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Nice Little Learners

by | 16th, May 2005

‘THEY say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks but in the case of Dot Branning that might not be true. Since meeting her new driving instructor, Mr Rawlins (“call me Michael please” he purred), Dot seems determined to get to grips with his gear stick.

‘The Stick’

Mr Rawlins, viewers will have spotted, is none other than Gunner ‘Gloria’ Beaumont from It Ain’t Half Hot Mum. What with Private Pike from Dad’s Army living with the Fowlers and DS Beech from The Bill as the Square’s new Mr Big, Walford is fast becoming a graveyard full of half-dead stars of yesteryear.

Surely it’s only a matter of time before Mr Humphries is trilling “I’m free!” while chasing Dennis around the bookies.

It says much about Walford that while Coronation Street attracts the likes of Peter Kay and Sir Ian McKellan for cameo sports, EastEnders is reduced to scraping the bottom of the 1970’s light entertainment barrel.

Driving instructor Rawlins has been drafted in to form a comedy love triangle between Dot and Jim. Patrick Truman is doing his best to wind up Jim, telling him that the dapper Mr Rawlins has got less-than honourable intentions towards his wife.

Jim went rushing out into the street to confront the pair as they sat in the car. “Go away, Jim, I’ve paid for my time with Mr Rawlins and you’re wasting it,” Dot haughtily told him. Well as least she knows that if you pay by the hour, every second counts.

Elsewhere in the Square, Ruby has finally caught onto the fact that her dad’s new girlfriend isn’t so new after all – and we’re not just talking about the ring marks around her scraggy neck. Ruby and Stacy discovered the couple’s secret when

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