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EastEnders SPOILER: Dark storyline coming that scares new boss Kate Oates

New boss Kate Oates has big plans for the BBC soap

New EastEnders boss Kate Oates has revealed a dark storyline is in the works that scares even her.

Producer Kate recently took over the BBC One soap after leaving Coronation Street.

EastEnders SPOILER: Dark storyline coming that scares new boss Kate Oates

She said the new Walford storyline will be character and issues led and has given her nerves thinking about it.

Kate told The Sun Online: “There is something that I’m thinking about that the audience could say is an issues led storyline.

“I think it will be character led and the long-term arc will be character led but there’s definitely an issue in there to discuss.

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“I think anything important should be approached with a certain degree of nerves – if you’re saying anything important you should care about it.”

Kate was responsible for some of the biggest and most controversial soap storylines ever to feature on Coronation Street during her tenure.

Bethany Platt’s grooming and abuse horror was devised under her leadership alongside David Platt’s rape and Aidan Connor’s tragic suicide.

EastEnders SPOILER: Dark storyline coming that scares new boss Kate Oates
Kate won huge critical acclaim for Bethany Platt’s grooming storyline (Credit: ITV)

Fans are hoping she will work her magic on EastEnders as she did with Corrie and Emmerdale and dramatically improve their ratings.

Kate also teased her plans for the new year.

She added: “We’ve got some good Mitchell stuff on the storyboard, the Phil, Keanu, Sharon stuff is all very exciting, we’ve got some good stuff for Tiffany with her having taken herself into a dark world.”

She also revealed Mel Owen will be taking centre stage for a while with a dramatic story.

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“Mel’s in a bit of a pickle which will pick up in the New Year,” she said.

“We’re going to be flexing Tamzin Outhwaite’s muscles a little bit so that’s exciting. The Slaters are a really vibrant precinct and they’re just as lively as ever so yeah.

“We’ve got some good stuff in the works.”

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