BBC Online known as BBCi, is the BBC's online service. It is a large network of websites including such high-profile sites as BBC News and Sport, the on-demand video and radio services co-branded BBC iPlayer, the children's sites CBBC and CBeebies, learning services such as Bitesize; the BBC has had an online presence supporting its TV and radio programmes and web-only initiatives since 1994 but did not launch until December 1997, following government approval to fund it by TV licence fee revenue as a service in its own right. Throughout its short history, the online plans of the BBC have been subject to harassment from its commercial rivals, which has resulted in various public consultations and government reviews to investigate their claims that its large presence and public funding distorts the UK market; the website has gone through several branding changes. Named BBC Online, it was rebranded as BBCi before being named bbc.co.uk. It was renamed BBC Online again in 2008, however the service uses the branding "BBC".
The web-based service of the BBC is one of the most visited websites and the world's largest news website. As of 2007, it contained over two million pages. On 26 February 2010 The Times claimed that Mark Thompson Director General of the BBC, proposed that the BBC's web output should be cut by 50%, with online staff numbers and budgets reduced by 25% in a bid to scale back BBC operations and allow commercial rivals more room. On 2 March 2010, the BBC reported that it will cut its website spending by 25% and close BBC 6 Music and Asian Network. On 24 January 2011, the confirmed cuts of 25% were announced leaving a £34 million shortfall; this resulted in the closure of several sites, including BBC Switch, BBC Blast, 6-0-6, the announcement of plans to sell on the Douglas Adams created site h2g2. The service's original home was www.bbcnc.org.uk launched by BBC Education on 11 May 1994 as a non-profit paid subscription service. For a joining fee of £25 and a monthly subscription of £12, members of the club were given access to an early type of social networking site featuring a bulletin board for sharing information and real-time conversation, along with a dialup Internet connection service.
Within 12 months, the BBC offered "auntie" on-line discussion groups. The BBC Director General John Birt sought government approval to direct licence fee revenue into the service, describing planned BBC Internet services as the "third medium" joining the BBC's existing TV and Radio networks, achieving a change in the BBC Charter; this led to the official launch of BBC Online at the www.bbc.co.uk address in December 1997. As well as the licence fee funded www.bbc.co.uk, BBC Worldwide launched the commercially funded beeb.com, featuring entertainment focused content, with sites including Radio Times, Top Gear and Top of the Pops. BBC Online launched licence fee funded web sites for Top of the Pops and Top Gear, resulting in some duplication. Beeb.com was refocussed as an online shopping guide, was closed in 2002. Beeb.com redirected to the BBC Shop website, run by BBC Worldwide. In 1999, the BBC bought the www.bbc.com domain name for $375,000 owned by Boston Business Computing, but the price of this purchase was not revealed until 6 years later.
As of 2005, www.bbcnc.org.uk no longer exists. In 2001, BBC Online was rebranded as BBCi; the BBCi name was conceived as an umbrella brand for all the BBC's digital interactive services across web, digital teletext, interactive TV and on mobile platforms. The use of letter "i" prefixes and suffixes to denote information technology or interactivity was much in vogue at this time; as part of the rebrand, BBC website pages all displayed a standard navigation bar across the top of the screen, offering category-based navigation: Categories, TV, Communicate, Where I Live, A-Z Index and a search function. The navbar was designed to offer a similar navigation system to the i-bar on BBCi interactive television. After three years of consistent use across different platforms, the BBC began to drop the BBCi brand gradually. Interactive TV services continued under the BBCi brand until it was dropped in 2008; the BBC's online video player, the iPlayer has, retained an i-prefix in its branding. On 14 December 2007, a beta version of a new bbc.co.uk homepage was launched, with the ability to customise the page by adding and rearranging different categories, such as'News','Weather' and'Entertainment'.
