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Today in Soap Opera History (March 8)

1977: Delia left a suicide note for Pat on Ryan's Hope.

1984: All My Children's Erica and Adam were married.

1984: Knots Landing's Abby and Val mourned Gary.

2006: Passions' Miguel returned just as Kay accepted Fox's proposal."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into d ifferent and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

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1966: On Another World, Bill Matthews (Joseph Gallison) begged social worker Ann Fuller (Olga Bellin) to tell him the real reason Missy Palmer didn't want to marry him.

1977: On Ryan's Hope, after writing a suicide note and taking Jack's pills, Delia Reid Ryan
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Today in Soap Opera History (March 8)

1977: Delia left a suicide note for Pat on Ryan's Hope.

1984: All My Children's Erica and Adam were married.

1984: Knots Landing's Abby and Val mourned Gary.

2006: Passions' Miguel returned just as Kay accepted Fox's proposal."Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results."

― Machiavelli

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1966: On Another World, Bill Matthews (Joseph Gallison) begged social worker Ann Fuller
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DVD Review – The Firm (1988)

The Firm, 1988.

Directed by Alan Clarke.

Starring Gary Oldman, Lesley Manville, Phil Davies and Steve McFadden.

Synopsis:

Rival football fans organise a fight before a big match…

Euro 2016 is kicking off across France and news bulletins tell us about violence between British fans and other supporters. This is the perfect moment to reevaluate Alan Clarke’s The Firm. Acknowledging the joy of football, Clarke doesn’t shy away from the uglier side of the game as vandalism, abuse and dominance play its part in the support of a local team. From the moment The Firm starts, there is a romance surrounding the sport. Men on the field as Dean Martin’s ‘That’s Amore’ plays on the sound track is anything but subtle. This is in contrast with a malicious attack on cars and clothing in the changing rooms. The conscious, lingering question is whether it’s a love of
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June Brown's 300k EastEnders deal

June Brown has signed a new £300,000 deal with 'EastEnders'. The 88-year-old actress' lucrative contract will keep her on the show - in which she plays Dot Branning - until she's 90 and reportedly makes her the second highest-paid 'EastEnders' star, after Steve McFadden. A source told The Sun: ''This is great news for June, great news for the bosses and great news for 'EastEnders' fans. Both the top brass and obviously June herself are aware that she is not getting any younger but she is still very agile for her age and simply wants to go on as long as
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Emma Willis won't take maternity leave

'EastEnders'' Peggy Mitchell returned to Walford in last night's episode to reveal ''the cancer is back, I'm dying.'' Dame Barbara Windsor - who has played Peggy Mitchell on and off in the BBC One soap for two decades - told bosses she wanted her character to be killed off because she is leaving the show permanently. And in dramatic scenes, Peggy is seen breaking the news to her son Phil Mitchell - played by Steve McFadden - who is visibly drunk, and says: ''The cancer's back. I'm dying.'' The former Queen Vic landlord - who had breast cancer in a storyline in 1996
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Jamie Borthwick wants Jay and Ben to be the new Phil and Grant

Jamie Borthwick wants Jay Brown and Ben Mitchell to become the new Phil and Grant in 'EastEnders'. The 21-year-old actor would like to see his alter-ego and on-screen surrogate brother - portrayed by Harry Reid - become the top dogs of Walford, just like the infamous siblings (played by Steve McFadden and Ross Kemp respectively), who ruled Albert Square until Grant's departure in 2006. He explained: ''I just think their [Jay and Ben's] potential is really strong and me and Harry Reid get on amazingly well and I think it would be upsetting if they didn't do the whole Phil and
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EastEnders' Ben Mitchell set for trouble with Gavin

