Bryan Kirkwood to leave EastEnders

Monday 12 March 2012, 13:30

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Bryan Kirkwood has announced that he is stepping down as Executive Producer of EastEnders.

He's been at the helm of the good ship Enders since March 2010, and orchestrated some of the show's most talked about episodes, particularly, the 'baby swap' storyline and the final days of Walford icon, Pat Evans. He also brought Kat and Alfie back to the Square, as well as David and Simon Wicks. He's introduced many new characters - to name but a few - Cora Cross, Derek Branning, the Moon brothers Michael, Tyler and Anthony, and the recast of Lauren Branning, played by Jacqueline Jossa who recently won an NTA for Best Newcomer.

Under his tenure, the show has won the full set of BAFTA, RTS, NTA and British Soap Award. EastEnders was the most watched programme on both Christmas Days for the past two years - this year beating Downton Abbey and peaking at 10.4 million.

Lorraine Newman, Series Producer, will be taking over the role on an acting basis.

Bryan said: "Being the Executive Producer of EastEnders is one of the most exciting jobs in TV, but it's also the most exhausting - so after two years, I've decided it's time to leave Walford. It's been a thrill to work with such talented people such as John Yorke, Simon Ashdown, and our amazing cast and crew. Most of all it's been a privilege to tell stories that have genuinely had the nation talking. I'm going to take with me some brilliant friends and memories.

I'm delighted to leave the show in the capable hands of Lorraine Newman. Lorraine has been by my side every step of the way for the last two years and knows EastEnders inside out. I wish her and the show every future success."

John Yorke, the BBC Controller of Drama Production and New Talent paid tribute: "I would like to thank Bryan for his extraordinary hard work, a chest full of awards and some great storylines. It's been a pleasure working with him and I wish him every success for the future."

Bryan will be sadly missed by all of us here on EastEnders. He'll be sorely missed, and we'd like to say thank you to him for being such an excellent guvnor.

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    Comment number 1.

    Just wanna say thanks to BK for all he has done for EE. I have very much enjoyed it over the last couple of years.
    If you are looking for someone to take over as boss, I am avalible :-)

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    Comment number 2.

    I have to say there are many great things Bryan brought to the show as outlined above but I do feel it is time for a change and I think the new EP will need to look at the writing and storyliners. I also feel that the following characters need to leave... Derek, Ben, Jay, Anthony, Tyler and Lola as they just do not work or characters I care about. I think that's the saddest thing about EastEnders of late, there are too many characters that I do not want to watch. I feel that Mandy, Ray and Rose all have potential - just they're still finding their feet. Please EE get back to what you do best! :)

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    Comment number 3.

    Oh no. What a shame. Well done to Bryan kirkwood

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    Comment number 4.

    What a shame, you did very well Brian! Shame about all the people moaning about Derek Branning, I dunno if it's those people that put you off, but I cant say I blame you with the amount of stupid complaints viewers are always making.
    "Get rid of Derek this, get rid of Derek that, derek, derek, DEREK" And I dont see a problem with him at all, I'm sick of them, dunno how you're feeling about that!

    Good luck for the future, thanks for great TV and entertainment you've given me.

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    Comment number 5.

    bad news I thought BK was a good executive producer sad to see him go wonder who will take over?

 

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