Sharongate

"Sharongate" is the term used for a storyline in the BBC soap opera EastEnders, which reached its climax on 24 October 1994, attracting 25.3 million viewers.wikipedia
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Sharon Watts

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In the storyline, Sharon Mitchell (Letitia Dean) confessed on tape that she had had sex with her husband's brother, Phil (Steve McFadden).
In a long-running storyline dubbed Sharongate, Sharon, married to Grant, has an affair with Phil.

Phil Mitchell

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In the storyline, Sharon Mitchell (Letitia Dean) confessed on tape that she had had sex with her husband's brother, Phil (Steve McFadden).
Phil's most prominent storylines include his battles with alcoholism and addiction; suffering from cirrhosis of the liver; various criminal dealings; having an affair with Grant's wife Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean) — a storyline popularly dubbed "Sharongate"; a failed marriage to Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth); a longstanding rivalry with his tormented stepson and Kathy's eldest child, Ian (Adam Woodyatt); his closest interactions with cousin Billy (Perry Fenwick), whom he often clashes with, and godson Jamie (Jack Ryder); his feuds with the likes of his uncle Archie (Larry Lamb) and stepfather Frank Butcher (Mike Reid), as well archenemies Steve Owen (Martin Kemp), Dan Sullivan (Craig Fairbrass), Mark Fowler (Todd Carty), Dennis Rickman (Nigel Harman), Den Watts (Leslie Grantham), Johnny Allen (Billy Murray), Nick Cotton (John Altman), Lucas Johnson (Don Gilet), Janine Butcher (Charlie Brooks), Patrick Trueman (Rudolph Walker), Alfie Moon (Shane Richie), Derek Branning (Jamie Foreman), Max Branning (Jake Wood), Jack Branning (Scott Maslen), Carl White (Daniel Coonan), Vincent Hubbard (Richard Blackwood), Gavin Sullivan (Paul Nicholas), James Willmott-Brown (William Boyde), Luke Browning (Adam Astill), Keanu Taylor (Danny Walters) and Hunter Owen (Charlie Winter); a one-night stand with Steve's wife Mel Healy (Tamzin Outhwaite); being stalked by his son Ben (Charlie Jones/Joshua Pascoe/Harry Reid/Max Bowden) — leading to an arrest for the murder of Phil's ex-fiancé Stella Crawford (Sophie Thompson), who physically and mentally abused Ben before committing suicide by jumping from a factory roof; coping with the deaths of Peggy after she had cancer, before his two cousins Ronnie (Samantha Womack) and Roxy (Rita Simons) later died on New Year's Day 2017; and being put in hospital by Max's ex-lover Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner) upon harassing her cousin Kat (Jessie Wallace) for the money she owes him.

Tony Jordan

The plot was written by EastEnders scriptwriter Tony Jordan.
Amongst significant episodes he scripted are those featuring the deaths of Arthur Fowler and Ethel Skinner; the "Sharongate" storyline; and more recently Kat's revelation to Zoe that she was her mother, the Andy-Kat-Alfie love triangle, and Dot's monologue.

Grant Mitchell (EastEnders)

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Sharon's husband Grant (Ross Kemp) attacked his brother and Phil was lucky to survive.
One of EastEnders most popular and highly rated storylines was "Sharongate", where Grant discovers that his wife Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean) has been having an affair with his brother.

Letitia Dean

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In the storyline, Sharon Mitchell (Letitia Dean) confessed on tape that she had had sex with her husband's brother, Phil (Steve McFadden).
The plot, nicknamed 'Sharongate', gave the soap one of its highest episode ratings in October 1994, watched by over 25.3 million viewers.

Steve McFadden

In the storyline, Sharon Mitchell (Letitia Dean) confessed on tape that she had had sex with her husband's brother, Phil (Steve McFadden).
During that time, his character was involved in numerous storylines, such as Sharongate (where it was revealed that he had an affair with his brother's wife Sharon) in 1994, and the Who Shot Phil? storyline in March 2001; where his character was shot and wounded by a mystery attacker.