The widget-based design was inspired by sites such as Facebook and iGoogle, allowed the BBC to add new content to the homepage while still retaining users' customisations. The new homepage incorporated the clock design used in the 1970s on the BBC's television service into the large header and a box containing featured content of the website; the new BBC homepage left beta on Wednesday, 27 February 2008 to serve as the new BBC Homepage under the same URL as the previous version. On 30 January 2010, a new webpage design became available as a beta version, that by May 2010, replaced the old homepage; this homepage expanded on the customisation theme. The website all
Joe Wicks is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, played by Paul Nicholls. He appears on screen between 25 March 1996 and 14 November 1997. EastEnders was praised for the character's portrayal of schizophrenia. Joe arrives in Albert Square from Bolton in 1996, looking for his father, David Wicks, following the death of his sister Karen in a car crash. At first, David rejects his son, sends him home. However, after Joe runs away again and turns up at David's, he becomes more receptive. Joe and his mother Lorraine move to London and Joe moves in with David. Karen's death has affected Joe and he blames himself because the day Karen died, they had had an argument over who would sit in the front seat of the car. Joe won and Karen was in the back when a lorry crashed into the car. Karen died whilst Joe escaped with minor injuries; this leads to Joe developing schizophrenia and exhibiting strange behaviour. Whilst suffering from schizophrenia, Joe attempts suicide and hides Nellie Ellis's dead cat Mandoo in a box in his bedroom and shocks his father when he covers his room with old newspaper articles relating to aliens.
While in Walford, Joe gets engaged to Sarah Hills but has a one-night stand with his second cousin, Mary Flaherty. This makes him realise that he is too young to get married, so he calls off the engagement, he and his mother, leave in 1997, returning to Bolton although Joe reconciles with Sarah many years later. In 2012, when David visits his mother, Pat, he tells her that Joe has a girlfriend who has children and that he stayed with them for a while but it did not work out. However, when David is arguing with Carol Jackson, it is revealed that Joe and David have lost contact and he has no address for his son. EastEnders story editor, Ian Aldwinkle, decided to introduce a character with schizophrenia after working on the drama series Casualty, which featured violent and dramatic incidents involving people with the illness, but only focussed on the medical side. Aldwinkle researched the illness and says he was shocked to discover that it affects one in 100 people, but it was spoken about, he said: "Because it has a continuing storyline, EastEnders was able to look at the effect that schizophrenia has on a family and on individual relationships.
I wanted to humanise it and look at the emotional impact it has on people." He said he hoped that the storyline would be helpful, saying "It seems to me that mental illness is one of the last subjects that you can still make jokes about without being labelled politically incorrect, that seems wrong. If I get just one letter from one person saying that the character of Joe Wicks has helped to change their life for the better I will be pleased."EastEnders worked with experts from the National Schizophrenia Fellowship to make the plot as accurate as possible. Gary Hogman of the fellowship said "It was the largest schizophrenia awareness initiative, reaching an audience of 10 million people three times a week. People could watch Joe going through the motions. We showed how you could get help. There is so much misinformation about schizophrenia with the media focusing on extreme cases, and Joe was a handsome young man, not a spotty loner. He showed that schizophrenia can happen to anyone and made it easier for people to talk about it."The National Schizophrenia Fellowship contacted mental health organisations in other countries to brief them on how they could use the storyline to raise awareness.
In January 2012, Nicholls told the Press Association that he cannot remember his time on EastEnders as Joe. The actor said "I can't remember it. It's weird. I remember driving to work and being on set a few times, but if I look back now, it's just blank. I just can't remember being in it. I do recall coming out of EastEnders and the attention dying down 50% in the first six months, a couple of years it was 95%." Andy Bell, of the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health, criticised TV and films for portraying schizophrenia patients as a stereotype of a person, in a hopeless situation, but said EastEnders "broke the mould", saying "It was an excellent storyline, for us, was well-handled."The storyline prompted thousands of calls from sufferers and their families to the National Schizophrenia Fellowship, who said that the story broke society's taboo on talking about the illness and praised the sensitive way in which the illness was portrayed. The fellowship said the story did more to break the stigma attached to schizophrenia than any number of worthy media appeals.
The fellowship's chief executive Bharat Mehta, said that EastEnders helped to destroy the myths that schizophrenia meant that a person had a split personality and that the illness was to make them violent. Matthew Bayliss of The Guardian said that Joe's schizophrenia earnt EastEnders much acclaim because he was David's son and Pat's grandson: "His illness affected people we knew and cared about, so its key scenes were charged with emotion." Nicholls' role as Joe saw him nominated'Most Popular Newcomer' in the 1996 National Television Awards, and'Most Popular Actor' the following year. The character's exit from the soap was viewed by 22 million people. Joe Wicks at BBC Online
A soap opera is an ongoing drama serial on television or radio, featuring the lives of many characters and their emotional relationships. The term soap opera originated from radio dramas being sponsored by soap manufacturers. BBC Radio's The Archers, first broadcast in 1950, is the world's longest-running radio soap opera; the first serial considered to be a "soap opera" was Painted Dreams, which debuted on October 20, 1930 on Chicago radio station WGN. Early radio series such as Painted Dreams were broadcast in weekday daytime slots five days a week. Most of the listeners would be housewives. Thus, the shows were consumed by a predominantly female audience; the first nationally broadcast radio soap opera was Clara, Lu, Em, which aired on the NBC Blue Network at 10:30 p.m. Eastern Time on January 27, 1931. A crucial element that defines the soap opera is the open-ended serial nature of the narrative, with stories spanning several episodes. One of the defining features that makes a television program a soap opera, according to Albert Moran, is "that form of television that works with a continuous open narrative.
