23 May 19
The Scottish Sun
PATSY Palmer has confessed that she rowed with producers and insisted that EastEnders was better in the ’90s before she signed up to play Bianca Jackson again.
The Sun Online exclusively revealed last night that the 46-year-old actress is returning to Albert Square for her third stint in 25 years this Autumn.
Patsy admitted that she used to ‘row’ with EastEnders bosses
Appearing on Loose Women earlier today, the soap legend confessed that she believed the show was stronger when she first joined in 1993.
She explained: “I haven’t watched it for ages, but it used to be really well written back then.
“We had two episodes a week, and everybody wanted to know what was going on.
“There were also no spoilers. I used to moan and ask, ‘Why are you telling everyone what’s going on?’
Patsy confessed that she thought the soap was better in the ’90s
“There’s supposed to be a cliffhanger and you want to know what’s going to happen next.”
Patsy first left EastEnders in 1999, returning for a second stint in 2008 before quitting again in 2014.
A TV insider previously teased that she will be playing an integral part to an upcoming storyline, telling us: “Bosses are delighted to be getting Patsy back. She’s a real Enders icon and fans love seeing old faces return.
“She has yet to get her scripts but she will no doubt be at the centre of drama when she returns in the Autumn.
Bianca Jackson is a fan-favourite soap legend
“She starts filming in the next few weeks and can’t wait to get going again.”
Fans are looking forward to seeing the fiery character come back to their screens, with many wondering how she will react if she finds out about her teen daughter Tiffany’s rape ordeal that her sister Sonia and uncle Jack are currently keeping a secret.
Writing on a forum, one viewer wrote: “Is Sonia going to tell her about what happened to Tiffany?”
Another added: “I expect to see some fireworks between Bianca and Sonia.”
Fans wonder how Bianca will react to Tiffany’s harrowing rape storyline
Viewers were left heartbroken earlier this year when Tiffany, played by Maisie Smith, broke down as she told her great uncle Jack Branning that she had been raped after getting involved with Evie Steel’s drugs gang.
Tiffany refused to report the crime to the police and begged her relatives not to tell her mum about what had happened.
Bianca is sure to be left fuming if she does learn the truth – especially after Jack and her sister, Sonia Jackson, kept it a secret from her.
[boxout headline=”Bianca Jackson’s EastEnders History” intro=”PATSY Palmer first joined the BBC One soap as fiery Bianca in 1993 and she has been at the centre of her fair share of drama over the years.”]The daughter of Carol Jackson and David Wicks, Bianca’s first stint on Albert Square was largely focused on her tumulstuous relationship with Ricky Butcher and close friendship with Tiffany Mitchell. The flame-haired character’s 1997 wedding to Ricky drew one of the biggest soap audiences in history – with more than 22 million fans tuning in to watch the pair say ‘I do’. Her first shock exit occured after Bianca rekindled her romance with old flame Dan Sullivan – who was dating her mum at the time. The pair had a sordid affair behind Ricky and Carol’s back, with Carol disowning her daughter when she learned abut the relationship. Bianca left for Manchester in 1999 after confessing to Ricky that she no longer loves him.
Bianca returned to our screens in 2008 after moving in with grandma Pat Evans when her children were taken into care. Now a mum-of-four, Bianca’s world came crashing down when she learned that her paedophile boyfriend Tony had been grooming her step-daughter Whitney Dean. She also suffered heartache when her younger brother Billie Jackson died from alcohol poisoning, and was sent to prison when she attacked Billie’s friend Connor.
The character disappeared from our screens again for a brief stint in Manchester, returning with new boyfriend Terry Spraggan and his children TJ and Rosie. After supporting her mum through breast cancer, Bianca decided to move to Milton Keynes with Terry and her children, Tiffany and Morgan – allowing older kids Whitney and Liam to remain with Carol.
Tiffany returned for two episodes in 2016 before returning for good two years later.
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The beloved character is famed for her fiery temper and doesn’t hold back when it comes to giving people what for.
Meanwhile, Jon Sen, EastEnders’ executive producer, said of the star’s return: “When I joined the show in January, bringing Bianca Jackson back to the Square was high on my wish-list.
“I’m thrilled to announce that Patsy’s agreed to return to reprise her iconic creation in a blistering storyline that will grip fans this Autumn.
“There is no one more excited than me to see her step back into Albert Square again. I simply cannot wait.”
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