Hello and welcome to today’s edition of A Slice Of Soap.
According to the Daily Star, EastEnders bosses are apparently on the lookout for more hot male characters (ones with a body like the pic below, perhaps?). This is down to departures that has seen the likes of Matt Di Angelo (Deano Wicks) and, errrr, Mohammed George (who played our hero Gus Smith) leave. In addition, they’re losing Aaron Sidwell (daft pantomime villain Steven Beale), Rob Kazinsky (Sean ‘Shout!’ Slater) and, eeeee, Joe Swash (Mickey Miller).
Had to laugh when I read the Press Association write-up about this: "Joe, who plays Walford’s resident dodgy dealer Mickey Miller, is the latest in a long line of attractive males to quit Albert Square…" I’d call Joe Swash’s Mickey a lot of things (beginning with useless), but "attractive male" isn’t really one of them. EastEnders executive producer Diederick Santer told the Daily Star: "It does mean we need a new 20-something fella. I’d like to see a new Wicksy style man arrive in Walford. A real charmer but a bit of a rogue at the same time. "It’s a real shame to see Rob go, I would love him to stay and of course we will always welcome him back. He will go out in spectacular style."
It’s a bit ironic that they’re looking for a ‘hot new man’ because the best characters, the ones that fans still talk about to this day, weren’t exactly what I’d call hot, stunning conventional lookers: the likes of Dirty Den, Grant Mitchell and even Alfie Moon are brilliant, charismatic characters but you’d never call them sex symbols. Anyway, it will be interesting to see who they come up with. Let’s just hope that whoever it is, they make them a great deal more realistic than rent-a-villain Steven Beale.
First Friday without Gus Watch and I’m thinking of a replacement. I’ve had a suggestion for Dev Watch, which I’m considering. If you’ve got any ideas or preferences, let me know.
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