Each episode ends with a promise that the storyline is to be continued in another episode". In 2012, Los Angeles Times columnist Robert Lloyd wrote of daily dramas, "Although melodramatically eventful, soap operas such as this have a luxury of space that makes them seem more naturalistic. You spend more time with the minor characters. An individual episode of a soap opera will switch between several different concurrent narrative threads that may at times interconnect and affect one another or may run independent to each other; each episode may feature some of the show's current storylines, but not always all of them. In daytime serials and those that are broadcast each weekday, there is some rotation of both storyline and actors so any given storyline or actor will appear in some but not all of a week's worth of episodes. Soap operas bring all the current storylines to a conclusion at the same time; when one storyline ends, there are several other story threads at differing stages of development.
Soap opera episodes end on some sort of cliffhanger, the season finale ends in the same way, only to be resolved when the show returns for the start of a new yearly broadcast. Evening soap operas and those that air at a rate of one episode per week are more to feature the entire cast in each episode, to represent all current storylines in each episode. Evening soap operas and serials that run for only part of the year tend to bring things to a dramatic end-of-season cliffhanger. In 1976, Time magazine described American daytime television as "TV's richest market," noting the loyalty of the soap opera fan base and the expansion of several half-hour series into hour-long broadcasts in order to maximize ad revenues; the article explained that at that time, many prime time series lost money, while daytime serials earned profits several times more than their production costs. The issue's cover notably featured its first daytime soap stars, Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes of Days of Our Lives, a married couple whose onscreen and real-life romance was covered by both the soap opera magazines and the mainstream press at large.
The main characteristics that define soap operas are "an emphasis on family life, personal relationships, sexual dramas and moral conflicts. Fitting in with these characteristics, most soap operas follow the lives of a group of characters who live or work in a particular place, or focus on a large extended family; the storylines follow personal relationships of these characters. "Soap narratives, like those of film melodramas, are marked by what Steve Neale has described as'chance happenings, missed meetings, sudden conversions, last-minute rescues and revelations, deus ex machina endings.'" These elements may be found from EastEnders to Dallas. Due to the prominence of English-language television, most soap-operas are English. However, several South African soap operas started incorporating a multi-language format, the most prominent being 7de Laan, which incorporates Afrikaans, English and several other Bantu languages which make up the 11 Official Languages of South Africa. In many soap operas, in particular daytime serials in the US, the characters are attractive, seductive and wealthy.
Soap operas from the United Kingdom and Australia tend to focus on more everyday characters and situations, are set in working class environments. Many of the soaps produced in those two countries explore social realist storylines such as family discord, marriage breakdown or financial problems. Both UK and Australian soap operas feature comedic elements affectionate comic stereotypes such as the gossip or the grumpy old man, presented as a comic foil to the emotional turmoil that surrounds them; this diverges from US soap operas. UK soap operas make a claim to presenting "reality
EastEnders is a British soap opera created by Julia Smith and Tony Holland, broadcast on BBC One since 1985. Set in Albert Square in the East End of London in the fictional Borough of Walford, the programme follows the stories of local residents and their families as they go about their daily lives. There were two 30-minute episodes per week increasing to three, but since 2001 episodes have been broadcast every weekday apart from Wednesdays. Within eight months of the show's launch, it reached the number-one spot in BARB's TV ratings and has remained among the top-rated TV programmes in Britain. In 2013, the average audience share for an episode was around 30 per cent. Today, EastEnders remains a significant programme in terms of the BBC's success and audience share, in the history of British television drama, tackling many dilemmas that are considered to be controversial and taboo issues in British culture and social life unseen on United Kingdom mainstream television; as of May 2016, EastEnders has won nine BAFTA Awards and the Inside Soap Award for Best Soap for 14 years running, as well as twelve National Television Awards for Most Popular Serial Drama and 11 awards for Best Soap at the British Soap Awards.
