Eastenders introduce a new character as it struggles against audience backlash.
The BBC soap was set to start 2011 on a high with an explosive baby swap story line that would boost viewing figures and keep fans hooked throughout the year to come, it was not to be the case. The traumatic plot twist, which concerned a mother switching her child who had died of cot death with her neighbours’ healthy son, attracted record numbers of complaints and has had to be cut short.
Producers of the show are hoping to put this controversy behind them as they reveal their newest cast member the 1970s pop idol and film star David Essex. A real life Eastender Essex is enthusiastic about playing the role of Eddie Moon, Alfie Moon’s uncle, and is excited to be a part of the team.
Bryan Kirkwood is the producer of the show and is quick to praise the 63 year old actor, whose real name is David Albert Cook, calling him a unique talent who will bring a warmth and charisma to the character.
Kirkwood has also given viewers a plot spoiler by stating that Michael Moon will be returning as a full time resident of Albert Square. Michael is the biological father of Kat Moon’s son and while the baby swap storyline is soon to come to an end there may still be more heartache ahead for Walford’s favourite couple.
Will the introduction of a new character played by a famous face be enough to temp back angry viewers?