EastEnders does not offer a realistic portrayal of working-class life and is not as multicultural as the real East End of London, its boss has admitted.Well, you could have knocked me down with a feather!
"It's not realistic in that respect but you look for an emotional truthfulness," he told the Radio Times.That’s a good one, ‘emotional truthfulness’. That’s going up there with ‘fake, but accurate’…
He said the BBC One soap "may be significantly white compared with the real East End".
But he added that it was "considerably more multicultural than it was even five years ago and is easily the most multicultural show on telly now".We’re number one! Yay!
The magazine also interviewed Coronation Street executive producer Kieran Roberts.Note the ‘especially’.
He said the long-running ITV1 soap presented "a warm and cosy version of the world" but added "it's a community that's sufficiently real and sufficiently recognisable that people are drawn to it."
On the soap's ethnic mix, he said he felt they were getting it "about right".
"I'd be very worried if viewers - especially viewers from ethnic minorities - were saying they didn't think the show represented them fully."
So, all you hairdressers, garage mechanics and butchers, don’t bother writing in to complain about your portrayal as bimbos, dim bulbs and losers – it won’t hold a candle to any complaint from an Asian viewer wondering why Dev Alahan is a corner-shop entrepreneur….