It has won 13 TV Quick and TV Choice Awards for Best Soap, six TRIC Awards for Soap of The Year, four Royal Television Society Awards for Best Continuing Drama and has been inducted into the Rose d'Or Hall of Fame. In March 1983, under two years before EastEnders' first episode was broadcast, the show was a vague idea in the mind of a handful of BBC executives, who decided that what BBC1 needed was a popular bi-weekly drama series that would attract the kind of mass audiences that ITV was getting with Coronation Street; the first people to whom David Reid head of series and serials, turned were Julia Smith and Tony Holland, a well established producer/script editor team who had first worked together on Z-Cars. The outline that Reid presented was vague: two episodes a week, 52 weeks a year. After the concept was put to them on 14 March 1983, Smith and Holland went about putting their ideas down on paper. Granada Television gave Smith unrestricted access to the Coronation Street production for a month so that she could get a sense how a continuing drama was produced.
There was anxiety at first that the viewing public would not accept a new soap set in the south of England, though research commissioned by lead figures in the BBC revealed that southerners would accept a northern soap, northerners would accept a southern soap and those from the Midlands, as Julia Smith herself pointed out, did not mind where it was set as long as it was somewhere else. This was the beginning of a close and continuing association between EastEnders and audience research, though commonplace today, was something of a revolution in practice; the show's creators were both Londoners, but when they researched Victorian squares, they found massive changes in areas they thought they knew well. However, delving further into the East End of London, they found what they had been searching for: a real East End spirit—an inward looking quality, a distrust of strangers and authority figures, a sense of territory and community that the creators summed up as "Hurt one of us and you hurt us all".
When developing EastEnders, both Smith and Holland looked at influential models like Coronation Street, but they found that it offered a rather outdated and nostalgic view of working-class life. Only after EastEnders began, featured the characters of Tony Carpenter and Kelvin Carpenter, did Coronation Street start to feature black characters, for example, they came to the conclusion that Coronation Street had grown old with its audience, that EastEnders would have to attract a younger, more extensive audience, ensuring that it had the longevity to retain it for many years thereafter. They looked at Brookside but found there was a lack of central meeting points for the characters, making it difficult for the writers to intertwine different storylines, so EastEnders was set in Albert Square. A previous UK soap set in an East End market was ATV's Market in Honey Lane between 1967 and 1969; however this show, which graduated from one showing a week to two in three separate series was different in style and approach to EastEnders.
The British Film Institute described Market In Honey Lane thus: "It was not an earth-shaking programme, not pioneering in any revolutionary ideas in technique and production, but proposed itself to the casual viewer as a mildly pleasant affair." EastEnders, while featuring an East End street market, would be different in its approach and impact. The target launch date was January 1985. Smith and Holland had eleven months in which to write and shoot the whole thing. However, in February 1984, they did not have a title or a place to film. Both Smith and Holland were unhappy about the January 1985 launch date, favouring November or September 1984 when seasonal audiences would be higher, but the BBC stayed firm, Smith and Holland had to concede that, with the massive task of getting the Elstree Studios operational, January was the most realistic date. However, this was to be changed to February; the project had a number of working titles—Square Dance, Round the Square, Round the Houses, London Pride and East 8.
It was the latter. However, the show was renamed after many casting agents mistakenly thought the show was to be called Estate, the fictional postcode E20 was created, instead of using
Robbie Jackson is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, played by Dean Gaffney. The character axed in 2003 by executive producer Louise Berridge, he made brief returns in 2004 and 2010 for two family weddings and again on 22 September 2015 to tie in with the exit of his on-screen mother, Carol Jackson on 2 October 2015. The character's reintroduction was announced on 17 April 2017 and he returned on 26 June 2017. Robbie arrives in Albert Square in 1993 with the rest of the Jackson family: mother Carol Jackson, her partner Alan Jackson, his half-siblings, Bianca Jackson, Sonia Jackson and Billie Jackson. A troublesome teen, Robbie has little success at school and is in trouble for his behaviour, along with his friend Kevin. In November 1994, the pair find a dog. Robbie manages to persuade the dog's owner to relinquish care to him, after he discovers that Wellard was being neglected, Wellard becomes Robbies's pet; as he ages, Robbie has little success in anything he chooses to do.
