EASTENDERS bosses are making a special delivery to Albert Square by bringing back postman Masood Ahmed.
I can reveal the popular character, played by NITIN GANATRA, is returning from Pakistan after quitting Albert Square last year.
And in a shock twist, Masood won’t be coming back with young son Kamil.
Instead, he’ll be bringing family members who’ll be introduced to Walford for the first time.
A soap insider said: “Masood has been involved in numerous top storylines since he joined EastEnders and he has unfinished business on the Square.
“The extended family who are joining him have yet to be cast but bosses certainly want Masood to be one of the soap’s central characters once again.
“He hasn’t been away long but a lot has happened in his absence.”
Masood was last seen heading to Pakistan with Kamil in a bid to reunite with his ex-wife Zainab, who left Walford in 2013.
But clearly his bid to repair his marriage has hit the skids and triggered his return.
Nitin, who won a best on-screen partnership alongside NINA WADIA, who played Zainab, at the British Soap Awards in 2009, first joined EastEnders in 2007 as head of the Masood family.
As well as his turbulent relationship with Zainab, his character became popular for the way he supported his son Syed’s gay relationship with Christian Clarke, as well as comforting daughter Shabnam after her baby was stillborn.
He’s also dabbled with many Walford women, including Jane Beale, Carmel Kazemi and Carol Jackson.
Speaking about his return, Nitin said: “When I was told Masood still has much to give to the show and is missed by the audience, it was hard to refuse.
“It is with great pride that I will grow my Masood goaty once again to help create and base an extended family around him.”
You have to admire his dedication towards his facial hair.
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Trip of a Lifetime
ITV has got a wacky crop of celebs for new series Gone To Pot, which I alerted you to in August.
“Ageing national treasures” JOHN FASHANU, PAM ST CLEMENT, CHRISTOPHER BIGGINS, darter BOBBY GEORGE and LINDA ROBSON will make their way across the US on board psychedelic magical mystery bus to find out first-hand the highs and lows involved in the use of marijuana.
A WRIGHT WEDDING?
HE made his career flogging every aspect of his life on screen, but ELLIOT WRIGHT was reluctant to have his wedding day televised for his new ITVBe show.
The former Towie man wed Sadie Stuart last weekend and signed up for a two-part show about the day.
But in an exclusive interview he said: “There was no way I wanted any sort of reality TV there.
“But then I spoke to Sadie about it and at the end of the day you have a television company that want to spend half a million on your wedding and a lot of people film their actual wedding day.
“You will only see 40 minutes but we have hours of footage we will have for the rest of our lives.”
Sounds as if they could make an entire boxset.
Rellik’s killer ratings
IT’S not just the characters that are slowly being knocked off in new BBC1 drama Rellik – the show is killing off its audience too.
The thriller, which tells the story of a serial killer’s crime in reverse, has lost nearly half its viewers since its debut episode due to the success of Liar which airs at the same time on ITV.
While the first episode of Rellik, which stars Game of Thrones’ RICHARD DORMER and Harlots’ ROSALIND ELEAZAR hauled in 3.8million fans last month, the audience plummeted to just 1.5million by Monday night’s fourth episode.
In contrast ITV’s Liar, which was created by the same writing duo behind Rellik – brothers Harry and Jack Williams – has seen its viewing figures surge to nearly six million as fans are gripped by its moving rape plotline.
A TV insider said: “The BBC has always prided itself on having big dramas that get big ratings, but Rellik has been a real flop. It’s just a real embarrassment to see it get such low figures – given the hype and build up it got.”
Rellik’s loss of viewers comes after it was dubbed “unwatchable” due to its “mumbling” actors.
Its audience were also left confused by the show’s upside-down plotline and labelled it “slow, tedious and boring”.
Maybe they should try not writing the show back-to-front next time.