EastEnders legend John Altman has admitted that his character Nasty Nick might not actually be dead after all!
Altman’s character was killed off last year, but the 64-year-old has revealed his dream of reviving Nick in another soap, and he even questioned whether or not Nick was really dead at all.
Altman said in an interview that:
“I always thought it would be great to see Nick go up to Emmerdale or something under a different name but he is actually the same character. He’d be being nice and all the viewers would be going mad because they know he’s evil. I don’t think we could do it now because he’s dead. But is he dead? We never saw the body being carried out of the house. There’s something called suspended animation maybe that happened to Nick?”
Nick was fan-favourite Dot’s deeply troubled son for years before being killed off.
Altman has revealed that British soaps are struggling because there are too many characters and too many episodes. He said that EastEnders trying to do 6 episodes a week like Coronation Street would be ultimately damaging to the long-running show.
“EastEnders lost a lot of heart when it got too big, too many people, the fewer people you’ve got the better it is.”
“When EastEnders went to four days a week it seemed to me as though they were trying to squeeze four pints into a two-pint jug. I understand the reasons why they wanted to do that, they don’t think about the actors, it’s the politics of television in the background which is all to do with this ratings war, if the ratings are going down and Coronation Street is doing better than the bigwigs want to know why and heads will roll, they do these things through fear.”
“I saw that they’re doing Coronation Street six episodes a week from next year. I think it’s too much to be honest, I’m 64 and I’ve got hardly any time to watch that much TV, it’s too many episodes. EastEnders will probably follow them and do it, but it shouldn’t be a game it’s about the quality of the programme.”
“I think EastEnders lost a lot of heart when it got too big, too many people, the fewer people you’ve got the better it is. It’s like the films Mike Leigh has made; you focus on a few very strong characters and then you remember every character and it adds a lot of weight to the overall drama, rather than filming a whole street or square of people, if you focus on less characters the drama hits you much harder.”
Who would like to see a return from Nasty Nick?