Gathering round the telly to observe the Christmas Day instalment of EastEnders is as a lot a practice of the festive season as the turkey and ham dinner, which is why the BBC One cleaning soap tends to go all out in making it as spectacular as potential for viewers — and disastrous for the characters — and this yr’s guarantees to be one among the largest thus far.
Speaking about the strain that goes with overseeing the iconic Christmas episode, Senior Executive Producer Kate Oates stated: ‘I think we put pressure on ourselves because EastEnders Christmas is up there with all the great Christmas traditions of sprouts and family annihilation and all that kind of stuff, so we know when we need it to be really strong, so we put the pressure on ourselves.’
This festive season is Kate’s first in command of the BBC One cleaning soap, however she’s no stranger to overseeing serial dramas, given her spectacular monitor document at Emmerdale and Coronation Street — each of which thrived beneath her management, very like EastEnders has over the final twelve months.
However, even with all of the Christmas intervals she’s overseen throughout varied soaps, Kate instructed Metro.co.uk: ‘I’ve been on this enterprise for some time now, and as soon as we’d obtained that doc I stated ‘I think it’s the best Christmas I’ve ever learn’ and I actually actually meant that, so I’m actually actually excited by it, and the story workforce have accomplished a tremendous job and must be applauded for it.’
If that isn’t motive sufficient to be excited for what’s in retailer, then we don’t know what is!
EastEnders’ unmissable Christmas episode airs tonight at 9:30pm on BBC One.