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Eastenders Micky and Keith axed

 
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mark occomore



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 6:29 pm    Post subject: Eastenders Micky and Keith axed Reply with quote

EastEnders actors Joe Swash and David Spinx have been axed from the BBC soap after being told their characters had "run out of steam".

The pair who have played son and stepfather duo Mickey and Keith Miller since 2003 and 2004 respectively were called into a meeting with executive producer Diederick Santer on Friday when he revealed that their contracts would not be renewed.

A friend of 26-year-old Swash told The Sun: "He and David were told their characters had run out of steam by EastEnders boss Diederick Santer. Joe was stunned at first. He's loved playing Mickey and felt the fans still enjoyed watching his antics."

They added: "But he soon realised if the stories weren't there, he didn't want to be just going through the motions. He's now thinking over his next move carefully. He doesn't want to become just another former soap star."

The news comes just weeks after the announcement that Rob Kazinsky (Sean Slater) and Mo George (Gus Smith) are to quit their East-End roles at the end of the year. Only days earlier, it was revealed that Aaron Sidwell's character Steven Beale is to be written out of the show in a shock bisexual plot.

Swash recently split with his lover Emma Sophocleous only months after she gave birth to their son, Harry. Sophocleous later blasted her former lover for 'leaving her in the lurch'.

The Character have run out of steam.

As a leaving present David Spinx who plays Keith Miller will be able to take his chair. Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that Mark, only watch EE sometimes, but know who you are talking about. Saves me asking in a year or so "Where have they gone?"
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 10:33 pm    Post subject: Stone me! Reply with quote

I thought by the subject line that The Stones had broken up! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 10:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Stone me! Reply with quote

Briant wrote:
I thought by the subject line that The Stones had broken up! Very Happy


Now that would be big time news, unlike, well who the hell are they anyway? Is what happens in a soap really that important, well certainly not to me as I don't watch any of em!

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

At the risk of getting into trouble, I think it is a gender thing. Most watchers of soaps are women, but lately even Mrs G, who watrches the lot, has started to ask me why she watches them. I, on the other hand am watching reruns of DS9 and Jericho, and Guiding my favoutite team to mid-table mediocrity
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with you Geddon. I think the writers of most the soaps have lost the plot. Much rather listen to decent music now and, if I do feel like dipping back into them, it is quite easy to pick up the "plot"!! Have also discovered the"play again" option on my computer thanks to my wonderful new man, Steve. Wink Wink

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

EastEnders was the only soap I could tolerate, but, faced with the almost daily diet of menace, violence, thuggery, marital strife etc etc that is arguably totally unsuitable as pre-watershed general entertainment, I gave up some time ago - it's easy to follow the plots anyway from the newspapers and listings magazines, even the serious ones.

Even my wife has given up on them, so I get to indulge in University Challenge, or Wainwright's Walks, or just stick a CD on. Bliss!

I can understand actors getting upset when they're told their character is to be dropped. Usually it happens to the sort of jobbing actor who was not doing much before and is not very likely to pick up major roles afterwards - the really good ones, or the star names, can usually dictate their own departures.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

EastEnders is the only soap that I watch voluntarily, unless you count Waterloo Rd as a soap. I should add that I get fed compulsory shots of Neighbours at teatime. Its transfer to Channel 5 hasn't stopped that.

Regarding the two Millers, Keith has never been what I'd call an appealing character. In fact he's a total slob, who isn't redeemed at all by his interest in educational TV programmes. The actor certainly plays him well but I imagine that many people have simply tired of the character.

For some reason they haven't given Mickey any decent storylines for a long time. I'll be sorry to see him go but maybe the time is now right.

Ian.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe time for Eastenders to be axed.
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