BBC soap set for diversity Shake-Up under new boss Kate Oates
East Enders has seen an notable shake-up take place recently as former Coronation Street boss Kate Oates has moved over to the soap to become executive producer.
Kate has hinted the BBC soap could set to become more diverse.
Kate, who has also worked on ITV soap Emmerdale, explained how the matter was “high on her list” for EastEnders.
When asked if she had any plans to introduce more LGBTQ+ characters onto the show, she revealed: ”I have a reasonable track record about that and diversity of all kinds. Diversity is definitely high on the list so yeah, watch that particular space.”
She continued to add: ”It really is a great ensemble cast and that’s a gift in my job. It’s what you need. It’s a whole spectrum of people and I’ve got that.
“There’s a lot of diversity in terms of ages and character profiles so that means we’ve got a really broad palate of story.”
EastEnders has history of engaging with the subject of diversity as it was home to the first LGBTQ+ kiss on a UK soap opera.
Although, it has seen several of its gay characters leave the Square this year as Ben Mitchell (played by Harry Reid) and Johnny Carter (Ted Reilly) left the soap.
So, viewers will have to wait and see what kind of characters and storylines Kate inducts into the series.
Kate will also be taking on Holby City and Casualty at the BBC.
Speaking about her new job earlier this year, Kate said: “Working across EastEnders, Casualty and Holby City is an amazing opportunity for me to have creative input into three of the UK’s leading dramas.
“I’m excited about meeting the teams and talent behind each show and can’t wait to get stuck in and tell some unmissable stories.”
The soap boss has received acclaimed for several of the hard-hitting storylines she implemented over at Coronation Street.
She was responsible for bringing David Platt (Jack P Shepherd) rape plot as well as Bethany Platt’s (Lucy Fallon) grooming ordeal to screens.
It looks like her efforts have paid off as Coronation Street were the big winners at the Inside Soap Awards this year.
Source – Express . co . uk