Phil Daniels: "I would take EastEnders off the telly"

Published Thursday, Jun 11 2015, 17:20 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Former EastEnders actor Phil Daniels has said he would axe the soap because it has "run its course".

Phil, who played Kevin Wicks for two years from 2006 to 2008, praised the cast but said the format needs a change.

Former EastEnders actor Phil Daniels at Radio 2 for The Chris Evans Breakfast Show - 24 April 2015.


Phil played Kevin Wicks from 2006 to 2008.

Speaking to The Sun, Phil said: "I'd take it off the telly if I could. I just think it's run its course. It's nothing to do with any of the acting as I think people do really good work in it. I just feel that it is time for something different."

Phil, who is rehearsing for his role as Thénardier in Les Misérables at the Queen's Theatre, also criticised the soap for being too gloomy.

Phil's character Kevin was killed off in a car accident, and despite being brought in to be a "comedy part", Phil said: "My character got more and more miserable. I just don't think they've got the writers for gags on that show. They need a few more jokes."

EastEnders, which bagged the Best Soap gong at the British Soap Awards last month, had a fab start to the year with its live week, which saw the conclusion of the Lucy Beale's murder.

The week, which featured live elements throughout and a fully live 30-minute episode, was to tie in with the soap's 30th anniversary.

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