EastEnders star Danny Dyer has teased the dramatic time in store for his screen family this Christmas in a new interview with Radio Times.
Speaking in the latest issue of the magazine, the actor revealed that a new level of insanity is reached when his character Mick Carter discovers that his wife Linda (Kellie Bright) was raped by Dean Wicks (Matt Di Angelo).
“The audience will know that the bomb is going to go off – but they’ll be asking themselves: ‘How big is that bomb going to be?’ And let me tell you, it’s nuclear.
“I’ll put the question out there: how would you react if someone you loved was raped in your home by a person you’d been looking in the eye for the past three months? Whether you’re a violent man or avoid violence at all costs, you are going to go insane. And I take insanity to a new level. Justice is served. Beautifully. And I get to show every bit of range I’ve got as an actor.” – Dyer
Dyer added “I’m honoured that Christmas is revolving around Mick’s unravelling. But where do we go from here? I don’t know. Will Mick have an affair? You have to keep it exciting, but I wouldn’t believe it if Mick cheated. I’d fight against it because I’m not in it for all that clichéd b******s.”
A traumatised Linda has been concealing her ordeal from her other half since it took place in October. She will confide in Stacey Branning (Lacey Turner) later this month, prior to Mick finding out the truth. .
“This year, we promise to give you a real EastEnders cracker as stories that have been building over the past year come to a head. With secrets spilling out, Mick and Linda’s Christmas turns from magical to monstrous. No matter how many arguments your family has at Christmas, they don’t hold a candle to the drama going on at the Queen Vic.” – Executive Producer, Dominic Treadwell-Collins
To read the full interviews with Danny Dyer and Dominic Treadwell-Collins buy the new issue of Radio Times which is out today (4 December).
EastEnders airs Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday on BBC One, with a weekly omnibus also on the channel and erratically scheduled repeats on BBC Three. Viewers can also catch up online via BBC iPlayer.