Soap Weekly: November 2009
Fatboy, played by Ricky Norwood
Providing a new nickname for chubby teens across playgrounds throughout the UK, welcome Fatboy. Although the actor isn’t obese, he’d be considered a twig next to Heather ‘personality transplant to shag Darren’ Trott.
Now apparently our Fatboy slim isn’t a happy go lucky chap. What a surprise, Walford doesn’t do happy go lucky teens of course. No, for our fattie is really called Arthur Chubb. (Do you think the producers are having a in-house pee take with the names? Heather Trott, and now this? Something against porky people?)
And because he doesn’t like being himself he’s invented all manner of personas since he was seven years old in an attempt to avoid being Arthur Chubb. His current and most sustained self-creation is Fatboy.
Ricky said: “I am so excited to be on the show, it’s an honour to now be part of a show that has been on in my house for as long as I have been alive. I am born and bred in the East End – a stones throw from the real Albert Square – it feels like a homecoming. I love being part of a cast that feels like family and can’t wait to have a scene in the Vic.”
Leon, played by Sam Attwater
Next up is Leon who no doubt would prove popular with EastEnders‘ Christian as our sexy and effortlessly cool Leon doesn’t mind getting a good bashing around the ring. Yes, he is a dedicated boxer and takes pride in the fact that in the ring “no one touches the face”.
Leon is a happy go lucky, actually scrub that. Its EastEnders doh! Sorry, Leon has a short fuse and a lack of respect for those in authority. Leon’s mum died when he was young and he takes a great deal of responsibility for his alcoholic father. Note to viewers; another tortured sole.
Sam remarked: “It is a great privilege to be working with such great actors and on such an established show. It’s an amazing opportunity and I’m really enjoying tackling a character like Leon who has so much going on!”
Mercy Olubunmi, played by Bunmi Mojekwu
Are you begging for Mercy? Just from the sound of the previous two characters I may just well be, I can see those joyful pair sending me straight for the anti-depressives. At least Hollyoaks is cheap and cheerful with a bit of sexy flesh. Anyway Mercy comes in the forum of a girl who lives with her strict grandmother. Another happy go lucky character then, not.
Now it may come as no surprise that Mercy is harbouring a huge secret from her dear granny. What could that be? Well it must be something more original than she’s up the Trott with a dodgy baby. Now apparently Mercy has always been a good girl, but when her parents head back to Nigeria she feels abandoned. Good times, I’m yearning for James Sutton to snog some bit of male flesh already.
Bunmi said: “I feel so blessed to be a part of Eastenders: E20. My first day on set was just crazy, I was on Albert square – a dream come true – I’m enjoying every second.”
Zsa Zsa, played by Emer Kenny
Zsa Zsa is clearly the happy one of the four? Or maybe not. We seem to think for some reason she’s a raving nutter, but time will tell. She is promoted as a beautiful, funky and outspoken tomboy. Sounds like a cockney character JoAnne Good once played to me. I’m old enough to remember that you see.
Anyway Zsa Zsa as well as being very much like the young JoAnne Good in another soap is also very similar to her Auntie Shirley played by Linda Henry. I thought for a moment it said Linda Gray. I was almost excited there, imagine Dallas’ Sue Ellen in Albert Square. She’d give Phil Mitchell a run for title of biggest boozer.
Zsa Zsa’s very bright but she likes to think she doesn’t need help from anyone, although no doubt she’ll need the Samaritans by the end of EastOaks: E20.
This week we find Sally getting increasingly frustrated with tarty daughter Rosie and tells her to sell her car and stop sponging off her and Kevin. Rosie has other plans though and stuns John in the café by announcing she wants to be a doctor. He’s diplomatic until he realises she wants money from him for her ‘funding’ and politely declines. Scheming madam Rosie threatens to accuse John of assault if he does not give her £50,000 and when John firmly refuses Rosie opens the door and starts screaming for help.
Elsewhere, in a storyline that hasn’t gone down well with the Corrie massive, Molly is worried that Kevin has changed his mind about leaving their spouses so she is relieved and delighted when he meets her at the Crossroads Motel and confirms that he is ready to leave Sally – again.
The reason we’ve given Corrie top soap title this week is for what the Weatherfield residents do best – sitcom comedy. This week we get to see a fabulous little side plot of Teresa and Lloyd holding a party. A twist on the theme of Tarts and Vicars – Vicars and Liz MacDonald!
Invited guests include butcher Graeme and the factory girls. Oblivious to the theme of the gig Liz is puzzled when Graeme keeps staring at her in the Rovers. The factory girls meet in the pub, with Janice, Kelly and Fiz dressed in Liz-inspired outfits. Liz obliviously compliments Fiz’s outfit but eventually twigs what’s going on when Graeme turns up looking uncannily like her. Teresa arrives with Lloyd who is mortified and embarrassed for Liz.
Later on its bad news for Deirdre when she discovers she has a blockage in her drains. Sounds painful, the campaign stars here – Unblock Deirdre’s Drains.
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