'EastEnders' character Ben Mitchell is heading for trouble with new villain Gavin Sullivan. Actor Harry Reid has revealed his alter ego will fall under his former stepdad Gavin's evil spell now he is involved in the tense situation involving his former carer and his mother Kathy (Gillian Taylforth). Gavin (Paul Nicholas) has kidnapped Ben's biological dad Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) in a bid to extort cash from the Mitchell family but Ben may find himself siding with his stepfather. Harry said: ''We have to remember he was Ben's stepdad and father figure for years. He grew up with him and there will be
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Harry Reid: EastEnders' Steve McFadden is 'timid'

'EastEnders' actor Harry Reid has described Steve McFadden as ''timid''. The 23-year-old actor insists Steve - who has played hard-man Phil Mitchell on the BBC One soap for over 20 years - is nothing like his grumpy character. Asked what he's like in real life, Harry - who plays Phil's son Ben Mitchell - said: ''He's timid. He's timid, yeah, you could sort him out! He's lovely. He's a bubbly, happy, lovely bloke who just loves his art, loves his craft and he's very method in his ways but look at what he's done.'' He added: ''The character he's created in Phil
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Kathy Beale returns to EastEnders

Kathy Beale came back from the dead in last night's hour-long episode of 'EastEnders'. Gillian Taylforth reprised her role as Ian Beale's (Adam Woodyatt) mother Kathy in the BBC One soap's 30th anniversary episode, nine years after she was believed to have died in a car accident in South Africa. Kathy was seen meeting ex-husband Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) - with whom she has son Ben (Harry Reid) - in central London, begging him to let her come home to Albert Square. With Gillian set to return to the soap for good, viewers will soon find out where Kathy has been for
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Rufus Hound dances naked

Kathy Beale came back from the dead in last night's hour-long episode of 'EastEnders'. Gillian Taylforth reprised her role as Ian Beale's (Adam Woodyatt) mother Kathy in the BBC One soap's 30th anniversary episode, nine years after she was believed to have died in a car accident in South Africa. Kathy was seen meeting ex-husband Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) - with whom she has son Ben (Harry Reid) - in central London, begging him to let her come home to Albert Square. With Gillian set to return to the soap for good, viewers will soon find out where Kathy has been for
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Natalie Cassidy: Danny Dyer isn't 'anything special'

Natalie Cassidy doesn't think Danny Dyer is ''anything special''. The 31-year-old actress, who plays Sonia Fowler in 'EastEnders', admits her co-star (Mick Carter) in the BBC One soap is ''lovely'', but doesn't think he is any different to the other guys on the show like Steve McFadden (Phil Mitchell) or Adam Woodyatt (Ian Beale). She said: ''He's the same as everybody else. Kellie [Bright (Linda Carter)], Danny, Maddy [Hill (Nancy Carter)], they're great additions to the show. ''Everyone is obsessed with Danny, but he's just a bloke. ''He's a lovely guy, he's no different to Steve McFadden or Adam Woodyatt,
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Stephen Mulhern would walk tightrope while juggling axes

Natalie Cassidy doesn't think Danny Dyer is ''anything special''. The 31-year-old actress, who plays Sonia Fowler in 'EastEnders', admits her co-star (Mick Carter) in the BBC One soap is ''lovely'', but doesn't think he is any different to the other guys on the show like Steve McFadden (Phil Mitchell) or Adam Woodyatt (Ian Beale). She said: ''He's the same as everybody else. Kellie [Bright (Linda Carter)], Danny, Maddy [Hill (Nancy Carter)], they're great additions to the show. ''Everyone is obsessed with Danny, but he's just a bloke. ''He's a lovely guy, he's no different to Steve McFadden or Adam Woodyatt,
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EastEnders' Peggy Mitchell makes shock return

'EastEnders' viewers were left stunned last night (25.09.14) after Peggy Mitchell made a shock return. The matriarch - played by Barbara Windsor - was seen in Portugal telling her niece Ronnie Mitchell (Samantha Womack) to put a stop to her son Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) marrying Sharon Rickman (Letitia Dean). Barbara, who left the soap in 2010, said: ''Peggy just couldn't resist putting her oar in when it comes to Sharon, who she has never forgiven for breaking up her precious boys Phil and Grant!'' The former landlady was first seen in the episode slamming the wedding invitation down on the table and
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Karl Howman joins EastEnders

