Bryan Kirkwood steps down as Executive Producer on EastEnders

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." Bryan Kirkwood
Date: 12.03.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.12
Category: BBC One; Drama
Bryan Kirkwood has decided to step down from his role as EastEnders Executive Producer, it was announced today.

Bryan joined the show in March 2010, and in his two-year tenure has delivered many popular storylines and achieved fantastic awards success - winning the full set of BAFTA, RTS, NTA and BRITISH SOAP AWARD last year.

Bryan was responsible for bringing back the much loved Kat & Alfie and David and Simon Wicks, introducing Cora Cross, Derek Branning, the Moon brothers Michael, Tyler and Anthony, and the successful recast of Lauren Branning – with Jacqueline Jossa winning this year’s NTA for Best Newcomer.

Bryan orchestrated the final days of one of the show’s legends Pat Evans and was behind ‘babyswap’ - one of the most talked about storylines in the show’s history. For two years running, EastEnders was the most watched programme on Christmas Day, this year beating Downton Abbey and peaking at over 10.4million.

Bryan Kirkwood says: “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, BBC Controller Drama Production & New Talent, says: “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 leave the square next month and the experienced series producer Lorraine Newman will take over the role on an acting basis.

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