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EastEnders spoilers: Popular boss John Yorke is staying with the soap

Popular EastEnders boss John Yorke is staying with the show
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EastEnders boss John Yorke has announced that he is going to work on the show for at least a year after initially stepping up to do a three month interim stint. John took over on the soap from previous producer Sean O’Connor but it was understood at the time that a more permanent successor would be recruited.

Since taking over, John has made some significant changes such as hiring Patrick Bergin as Aidan Maguire, bringing back Masood Ahmed with a wider family and signing up S Club 7 star Hannah Spearritt. He is also writing out Lauren and Abi Branning as well as Ben Mitchell, with Johnny Carter also set to depart.

On top of that, he is bringing back a host of popular characters including Mel Owen (complete with teenage son!), Tiffany Butcher, Kat Moon, Mo Harris and Jean Slater. He also has plotted a dramatic and memorable Christmas for the Brannings and has teased a number of major storylines ahead including a death, a birth, a heist and a shooting.

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At a recent press event, he announced his decision to stay with the soap he loves for longer, saying: ‘I came for three months which quickly extended to six – I have now agreed to stay for a full year. That’s because arguably it’s central to public service – EastEnders is one of if not the most important programmes on the BBC. But personally its really important to me. I’d forgotten this is the best soap on television and I want to be here to make sure that happens and if I can help in any way reaching that very high bar I’m delighted to do so.’

EastEnders Christmas spoilers with Mick, Linda, Max, Abi, Lauren and Phil
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Fans will certainly agree that he is already helping to do that with recent episodes and storylines winning widespread acclaim.

Discussing his thoughts on how to write good EastEnders, he continued: ‘It has to be grounded in reality, there has to be a truth to it, but in the end its roots are in it being hugely entertaining. That greek tragedy thing has been there since the beginning – the big operatic stuff. The more you can relate to the characters and see them like you, the better it works. It’s getting that combination right.

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