Belfast Telegraph

Axe EastEnders says former star

Phil Daniels thinks soaps such as EastEnders and Coronation Street have “run their course” and need to be ditched from TV.

Phil, who first appeared in the BBC series in 2006, believes the soap has finally had its day after 30 years. The actor insists he has no issue with the cast, but wants to see some fresh ideas on the small screen.

“I’d take it off the telly if I could. I just think it’s run its course,” Phil is quoted as saying by British newspaper The Sun.

“It’s nothing to do with any of the acting as I think people do really good work in it. I just feel that it is time for something different.

“EastEnders and Coronation Street seem a bit like the opium of the masses now. Why don’t they try something else for the British public?”

Phil made a short-lived appearance in EastEnders playing Pat Butcher’s nephew Kevin Wicks. After deciding not to renew his contract, his car salesman character was killed off in a car accident in an episode set on New Year’s Eve 2007.

Along with his TV work, the 56-year-old actor has also enjoyed success on the big screen in gritty films such as Scum and is now set to appear in the smash hit musical Les Misérables in London’s West End.

Despite appearing in some gloomy projects, Phil claims the London-based soap is far too depressing for everyday viewing.

“I went into the show to be a comedy part... then the gags started disappearing and I had a kid that died of cystic fibrosis and a wife that was violent,” he moaned.

“My character got more and more miserable. I just don’t think they’ve got the writers for gags on that show. They need a few more jokes.”

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