Former EastEnders executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collns has spoken to Radio Times about the demise of Ronnie and Roxy Mitchell at the start of 2017.
“It made me really sad,” the former show boss says in the new issue of RT. “They were my inventions when I was story producer and I loved them. But when you leave, it’s like putting your children up for adoption and watching somebody else bring them up. You’re never going to agree with everything someone does and there were probably decisions I made that previous producers were sad about. You can’t get over emotional because every producer has to make the show their own. You’ve got to support them and stand back.”
The Mitchell sisters were killed off in a swimming-pool-related tragedy on New Year’s Day that saw Ronnie dive into the depths to save Roxy, only for the siblings to both perish.
Subsequent storylines have seen Ronnie’s widow Jack struggling to cope in the wake of her death, while the long absent Charlie Cotton has just arrived back to re-connect with his and Ronnie’s son Matthew.
Speaking recently about the decision to give Ronnie and Roxy such a bleak send-off, current EastEnders executive producer Sean O’Connor said recently: “They were not the sort of characters that would leave in the back of a taxi – we wanted to give them an operatic ending.”
Read the full interview with Dominic Treadwell-Collins – in which he reveals all about EastEnders spin-off Redwater – in the new issue of Radio Times, out today.
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