The stars of EastEnders were enduring the rainy autumn weather yesterday in order to film the funeral of Michael Moon, who is set to be sensationally killed off this autumn.
Actors Shane Richie (Alfie), Jessie Wallace (Kat) and Charlie Brooks (Janine) shot the sombre scenes in a Hertfordshire churchyard on Saturday and - as can be seen by the images released by the BBC - cast and crew were still able to share a joke despite the poor weather conditions.
In recent months, viewers have seen the menacing Michael locked in a bitter custody battle with estranged wife Janine. And while show bosses are keeping the exact details of Michael’s exit under wraps, RadioTimes.com understands that put-upon Alice Branning (Jasmyn Banks) will once again be drawn into the web of deceit as the tension escalates:
“Janine and Michael will really up the ante in terms of how far they’ll go for baby Scarlett,” a show insider told us. “Expect many twists and turns as Michael’s manipulation of Alice increases.”
Yet one thing does remain self-evident and that’s the lack of mourners by the graveside: “Well, he hadn't exactly made many friends in Albert Square” added our insider.
Steve John Shepherd, who has been playing Michael since October 2010, announced back in March that he would be leaving the BBC1 soap. The 39-year-old actor said in a statement:
“After two years of playing Michael, I feel now is the time to move on. I have relished every minute of exploring his character. The good and the bad!
“I feel extremely privileged to have had this amazing experience and I want to thank everybody at EastEnders for their extraordinary support. Most importantly I would like to thank the fans for taking him and his numerous flaws into their hearts. I wish them all the very best.”