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'EastEnders' fans hail 'absolutely brilliant' Charlie Brooks

Janine in EastEnders wearing sunglasses
EastEnders legend Charlie Brooks is making quite the impact on her return. (Image credit: BBC/Kieron McCarron/Jack Barnes)

EastEnders fans are loving Charlie Brooks as infamous villain Janine Butcher — and Janine’s already back with her scheming ways as she butts heads with Kat Slater (Jessie Wallace).

Janine made an explosive return to our screens on Monday (6 September) devilishly masquerading as a doctor under the pseudonym Judith Bernstein as Zack Hudson (James Farrar) waited in a doctor’s office with his nephew, Albie Watts. 

This is not the first time the evil villainess has used this alter ego, as she first used it back in 2008, when she pretended to be a Jewish woman named Judith Bernstein, to try and get money off an elderly man called David.

Kat Slater has had her plate full so far, with her boyfriend Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) being arrested for the attack on Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt), and her son, Tommy Moon (Sonny Kendall) chatting to his cousin (who is in fact his half-sister), Scarlett Butcher (Tabitha Byron) online, who is eager for Kat to take care of her after being in numerous foster homes and to keep her away from her mother, Janine.

In last night’s episode (Tuesday 7 September), determined to win her daughter back, Janine shows up to Scarlett's court case, where she’s surprised to see Kat. Scarlett reflects Kat’s exact thoughts and feelings as she backs away from Janine, not wanting to be near her.

During the proceedings, Janine did a convincing job of trying to persuade the judges that she has re-established herself and is now financially stable, thanks to her false doctor job. 

Kat is intent on Scarlett living with her, and due to the new findings the case was adjourned, much to the dismay of Janine, who was adamant that she wouldn’t give up...and neither would Kat.

This forced Janine to head to The Queen Vic where she was reunited with old friends, Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick) and Kim Fox (Tameka Empson), who witnessed the ultimate showdown between Janine and Kat.

In usual Janine fashion, she attempted to warn Kat off of taking her daughter and insulted her with dark jokes. But, it only left Kat more determined than ever to win the case.

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Grace Morris

Grace is a digital writer with WhatToWatch.com, where she writes series guides for must-watch shows and the latest TV news. She graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in 2020 with a degree in Writing and Film Studies, which only made her love for creative writing, film, and TV grow stronger.


Some of her favourite TV shows are Line of Duty, Fresh Meat, The Great British Bake Off, and Gogglebox. In her spare time, Grace likes to explore new places with her friends and family and, of course, watch and read about the latest films and TV series!