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EastEnders Spoilers: Stacey meets Shirley Carter and Tina Carter!

Linda Henry and Luisa Bradshaw-White as Tina and Shirley Carter
(Image credit: BBC/Kieron McCarron)

Stacey Dooley chats to Albert Square's Shirley Carter and Tina Carter, aka actresses Linda Henry and Luisa Bradshaw-White

Sister act Shirley Carter and Tina Carter, aka EastEnders (opens in new tab) stars Linda Henry and Luisa Bradshaw-White, get together with presenter Stacey Dooley in Secrets From The Square on Monday (8pm, see our TV Guide for full listings).

In the first of two Secrets From The Square episodes this week, actresses Linda Henry and Luisa Bradshaw-White give a rare interview to Stacey Dooley.

Linda Henry plays Shirley Carter

Linda reminisces about her time on the Square as Shirley Carter (Image credit: BBC/Kieron McCarron)

The pair may be chalk and cheese as Shirley Carter and Tina Carter but they share a lot of sisterly love. Linda and Luisa reveal that they are just as close off screen, telling Stacey more about their friendship.

We'll also get to hear some of their most revealing behind-the-scenes stories, including why a particularly emotional Shirley and Tina scene saw them cracking up with laughter as soon as the director called 'cut'.

Linda shares how the fans react to seeing 'Shirley Carter' when she's out and about. Meanwhile, ex-Holby and Bad Girls' actress Luisa reveals a little known fact about her brush with pop stardom.

The stars take a look back at some of their biggest and best storylines from Shirley revealing she was Mick's mum (opens in new tab) to Tina's domestic abuse storyline. Linda also relives Shirley's bond with the late great Heather Trott.

Luisa Bradshaw-White and Stacey Dooley

Luisa and Stacey relax in the Queen Vic living room (Image credit: BBC/Kieron McCarron)

This episode's tour of the set takes Stacey to the hallowed upstairs of the Queen Vic, scene of many a drama. As well as experiencing the view from the sofa, Stacey is let into the secret of Luisa's backstage hideaway...

While EastEnders takes a break, fans will get their Monday night Walford fix with this entertainment series replacing the regular episodes. EastEnders will return with brand new episodes later in the year.

EastEnders replacement programming continues on BBC1 on Tuesday at 7.30 pm.

Rachel Lucas
Rachel Lucas

Rachel is a soaps and TV writer for (opens in new tab)WhatToWatch (opens in new tab).com, soaps podcaster and resident soap expert for UK TV listings magazines What's On TV and TV Times. After graduating with an art and design degree from Birmingham City University, she found her true calling in all things soap and has been writing about them for magazines and websites for over 20 years. A self-confessed soap addict, she's always had a great love of all the UK and Aussie soaps and owns everything from a Neighbours 1990 Annual to a DVD box set of classic Corrie episodes to prove it.