‘EastEnders’ bosses have failed in their attempt to call time on their cast boozing on set, new Queen Vic landlord Danny Dyer has revealed.
Danny Dyer – who plays new Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter in the BBC One soap – has revealed producers were forced to reinstate real ale in the fictional pub after non-alcoholic beer broke the taps.
Appearing on ‘The Jonathan Ross Show’ – which airs on ITV tomorrow (01.02.14) – he said: “There are a couple of ‘good pumps’. They tried to put non-alcoholic beer in there but it don’t come out properly.”
The former film star, who joined the Walford-set show on Christmas Day last year, admits he enjoys a tipple while working – but monitors his intake so he doesn’t get drunk on set.
He explained: “On a good day I slip over to the good pumps and have half a lager … not taking the piss, as I don’t want to get in trouble. You have to keep yourself busy behind the bar.”
Danny, 36, also admitted he is “overwhelmed” by the thought of joining such a national institution.
He said: “It’s very surreal. You walk on there and I’m running the Vic. I had a scene with Dot [June Brown] and it was in the laundrette and it’s massive. I’m waiting to go in, I come in half way through the scene and I’m psyching myself up. It’s like I’m going into a ring with [Mike] Tyson. I’m going in with a bird who’s pushing 90.
“I can’t help but feel a bit overwhelmed by it. You’re brought up watching it and all of a suddenly you are there.”