Gay bar could open for the first time in EastEnders under new producer

The Queen Victoria

The Queen Victoria pub set. Image: Matt Pearson

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Long-running soap EastEnders could get a gay bar for the first time as a new senior executive producer seeks to bring more LGBTQ characters into the show.

Kate Oates who recently joined the soap from its rival, Coronation Street, said she was "really interested" in introducing more gay characters to the fictional Albert Square.

In a Q&A video posted to the EastEnders official Twitter page, the producer hinted at opening a gay bar on the the show where "loads of stories can cross".


'A super-cool precinct where gay and straight characters can hang out'

"We are looking at opening a gay bar on the square which will be a super-cool precinct where gay and straight characters can all just hang out, and loads of stories can cross and should just be something really exciting, really fun, really visual and feel really true to multicultural London," Ms Oates said.

"Hopefully that will be something exciting for the next year."

The soap opera was the first-ever to air a gay kiss between Colin Russell kissed Barry Clark in 1987, which attracted a record number of complaints from viewers.



The EastEnders set is currently undergoing am £86 million rebuild, which is expected to be completed by 2023.

The original set of EastEnders was intended to be used for two years, but has now been in use for 34. This has led to problems with health and safety, continual investment in refurbishments, and the inability to shoot in high-definition due to the decaying set.