EastEnders’s executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins has revealed that viewers are about to get their next glimpse of the recently resurrected Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth).
“We’ve storylined her return properly. You’ll see a flash of Kathy again fairly soon and then boom! She’s already filmed her next little tease,” the show’s boss commented at Wednesday night’s Bafta TV Awards nominations party.
The character of Kathy made a shock – and brief – return to EastEnders during the soap’s 30th anniversary celebrations back in February, 15 years after supposedly being killed off in a car crash.
Actress Gillian Taylforth was seen stepping out of a cab on location in the east end of London to share a scene with Steve McFadden, who plays her ex-husband Phil Mitchell.
But Kathy disappeared again after being told to stay away from Walford, with viewers having since been left wondering when she’d next be seen.
“I still feel edgy about it all,” Treadwell-Collins said last night about Kathy’s comeback. “We were very careful about doing it. I would only have done it if we had a proper storyline to bring her back. I wouldn’t have done it just for the sake of that week.”
He also added that Taylforth has yet to film a reunion scene with screen son Adam Woodyatt, who plays Ian Beale, while also noting that this is the reunion that fans have been craving.
“That’s what you’re waiting for! We know that there was a Gavin that she went off with. It’s a big, big story with a lot of twists and turns, as you’ve come to expect from us. There’s Gavin, Kathy and there’s a lot of Phil involved.
“It’s going to draw in lots of different families from around the Square and it’s not going to be easy for her to come back.”
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