EastEnders executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins has admitted that he would “never say never” about a comeback for Grant Mitchell.
“I think the fact that you’ve got Phil, Kathy, Sharon – there’s a person missing, isn’t there?” Treadwell-Collins said during Saturday’s EastEnders panel at the Radio Times Festival.
Grant’s character last frequented the Queen Vic on a regular basis in 1999 before actor Ross Kemp left the soap after nearly a decade in the role. He returned for brief spells in 2005 and 2006 but has been absent from the soap for the last nine years.
Treadwell-Collins admitted there are no immediate plans for the hardman to appear back on the Square, but the showrunner is personally keen to see it happen.
“Actually, to get all four on screen at the same time is a dream. As an EastEnders fan, you want to watch that. I want to watch that.”
The pieces of the puzzle have slowly been coming together. Letitia Dean returned for a third time in 2012 after a six-year absence. Original cast member Gillian Taylforth’s decision to reprise her roles as Kathy, who was believed to be dead, certainly shows that anything can happen in soapland, although Treadwell-Collins insists plotlines like that are always rooted in reality and that even back-from-the-dead storylines are “plausible”.
Whether Kemp himself would reprise the role is another question. He’s reportedly said in the past that he’d consider it for the right storyline. Perhaps the costume department should start dusting off that leather jacket?