Casting and Carters

Friday 13 December 2013, 12:01

 EastEnders News Team EastEnders News Team

At this week's press conference, along with talking about the future of EastEnders and upcoming plots, Executive Producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins talked about casting and the Carters.

"With the Carters, we love them. And we needed to do something a bit audacious. When we were here last we brought Ronnie and Roxy into the Vic. We needed to shake up the Vic. Kat and Alfie have a big story next year and they needed to lose money. They needed to be brought down in order to tell stories to bring them up. And with the Vic, what I did when I got the job was that I went back to Tony Holland and Julie Smith’s book about the origins of EastEnders and how they put the show together. How Tony Holland had looked at his family. Linda and Mick had been in my head for about a year and a half. I talked about them at the wedding to Alex.  And they’re influenced a bit by my mum and dad. Which my mum will eventually kill me for! And so we’re putting them in the Vic, giving them secrets.

"We’ve got massive stories for them. For Danny, Kellie, Sam, Maddie, Louisa Bradshaw-White and, most importantly, Linda Henry, who is, in Shirley Carter - one of the first characters we created the last time we were here - a soap icon. And she hasn’t been used as much as she should have been. And her stories are going to provide loads and loads of exciting stories for The Square. But her family will make us understand Shirley a lot, lot better. What makes her tick and why she walked out on her kids years ago. That’s a little teaser there."


"We’ve trimmed down the cast a bit. That’s to bring in new characters, but I also firmly believe every character has to fight for their place on the show. I have said to the cast “You will all play Hamlet, but you will all play spear carrier number three. This is a company of actors, so one day you’re going to be having the big monologue, the next day you’ll be saying I want a packet of crisps.

"And that’s the way this show is going to work. I love our extras, but I want to see the characters I know more. I want to see those characters in The Vic. And that’s what we’re getting back to."

Summarising, Dominic repeats his promise that there's more to come. "I think we’ve got our strongest ever cast, and there’s more to come. We want to reinvigorate our older cast. We want some older people. We don’t want too many young people. When I see younger characters I want to see them through the eyes of their parents, perhaps not through the eyes of their children. It’s a fine line. We’ve got Timothy West we’ve got Annette Badland - and more to come. Julia Crampsie our casting director, I have driven her to a breakdown by shouting a lot: “Ask that person! Ask Danny Dyer!” And things like that work sometimes. "

See more from this week's press conference with Dominic Treadwell-Collins:

Dominic Treadwell-Collins reveals upcoming plots
Quizzing the Carters


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    Comment number 1.

    Just loving DTC vision and enthusiasm for EE. He is absolutely right EE needs to concentrate on creating a strong cast which it looks like we now have and getting rid of the dead wood. Loving the new set talk and more location filming as it does sometimes feel that EE is a fish bowl of drama. He is so right about delving deeper into character development cause I do feel EE have skimped on that in the past. Take Kat for example LN had her having all these affairs and now cause she seen how Whitney was acting and they had a heart to heart she's fixed. Its only surface deep. Most normal people would need counselling. It doesn't seem realistic. Also I hope they alter the way some of the editing is done. I sometimes feel the scene is cut short to the detriment of the viewers entertainment and the finish of the scene. All I can say is thank goodness we have someone who is genuinely wanting the best for EE as a drama and giving us the viewers something to get excited about. Well Done DTC please don't let us down I'm routing for you. x

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    Comment number 2.

    I'm really excited to see DTC's vision of EE across the next couple of years - he really is the right man for the job. He created two of my favourite characters in Ronnie and Roxy, and the Carters look set to follow suit. Thanks, DTC!

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    Comment number 3.

    This guy pretty much knows what he's doing, I agree with Shirley not being used as much as she should have been, great character, great potential.

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    Comment number 4.

    After reading the interview done by DTC both in daily papers and online, it sounds that EastEnders will be a force to be reckoned with in 2014. It is far more serious and realistic than any other soap and deserves be classed as a drama.

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    Comment number 5.

    In my opinion, and dont get me wrong, its exciting, but I think that too many Carters are coming in now...we have had Shirley's sister, Tina and soon we're having Mick, Linda, Johnny and Nancy...then these two old people. I like the idea of bringing a storyling for Shirley but I think its overdone. :) Maybe bring like Jay's half brother or something like that because Jay doesnt get used much and it would be exciting for him to have an interesting storyling like that. But to sum up, I do believe that there are too many Carters coming in, even though it is exciting for Shirley, and even Phil.

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    Comment number 6.

    Not a fan of Shirley's, her family all coming in seems unreal. They look like a bunch of ragamuffins. Only time will tell. I'm waiting for Ben to get out of jail, probably end of the year and create a whole lot of problems.

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    Comment number 7.

    I truly love ee. But my pissant local cable co. Will not show houston pbs. We used to get houstonpbs. But no longer. We now have the awful aggie station from texas a & m university. It is really an awful station. So will have to catch up on your website.


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