EastEnders star Max Bowden has teased a happier future for Ben Mitchell when the soap returns.
The actor admitted his character has been a bit ‘worse for wear’ recently, explaining: ‘He’s not had an easy ride since the 35th anniversary, I think Ben’s head’s all over the place.’
He added: ‘He’s certainly gonna be in a worse for wear state, so I’m hoping for more positives for Ben.’
Ben has had it pretty rough in the soap over the past couple of months, having to deal with further hearing loss, as well as his operation being postponed.
As if that wasn’t enough, Ben was seen collapsing ahead of his operation, with Jay being concerned for his safety.
EastEnders recently returned to filming after production halted due to the coronavirus crisis, with the soap putting strict social distancing measures in place.
And Max has got high praise for the crew who helped it happen, explaining: ‘I felt safer there than I did going to the supermarket…they’ve done brilliantly.’
The BBC soap was forced to shut down production back in March amid the COVID-19 pandemic — as were Emmerdale, Coronation Street, Hollyoaks, Doctors, Holby City and Casualty.
In an effort to keep EastEnders on the air for as long as possible, episodes were rationed out at two a week — much like it was during the 1980s and early ’90s — as opposed to the usual four.
However, the final pre-lockdown episode aired June 16, meaning that for the first time in the soap’s 35-year history, it was forced to go off the air.
In the meantime, the Monday slot has been filled with a special spin-off series hosted by Stacey Dooley, and the Tuesday gap has been occupied with select classic episodes of the beloved soap.
EastEnders is expected to return to screens in the Autumn, with its four weekly transmissions having been restored.
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