He has several careers in Albert Square including radio control for the Evans' mini cab company, waiter, a job as manager in the local video rental store, as the market road sweeper. Robbie is unsuccessful with women, he has a crush on Sarah Hills and is responsible for taking her virginity in 1997. Although Sarah initiated the intercourse, she is unable to cope with what has occurred and runs away, leaving her father Ted Hills to assume that Robbie has raped his daughter. Ted assaults Robbie. Robbie forms a more serious relationship with Kerry Skinner in 2000, they get engaged. Robbie has brief feud with Steve Owen after Steve frames Robbie's friend Matthew Rose for killing Steve's former girlfriend Saskia Duncan, when in fact Steve killed her in self-defence, has resented him since. Robbie decides to track down his birth father, Gary Bolton, in 2001, he finds him in Portsmouth, discovers he has a half brother, Kevin. The meeting ends up being a disappointment for Robbie, when he discovers Gary had left his own mother to be with his half-brother's mother.
He leaves angrily, but Gary traces Robbie to Walford and gives him a large cheque which allows him to travel around India, pay for sister Sonia's nursing training. When Robbie returns to Walford and meets young widow Nita Mistry, they begin a slow-burning relationship, despite Nita's initial reticence, they move in together with Nita's son Anish, but Nita decides to return to India in 2003 to live with her parents, who can provide for Anish better than she can. Robbie goes with her and Anish to live in Mumbai, he leaves Wellard in the care of his friend, Gus Smith. Robbie returns for Sonia and Martin Fowler's wedding in 2004, he returns again for Bianca's wedding to Ricky Butcher in February 2010, is upset to hear that Wellard has died. When asked about Nita he reveals. Robbie walks Bianca down the aisle on her wedding day and returns to India after the wedding; when Robbie's half brother Billie dies several months Robbie and Sonia are unable to attend his funeral due to the flight costs, their newborn baby, Sami Jackson, the fact that Sonia is visiting Robbie and Nita in Mumbai.
In 2014 Carol has the BRCA2 gene mutation and Robbie and his siblings need to be tested. In April 2014, Robbie's test results come back negative; the following year, in September, Robbie returns with his son Sami, surprising Carol. He reveals that he and Nita have split up and he is moving to Milton Keynes and offers Carol the chance to move with him there. Although she agrees, she decides that she wants an adventure and plans to travel the world on Jim's motorbike, but not before buying Robbie and Sami a puppy, Wellard II, for their move to Milton Keynes. In June 2017, Carmel Kazemi decides to just work part-time as the market inspector. Robbie reveals to the market traders that he is the new market inspector. Robbie runs a training session for the market traders. Kush Kazemi, Martin Fowler and Donna Yates become irritated by Robbie's way of running the Market, so much that Kush and Martin throw him into a bin as a prank. Robbie removes Donna's stall from her pitch, giving it to a young hipster named Felix Moore until she can pay her fees, after a talk from Sonia, Robbie decides to change his tactics and give Donna her pitch back, earning him thanks from Donna and Martin.
However Mr Lister orders Robbie to reinstate Felix, demanding modernisation of the market by Christmas. When the deadline is up, Mr Lister is unimpressed, but organises for an independent visitor to shop at the market as a shopper without the date announced. Mr Lister is not happy when Felix quits his stall due to a breakage and Robbie did not make the person responsible pay and Robbie decides to quit his job as it saves the council money. Robbie starts a relationship with Donna after being set up by Whitney Carter. 1994 was a "historic" year for EastEnders. Due to the programm
Martin Fowler (EastEnders)
Martin Fowler is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders. The character was played by Jon Peyton-Price from the character's introduction 1985 until 1996, by James Alexandrou from 1996 until 2007. In October 2014, it was announced that series producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins decided to reintroduce Martin, with the role being recast to James Bye and Martin returned on 5 December 2014. Martin's first stint on the show included a relationship with Sonia Jackson, running over Jamie Mitchell, becoming a father to Bex Fowler and coping when his brother Mark Fowler and his mother Pauline Fowler die. Since his return in 2014, Martin has divorced Sonia, married Stacey Slater, discovered that Stacey's baby Arthur is the son of his best friend Kush Kazemi, survived a bus crash, assaulted a police officer which resulted in a small prison sentence as punishment, the premature birth of his daughter Hope Fowler, discovering that Stacey cheated on him with Max Branning; when Pauline and Arthur tell Pauline's mother Lou Beale that Pauline is pregnant, Lou is furious because they have two teenage children, Mark Fowler and Michelle Fowler, Arthur is unemployed.
