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The former EastEnders scriptwriter reveals he sheds tears for his characters and wants to create a new soap

"I'm really hating that I'm saying this, because I know that I've written your headline for you," Tony Jordan says, with a good-humoured giggle. "But I think we should bring Eldorado back." The former EastEnders series consultant is in ebullient form, arguing for the return of the BBC's doomed early 90s soap, Eldorado, sent to an early grave after only one year on screen.

"It's a fantastic brand – although obviously not in the way it was first done, and I wrote the first episode so I'm allowed to say that," he laughs. Jordan recounts watching the director's monitor and realising how bad the opening show was: "It was one of the worst things I'd seen in my life. I remember phoning one of the other writers and saying: 'We're in shit. It's like fucking Thunderbirds. »

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