The UK soaps are crossing the streams like never before in 2021.
First we had the climate change awareness storyline that saw Coronation Street, Emmerdale, EastEnders, Hollyoaks, Casualty, Doctors, and Holby City crossing over for the very first time. Now we've got two iconic soap characters appearing on First Dates together in a new sketch for Children In Need.
EastEnders’ Janine Butcher — played by Charlie Brooks — is looking for love and turns to Channel 4’s hit dating show First Dates to help with her search.
In an unexpected twist, she comes face to face with Coronation Street’s Steve McDonald — played by Simon Gregson. Steve, who has been married 7 times, unwittingly finds himself on a date with fiery Janine.
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The pair are also greeted by First Dates' French maître d'hôtel Fred Sirieix who is on hand to watch the tempestuous blind date play out.
Janine Butcher and Steve McDonald in the @FirstDates restaurant – the @bbceastenders / Corrie crossover we all needed in our lives! 💛
Tune in to the #ChildreninNeed Appeal Show on Friday 19 November on @BBC One & @BBCiPlayer from 7pm to see whether love blossoms! pic.twitter.com/Zv52BPKiO8
— BBC Children in Need (@BBCCiN) November 10, 2021
Written by BAFTA Award-winning and EMMY nominated British television writer Daran Little — who has written for Coronation Street and EastEnders in the past — the sketch will be part of the BBC Children in Need appeal show on BBC One from 7pm on Friday, 19 November.
Janine returned to Albert Square earlier this year after leaving EastEnders in 2014, and has already been making waves with a series of explosive storylines. Simon Gregson, who has played Steve McDonald on Corrie since 1989, is rumoured to be taking part in I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here this year, but that remains unconfirmed by ITV.
Supporting BBC Children in Need this year is easier than ever. To learn more about the charity or make a donation to help transform the lives of children and young people across the UK, visit: bbc.co.uk/pudsey.
You can also call 0345 7 33 22 33 and make a donation over the phone. (Standard geographic charges from landlines and mobiles will apply).
You can donate on the phone or on the BBC Children in Need website. Use your debit or credit card, or your PayPal account.
Pay in your fundraising money at all major banks, building societies, or the Post Office.
Send a cheque or postal order to BBC Children in Need, PO Box 648, Salford, M5 0LB.
Watch: Charlie Brooks talks to Kate Thornton about her love for Janine