Eastenders' executive producer Lorraine Newman has announced that she will be stepping down from her role on the soap after 16 months as head honcho at the BBC1 serial drama.
Newman has been a part of the BBC soap for 23 years, beginning as a script secretary and eventually working her way up to the top job in 2012. Former series story producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins will be taking on the role of EP from Newman.
Speaking about her decision to leave, Lorraine commented: ''I have loved every moment of my time at EastEnders, but it is finally time to leave Walford. Over the past 23 years, I have been involved in some of the best moments on British television, from 'Who Shot Phil?', to 'You Ain't My Mother!', to the 25th live anniversary episode and in the past year, the Olympic Torch episode has also been a proud highlight.''
''Over the past year, I have also had the pleasure of planning and implementing the revival of many of the EastEnders clans who should always be at the heart of the show. I am confident that I am leaving the show in a stronger place and am sure that Dominic will continue to build upon this, taking the show to a new level.''
''I am delighted to be joining BBC Drama Production as an executive producer and look forward to the new opportunities and projects this will bring."
''Since early 2012, Lorraine took on the job of executive producer and led from the front the team she knows so well, both to Bafta glory and Christmas ratings success. EastEnders will miss Lorraine very much indeed but I am delighted she is joining the Series and Serials side of In-House Drama as an executive producer."