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EastEnders boss admits there were ‘lots of arguments’ over victim’s tragic death

EastEnders boss Kate Oates has admitted that there were "lots of arguments" over the choice to kill off Dennis Rickman.

Dennis drowned last night in harrowing scenes on the BBC soap after being locked in a changing room by Ian Beale.

Despite Ian managing to eventually free Dennis by hacking at the door with an axe, the pair were assaulted by a huge gush of water sweeping them under.

The young teen was pulled out from the Thames but paramedics were unable to resuscitate him and he tragically died.


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Kate admitted that, after deciding on who would die, there were many rows in the writing room.

Opening up on how they decided on the death, she said: "I think that when we discussed this, and it's true of any soap, any drama, you want consequence. And that's the main thing that comes out of the death that we'll see because it's where it goes, it's the people that are left behind and the story that it generates.


"So it's very well thought out and there's something almost Greek tragedy about this particular person because it could be argued that it's been set up for quite some time.

"We discussed it in depth and actually had a lot of arguments over it as well. The story room, the conference room, is a vibrant place and we discuss lots of different options but we knew in our hearts that this is the storyline that would really plow us through months and months and months of story, which we're really excited about."

Executive producer Jon Sen added: "As Kate says , there was only one, in retrospect, one candidate who can really generate the kind of story that we wanted to tell going forward for months and months."

Asked how actor Bleu Landau reacted to the news of being killed off, Jon said: "Professionally. I mean, they were incredibly excited to be at the heart of such a big week.

"In the end, whenever you're talking to an actor about a future storyline like this, they want to know how big, what is that story. Always very excited to go out on something as adrenaline fuelled and moving as this."

*EastEnders airs Mondays and Fridays at 8pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One

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