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Today in Soap Opera History (September 26)

1986: Bobby was alive and well on Dallas; his death was a dream.

1994: All My Children's Erica visited her mother's grave.

1995: Another World's Grant shot his brother, Ryan, in the back.

1997: Days of our Lives recast the role of Jack...in a shower."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

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1938: Radio soap opera Houseboat Hannah premiered on the NBC Red Network. Hard working Dan O'Leary, who lost an arm in a factory accident, moved his financially strapped family aboard a house boat in Shanty Fish Row on San Francisco Bay. Resourceful and resolute Hannah O'Leary became
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Film Review: Eaten by Lions (2018) by Jason Wingard

People trying to find their real parents is a theme that has been done a fair bit in cinema for a long time now. The latest voice to tell the story is that of Jason Wingard’s, who attempts to put a fresh spin to the tale and, for the most part, succeeds.

Eaten By Lions” runs as part of the 9th edition of the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival, that runs at 15 cinemas, across London, Birmingham and Manchester, from 21st June to 1st July, with 27 films, including features and short films, in competition. It is the largest South Asian film festival in Europe. Buy your tickets via this website, at respective cinema box offices: http://londonindianfilmfestival.co.uk/

Omar and Pete are two brothers who’ve been raised lovingly by their grandmother after the death of their mother and Pete’s father in a freak accident. After the death of their Gran,
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Farhan Akhtar wins at the 17th Annual Asian Achievers Awards

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The winners of the influential 17th annual Asian Achievers Awards were celebrated amid a ray of Bollywood stars, glittering celebrities and high profile dignitaries on Friday September 22nd at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane. Winners include, Bollywood star Farhan Akhtar for International Personality of the Year (Male); Playwright Tanika Gupta MBE for Achievement in Media; Surinder Arora for Business Person of the Year; with the Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Lord Indarjit Singh Cbe, for his immense achievements and contribution to harmonising race relations in Britain.

Hosted by Bollywood singer, actress and model, Raageshwari and former Eastenders star actor Nitin Ganatra, the awards saw over £155,000 raised for charity partner, Akshaya Patra, which works to eradicate classroom hunger and facilitate childhood education by serving freshly cooked, nourishing lunches to 1.6 million school children across India every day. The event also highlighted the great strides made in the fields of Media,
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Farhan Akhtar to attend Asian Achievers Awards

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Bollywood actor, producer, director and singer, Farhan Akhtar will be attending the 17th annual Asian Achievers Awards, tying in with the theme of this year’s event, which centres around the fields of Media, Art and Culture. The awards will be held on Friday 22nd September and celebrate South Asian excellence at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane. Bollywood singer, actress and model, Raageshwari will join former Eastenders star Nitin Ganatra to host the glittering ceremony.

This year, women have stormed the 17th annual Asian Achievers Awards nominees list, with 22 of the 36 shortlisted contenders being female. It is one of the few times that any awards event, Asian or otherwise, has women outnumbering male nominees. The nominees include, Vanita Patel MBE of Anti-Slavery International; England cricketer Haseeb Hameed; playwright, Tanika Gupta MBE; ground-breaking chemist, Sir Shankar Balasubramanian Frs and BBC journalist, Tina Daheley – full list below.

Since launching, The
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In Pictures: Stars of Viceroy’s House join director Gurinder Chadha for UK Premiere

London’s iconic Curzon Mayfair played host to the UK Premiere of Gurinder Chadha’s Viceroy’s House last Tuesday. The British Asian filmmaker led the star cast including Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Manish Dayal and Huma Qureshi on the red carpet. Also joining the Premiere were fellow cast members Darshan Jariwala, Lily Travers, Tanveer Ghani and Jaz Deol.

The night saw stars from TV, film and music descend on the red carpet, including EastendersNitin Ganatra, Pakistani film star Armeena Khan and British chart topping duo Naughty Boy and Emeli Sande.

Viceroy’s House, directed by Gurinder Chadha is releasing nationwide ‪on 3rd March 2017. The film tells the true story of the final months of British rule in India and its release will coincide with the 70th Anniversary of the Independence of India and the founding of Pakistan.

