Children in Need 2021: Watch Janine Butcher and Steve McDonald on “First Dates”

Eastenders and Coronation Street came together for a special skit for Children in Need 2021.

Starring Simon Gregson and Charlie Brooks respectively as Steve McDonald and Janine Butcher, the two favorites of the soap opera are dating on a date.

In another twist, they witness the First meetings restaurant and their Maitre’D is Fred Sireix from the hit show Channel 4.

In the skit, Steve tells Janine that he owns his own taxi business, much to Janine’s delight.

They also refer to the similarities between the two characters, as they are both closely associated with the ads on their respective shows and cab drivers.

Steve and Janine also discuss their respective romantic stories which are memorably complicated. Janine then almost chokes on her drink after Steve reveals he has been married seven times. In response, Steve jokes that he’s not afraid of divorce courts.

Things then get worse after Steve unwittingly insults Janine and ends up being replaced on the date by Emmerdale’s Eric Pollard.

The skit was written by Daran Little who worked on both soaps as well as Made in Chelsea and The only way is Essex.

Community Care: Simon Gregson as Steve McDonald in ‘Coronation Street’


Gregson and Brooks are two of the oldest soap opera actors in the UK. Gregson was a staple of the Coronation Street casting since 1989 while Brooks made his first appearance in Walford in 1999.

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