Lou gives them the choice of either giving the child up for adoption, having an abortion or the family moving out of her home, but she is won round when the family organise a holiday for her to Clacton. The baby’s first christening is postponed when he is diagnosed with gastroenteritis and Lou is delighted when he is christened Martin Albert Fowler; when Pauline discovers Arthur had an affair with Christine Hewitt, she bans Arthur from seeing Martin, but they reconcile. Arthur dies when Martin is ten, who befriends a small gang of young criminals from his local school. Martin is placed under the supervision of a social worker. Martin has a brief relationship with Nicky di Marco. Martin turns to Sonia Jackson. Sonia is feeling vulnerable, after getting drunk, they lose their virginities to each other. Sonia gives birth to daughter Chloe Jackson and she decides to give Chloe up for adoption; when she names Martin as the father, a feud erupts between the Jacksons and the Fowlers, with Pauline demanding custody of the baby instead of her being adopted.
This leads to a court hearing where Sonia asks that baby Chloe be returned to her and she will raise her with her boyfriend, Jamie Mitchell, if Martin asks for custody with Pauline to support him. However, the judge rules that the adoption should go ahead when Martin admits that he does not want to be a father. Martin's deviancy continues when he takes drugs provided by Nick Cotton, which leads to Martin's brother Mark taking revenge and leaving Nick temporarily paralysed. Martin receives a six-month prison sentence after driving the car. However, he only serves two months, being let out early for good behaviour. Once released, Martin resumes his criminal lifestyle by robbing a shop, blackmailing Kareena Ferreira and growing cannabis in his late father's shed, assisted by his best friend, Asif Malik; this leads to family friend Derek Harkinson taking the blame when the police find out, as Martin cannot risk trouble with the law, due to his previous convictions. It is not until Martin is confronted and forgiven by a bereaved Sonia that he begins to feel remorse for his actions and attempts to reform himself.
After a few brief relationships, including a one-night stand with Kelly Taylor, Martin begins growing close to Sonia, they fall in love. After Sonia helps him come to terms with the death of his brother, Martin decides to propose marriage. Amidst constant interference from Pauline and Sonia decide to elope; the newlyweds move in with Pauline but she puts constant strain on their marriage with her meddling. Several months Martin unwittingly puts his marriage in jeopardy when he encounters Sarah Cairns. After passing out drunk at Sarah's house, she claims that Martin slept with her and begins stalking him; when Martin physically threatens her, she calls the police and has him arrested before revealing their "affair" to Sonia. Sarah's plan is thwarted however. After admitting that their affair is a lie, Sarah stabs Martin with a kitchen knife but Sonia hits her over the head with Pauline's fruit bowl. Sarah is committed to a mental institution and Martin and Sonia put the incident behind them. Pauline's influence over Martin starts putting a strain on his marriage.
Things worsen when Sonia finds out that Martin and Pauline have been visiting her and Martin's daughter against her wishes. Their marriage breaks down, due to Sonia's affair with Naomi Julien. Martin is devastated but she soon regrets it when Martin is given custody of their daughter following the death of her legal guardian and they exclude her from Rebecca's life. Martin tries to move on by dating Carly Wicks stirring up some jealousy in Sonia. After they divorce, they begin to regret it and sleep together, they secretly reunite and hope to keep it from Pauline but she finds out and they argue. Pauline prepares to leave but the house catches fire, Martin saves her. Pauline claims that she is dying from a brain tumour. In fact, she is faking it to make sure that Martin ends his relat
The Beales, together with the Fowlers, are a fictional family in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. They remained as such for many years. Having appeared continuously from episode one, they are the show's longest serving family. In 2004 Peter Beale and Lucy Beale were recast to give them a more mature look. In 2007, there were few members of the Beale family left and no Fowlers, so the family were revamped. Peter was recast again. Ian Beale started a relationship with Jane Beale and Steven Beale returned. By 2010, the number of Beales had fallen again. Lucy was recast and in 2013, Peter and Bobby were recast and Cindy Williams Jnr, the half-sister of Peter and Lucy, was reintroduced. In addition to this at the start of 2014 Bex Fowler returned to the serial with her mother Sonia Fowler, with Martin Fowler following 11 months in December. In 2014 Lucy is found dead, causing her family and friends to struggle to come to terms with her death and the secrets she left behind, putting many people in the frame for her murder.
