Dominic Treadwell-Collins, EastEnders’ current executive producer, has announced he is to leave the soap.
Treadwell-Collins has been responsible for some of EastEnders’ biggest successes, such as the 30th anniversary ‘Live Week’ and the introduction of the extended Carter family.
Replacing Dominic will be Sean O’Connor, who is the editor of The Archers. Dominic is to leave following Peggy Mitchell’s exit, which will be his final farewell to the Square.
Speaking of his decision to leave, Dominic said: “My love for EastEnders is no secret and so the decision to leave Walford has not been one I have taken lightly. When I commit to something, I always give it my all – and after two and a half years of giving my blood to Walford, it is time for me to move on to other things – and keep EastEnders creatively refreshed, something that it has to do to stay at the top of its game. I made the decision to leave back in the summer but decided to stay longer for two reasons.
“Firstly, to oversee Peggy’s last episodes, which will air in May. When Dame Barbara comes to you to produce her final episodes, you cannot say no. I left EastEnders with Peggy last time when she burnt down her Vic and it feels fitting that we will now leave permanently together. Secondly, I needed to find the right person to take over from me. This is an incredible all-consuming show and in Sean, I know that we have found someone who already has Albert Square in his bones and who adores EastEnders as much as I do.
“It’s going to be gut-wrenching to tear myself away from everyone at EastEnders. It’s an utterly unique place to work, with everyone working so hard and with such passion – and I am so so proud to have led that brilliant team over the past couple of years. I know that EastEnders will continue to thrive under Sean and I’m looking forward to watching the show as a viewer again.”
Dominic revealed to The Sun he had planned to leave last Summer, but Dame Barbara Windsor persuaded him to stay to produce her final episodes.