Patsy Comes Home; Patsy Palmer on Returning to EastEnders and What the Future Holds for Bianca We Love BEST TV
Byline: Jen Rodger & Neil Batey
EASTENDERS Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri BBC1 She's spent the last six months enjoying time off with her family, and even renewed her vows to husband Richard Merkell on a Caribbean beach. But now it's back to business for Patsy Palmer.
The 40-year-old takes up the reins of her character Bianca in her third return to the soap where she's fresh out of prison and back in the bosom of her feisty brood.
"I'd never cope with being away from my family that long," admits mum-of-four Patsy. "I find it hard enough doing it for a day. But coming back to EastEnders after a break has been easy for me. Everything is so familiar because I've been here so long.
"No matter how much time off you have, it goes so quickly. When I came back after 10 years in 2008, nothing had changed. It was surreal. You just pick up where you left off."
Of course, Bianca's return won't be that easy as she needs to make her absence up to her kids.
"She's putting on a bit of bravado, but she's struggling," explains Patsy. "Derek [Branning] is there to help her out because he's been through it. "back EASTENDERS been easy because been long" He's like a father figure to her, and she doesn't know the full extent of what happened between her real father, David Wicks, and Derek. …