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EastEnders legend reveals INSIDER SECRETS about the soap’s 35th anniversary episodes: 'It’ll be the best stuff we’ve ever shot'

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Next year sees EastEnders mark a huge milestone, and Walford legend Jake Wood has revealed viewers can expect some 'spectacular' episodes...

February 2020 marks a very special birthday for EastEnders as the soap celebrates its 35th year, and actor Jake Wood has revealed that soap bosses have got some very special episodes lined up to mark the occasion.

Jake, who is better known to soap fans as Walford's legendary Max Branning, recently told Digital Spy: "We've obviously got Christmas coming up, and the 35th anniversary next year. I think fans will be delighted, it'll be some of the best stuff we'll ever get the chance to shoot.

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Jake Wood has promised some huge scenes for Christmas and EastEnders' 35th anniversary in February (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: BBC/Jack Barnes)

"I've seen some of the scripts coming up and they're amazing. They're going to be some of the most spectacular scenes that I've been involved in during my time there. The show is in a very strong place at the moment and I'm very proud to be part of it."

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And Jake believes new bosses Kate Oates and Jon Sen are the reason the show is going from strength-to-strength... "Kate has really turned the show around, as we saw with Tamzin's departure as Mel. That was spectacular.

Sharon Mitchell confronts Mel Owen in the Vic in EastEnders

Jake was full of praise for Mel Owen's recent exit from EastEnders (Picture: BBC)

"The show is feeling really epic at the moment and in my time, it's probably the strongest I've known it - and a big part of that is down to Kate and Jon."

This week sees another big storyline for Jake's character, Max, hit our screens as he gets down on one knee and proposes to his girlfriend Ruby Allen.

Max is mistaken for Ruby's dad in EastEnders

Max decides to propose after he is mistaken for girlfriend Ruby's dad! (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: Kieron McCarron)

The pair have only been dating for a few months, but after a customer in E20 wrongly assumes Max is Ruby's dad, Max decides he is going to have to to up his game to hold on to her, and thinks getting married is the answer.

But will Ruby agree? Could there be another Walford wedding on the cards?

EastEnders airs Monday and Friday at 8pm and Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30pm on BBC One.

Claire Crick
Claire Crick

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 


After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and whattowatch.com writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off


She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 


As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.