Ross Kemp

Sharon's husband Grant (Ross Kemp) attacked his brother and Phil was lucky to survive.
Making his debut in February 1990, his character was often at the centre of major storylines, including abusive marriages to Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean) and Tiffany Mitchell (Martine McCutcheon), as well as the "Sharongate" storyline, which saw brother Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) having an affair with Grant's wife.

The Queen Victoria

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The truth comes out in the middle of The Queen Victoria pub. He also wants a baby but Sharon prefers to concentrate on making The Queen Victoria pub a success to honor her late father Den Watts (Leslie Grantham), The Vic's previous landlord.

BBC

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"Sharongate" is the term used for a storyline in the BBC soap opera EastEnders, which reached its climax on 24 October 1994, attracting 25.3 million viewers.

EastEnders

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"Sharongate" is the term used for a storyline in the BBC soap opera EastEnders, which reached its climax on 24 October 1994, attracting 25.3 million viewers.

John Yorke (producer)

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The plot has been described by former Executive Producer of EastEnders and BBC's Head of Drama Serials, John Yorke, as a "Tristan and Isolde story".

Tristan and Iseult

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The plot has been described by former Executive Producer of EastEnders and BBC's Head of Drama Serials, John Yorke, as a "Tristan and Isolde story".

List of EastEnders two-hander episodes

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The episode in which Phil betrays his brother with Sharon occurred in September 1992 in one of the soap's notorious three-handers.

Who Shot Phil?

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Sharongate's success with viewers was not equalled until six years later, in 2001, when EastEnders screened the highly publicised Who Shot Phil? storyline.

The Guardian

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Reporter for The Guardian, Sally Vincent, has commented on Sharongate's success: "It wasn't so much the guilt-stacked, long-drawn-out business of Sharon 'n' Phil's helpless lust for each other – all that unseemly face-sucking while her hubby/his brother, the ape-like Grant, languished in gaol for trying to set fire to everyone – that broke the ratings record, nor was it the ingenious ruse of using a tape to broadcast Sharon's poignant little confession to the entire clientele of Walford's Queen Vic. It was the fact that we'd all watched Sharon grow up. We knew that she was a nice little person, vulnerable, brave, sweet-natured and kind to the dog. We were sorry for her...Neither of those Mitchells deserved her, so when one punched the other into the garage pit and half-killed him for tampering with his lady-wife, we didn't much care. We were sorry to see [Sharon] go."

Den Watts

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He also wants a baby but Sharon prefers to concentrate on making The Queen Victoria pub a success to honor her late father Den Watts (Leslie Grantham), The Vic's previous landlord.

Leslie Grantham

He also wants a baby but Sharon prefers to concentrate on making The Queen Victoria pub a success to honor her late father Den Watts (Leslie Grantham), The Vic's previous landlord.

Combined oral contraceptive pill

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During a major row in July 1992, Sharon confesses that she has carried on taking the contraceptive pill because she doesn't want to have a baby with Grant.

Angie Watts

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Sharon is furious when she discovers his involvement in the fire at her beloved pub and decides to take a holiday to visit her mother Angie Watts (Anita Dobson) in America in December 1992.

Anita Dobson

Sharon is furious when she discovers his involvement in the fire at her beloved pub and decides to take a holiday to visit her mother Angie Watts (Anita Dobson) in America in December 1992.

Michelle Fowler

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Sharon tries to hide her injuries, but both Phil and Michelle Fowler (Susan Tully), Sharon's best friend, notice there is something wrong.

Susan Tully

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Sharon tries to hide her injuries, but both Phil and Michelle Fowler (Susan Tully), Sharon's best friend, notice there is something wrong.

List of EastEnders characters (1993)

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Phil, still in love with Sharon, marries Nadia Borovac (Anna Barkan), a Romanian refugee so she can gain a visa, though their marriage is short-lived.

Kathy Beale

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After Phil's first marriage collapses, he begins a relationship with Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth) and the two are eventually engaged.

Gillian Taylforth

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After Phil's first marriage collapses, he begins a relationship with Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth) and the two are eventually engaged.