Have you ever wanted to see a cross between Waterloo Road and EastEnders? Well, now you can – sort of.
Long-running BBC soap opera threw out the old Waterloo Road star Heather Peace as the show’s newest character after Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner) returns from prison.
Stacey was sent to prison over a false accusation by Ruby Allen, and her return will upset Albert Square for the foreseeable future.
Peace will play a new character named Eve, whom Stacey met in prison and which he brings into the fold of Walford.
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The new storyline will see Stacey try to clear her name, with the support of her mother Jean Slater and Eve. This translates into a sticky situation for Ruby as they attempt to reveal the truth.
Executive producers Kate Oates and Jon Sen spoke with Digital spy and other media on the casting of Peace and the upcoming drama to be released in the soap opera.
Oates said, “We have Ruby, whom Jean intends to take down and erase Stacey’s name. Ruby is going to come to a slightly sticky ending so it’s fun to see how that plays out, and that means we’ve got Stacey’s Return as well.
“I am delighted to see Lacey Turner return to The Square as Stacey. Stacey has made a new friend in prison and will soon be joined by Eve – her cellmate on the inside and her new best friend on the outside.
“But where Eve goes, chaos ensues. There’s a reason Eve’s sentence continued to be extended after she was originally jailed for a short stay: she just can’t avoid trouble. But with Stacey on probation, Jean is determined that Eve won’t lead her daughter the wrong way. But just how willing is Jean to go all the way to keep Stacey on the right track? “
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Speaking of peace, Sen said, “We’re really excited about it. You know how great that kind of friendship is going to be because they come back after sharing an experience in prison that brought them together in a very unique kind of friendship, so it’s really exciting. “
Sen also pointed out that “Stacey’s comeback is going to be huge,” so fans will surely be excited to see how it all plays out.
Peace appeared as Nikki Boston in the BBC One drama Waterloo Road, as well as Sally Fields in ITV The fire in London. She also appeared in the drama Kay Mellor The hunt and in the BBC Scotland series Lip service.
EastEnders airs Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays on BBC One.
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