Rum Punch

By Liz Simpson

We're told that life imitates art. But the celebrity bust up at Battersea in the early hours of Thursday morning, which made front page news, was a bizarre imitation not of art, but of Tv soap EastEnders. The Blunkett jinx had struck again.

Sun editor, Rebekah Wade, had a few drinks with the twice fallen Cabinet minister at a celebrity restaurant, The Ivy, when the unlikely lothario inflamed more than Rebekah had bargained for. Allegedly, passions between the fiery red head and her burly, bruiser of a husband rose to boiling point when gentle giant, Ross Kemp, ended up with a split lip. But forget the demise of the former Minister for Work and Pensions, the tenuous future of Tony Blair or the question mark over Fleet Street's first woman editor. Far more worrying, surely, is the fate of the Mitchell brothers, the hard men of east London - both actors the victims of real life domestic violence and now likely to give EastEnders unexpected and unsought tragi-comic potential.

1 Response to "Rum Punch"

Gary Roberts

Sat, 01/28/2006 - 18:58
&ldquo;On your bike!&rdquo; squeals Peggy as more trouble erupts in The Queen Vic. &ldquo;Not in my pub!&rdquo; The Mitchell top-dog knows how to handle the average misbehaving lowlife. But much as she cherishes her boys, Peggy failed to protect either of them this week. <p> Ross Kemp, or &lsquo;The Hulk&rsquo;, has seen off fearless gangster bosses and toughies in his time as Walford alter-ego Grant, but Ross was no match for raging Rebekah when she rearranged his face in an early morning feud on Thursday. </p> <p> Oddly enough, Steve McFadden, or &rsquo;The Bulk&rsquo;, was also clobbered by a girl this week. We can only presume the assailants are working together, dismantling the Mitchell empire with their moisturised fists. One thing&rsquo;s for sure - the BBC1 soap will enjoy extended bumper ratings in the wake, or is it Wade, of this madness.</p>