EastEnders star Danny Dyer has promised that Christmas in Walford will be business as usual in Walford – with a dark and gritty festive season planned for the show.
The Mick Carter actor told Metro.co.uk that while things were strange back on set, the team were excited to bring some exciting storylines to the screen.
He grinned: ‘It is Christmas, you know what Christmas is about on the f***ing Square! I’ll let you use your own imagination on that one. We’re due another dark Christmas, aren’t we? That’s how we roll. We’ve really took it up a level.
‘Us creatives have been stuck in for too long, I’ve been going crackers on Lego, I don’t know why. I am obsessed with it – I had to smash it all up the other day, we’d run out of room. There’s only so long you can have Hogwarts Castle sitting there when you’ve got a six-year-old son desperate to smash it all up so we did. But a little part of me died inside.
‘There’s creatives coming back to work and we’re all chomping at the bit so we’re all bringing our A-game to the table. I don’t know how long that’ll last but at the moment, we’re so excited to be doing something in part of a show we love. Everyone is delivering beautiful and powerful performances.’
One major difference is that the Carters won’t be in the Queen Vic anymore but Danny assured us that, while he was initially worried, he is loving the new direction for the character group.
He explained: ‘I think when we were first told, a little bit gutted. This is what we know, and it’s the hub of the show. There’s a huge responsibility of running it and the amount you’re involved in but I do think it was time for a changing of the guard. And who better than Sharon, come on.
‘I’m having a vast new experience of being in EastEnders and not being in the Vic and I’ve gotta say, I’m enjoying it. It’s nice, I’m working on different sets and with different people. It’s almost like coming to a new job. It’s a lot more difficult filming in the Vic due to corona – I think it was time.
‘Seven years is a long time, so we needed to freshen it up slightly. We’re all enjoying ourselves. You do get territorial over your character so you have fears – “we haven’t got the Vic anymore, what you gonna do with us?”
‘But it’s time to explore different parts of the characters; I’m not just a landlord anymore and we’re all going down some different, nutty routes and I’ve been buzzing off it. Let’s see what the future brings but at the moment we’re enjoying floating about the Square!’
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