Ex-EastEnders star Phil Daniels has hit out as the soap’s bosses, saying: “They haven’t a clue what viewers want.”

The Quadrophenia star’s comments come after it was reported that six main characters – including cabbie Charlie Slater and student Libby Fox – were being axed by new producer Brian Kirkwood.

Phil, who played Libby’s stepdad car salesman Kevin Wicks on EastEnders until 2007, told The Sun: “It’ll be sad. Minty’s good, Charlie’s good. I love Libby.

“They are good characters. I don’t see why they have to go. That’s that programme for you. Hasn’t got a clue, has it? Viewers don’t want it to be Hollyoaks.”

He added: “It’s a chance for me to come back from the dead if they want glamour.

“There aren’t enough laughs in EastEnders for me – and there weren’t when I was doing it either!”

Phil also revealed that he would be keen to follow the success of shows such as Over the Rainbow and turn his notorious 1977 film Scum – about life in a British borstal – into a musical and cast the roles in a TV contest.

He said: “Scum the musical – that would be good. We’d have to have a mixed borstal to get girls in it too.

“I’d like to pick a star. I could sit alongside Louis Walsh. Anybody interested contact me. I’d be a good judge.”

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