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Contains Parliamentary information licensed under the Open Parliament Licence v3. These examples are from the Cambridge English Corpus and from sources on the web.
Any opinions in the examples do not represent the opinion of the Cambridge Dictionary editors or of Cambridge University Press or its licensors. We have heard that since the year dot. Of course, we are back to the old argument that it has been done since the year dot , and therefore there is no question that the language can be changed. After the wedding, Roxy, Charlie and Ronnie are involved in an accident which hits and later kills Emma Summerhayes, while Ronnie ends up in a coma but survives.
Yvonne discovers that Nick cut the brakes of the car. Yvonne tells Charlie but he does not believe her until he catches Nick with some of the money Ronnie used to bribe him. Then Nick implicates Yvonne in Ronnie's accident, so Charlie asks them both to leave. Dot hides Nick next door and obtains heroin for Nick. Later she finds him unconscious, Nick regains consciousness briefly but later dies in Dot's arms, in the same location that Reg Cox was discovered 30 years earlier.
Depicted as bigamous and a conman, Charlie typically would reappear in the show whenever he needed money or temporary accommodation and, because of Dot's Christian ideals regarding forgiveness, Charlie would always be permitted to return. According to Christopher Hancock, Charlie was "a truly revolting character, a loser. Producers decided to kill Charlie off in ; Charlie died off-screen when crashing his lorry on a motorway. Nick had been involved in a storyline that saw him attempt to poison Dot in , and producers felt that in order for Dot to allow Nick back into her life again, something major had to occur in her narrative, that being the death of her husband.
But the problem was how? The last time we saw Nick he was attempting to kill his mother. Dot isn't a fool so we knew getting them back together was like a three card trick.
How do we get out of this? So we made [Nick] a heroin addict.
That made him vulnerable, in a mess and needing his mother to get money for him. We then had to kill Charlie because I figured that only in a state of shock and uncertainty about her belief in God would Dot contemplate forgiving Nick and attempting to reform him. She decides to believe that she can make a decent human being of Nick. She feels it's her last chance. As a widow Dot enters new territory. Dot's snobbery is based on ludicrous misconceptions, one of which is that she is better than [her friend] Ethel because she has a husband. She is going to have a lot of scope [ She comments, "I was very unhappy to learn that Charlie would be killed off.
I would have preferred if they'd left the door open for him to possibly return one day. I went to see the writers and put this forward. I suggested that there could be some uncertainty about the body. John Altman, who plays Nick, was also sorry about Charlie. We weren't thinking just about Christopher Hancock, who played Charlie so well, it was that we liked the character and it seemed a waste. But I was too late, I couldn't change their minds. In the past, I have talked things through and I was listened to".
Charlie's funeral episode, written by Linda Dearsley, was aired on 11 July , and was dominated by Dot's reaction to Charlie's death and her trip to identify his body. It is selected by writer Colin Brake as one of 's episodes of the year. Bardon has revealed that both he and Brown were sceptical about their characters marrying. As it happened, we've had some nice things to do. And we are married, and it's worked out all right. On-screen, Dot had just suffered the death of her grandson Ashley in which Nick had played a part , and Brown felt that a traumatic event like that would have changed her character.
Brown discussed Dot's relationship with Jim in "Initially, Jim wasn't the sort of person that Dot approved of. I think that you always have to work out for yourself how you can make the character work in a new situation. I could see that Jim was kind to Dot [ She quite enjoys bossing him around. The on-screen relationship between Dot and Jim was halted in when Jim was hastily written out of the soap due to John Bardon suffering a major stroke. In the script Jim suffered a stroke and was placed in the care of off-screen relatives. Dot and Jim remained together, with Jim making sporadic appearances between and to visit Dot.
However, it was reported in April that Bardon had filmed his exit from the series, and that the show's staff believed it marked the end of the character.
There were a lot of tears. It was really important to tell this story because there are so many people in a similar situation to Dot. It was moving to act out, too — not just because of Dot and Jim's relationship, but because I'm really good friends with John Bardon in real life. Reports stated that Dot and Rose fell out when the latter had an affair with the former's husband, Charlie, but Dot would decide to track Rose down after suffering a bout of hypochondria, feeling it is time to put things right, however, Rose will not be pleased to see Dot again after so many years.
Dot and Ethel shared few similarities in personality. During an episode that aired in , just under 8 years after Ethel died in the serial, Dot discussed the differences between them: "Ethel was a free spirit, not like me. All bottled up. I remember sitting on the step of the Vic, waiting for me mother.
I caught a glimpse of her through the door. Sitting on top of the piano, her legs spread, showing next week's washing and bawling out "Roll Out the Barrel". Just like a navvy. She didn't seem to have a care in the world. I had enough for both of us. I loved Ethel. Which is not to say it is not a real and enduring friendship. The episode aired in July and featured just the two old ladies although Dot was Ethel's junior by twenty years or so.
Brake has described the episode as a "mini-play about nostalgia and growing old", adding that "some viewers found it too unusual, but many others were charmed by the change of pace". According to Brake, the episode gave Franklin and Brown the opportunity to show the sadness behind the often comical characters of Ethel and Dot. Author Christine Geraghty has used the episode as an example of the fact that "female conversation is the backbone to traditional soap".
Author Dorothy Hobson has discussed the use of older female characters in British soap opera as a means of providing comedy. For the characters to 'work', there is a need for unspoken intimacy and a shared knowledge for each other's lives. They carry the internal knowledge of the narratives and share that knowledge with the audience. She added, "I do miss Ethel, it was great with Dot and Ethel. They did try and stop us working together at one time, but the producer changed and it all went back to where it started.
Author Christine Geraghty has discussed the working environment the women inhabited, indicating that because the owner of the launderette is barely present, the "working relationship hinges on the friendships or otherwise of the women who work in it".
Pauline eventually will break down and tell Dot things that she'd never tell anybody else. She's a simple creature.
There are some people who the same things happen to them again and again. They never learn [ I thought, 'It's a part-time job'. It wasn't being written properly. Instead of finding the gossip and passing it on, [Dot was hearing the gossip from others]. That was in , it's ! I was getting so tetchy, so I thought I'd go. I'd had enough. They were a bit shocked, because apparently there were some good stories coming up. I was very annoyed, I felt like they had completely changed my character.
Brown is quoted by the paper as saying, "I have always been reluctant to go back because I thought Dot's character was not being portrayed properly. I thought it had faded. I always said if Dot comes back it must be as Dot.
Her return episode aired in April She had originally only intended to return for a 3-month stint, but was persuaded to stay when a project she had been working on was cancelled. In July , she commented, "I've decided to stay in EastEnders. They asked me, and in the end I thought: 'Oh well, I might as well. We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? Email us at tips the-sun.
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