EastEnders favourites Janine Butcher and Ricky Butcher reunite?

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Ex-EastEnders star Charlie Brooks reveals whether she'll ever return to Albert Square and dishes on her recent reunion with former co-star Sid Owen.

What's this? EastEnders' Janine Butcher and her brother Ricky reunited! We love seeing our favourite soap characters back together again.

But hold on, there are currently no plans for either Janine or Ricky to return to the BBC 1 soap. This reunion actually took place off screen between former co-stars Charlie Brooks and Sid Owen. The pair remain friends and just spent Easter together in France.

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“Sid's usually in the kitchen cooking for me. He’s a vegetarian, I think he has been for quite a while," Charlie revealed during an interview on ITV's Lorraine. "He’s always been quite healthy. He cooks well, uses all the right ingredients.”

With strong female characters including Kat Slater (played by Jessie Wallace) and Mel Owen (played by Tamzin Outhwaite) having recently returned to EastEnders, could Walford's wickedest Janine ever come back to cause a whole lot of trouble? The character was last seen in 2014 when she got away with fatally stabbing her husband, Michael Moon.


"I don't know what the future holds," says Charlie. "Never say never!"

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But for the moment Charlie is concentrating on her new role in a comedy stage play, Monogamy, opposite award-winning actress Janie Dee, who plays a celebrity chef, Caroline Mortimer.

“It’s an exploration of people and relationships, people that are conflicted by their pasts or have anxieties about the future. It’s set in Caroline’s kitchen; she’s a celebrity chef living this incredible, perfect life, and what happens when the cameras stop rolling.

“My character Sally is heavily-medicated … she’s been through a lot, experienced a lot of loss and sadness.”

Monogamy begins a national theatre tour from 2 May to 7 July

Simon Timblick

Simon has long been a fan of soap operas, and especially loves OVER-THE-TOP plots involving evil twins, hair-pulling catfights and natural disasters.

Anyone remember the Sunset Beach earthquake/tidal wave?

Or when Krystle Carrington got locked in the attic and replaced by look-a-like Rita in Dynasty?!

Simon has written for a variety of TV and childrens’ magazines/websites including Inside Soap, Nickelodeon, What’s On TV, Radio Times, Metro, Girl Talk, Disney Girl, Toxic! and Digital Spy.

He has reported LIVE from the red carpet at The British Soap Awards interviewing glammed-up stars from soapland, and hosted a Facebook LIVE session for Metro with Home and Away legend Ray Meagher (Alf "Stone the flamin' crows!" Stewart) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Aussie soap.

Simon is also co-author of The Treasures Of Coronation Street (Carlton Books)

And the writer and director of (very!) low budget fright flick, Midsummer Night's EVIL and the sequel webisodes series, The Hatchet Woods HORROR.