“I don’t think EastEnders usually portrays good fathers,” says newcomer to the Square Danny Dyer in an exclusive interview in this week’s Radio Times. “They’re often quite dysfunctional.”
Well, you can say that again.
And yet the interesting thing about Dyer's character, Mick Carter, is that he is actually pretty good at rearing children, most recently showing immense sensitivity, compassion and understanding when his son Johnny (Sam Strike) came out as gay.
As he puts it: “I’m one of the first to come in and be a really good parent. I think that’s what was needed. Plus they used the perception of what I’m known for and spun it on its head.
"It was a gamble," admits the star, who is better know for rather thuggish roles. "But I’ve had letters from young gay men who’d been too scared to come out, but who did so after watching that episode.”
But while everyone likes a progressive new man – especially one played by an actor against type – we also love our Walford villains. And the villains, usually, have also been pretty cruddy parents, as the list below reveals.
So sit back, have your therapist on speed dial and take a look at our guide to the worst fathers in E20.
We'd also like to know if you agree with our rating on our new, exclusive and I'm sure you'll agree highly scientific BadDadometer (where the highest score is indicative of how bad they are – a low score means that they may be a bit rubbish but they're doing their best. Sort of).