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Why is former star Phil Daniels calling for EastEnders to be axed?

Phil Daniels has reportedly said he thinks EastEnders should be axed as he branded soaps 'the opium of the masses'.

The London-born actor – who played car salesman Kevin Wicks in the BBC soap opera between 2006 and 2007 – apparently told The Sun he thinks EastEnders has run its course and TV viewers should be offered something new.

Phil, 56, said: “I’d take it off the telly if I could. I just think it’s run its course. It’s nothing to do with any of the acting as I think people do really good work in it.

“I just feel that it is time for something different. EastEnders and Coronation Street seem a bit like the opium of the masses now. Why don’t they try something else for the British public?”

Phil Daniels with EastEnders co-star Diane Parish in 2007

Phil Daniels’ EastEnders character Kevin Wicks was in a relationship with Denise Fox, played by Diane Parish (Yui Mok/PA)


The Quadrophenia star – famous for lending his voice to Blur’s hit single Parklife – also complained that his character in the show had been too gloomy.

Phil said: “I went into the show to be a comedy part. Then the gags started disappearing and I had a kid that died of cystic fibrosis and a wife that was violent.

“My character got more and more miserable. I just don’t think they’ve got the writers for gags on that show. They need a few more jokes.”