Ms Heggessey said producers had been forced to string out a storyline that was mauled by TV critics involving the Ferreira family because of the absence of key members of the cast.
"When you have a cast where one is ill, one pregnant, one who may be in rehab and another in a car crash, that's when you end up being overdependent on a storyline about a kidney transplant," she said.
"EastEnders has had a very very slight decline, there are always 50% of the available audience watching, I would suggest that is not a serious decline."
Saturday, August 28, 2004
BBC1 controller Lorraine Heggessey has said that EastEnders' recent difficulties are the result of cast problems, reports MediaGuardian (free registration required).