'EastEnders' executive producer Lorraine Newman has quit the show after it reported some of its lowest ever ratings.
Newman, who was appointed in June last year, saw viewers plummet from over 10 million two years ago to just below five million last week.
The show has been criticised in recent months for a lack of engaging storylines when compared to its main rivals 'Coronation Street' and 'Emmerdale', both on ITV.
Producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins will fill her spot, who was executive producer on the show three years ago during a more successful period.
Newman, who began as a secretary on the show, will move to BBC Drama Production.
“Lorraine has been responsible for some of the most memorable moments EastEnders history. I’d like to thank her for her service,” said BBC drama boss Ben Stephenson.
It's hoped that a raft of returning characters will reinvigorate the soap, as well as the recently-filmed £1 million car crash stunt that will leave Phil Mitchell with life-threatening injuries.
The crash will see the brief return of Peggy Mitchell, played by Barbara Windsor, who will rush to Phil's bedside from her home in Portugal.
Also returning is 'Casualty' star Michael French's character David Wicks, who reappeared for his mother Pat's funeral last year.
Ronnie Mitchell, played by Samantha Womack, is also soon to be released from prison after she kidnapped Kat Slater's baby following the death of her own infant son.
It was one of the most controversial plots in the show's history, but disliked by many fans. [Daily Mirror]
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