EastEnders celebrates its 35th anniversary this week, and it’s doing so in a spectacular trend, as Mick and Linda Carter’s (Danny Dyer and Kellie Bright) host the highly-anticipated boat social gathering on the Thames — an occasion which is able to see one Walford common lose their life.
For a present to stay on the air for 35 years is not any small feat, and it’s one thing that bosses Kate Oates and Jon Sen wished to rejoice. EastEnders particularly has celebrated previous anniversaries with some completely unimaginable episodes — a number of of which had been stay — and the most recent was 5 years in the past when Lucy Beale’s (Hetti Bywater) killer was revealed.
Much just like the aforementioned iconic celebrations, Kate and Jon had been eager to mark the 35th in a giant method, and they wished to take action in a method that might pay tribute to the very essence of what EastEnders is about.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk, Jon mentioned: ‘We wanted to do something epic, obviously. It’s the anniversary. We had been conscious of the 25th and clearly the 30th — they’ve accomplished these stay episodes and we wished to do one thing totally different that was equally iconic, equally a giant viewers occasion.’
‘I remember we all got together and we sat down and listed everything we wanted an anniversary episode to be, and when we dug into it, we thought about what we wanted to celebrate. EastEnders, London, contemporary, compelling kind of stories and then obviously we have the shot of the Thames in the opening credits and you go, ‘ah, there’s the concept!’ and it type of got here from there actually.’
Kate added: ‘I guess as well as celebrating London and that kind of iconography that comes with EastEnders, we also wanted to celebrate the clans and the families, so you’ve received the Carters on the Monday, and then we’re wanting on the Beales and the Fowlers on the Tuesday, Mitchells can be taking centre stage on the Thursday, and all the pieces coming along with this massive end result on the Friday.’
‘They’re the story strands that we’ve been constructing as much as, there’s the chapter of Whitney’s story now — the scenario with Leo received the grisly finish that it did, paying tribute to Den and Angie in some methods with Mick and Linda however then twisting it, with these divorce papers being signed on the finish of the week, and now clearly Mick taking these ‘til death us do part’ vows very very critically.’
Yes, tonight’s episode got here to a detailed with Mick — having come to grasp that he doesn’t need to need to stay with out Linda — deciding to examine on his spouse after an incident occurred onboard, and thus he discovered her trapped within the kitchen. The two proceeded to reconcile, however — with Linda unable to flee — issues weren’t wanting good for them, and thus Mick resolved to stick with his spouse it doesn’t matter what occurs.
However, the drama is much from over, as the subsequent couple of episodes will happen on the identical day, however will play out from totally different character’s views.
Speaking about what’s to return, Kate mentioned: ‘We’ll be selecting up on the prevailing story strands with Callum, selecting up with Keanu — are him and Sharon going to abscond? Why is Phil again? What’s occurring with Bobby now that he’s being trolled on-line for his beliefs, so there’s all this stuff which are going to be coming to fruition in a really very dramatic method and there can be critical penalties to these tales.’
EastEnders continues Tuesday 18 February at 7:30pm on BBC One.