EastEnders fans are already well aware of the catalogue of dramas that are going on at The Queen Vic at the moment – leaky pipes, divorced children, absent wives, sick grandparents and racist insults scrawled on the door of the bar.
It now looks like 2017 is set to be the Carter family’s ‘annus horribilis’, as viewers saw Mick, played by Danny Dyer, grapple with the prospect of prison after the bank refused his loan in order to pay his fine for breaking licensing agreements.
After getting the news that he wouldn’t be able to pay, he told his daughter-in-law Whitney – who viewers suspect he might begin an affair with – that he wouldn’t be able to cough up, confessing 'I’m going to prison’.
It will tie in nicely with Danny’s break from the show due to exhaustion.
The team behind the show were forced to alter scripts and storylines after Danny needed time off due to his heavy workload.
The Daily Star claimed that other storylines were considered, such as a holiday or family visit – but the prison one tied in well and will offer more for the character to explore when he returns.
A source told the paper: “Some said the prison storyline is by far the easiest way of cutting him out of the show at such short notice.
“Other ideas were tabled, but they wanted something to tie in with Mick’s turbulent life on the Square. And it will mean Danny could stay away for as long as he needs to recuperate and get back to work at which point Mick can be released from jail.”
“His departure from the soap has been a major headache for producers and they are desperate for his return. His character is central to many key storylines that are filmed about six weeks in advance.”