KAT and Alfie Moon were two of Albert Square’s most popular residents – until they were left for dead in the finale of the soap’s spin-off, Redwater.
But SHANE RICHIE, who plays the former Queen Vic landlord, has confirmed for the first time that the characters ARE still alive, and would love to return to Walford.
In Redwater’s dramatic final episode, Alfie’s heart monitor flatlined following an operation for a brain tumour, while Kat — played by JESSIE WALLACE — was hit by the propeller of a speedboat.
But clearing up any doubt as to whether they survived, Shane said: “Thankfully, Kat and Alfie are not dead. That’s as much as I know.
“You know what I love? Every time you get actors, they always say, ‘Never say never’. And I’ve watched and I’ve gone, ‘Shut up, never say never’.
“Because all these actors make out it’s their decision whether they go back or not, and it’s b******s. It’s never their decision.
“So I’d like to sit here and go, ‘Maybe I’ll see how I feel about it’.
“Trust me, if I get the phone call from EastEnders . . . I loved being there. I’ve got a lot of friends that are still there.
“If I got the phone call to come back, I’d love the idea.”
Shane joined the soap in 2002 and nearly 16million viewers tuned in to watch Kat leave her fiance Andy Hunter at the altar the following year to run off with Alfie.
The pair left the BBC1 soap for Ireland last year to film Redwater.
But I revealed last month that the spin-off had been axed due to poor ratings.
Speaking about filming the series, Shane said: “Me and Jessie — I always thought it was lovely being in Ireland and we had a wonderful four or five months out there.
“We literally did tear the a**e out of it and had a great time.”
If they return to Walford, there could be plenty more good times ahead.
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The grin reaper’s no Ross Poldark
WHEN hunky AIDAN TURNER stripped for his famous Poldark scene, he set a standard few would dare try to replicate.
But he didn’t count on having his thunder stolen by PETER KAY, who grabbed his scythe to follow in Aidan’s footsteps for a new series of adverts for Warburtons.
The hilarious clips, which debut on ITV this Saturday, also see funnyman Peter poke fun at Pride and Prejudice and Ghost.
Peter said: “Not everybody is aware but Warburtons is a Bolton company. I grew up with it so it felt like a good fit.
“The storyline is simple. I’m pitching a film idea to Jonathan Warburton in his office – it’s called Pride and Breadjudice.”
Peter signed up after he saw other Warburtons ads featuring The Muppets and movie legend SYLVESTER STALLONE.
I reckon Kay’s new ads will be the best thing since sliced bread.
Doctor set for return
AFTER keeping everyone guessing about whether Doctor Foster would return or not, writer MIKE BARTLETT has primed fans for a third series.
The steamy BBC1 drama, starring SURANNE JONES as feisty Dr Gemma Foster and BERTIE CARVEL as her cheating ex-husband Simon, ended on a cliffhanger on Tuesday night.
Mike sent me a note while I was talking about the show’s finale on ITV’s Lorraine, which said: “That final moment of last night’s episode obviously opens the door for more to follow and I’ve got some ideas, but Suranne and I are yet to discuss it properly. Watch this space.”
The intense episode was watched by 7.5 million people.
Hopefully, Mike puts pen to paper sooner rather than later.
– SINITTA has opened up about her Celebrity First Dates experience.
The star, who split from manager Jason Gale in January, admitted: “I was very nervous and found the date daunting. I do prefer being in a relationship.”
IN EASTENDERS, Carmel is growing increasingly concerned about Arthur.
She then reveals her fears to Kush before taking matters into her own hands.
Meanwhile, Sonia believes there’s something odd about Bex’s response towards her snog with Gethin.
Michelle suggests that Bex could have a soft spot for Gethin too so Sonia tells him they shouldn’t see each other any more.
Over in HOLLYOAKS, Damon does the worst thing possible and turns to drink in a desperate bid to drown his problems.
Elsewhere, Marnie leaves Scott to look after Nightingales – but it all goes horribly wrong.
Keeley cops it
HER character met a grisly end during series three of cop drama Line of Duty.
But that hasn’t stopped the show’s writer recruiting KEELEY HAWES for his latest BBC drama.
JED MERCURIO has asked Keeley and Game of Thrones hunk RICHARD MADDEN to star in new series, Bodyguard.
The show, which starts filming next year, follows a Special Protection Officer tasked with looking after the Home Secretary.
It will explore officer David Budd’s personal struggle between his political beliefs and duty to serve.
Richard, who plays Budd, said: “I’m thrilled to be working with Keeley for the first time.
“Jed has created a remarkable story that resonates with modern-day London.”
If it’s anything like Line of Duty, it’s bound to be a hit.