EastEnders boss opens up on challenge of beloved characters exit01/21/2023
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Chris Clenshaw has overseen his very first Christmas Day episode last month and the EastEnders festive special did not disappoint. In heartbreaking scenes, Mick Carter (played by Danny Dyer) and Linda Carter (Kellie Bright) were briefly reunited before being torn apart permanently.
Speaking to Express.co.uk and other press, Chris reflected on planning Danny’s departure from the BBC soap.
The soap boss admitted it wasn’t easy finding a way for Mick to leave “Linda and his kids” behind in Walford.
He explained: “Mick Carter is not the kind of character that goes out in the back of a black cab.
“I’m kind of very grateful for Danny for staying a little longer and giving us a Christmas Day exit because I think what’s really important is that we give the audience big drama on Christmas day and I think there’s nothing bigger than Mick’s exit.”
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Chris opened up on why he chose to reunite Linda and Mick before the latter’s disappearance.
“It was really important that we did reunite the two of them,” he continued.
“If you know the history of these two characters, they are the love of each other’s lives, that’s in their DNA.
“And what was what was what was a challenge for us was to find a way to exit Mick while keeping hold of Linda because this is Mick wouldn’t leave Linda and wouldn’t leave his kids so that was incredibly difficult.”
“But we did reconcile them I think that’s a beautiful moment,” Chris added.
“It’s been so long since we’ve seen that and it’s so beautiful and it just it takes you back to to those years where they were so gorgeous.
“So while it was one scene and two kisses. I think it’s a beautiful way to end their story and their journey, ultimately it’s a love story that end tragically.”
Although Linda will struggle without Mick in her life, EastEnders star Kellie confirmed she’ll find a way to thrive on her own.
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“Linda is a tough cookie I’ve always said she’s Barbie with a core of steel,” Kellie remarked.
“She’ll definitely find her way through this and also she’s mother to Ollie and Annie and I think that will drive her forwards.
“But I’m quite excited about about what is going to happen next year.
“I actually know very little, but I know I’m part of something that’s going to be quite big and I’m quite excited about that.”
Executive producer Chris echoed Kellie’s sentiment and teased “big plans” for The Vic landlady.
He hinted: “But there are big plans for Linda. [Linda] is going to shoot something which goes out just after our anniversary in February.
“It’s something that we as a show have not done before and Linda is at the centre of it.”
EastEnders airs on BBC One from Monday to Thursday at 7.30pm.
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