EastEnders‘ boss Dominic Treadwell-Collins has admitted that he had sleepless nights over the introduction of the Carter family.

In a new interview with The Sun’s TV Magazine Treadwell-Collins also confirms plans to introduce further members of the clan in future storylines.

“The Carters were a risk and I had a lot of sleepless nights about bringing them in. EastEnders is symbolised by The Vic – it’s the main stage and it needs to have life, colour and noise.


“There are more Carters to come… I’ve made sure there’s room for them and some who have been referred to on screen [that] we could bring in.”


Dominic Treadwell-Collins


Treadwell-Collins – who has been credited with turning around EastEnders‘ fortunes – also praised the scene between Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) and his son Johnny (Sam Strike) that saw the latter come out to his father.

“It defined early on who the Carters were and subverted viewers’ expectations of Mick. To have ‘tough guy’ Danny Dyer, who old-fashioned men look up to, hugging his gay son and saying: “It’s all right, I love you”, will make a difference. We’ve had letters from boys and their dads saying: ‘This has made it better’.


“Danny is the loveliest man. The public had this whole perception of him that wasn’t right. He’s a clever man and a brilliant actor.”


Dominic Treadwell-Collins

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The soap’s Executive Producer also noted the impact of the¬†on-going ‘Who Killed Lucy Beale?’ storyline stating that it has shown “very accurately” what it’s like when a family loses a member unexpectedly.

“The death of Lucy is very personal to me. My dad died when I was 15, and this story very accurately shows what it’s like in a family to lose someone unexpectedly.


“We had cameramen in tears during filming of the aftermath of Lucy’s death, and when we had a cast meeting recently, everyone burst into spontaneous applause for Adam. It was amazing.”


Dominic Treadwell-Collins

Treadwell-Collins also¬†teased a “massive twist” to air in this week’s episodes that see EastEnders break away from its usual transmission pattern with a one hour long episode on Tuesday and no edition airing on Friday.

Watch a trailer for this week’s EastEnders below:

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