EastEnders: classic Den and Angie two-hander to be shown tonight on BBC4

The 1986 showdown will be screened as part of an evening of programmes celebrating director Antonia Bird

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BBC4 is reshowing the classic EastEnders two-hander between Den Watts (Leslie Grantham) and his wife Angie (Anita Dobson) as part of an evening of programmes honouring its director Antonia Bird.

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Bird, who died in 2013, would go on to direct big-screen dramas such as Priest and Ravenous, but had an early screen credit helming the famous showdown between the Queen Vic landlord and landlady that resulted in a hysterical Angie revealing that she had just six months left to live.

When it was first shown in October 1986, the episode pulled in a viewing audience of 14 million.

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EastEnders fans can see the episode at 8.30pm and it’ll be followed by the documentary From EastEnders to Hollywood: Antonia Bird at 9pm a reshowing of her 2000 drama Care starring Steven Mackintosh at 10.30pm.

You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s episodes of EastEnders below.

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