EastEnders‘ Dean Wicks will be confronted by the cops over the rape of Linda Carter tonight, but the series producer suggested that police solving the crime would not be ‘satisfying for the viewer’.
After being arrested, the bad boy, played by Matt D’Angelo, is questioned by the police as they investigate the claims by the Queen Vic landlady (Kellie Bright) that he raped her.
As Dean pleads his innocent and tells his version of events, his mum Shirley Carter (Linda Henry) finds herself caught between her other son Mick (Danny Dyer) and Dean once more.
EastEnders’ producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins has said that viewers for the BBC soap will be pleased with the storyline’s conclusion.
“We’re not The Bill. That show was about the police solving things. I don’t have main characters who are police officers,” he told the Daily Mail.
“We have tried very hard to create police characters who are interesting and who have their own stories. And there are more police twists coming up. But that’s not who my viewers are tuning in to see. They want to see Linda and Mick. They’re the people they care about and not the police. So the police solving it is not satisfying for the viewer.”
Dominic previously hinted that Dean may not face the courts.
“In real life, a lot of people don’t get their comeuppance. There will have to be a satisfying ending to the story, but it won’t be what you expect,” he said in October.
“The easy and wrong way to tell the story would be to have Dean arrested and taken off to prison. I’d loved to have done a big trial, but there won’t be one.”
Viewers can see the outcome in tonight’s EastEnders, which screens at 8pm on BBC One.