Waiting to watch the start of the Big Debate – the BBC’s five-way leadership programme last night – meant I saw the last five minutes of Eastenders for the first time in many years. Nothing much has changed, and it continues to end on a cliffhanger where Phil Mitchell is about to be receive bad news from a blonde.

Speaking of blondes, this was of course Boris’s first big outing and he didn’t blow it. In fact, he looked rather bored.  

But although the entire hour long debate did not contain as much drama as the last five minutes of Eastenders, the show did resemble the soap in one uncomfortable respect.