EastEnders exec responds to plot reaction

EastEnders executive producer Diederick Santer has responded to audience reaction following last night's episode of the BBC soap.

The hour special - which featured Peggy and Archie's wedding as well as the death of Ronnie Mitchell's secret daughter Danielle - was seen by an average of 10.6m and caused an abnormal power surge on at the National Grid.

However, the episode has sparked mixed feelings among some of the viewing audience, with many members of the DS forums expressing their dismay at the plot's ending. The BBC has also confirmed that it has received a number of representations regarding the storyline.

Santer this afternoon said: "Last night's EastEnders contained all the elements of a classic soap episode – a wedding, high drama and tragedy.

"We acknowledge that we didn't deliver the happy ending that many of the audience may have been hoping for, and that for some people this was upsetting. We hope viewers understand that our aim is to deliver the best drama. That doesn't always lead to a happy ending.

He added: "EastEnders - like all good drama - contains a balance of storylines, both happy and sad. We’re proud of the episode, the storyline which built up to it and the way the audience have engaged with it."

Source - Digital Spy

Comments

pamsy said…
been waiting on this story for so long was getting sick of waiting,
and that was it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
disapointing to say the least, where are the story lines going now, Ronnie will be even more miserable and bitter (boring) the father is going to have to go as theres not much left for him, so really keeping daniel alive would have brought so many more story lines.
sorry but bad writing, could have done a better job myself..
Jimmy said…
first, the character is called 'Danielle', not Daniel.
secondly, it seems many people don't understand the significance of the scene with the mother and daughter in the road. the long build-up was there to give that final moment weight and significance. there is no case for calling it an 'anticlimax'.
thirdly, it was not bad writing. writers do not in general decide the storylines of the series, they just produce the dialogue (which was as good as any on eastenders).

finally, the storyline will (presumably) now move onto the fallout, which is interesting, and probably much more challenging than the 'happy ending' everyone wanted.
Jenni101 said…
Another triumph from the bbc and I dont think. We have waited 5 months for you to drag out the Ronnie/Danielle story and you just balls it up - what a shoddy piece of writing, unfortunately 1 job too few which has not been effected by the reccession.
Anonymous said…
Re: Danielle / Ronnie storyline:
I really feel you have left the viewers of eastenders down and left everyone feeling cheated.I don't think you have considered the viewers for a second and have built a story for some 5 months to simply rip it away at the last.As ever you have gone for the dire miserable ending and no doubt feel very proud of the reaction you have recieved and feel this justifies the story. You could not have chosen a more inappropriate ending to this storyline. On viewing the interviews with the scriptwriters it was very apparent that you knew the reaction it would cause and for some reason could not see the untold story between mother and daughter. You have got this so wrong and all the forums are crammed with dismay at the ending you have chosen.I am really not one for soaps but this story really grabbed me and kept me viewing for the chance of the two bonding together and you could have built a bigger story between them moving forward. You have made a huge mistake and really let so many people down in 2 secs flat. I feel it only fair to applaud the tremendous acting of Samantha Janus and Lauren Crace as they were the reason we were so gripped. However you really could not have got this any more wrong!! I for one feel so let down that I will no longer be viewing the show and I am sure the celebrating scriptwriters will not give a monkeys! You have cheapened the whole storyline with this outcome.
Gutted and never to view again!
plumberjim said…
I watched the 2nd April episode and have to say how disappointed I was with it's lack of originality.It may have been a "classic Eastenders ending" but you are in danger of becoming so formulaic that this program will become irrelavant.I am so tired of the one dimensional cardboard cut out characters this series is now producing and has been for some time and find it increasingly difficult to care much about what happpens to them or to engage with the plot lines For once on this program there was a plausible story line with believable characters.It was beautifully acted and scripted It made such a change from the hackneyed cliched plots that the writers have been creating.When the ratings start to fall or you run out of ideas you revert to type bring back one of the old characters or pantomime villians like Nick Cotton. Have Stacey start behaving like a tart again. Have somoene cheat on their partner or have Phil Mitchell either hit the bottle or hit someone.It's boring, boring, boring its predictable it's turning into Crossroads and we all know what happened to that.you actually had a storyline that judging by the response to it's ending your audience had engaged with,and cared about. For once you treated your audience like adults for once it was plausible. I can only think that you've done this because you are thinking of the ratings Dallas got when they brought back someone from the dead. Which would at least make the decision to end this story like this logical.Either that or the producers and the writers are indifferent, ran out of imagination or simply believe that their audience all read gossip magazines, watch pimp my ride or have IQ's in single figures and came up with your usaul fare because you didn;t think your audience could deal with anything more complex. You treated you audience like morons which is both insulting and arrogant.I've never been much of a soap fan and now I know why.
I stupidly beleived that you and your team were interested in producing quality drama but you did the equivilant of throwing away a marriage for a one night stand with this story. If this is as much effort as you and the writers are willing to put into this program. Then please do the decent thing and let me know so that I can stop wasting my time watching.Alternatively do us all a favour and send the producer and the writers back to their usual job working on the test card.
plumberjim said…
I watched the 2nd April episode and have to say how disappointed I was with it's lack of originality.It may have been a "classic Eastenders ending" but you are in danger of becoming so formulaic that this program will become irrelavant.I am so tired of the one dimensional cardboard cut out characters this series is now producing and has been for some time and find it increasingly difficult to care much about what happpens to them or to engage with the plot lines For once on this program there was a plausible story line with believable characters.It was beautifully acted and scripted It made such a change from the hackneyed cliched plots that the writers have been creating.When the ratings start to fall or you run out of ideas you revert to type bring back one of the old characters or pantomime villians like Nick Cotton. Have Stacey start behaving like a tart again. Have somoene cheat on their partner or have Phil Mitchell either hit the bottle or hit someone.It's boring, boring, boring its predictable it's turning into Crossroads and we all know what happened to that.you actually had a storyline that judging by the response to it's ending your audience had engaged with,and cared about. For once you treated your audience like adults for once it was plausible. I can only think that you've done this because you are thinking of the ratings Dallas got when they brought back someone from the dead. Which would at least make the decision to end this story like this logical.Either that or the producers and the writers are indifferent, ran out of imagination or simply believe that their audience all read gossip magazines, watch the shopping channels and pimp my ride or have IQ's in single figures and came up with your usaul fare because you didn;t think your audience could deal with anything more complex. You treated you audience like morons which is both insulting and arrogant.I've never been much of a soap fan and now I know why.
I stupidly beleived that you and your team were interested in producing quality drama but you did the equivilant of throwing away a marriage for a one night stand with this story. If this is as much effort as you and the writers are willing to put into this program. Then please do the decent thing and let me know so that I can stop wasting my time watching.Alternatively do us all a favour and send the producer and the writers back to their usual job working on the test card.

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