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Dominic Treadwell-Collins quits EastEnders

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Dominic Treadwell-Collins quits EastEnders

Dominic Treadwell-Collins has stepped down as Executive Producer on 'EastEnders'.

The 38-year-old producer has been the mastermind behind some of the soap's most explosive and tear-jerking storylines over the past two-and-a-half years but he has decided his time on the show has now come to an end.

He said of his decision to leave: "My love for 'EastEnders' is no secret and so the decision to leave Walford has not been one I have taken lightly. When I commit to something, I always give it my all - and after two and a half years of giving my blood to Walford, it is time for me to move on to other things - and keep 'EastEnders' creatively refreshed, something that it has to do to stay at the top of its game."

Dominic toyed with the idea of leaving the show six months ago but decided to stay on for a little while longer to oversee the forthcoming emotional departure of matriarch Peggy Mitchell (Dame Barbara Windsor) in May this year.

He explained: "I made the decision to leave back in the summer but decided to stay longer for two reasons.

"Firstly, to oversee Peggy's last episodes, which will air in May. When Dame Barbara comes to you to produce her final episodes, you cannot say no. Secondly, I needed to find the right person to take over from me."

Dominic joined the BBC One soap in 2005 as senior story editor, before becoming story producer in 2006.

He left the show in 2010 to work at Kudos' Lovely Day as Head of Development, before returning to 'EastEnders' in August 2013 as the respected Executive Producer.

Meanwhile, the editor of the radio soap 'The Archers' Sean O'Connor is to take over the helm of 'EastEnders' from May, and he's certainly no stranger to Walford as he also worked as a director on the show 11 years ago.

He explained: "I'm thrilled to be back in Walford. At the same time, it's a wrench to leave Ambridge."