Wood: ‘Enders is lighter with new boss’

EastEnders star Jake Wood said the show’s new boss is bringing a “lightness of touch” that has been lacking from the soap in recent years.

Bryan Kirkwood took over from Diederick Santer as the BBC1 soap’s executive producer following its 25th anniversary celebrations.

Jake, who plays Max Branning, said: “There’s a real lightness of touch. We’re starting to film Bryan’s episodes now and there’s a lot of lighter stuff, which is great fun.

“From my point of view there’s more fun stuff with Vanessa and Darren, so maybe you’ll see some of the stuff that has been lacking over the last couple of years.”

He went on: “EastEnders does incredibly well at the dramatic climaxes to storylines, the gritty dramas. When it does that it’s at its best, but maybe some of the lighter stuff has been waylaid or overlooked over the last couple of years and I think we’re going back to that, to an even greater balance to the show.”

Asked if it would rival Coronation Street for comedy, he said: “I think in that sense we’re different shows. I think what Corrie does in that comedy stuff is absolutely brilliant but they’re different shows.”

Bryan used to head up Channel 4 teen soap Hollyoaks.

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