Shane: Viewers 'don't like' Kat and Alfie happy

EastEnders' Shane Richie believes viewers don't want his character Alfie Moon and wife Kat to be happy.

The flamboyant landlord and landlady of the Vic were delighted to get baby Tommy back into their lives, but are set for yet more tragedy when Kat (Jessie Wallace) suffers a miscarriage after they have been trying so hard to have a baby of their own together.

Shane told Inside Soap magazine: "People don't like it when Kat and Alfie are really happy. I never used to believe that, but I do this time around.

"The way that Jessie and I like to think of it is that there's the curtain in the Queen Vic that separates the bar from their home. Until you go behind it, you'd never have any idea there were problems. The bar is Kat and Alfie's public stage."

Alfie's cousin Michael is believed to be the biological father of Tommy after Kat had a fling with him. But Shane revealed he and Jessie want him to turn out to be Alfie's son.

He said: "As soon as I found out, I thought 'If Alfie isn't infertile, then surely Tommy could be his son.

"Jessie and I spoke about the dates of when Alfie was in prison, and when he saw Kat before she had the fling with Michael. The writers reckon they don't match up, but we think they do. Jessie is quite adamant about it!"

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