Following the UK premiere, Gurinder Chadha begins a 3-week regional Q
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The British Asian Trust partners with Rubicon for ‘Triple Tuesday’ to raise additional funds for Give a Girl a Future

British Asian Trust, the UK’s leading organisation for British Asian philanthropy, is partnering with soft drinks giant Rubicon this Diwali in an opportunity to triple the funds raised for the Give a Girl a Future appeal. The appeal, which launched last month, is the first public appeal from the Trust and with funds being doubled by the UK Government, Rubicon will further match funds, meaning donations are tripled with the launch of Triple Tuesday on Tuesday 25thOctober, in the lead up to Diwali.

The Give a Girl a Future appeal has seen a host of celebrity names encourage the public to donate and support girls, women and their families across South Asia. Singer Zayn Malik, actors Sanjeev Bhaskar and Meera Syal, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ star Anita Rani, ‘Eastenders’ star Nitin Ganatra and chart topping British producer Naughty Boy join a host of British celebrities as well as Bollywood stars,
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Zayn Malik leads British Asian stars in supporting the British Asian Trust’s ‘Give A Girl A Future’ appeal

British pop star Zayn Malik has joined a host of leading Asian celebrities in supporting the British Asian Trust’s first public appeal, ‘Give a Girl a Future’. The British Asian Trust, one of the Prince of Wales’ charities, has launched the appeal to raise vital funds to support girls in South Asia, by giving them the skills and opportunities they need to secure a sustainable livelihood.

Celebrities chose International Day of the Girl (11th October) to show their support for ‘Give a Girl a Future’ in force, using social media to drive traffic, awareness and essentially donations to the British Asian Trust, the UK’s leading organization for British Asian philanthropy. Joining Zayn Malik were TV stars Sanjeev Bhaskar and Meera Syal, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ star Anita Rani, chart-topping British producer Naughty Boy and other leading British Asian stars such as director Gurinder Chadha, actress Preeya Kalidas, and Eastenders star Nitin Ganatra,
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Feast Of Varanasi Premiere

The highly anticipated thriller Feast Of Varanasi premiered to a packed audience on Saturday 5th March as part of the London Asian Film Festival in central London.

Attended by the main cast and crew including director Rajan Kumar Patel, Ashwath Bhatt, Holly Gilbert and award winning producer Caroline O Reilly, the dark thriller has received huge praise from critics and the audience alike. Guests included: The Mayor and Mayoress of Kingston Upon Thames, EastEnder’s star Nitin Ganatra, comedian and playwright Nigel Planer and actress Seeta Indrani.

Director Rajan Patel commented: “It was great to see so many people support Independent cinema. It’s so important for independent filmmakers to be given a platform to showcase their talent. The whole project from start to finish has been a real labour of love for everyone involved. I have had the good fortune to work with such a wonderful production team and
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EastEnders to show all sides of Cystic Fibrosis

'EastEnders' is to show all sides of Cystic Fibrosis in their latest gripping storyline. In last night's (18.06.15) episode of the BBC One soap Dean Wicks (Matt Di Angelo) discovered he'd fathered a child with Shabnam Masood (Rakhee Thakrar) during a one night stand seven years ago and found out that his seven-year-old daughter suffers from the life-shortening condition. Shabnam gave the child - who she named Roya - up for adoption after giving birth but her father Masood (Nitin Ganatra) tracked her down and gave her address to Dean's mother Shirley Carter (Linda Henry). Shirley then showed up at the home of
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Nitin Ganatra teases EastEnders 'fireworks' for Masood's family

Nitin Ganatra has teased ''fireworks'' for Masood's family in 'EastEnders' The actor - who plays Masood Ahmed in the BBC soap - has suggested that viewers should expect tension between his character and his on-screen daughter Shabnam Masood (Rakhee Thakrar) following her return from Pakistan. Talking to Bang Showbiz at the Inside Soap Awards (01.10.14), Nitin explained: ''[There are] lots of father-daughter fireworks coming up. Shabnam has come back from Pakistan with a very head-strong attitude and it's kind of put the laid back Masood on his back foot.'' The 46-year-old went on to state that the friction between the two characters will
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Gillian Anderson attends London Indian Film Festival Sold premiere

Gillian Anderson attends London Indian Film Festival Sold premiere
Gillian Anderson attended the opening night gala premiere of Sold at the London Indian Film Festival on Thursday (July 11).

