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Encyclopedia > Jack Dalton (EastEnders)
EastEnders character
Jack Dalton
Played by Hywel Bennett
Duration 2003
Date of Birth Unknown
Marital Status Deceased
Occupation Club Manager/Gangster
Family

Jack Dalton was a fictional character in the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders. He was played by Hywel Bennett. Hywel Thomas Bennett (born 8 April 1944) is a Welsh actor, born in Garnant, Carmarthenshire, Wales. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A fictional character is any person who appears in a work of fiction. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the largest publicly-funded radio and television broadcasting corporation of the United Kingdom (see British television) and the world. ... The first TIME cover devoted to soap operas: Dated January 12, 1976, Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes of Days of Our Lives are featured with the headline Soap Operas: Sex and suffering in the afternoon. A soap opera is an ongoing, episodic work of fiction, usually broadcast on television... EastEnders is a popular BBC television soap opera which was first broadcast on 19 February 1985. ... Hywel Thomas Bennett (born 8 April 1944) is a Welsh actor, born in Garnant, Carmarthenshire, Wales. ...


He first appeared in the show in 2003, although the events surrounding the apparent death of the character Dennis Watts in 1989 were then retconned to include him. 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Dirty Den Watts is a character in the British soap opera Eastenders played by actor Leslie Grantham. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Retroactive continuity – commonly contracted to the blend retcon – is the adding of new information to historical material, or deliberately changing previously established facts in a work of serial fiction. ...


Dalton was a hardened gangland boss, and as head of The Firm, he was responsible for ordering Den's death. The Firm is a fictional gangland organisation in the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders, probably inspired by the notorious real-life criminal gang run by the Krays. ...


By the late 1980s, Den had become involved with "Walford Investments", aka "The Firm", and was forced to become the titular manager of Strokes wine bar (fomerly Henry's), which was owned by "The Firm" and was really a front for illegal gambling.


Strokes had a rival bar in the form of The Dagmar, fronted by James Wilmott-Brown, who went on to rape Kathy Beale, the wife of Den's best friend. Den used his connections with "The Firm" to arrange for The Dagmar to be torched. Kathy Hills (previously Beale, Mitchell) was a fictional character in the British soap opera EastEnders. ...


The fire drew attention to the illegal goings-on at Strokes, and thus greatly angered "The Firm". Den refused to take the blame and "The Firm" believed that he had grassed them up to the police.


Consequently Dalton decided to have Den murdered. In one of the series most famous exits as he walked by the canal Den was shot by a Firm lackey with a gun hidden in a bunch of daffodils. At Grantham's request, Den was filmed falling into the water and presumably drowning but this scene was deleted. A year later the police found Den's body in the canal.


As Den was not seen falling into the water (the viewers only heard a shot and a splash) the series was able to resurrect Den 14 years later. In 2003 it was revealed that Den had indeed been shot, but the shot had only wounded him and was he able to escape to Spain where he forged a new life, ultimately remarrying in the late nineties. The body which had been found, idenitified and buried had actually been the body of the person who had attempted to murder Den and had been killed and dumped in the canal (his teeth were bricked out to prevent indentification).


By 2003, Jack had managed to establish himself as "The Firm's boss", and was now operating from his nightclub; The Imperial Room. During his brief spell on screen he showed a Machiavellian and ruthless streak: he ordered Spencer Moon beaten up (although it was Alfie who took the beating pretending to be his brother) for using forged currency in his club and then ordered the murder of one of his loyalist employees Dennis Rickman (who beknown to him was Den's illegimate son). Spencer Moon was a fictional character in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. ... Alfred Alfie Moon is a fictional character in the popular British soap opera EastEnders. ... Dennis Rickman was a fictional character in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. ...


Unfortunately for Dalton, Dennis managed to convince his would be killer (Phil Mitchell) that he would murder Dalton himself. Armed with a gun Dennis moved Dalton to drive into the woods where he duly murdered him. Before dying Jack revealed the truth about Den and that he is in fact alive. Phillip James Phil Mitchell is a long-running fictional character in the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders. ...


External links

  • Jack Dalton, BBC character profile
  • Hywel Bennett, BBC profile

 
 

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