EastEnders boss Dominic Treadwell-Collins has revealed some viewers still complain about the soap’s gay storylines.
Speaking at an event arranged by the Huffington Post as part of their Loud & Proud series, the producer explained that nothing has changed compared to 10 years ago when he was first at the BBC soap.
“Each day we get the Duty Log where people write in to say what they think about the programme,” he revealed.
“The Duty Log responses have not changed now to how they were 10 years ago when people said, ‘I threw up my dinner, I had to sit my 7-year-old down and explain to them that this was wrong’.
“I think a lot of the kids growing up, they don’t have any of these preconceptions, it’s the parents. They’re the people going, ‘This is wrong’.”
Treadwell-Collins, who recently announced he will leave the show, also added that as a gay producer, he doesn’t have a “gay agenda” but rather a “kindness agenda”, and that it’s his job to be inclusive and try to make the world a kinder place.
“For me, when I took over EastEnders, I said, ‘Right I want a girl in a hijab who ends up having a stillborn baby’ and we did that story,” he recalled. “No-one mentioned the fact she was wearing a hijab – it was a mother with a baby, and that was important.”
Treadwell-Collins also spoke about the storyline in which Johnny Carter (then played by Sam Strike) come out to his dad Mick, played by Danny Dyer.
“He put his arm around his son and said, ‘I love you, you’re my boy, I don’t care’.
And that was as much for little boys watching at home – the Colin and Barry effect – but also for men like Danny Dyer, who hold Danny Dyer up on a pedestal, thinking, ‘If he did it, so can I’.”
EastEnders continues week nights on BBC One.