Dominic Treadwell-Collins, the executive producer of EastEnders, has revealed that he intends to unpick the relationship between Mick (Danny Dyer) and Linda Carter (Kellie Bright).
Next week’s episodes of the BBC1 soap will see Linda being raped by family member Dean Wicks (Matt Di Angelo), with the aftermath of the crime finding the Queen Vic landlady opting not to tell Mick about what has happened.
“It was very important to us that Mick and Linda would never cheat on each other. Yet you cannot have the landlord and landlady of the Queen Vic not being involved in a very big story,” explained Treadwell-Collins. “We’ve known we were going to do this for a long time. We wanted the audience to fall in love with the Carters and now we’re going to start pulling them apart.”
Dyer and Bright made their debut behind the bar of the Vic over Christmas 2013 and have met with both critical and viewer acclaim for their performances. Last night’s Inside Soap Awards saw Dyer pick up Best Actor, with the Carters also named Best Family.
Now, the show’s boss intends to tap into the heritage of EastEnders by putting the character of Linda through the emotional wringer.
“This is the ultimate Queen Vic landlady story,” Treadwell-Collins continued. “The women who run that pub always have a public face and a private face. If you look back at Angie Watts, there was the outward Angie and the alcoholic behind the scenes. And from now on, there will always be a private Linda Carter who is very different to the public one at the bar. But that sums up EastEnders – it’s a show about strong women overcoming adversity.”
For actress Kellie Bright, the reasons why Linda decides to stay silent about her ordeal are tied up with her feelings about her marriage to Mick.
“She’s scared of what will happen if she tells Mick. A part of her is broken and she doesn’t want to break him,” said the actress. “Part of the reason why she doesn’t tell him is because she loves him so much. What they have together has been spoilt for her, but if she tells him, then it really is gone. The saddest thing for me is that it turns Linda is someone she never thought she’d be, which is a liar and a person who has shut down in a certain way.”