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EastEnders star Danny Dyer teases 'dark Christmas' could be ahead in Walford

Mick Carter in EastEnders
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Is EastEnders set for a nightmarish Christmas?

EastEnders star Danny Dyer has teased that we’re due a “dark Christmas” in Walford this year.

Asked about what storylines are going to kick off in Albert Square this festive season, Danny says he thinks things could take a dark twist.

“Well, we all know what Christmas is all about on Albert Square! So I’ll let you use your own imagination on that. We’re due another dark Christmas, aren’t we? That’s how we roll.”

The regulars are in uproar and vow to help raise the money to save The Queen Vic which is exactly what Mick was hoping for. Ian gives a donation to Mick. Mick Carter, Ian Beale in Eastenders.

Danny was "gutted" at first when he found out Mick would no longer be serving pints in The Vic, but now he's enjoying the change

Meanwhile, Danny, who’s back this Saturday night on BBC1 to front a new series of his game show The Wall, admits he was gutted when he was told the Carters would loose The Queen Vic.

“When we were first told. I was a bit gutted because it’s all myself and Kellie Bright (opens in new tab) [who plays Mick’s wife Linda] have known since joining EastEnders in 2013.

“You do get a bit territorial about your character and you have concerns like, ‘Well if we ain’t got The Vic anymore, what do you do with us? But I do think it was time for a changing of the guard, so to speak, and who better than Sharon? For the past two months, I’ve experienced working on EastEnders and not being in The Vic and, I’ve gotta say, I’m enjoying it.

“I’m working on different sets, with different people, and it’s almost like coming to a new job. It’s exciting exploring new parts of Mick, and he’s not just a landlord any more.”

TV tonight The Wall

Danny's back for a new run of The Wall

Danny Dyer fronts a new series of The Wall, which starts on BBC1 on Saturday 3rd October at 9.15pm (see our TV guide for more shows to enjoy).

EastEnders continues on BBC1.

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