Eastenders executive producer Bryan Kirkwood has stepped down from his role as the show's boss after 2 years at the helm of the popular BBC1 soap. Kirkwood who took over as the show's boss in 2010 was responsible for last year's controversial baby swap storyline.
Despite the controversy over the plot, Kirkwood has managed to successfully oversee the show scooping numerous awards over the past two years including BAFTA's and NTA's through successful storyline arcs including the sexual exploitation of character Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty) and cervical cancer. It is expected that series producer Lorraine Newman will take over the role on an acting basis for the forseeable future.
Speaking about his exit, Kirkwood said: ''Being the executive producer of EastEnders is one of the most exciting jobs in TV, but it's also the most exhausting - so after two years, I've decided it's time to leave Walford. It's been a thrill to work with such talented people such as John Yorke, Simon Ashdown and our amazing cast and crew. Most of all it's been a privilege to tell stories that have genuinely had the nation talking. I'm going to take with me some brilliant friends and memories."
He added: ''I'm delighted to leave the show in the capable hands of Lorraine Newman. Lorraine has been by my side every step of the way for the last two years and knows Eastenders inside out. I wish her and the show every future success."
Meanwhile, the BBC Controller of Drama and Production John Yorke added: ''I would like to thank Bryan for his extraordinary hard work, a chest full of awards and some great storylines. It's been a pleasure working with him and I wish him every success for the future."