The Fall star was welcomed by a group of dhol players, as she took to the red carpet at the Cineworld Haymarket in central London.

Directed by Jeffery Brown, Sold, tells the story of Laxmi (Niyar Saikia), a young Nepali girl who is sent away by her family to work as a domestic servant in Kolkata, only to find she has been trafficked into a brothel.

Anderson plays the Us photographer who learns of Laxmi's plight and helps local agencies spearhead a dangerous mission to rescue her.

Describing her experience of the film, Anderson said: "Working on this sensitively-told film and with young women who have themselves experienced the unbelievable trauma of abduction and trafficking has opened my eyes to the horrors these young people face on a daily basis, as
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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Jamaica Inn, Prisoners of War

Jamaica Inn: BBC One, 9pm

In the second part of the adaptation, young Mary is doing her best to find some comfort in her drab new home in Jamaica Inn. Yet there are strange noises in the night, and cruel uncle Joss is a menacing presence by day and confronts dreadful nightmares and demons while asleep. In the wake of his shocking confessions, Mary seeks solace with the local priest.

She soon finds herself in peril on Bodmin Moor, though, until Jem rescues her - rekindling their initial spark. She is warily escorted by him to the local market as more startling home truths are revealed.

New Worlds: Channel 4, 9pm

In the concluding episode of the Restoration drama, news of Charles II's death reaches America, and so Beth decides to return to England to join the rebellion. Ned is then able to rekindle his romance with Hope
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'Whitechapel' returns to 3.7 million on ITV

Whitechapel attracted over 3 million viewers for its latest series on ITV, according to overnight data.

The drama's fourth series premiere was seen by 3.76m (17.4%) at 9pm (297,000/1.9% on +1). However, this is a large drop from the show's previous season premiere rating of 7.32m in 2012, and 5.89m for its last episode.

Earlier, Stephen Mulhern's new series Big Star's Little Star entertained 4.15m (19.6%) at 8pm (312k/1.4%).

On BBC One, Celebrity MasterChef topped the ratings outside of soaps with 5.26m (24.9%) at 8pm. Nitin Ganatra's turn on Who Do You Think You Are? interested 3.94m (18.3%) at 9pm.

BBC Two's Flog It! returned to 1.04m (6.0%) at 6.30pm, while the Hairy Bikers' new series Meals of Wheels Back on the Road also appealed to 1.04m (4.9%) at 8pm.

Channel 4's How Not To Get Old brought in 795k (3.8%) at 8pm (110k/0.5%). Grand Designs returned for a new series with 2.25m (10.4%) at 9pm (350k/2.2%). The
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EastEnders star Nitin Ganatra teases Ayesha return

'EastEnders' star Nitin Ganatra has teased viewers about the return of character Ayesha Rana later this month. The 45-year-old actor, who plays Masood Ahmed in the soap, suggested his own character will be ''put on the spot'' when Ayesha (played by Shivani Ghai) returns following her departure earlier this week. Although the star refused to give details on how his character will handle her latest advances, he left fans to speculate on where the storyline may go, particularly now Masood's long-term partner Zainab (Nina Wadia) has left the show. Speaking on 'This Morning' yesterday (08.02.13), Nitin said: ''I think [Ayesha] will return and
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'EastEnders' Nina Wadia: 'Ricky Norwood helped me decide to leave'

