meet Juliette


Rodney walks in on them as Jimmy comforts Juliette

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Rodney walks in as Jimmy comforts Juliette


Later, Nicola is left stunned when Juliette appears at the house, wanting to collect the papers that Jimmy has signed to give up all responsibility over the baby. However, everything is put on hold when Juliette suddenly goes into labour in their house.

After Juliette gives birth to their baby son Carl, Nicola is relieved when Jimmy shows little interest in seeing either of them again. However, when Juliette arrives to thank Nicola for her help yesterday, Nicola lies that Jimmy has posted the signed papers and won't have anything more to do with Carl.

Juliette goes into labour

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Juliette goes into labour


Taking matters into her own hands, Nicola posts Jimmy's papers herself but after Jimmy shares a touching moment with Carl, it becomes clear that he isn't ready to let him go so easily.

Seeing the effect that Carl has had on Jimmy, Nicola suggests to Jimmy that they have another baby, but the suggestion leaves him horrified.

Jimmy later explains to a relieved Nicola that he doesn't want more children, but is he already regretting his decision not to be involved in baby Carl's life?

Emmerdale airs these scenes next week on ITV.
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EastEnders' Kellie Bright on rape story: 'Linda is terrified of Dean'

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EastEnders airs a dark storyline next week as Queen Vic landlady Linda Carter is raped by her brother-in-law Dean Wicks.

The incident happens when Dean and Linda are left alone together in the dramatic aftermath of Phil and Sharon's wedding.

Here, Kellie Bright - who plays Linda - reveals the details of the storyline and how she feels about exploring the sensitive subject matter.

Kellie Bright as Linda Carter

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Kellie Bright as Linda Carter

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Hollyoaks spoiler pictures: Leela Lomax comes to Tegan's rescue

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Hollyoaks' Leela Lomax is forced to come to her sister Tegan's rescue next week after a hostage situation puts her life in danger.

With Ziggy (Fabrizio Santino) still reeling from his break-up with Leela (Kirsty-Leigh Porter), Tegan (Jessica Ellis) intervenes by telling Ziggy to move on as Leela isn't interested.

After breaking up a fight between Ziggy and Cameron at the hospital, Tegan later traps her and Ziggy in a lift in a bid to get him to forget about her sister altogether.

However, as the pair remain in the hospital lift, they are unaware that Big Bob (Vincent Ebrahim) has closed off all the exits as a hostage situation unfolds.

Tegan and Ziggy are unaware of the drama going on

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Tegan and Ziggy are unaware of the drama going on

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