EXCLUSIVE: John Altman, who played iconic character Nasty Nick for over two decades has claimed that there are too many actors involved

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Former EastEnders star John Altman has blasted the soap, claiming it has too many episodes and characters.

The actor, who starred as Nasty Nick, said he could not keep up with goings-on in Albert Square – and that he is not alone.

The BBC show’s return episode after lockdown pulled in around 3.4 million but it had double that audience a few years ago.

John, 68, said: “There’s too many episodes. People do have lives to lead. I don’t know how people keep up with it. There are other things in life, there’s a lot more. I’d rather be exploring the planet I think than watching a soap opera.

“When I last went back I said to someone on the production team, ‘How many characters are in EastEnders at the moment?’ And they said there were over 50.

“If you go back to the original cast there were no more than 20 people in it.

“It was a bit like Charles Dickens, he had a great way of involving you with his characters. The more characters you’ve got everything becomes dissipated and storylines disappear, you think, ‘What happened to that storyline, what happened to that character?’ People just disappear.

“I think there’s too many characters, when you have fewer characters you get deeper into the story.”

John played Dot Branning’s son from 1985 until 1991 and returned a number of times before being killed off in 2015.

He is now a musician as well as an actor, releasing an album Never Too Late To Rock and Roll on November 20.

He also urged bosses to bring back June Brown, who played Dot, for a proper send off.

He said: “Things fizzled out last time she was there, and I think she was rather disappointed.

“Obviously it’s up to the BBC and her to discuss it, but it would be lovely to see, it really would.

“If they did a flashback I’d be happy to come back and do that, I’d do anything for June, she’s a lovely lady.”

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Source: https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/ex-eastenders-star-john-altman-22878005

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