It’s not too long ago been introduced that — after a 5 yr absence — Peter Beale is returning to EastEnders, albeit with a brand new face. The final time viewers noticed the character, he departed for New Zealand to start a brand new life with Lauren Branning (Jacqueline Jossa) following the revelation that brother Bobby had murdered his twin sister Lucy (Hetti Bywater).
With 5 years having handed since then, it’s arduous to not surprise about what Peter has been as much as. His relationship with Lauren was a troubled one, and provided that she was in a relationship together with his brother Steven (Aaron Sidwell) two years in the past, it’s protected to imagine that they’re not collectively.
Regardless of that, there’s no denying that — very similar to Bobby (Clay Milner Russell) — Peter is of giant significance to the cleaning soap provided that he’s the son of Ian (Adam Woodyatt), who’s one of many solely remaining authentic characters left within the present.
For a present that centres round household dynamics — to not point out the truth that Kate Oates has an affinity for strengthening serial dramas’ authentic clans — it was solely a matter of time earlier than Peter confirmed up in Walford underneath her tenure.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk, Kate stated: ‘I’ve at all times felt that on this style — in this type of drama — that the clans are actually vital. Well, particularly with EastEnders, the phrase household is used calmly and never calmly, so when you’ve received a Beale on the market then it is smart to discover what they’ve been as much as and what drama they will convey to the Square.’
However, in bringing a personality comparable to Peter again, there must be a purpose for doing so — or somewhat, there must be a narrative for them to pursue. Take Ben (Max Bowden) and Bobby, for instance. Both characters — legacy characters of their respective clans — returned with a robust narrative, which in flip offered for months’ price of compelling story.
Elaborating on this additional, Kate added: ‘But I mean for me — with any character, with any person that’s received that historical past, that hyperlink with a clan — it’s great to convey them again however you’ve received to have story for them, they’ve received to earn their stripes.’
‘We’ve carried out it not too long ago as nicely with Dotty — you need individuals with these basic surnames nonetheless inhabiting the Square, it’s actually vital for the way forward for the present, however they need to convey one thing recent, they need to convey one thing new.’
Peter was an extremely well-liked character throughout his two earlier outings on the cleaning soap — when he was portrayed by Ben Hardy and Thomas Law — however this time round, newcomer Dayle will probably be taking part in the character.
Speaking about Dayle’s casting, Kate stated: ‘Jon’s good with casting, and he’s discovered Dayle and he’s superior, and we’re wanting ahead to taking part in good Beale drama with him, and Bobby and Ian, so yeah there’s tons to play on the market.