Karl Howman has joined 'EastEnders'. The former 'Brush Strokes' actor has been snapped up by bosses on the popular BBC soap to play an East End thug. The 61-year-old will appear as a shaven-headed hardman, who is set to take on resident Walford tough guy Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden). Expected to hit screens in November, Karl has hinted that his character will be causing some trouble among Albert Square's current residents. The 80s sitcom star - who also appeared as the title character in the BBC situation comedy 'Mulberry' - said: ''It is an honour to have joined such an iconic show
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Courteney Cox: I don't get recognised enough for Friends

Karl Howman has joined 'EastEnders'. The former 'Brush Strokes' actor has been snapped up by bosses on the popular BBC soap to play an East End thug. The 61-year-old will appear as a shaven-headed hardman, who is set to take on resident Walford tough guy Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden). Expected to hit screens in November, Karl has hinted that his character will be causing some trouble among Albert Square's current residents. The 80s sitcom star - who also appeared as the title character in the BBC situation comedy 'Mulberry' - said: ''It is an honour to have joined such an iconic show
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Harry Reid cast as Ben Mitchell in EastEnders

Harry Reid has been cast as Ben Mitchell in 'EastEnders'. The wayward son of Phil Mitchell, who was last seen in August 2012 when he was imprisoned for the murder of Heather Trott, will return to Albert Square later this year with newcomer Harry cast in the role. The actor said: ''I'm very excited to be joining 'EastEnders - not only because it's a great show but also to be playing Ben, a character that is so renowned and from such an iconic family. I'm looking forward to getting started and working closely with the legendary Steve McFadden. I can't wait to
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Michelle Keegan plans 'Tina shrine' in new home

Harry Reid has been cast as Ben Mitchell in 'EastEnders'. The wayward son of Phil Mitchell, who was last seen in August 2012 when he was imprisoned for the murder of Heather Trott, will return to Albert Square later this year with newcomer Harry cast in the role. The actor said: ''I'm very excited to be joining 'EastEnders - not only because it's a great show but also to be playing Ben, a character that is so renowned and from such an iconic family. I'm looking forward to getting started and working closely with the legendary Steve McFadden. I can't wait to
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EastEnders' Ian Beale considers suicide?

EastEnders' Ian Beale will be on the brink of suicide next week. The tortured businessman - who is grieving the murder of his daughter Lucy Beale - will contemplate ending his life as his pals Sharon Rickman (Letitia Dean) and Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) rush to his home to stop him before it's too late. A source told Inside Soap magazine: ''Things are as bad as they could possibly be and Ian can see no way out.'' Sharon senses danger when Ian fails to respond to her text messages and she rushes across the square to the aid of the grieving father, who
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Cilla Black: I almost cried at BAFTAs

EastEnders' Ian Beale will be on the brink of suicide next week. The tortured businessman - who is grieving the murder of his daughter Lucy Beale - will contemplate ending his life as his pals Sharon Rickman (Letitia Dean) and Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) rush to his home to stop him before it's too late. A source told Inside Soap magazine: ''Things are as bad as they could possibly be and Ian can see no way out.'' Sharon senses danger when Ian fails to respond to her text messages and she rushes across the square to the aid of the grieving father, who
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Ben Mitchell to return to EastEnders

Ben Mitchell will return to 'EastEnders' - but a new actor will play the role. The murderous offspring of soap icon Phil Mitchell will be reintroduced on the show later this year, BBC bosses confirm to Digital Spy, but producers are looking to recast the part. Ben - previously played by Joshua Pascoe - was last seen in 'EastEnders' in August 2012 when he was imprisoned after confessing to the murder of Heather Trott (Cheryl Fergison). However, the tearaway's dad Phil (Steve McFadden) discovered this week that Ben has been out of prison for an entire month, leading to speculation the character could
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