'EastEnders' Nina Wadia: 'Ricky Norwood helped me decide to leave'
EastEnders star Nina Wadia has revealed that co-star Ricky Norwood helped her decide to leave the soap. Speaking to the TV Times, the Zainab Masood actress recalled being told by Norwood that she had worked on the show for a fifth of its history. She explained: "I think it was Ricky Norwood, who plays Fatboy, who then said to me, 'You know, you've been in EastEnders for a fifth of its life', and that frightened me a bit. "Not in a bad way; it just made me think that I've created this person that I hope people have liked, and maybe it's time to go off and do it elsewhere." The 44-year-old also shared details of the moment she told on-screen husband Nitin Ganatra of her plans to quit, which she made official in December. "It was really quite horrible," she recalled. "He sat in the (more)
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Potd: 'EastEnders' Ayesha declares love for Masood

Potd: 'EastEnders' Ayesha declares love for Masood
EastEnders' Masood Ahmed is in for a shock this evening (January 29) as Ayesha Rana reveals the extent of her feelings for him. Masood (Nitin Ganatra) finds himself offering advice to Ayesha in tonight's episode as she is in turmoil over her future, not wanting to marry Rashid despite the wishes of her family. After Masood urges Ayesha (Shivani Ghai) to follow her heart, conversation soon turns to his own relationship as Ayesha declares that Zainab doesn't treat him with enough respect. Masood dismisses Ayesha's claims, but she then takes things (more)
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'EastEnders' Nitin Ganatra: 'I really miss Nina Wadia'

'EastEnders' Nitin Ganatra: 'I really miss Nina Wadia'
EastEnders actor Nitin Ganatra has confessed that he misses filming with Nina Wadia. The actress announced her departure from the show last month after five years of playing Zainab Masood, wife to Ganatra's character Masood Ahmed. Ganatra told Pa: "I really do miss her - we worked together for five years intensely and we had a really good rapport. "I've known Nina for 19 years, so when you work that closely and get used to each other's working rhythms and suddenly she's gone you do see a big hole there. "Nina's (more)
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'EastEnders': Masood "tempted" by Ayesha, says Nitin Ganatra

'EastEnders': Masood
EastEnders star Nitin Ganatra has admitted that his character Masood Ahmed is "tempted" when Ayesha Rana tries to seduce him next week. Masood is faced with a few surprises over the next few days as Ayesha declares her love for him before later trying to catch his attention by confronting him in just a towel. Although Masood is already aware that Ayesha (Shivani Ghai) has a crush on him, he is shocked to see just how strong her feelings are. Ganatra told Inside Soap: "Masood's in a real dilemma! Whether you're a man or a woman, if you've been in a relationship for 30 years, it does take the excitement out of things. "So for a young lady to emerge from his bathroom and say, 'Take me, I'm yours' - well, of course he's tempted!" He continued: "Don't forget, Masood is a guy who was frolicking in (more)
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Nina Wadia quitting Brit TV show 'Eastenders' after 5 years

Nina Wadia quitting Brit TV show 'Eastenders' after 5 years
London, Dec 16: Nina Wadia, who stars as Zainab Masood in 'Eastenders,' has quit the British soap opera after being in the show for 5 years, it has been revealed.

The Indian-origin actress and comedienne has been at the centre of some of the series' biggest storylines.

Her popularity was sealed in 2009, when she won Best Comedy Performance and Best Partnership at the British Soap Awards with Nitin Ganatra, who plays her on-screen husband Masood.

She will film her exit over the next few weeks but her character is not expected to be killed off. Masood, son Tamwar and her brother-in-law Aj are all staying put.

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'EastEnders': Lord Sugar visits set for Children in Need filming

'EastEnders': Lord Sugar visits set for Children in Need filming
Lord Sugar has paid a visit to the EastEnders set today (November 6) to film an upcoming Children in Need sketch. The business tycoon and Apprentice star has been tweeting pictures from the BBC soap's base in Elstree, Hertfordshire as he gets involved in this year's charity fundraiser. Little is known about the filming, but Sugar appears to have been working with Shane Richie (Alfie Moon), Nitin Ganatra (Masood Ahmed) and Perry Fenwick (Billy Mitchell).

Addressing his online followers (more)
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