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Janine Butcher and Steve McDonald go on date in BBC Children In Need sketch

EastEnders’ Janine Butcher and Coronation Street’s Steve McDonald get to know each other in the First Dates restaurant for hilarious BBC Children In Need sketch


EastEnders’ Janine Butcher and Coronation Street’s Steve McDonald will head out on a date for a special BBC Children in Need sketch.

In the skit, the characters – played by Charlie Brooks and Simon Gregson – make an appearance on Channel 4 dating show First Dates as they attempt to find love – and the pair find out they have some things in common. 

They get chatting after being introduced to each other by the show’s maître d’ Fred Sirieix.

Romance: EastEnders’ Janine Butcher and Coronation Street’s Steve McDonald will head out on a date for a special ‘BBC Children in Need’ sketch

In a hilarious preview clip of the sketch, Steve tells Janine: ‘I drive a cab, I’ve got my own firm.’

She replies: ‘Really? My dad used to own a cab firm. But he was most happy when he ran the pub.’

A shocked Steve says: ‘I used to run a pub,’ to which Janine adds: ‘That is such a coincidence.’

However, Janine is left shocked when she finds out Steve has been married a massive seven times and spits out her drink.

Sketch: In the skit, the characters - played by Charlie Brooks and Simon Gregson - make an appearance on Channel 4 dating show First Dates

Sketch: In the skit, the characters – played by Charlie Brooks and Simon Gregson – make an appearance on Channel 4 dating show First Dates

Date: The pair attempt to find love and find out they have some things in common

Date: The pair attempt to find love and find out they have some things in common

Skit: In a hilarious preview clip of the sketch, Steve tells Janine: 'I drive a cab, I've got my own firm'

Skit: In a hilarious preview clip of the sketch, Steve tells Janine: ‘I drive a cab, I’ve got my own firm’

She says: ‘So you’re not afraid of commitment then?’ To which he replies: ‘Or the divorce courts.’

The sketch was penned by EastEnders scriptwriter Daran Little.

It will be part of the BBC Children in Need appeal show on BBC One from 7pm on Friday 19 November.

This comes as Simon is rumoured to be part of the line-up for this year’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

She replies: 'Really? My dad used to own a cab firm. But he was most happy when he ran the pub'

She replies: ‘Really? My dad used to own a cab firm. But he was most happy when he ran the pub’

A shocked Steve says: 'I used to run a pub,' to which Janine adds: 'That is such a coincidence'

A shocked Steve says: ‘I used to run a pub,’ to which Janine adds: ‘That is such a coincidence’ 

Surprise: Janine is left shocked when she finds out Steve has been married a massive seven times and spits out her drink

Surprise: Janine is left shocked when she finds out Steve has been married a massive seven times and spits out her drink

She says: 'So you're not afraid of commitment then?' to which he replies: 'Or the divorce courts'

She says: ‘So you’re not afraid of commitment then?’ to which he replies: ‘Or the divorce courts’

Also Included in the line up are EastEnders’ Adam Woodyatt, GMB’s Richard Madeley and Olympic diver Matty Lee.

Paralympian Kadeena Cox, Loose Women star Frankie Bridge and presenter Louise Minchin will join them.

Rounding out the line-up are David Ginola, Arlene Phillips, Kadeena Cox, Danny Miller, Frankie Bridge, Naughty Boy and Snoochie Shy.

Charlie previous won the 12th series of the ITV show in 2012, beating off competition from singer Ashley Roberts, who finished second, and boxer David Haye, who was third.

Special: The sketch will be part of the 'BBC Children in Need' appeal show on BBC One from 7pm on Friday 19 November

Special: The sketch will be part of the ‘BBC Children in Need’ appeal show on BBC One from 7pm on Friday 19 November

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