It was revealed on 19 February 2015 that she was killed by Bobby. It was revealed that Kathy Beale, presumed dead in 2006, was alive after having faked her death with her new husband in South Africa. In December 2016 Michelle Fowler returned to Albert Square after leaving in 1995, although now played by Jenna Russell. Members of the Beale family in EastEnders include Ian, Martin and Hope. Additionally, several others may be considered Beales through marriage. Louise Mitchell is the legal daughter of Mark Fowler and called Louise Fowler whilst Lily Fowler and Arthur Fowler have Mark's brother, their stepfather. Abi Branning is the daughter of Ian's stepson Steven Abi Branning; the Beale and Fowler family were one of the shows original family. The family was created by Tony Holland, he was involved in the casting of the family, approaching Wendy Richard to play Pauline Fowler, who thought she would be "too glamorous". Gillian Taylforth auditioned for the part of Sue Osman, but was called back for the role of Kathy Beale, however producers didn't think she "looked old enough to have a son of 14.
They decided that if Pete had been Kathy’s first boyfriend, it could work". Bill Treacher was the first person to be cast in the show as Arthur Fowler and Julia Smith wrote the part of Arthur with Treacher in mind. Peter Dean was cast as Den Watts, whilst Leslie Grantham was cast as Pete Beale, but "then the producers switched the roles around because I was used to working in the market". Adam Woodyatt auditioned for the role of Ian Beale aged 16 in July 1984, after missing the first audition in May 1984. In July 1985, Pauline and Arthur's new baby son, Martin Fowler, was introduced and played by Jon Peyton Price. In May 1986, Michelle and Den Watts' daughter Vicki Fowler through a whodunnit teenage pregnancy. Emma Herry portrayed Vicki until 1988 when her family moved to Scotland and Samantha Leigh Martin played Vicki until 1995 when Tully chose to leave EastEnders. In 1993, with EastEnders increasing to 3 shows a week, new characters were introduced. Amongst these was David Wicks, played by Michael French, the eldest son of Pete and Ian's half-brother.
Patsy Palmer was cast as Bianca Jackson, unknowingly the daughter of David. Lucy and Peter were introduced as the twin children of Ian and Cindy Beale, played by Eva and Francis Brittin-Snell. In 1996, Casey Anne Rothery and Alex Stevens took on the roles of Lucy and Peter, Peter was recast in 1998 to Joseph Shade. Rothery and Shade remained in the show until 2004, when the characters were recast to Melissa Suffield and James Martin. Thomas Law took over from Martin in 2006 and he and Suffield remained until 2010. Paul Nicholls first appeared in 1996 as the son of David. In 2000, Chloe Jackson was introduced as the daughter of 15-year-olds Sonia Jackson, played by Natalie Cassidy, Martin; the storyline culminates in the character being renamed Rebecca. In 2011, it was announced that Hetti Bywater would be playing the role of Lucy from January 2012. Peter returned in 2013, played by Ben Hardy. Bobby was recast to Rory Stroud and Mimi Keene joined the show as Cindy Beale's youngest daughter, Cindy.
Bosses described Cindy as a "magnet for trouble" and "shares many similarities with her late mother" as well as "cheeky and hugely likeable, the mischievous teen has no fears or inhibitions and will shake up life for the Beales and the Square in general". Martin and Rebecca returned to the show in 2014. Natalie Cassidy reprised the role of Sonia whilst Martin and Rebecca were recast to James Bye and Jasmine Armfield respectively. Rebecca is described as "a well-behaved teenager, but is a little fighter. A bright child, passionate about music" who "wants to do well in life and make her parents proud, but it’s this determination that will be the making or undoing of her". Ross Kemp returned to EastEnders for a brief stint as Grant Mitchell in 2016. Mark Fowler, the son of Michelle and Grant was introduced, 20 years after his off-screen birth, played by Ned Porteous. Michelle returned to the show with Jenna Russell taking on the role. Before the show began, the Beale family consisted of head of the family Albert, his wife Lou Beale, their six children, Ronnie, Dora and twins Pauline and Pete Beale.
Before the show began, Albert had died and Kenny had been banished by Lou to New Zealand for having sex with Pete's wife, Pat. Albert and Lou had a daughter named Ma