EastEnders: Kat and Alfie to get their own drama series on BBC1

Jessie Wallace and Shane Richie will begin filming the six-part spin-off later this year

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Walford icons Kat (Jessie Wallace) and Alfie Moon (Shane Richie) are to take a break from Albert Square later this year in order to feature in their own six-part drama.

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The pair – whose relationship has recently been a real rollercoaster – are to reunite and exit E20 for Ireland in an attempt to put the past behind them. But their new life together will continue to be charted in a new series on BBC1.

Dominic Treadwell-Collins, executive producer at EastEnders and creator of the Kat and Alife spin-off, said of the project: “In the next few weeks on EastEnders, viewers will witness several huge twists for Kat and Alfie Moon that will change their lives forever.

“Now is the perfect time to take two of EastEnders’a most beloved and enduring characters out of their comfort zone as they head to Ireland to search for answers to some very big questions.

“My team here are very excited about creating a whole new drama that stands apart from EastEnders while taking our style of storytelling to a place of stories, myth, secrets and immeasurable beauty.”

Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC1, added: “Life is anything but dull for favourite EastEnders couple Kat and Alfie as they embark on a new life in Ireland in this exciting drama series. Rest assured, their rollercoaster isn’t set to end any time soon.”

Last night’s episode of EastEnders saw Kat attempt suicide following an onslaught of recent trauma, only to be saved by soulmate Alfie. Now, the two of them will get to explore their future in new environs away from their nearest and dearest.

“Both Jessie and I are absolutely thrilled to be given this amazing opportunity,” said Shane Richie. “To have a whole drama focused around Kat and Alfie is a huge honour for us both and we just can’t wait to start filming.”

Added Jessie Wallace: “I have always loved working on EastEnders so when I heard of this new drama to take Kat and Alfie outside of Walford, I couldn’t believe our luck.

“To be exploring the next chapter for Kat as well as working alongside my best mate, Shane, is a dream come true and a huge compliment.”

Kat and Alfie’s new drama series will begin filming in the autumn and is due to transmit in 2016.

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