EastEnders’ Executive Producer Lorraine Newman is to leave the flagship BBC One soap the corporation have announced.
Dominic Treadwell-Collins has been named as her successor.
Newman took over the role of Executive Producer in 2012, replacing Bryan Kirkwood, and during her 16 months at the helm, EastEnders won a controversial BAFTA award, lost out to Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks at this years Soap Awards – taking away only one for the Lifetime Achievement gong with Adam Woodyatt (Ian Beale) and has been beaten by Emmerdale in the ratings when the two shows have gone head-to-head.
“I have loved every moment of my time at EastEnders but it is finally time to leave Walford. Over the past 23 years I have been involved in some of the best moments on British television, from ‘Who Shot Phil?’, to ‘You Ain’t My Mother!’, to the 25th Live Anniversary episode and in the past year, the Olympic Torch episode has also been a proud highlight.
“Over the past year, I have also had the pleasure of planning and implementing the revival of many of the EastEnders clans who should always be at the heart of the show. I am confident that I am leaving the show in a stronger place and am sure that Dominic will continue to build upon this, taking the show to a new level. I am delighted to be joining BBC Drama Production as an Executive Producer and look forward to the new opportunities and projects this will bring.” – Lorraine Newman
With falling ratings, and a critical panning in the papers, Newman has attempted to revive the flagging fortunes of the soap by using the old producer tactic of bringing back as many old faces from a more popular era as possible. Barbara Windsor, Michael French and Samantha Womack have all been lured back to the series, with Windsor making a brief return and Womack and French signing up for longer stints.
Lorraine joined EastEnders as a script secretary at the age of 19 and her passion and commitment to the show has been unrivalled. The first Executive Producer to occupy every editorial role on the show, Lorraine has played a huge part in creating some of the best loved moments in soap land.
“Lorraine has actually made positive steps such as reviving the Beale and Mitchell families which has gone well so far. Let’s remember that the decline began under Bryan Kirkwood who tore those families apart in the first place.”- ATV critic Queenie