EastEnders’ Nasty Nick star John Altman bags exciting new soap role

Nasty Nick was a major fixture on EastEnders for many years, as actor John Altman made the bad boy truly great TV, especially when it came to his volatile relationship with mum Dot Cotton (June Brown).

The BBC soap star has now secured a lucrative new job in a soap set to light up the radio world – it’ll feature a community emerging from the coronavirus pandemic.

The topical programme will tell the sensitive story of a village putting their efforts into rebuilding their livelihoods, their relationships and their families, all in the wake of COVID-19.

The new series is called Greenborne and will air on a selection of radio stations across the UK.

It will be set in the summer of 2021 and will feature John and a number of other famous voices in the lead roles.

Louise Jameson, of Bergerac fame, and Emmerdale actress Corrine Wicks have so far joined the cast.

The Nasty Nick star told the media: “I am very excited about Greenborne as it's not only a part I could really get my teeth into, but it is also about hope and rebirth, amongst many other things.

“And it will appeal to the whole family."

"It is a little bit of escapism at a time when we need it most,” the actor added.

According to a statement from production, the new soap, "plays out in the shadow of the virus”.

“The drama sets out to celebrate the lives of people as they overcome the dark times and emerge into the light,” the synopsis continued.

As part of that, series lead Evie, played by Louise, will return from a long COVID-19 imposed exile, threatening to ruffle feathers."

John plays a character with the same name in Greenborne, and listeners will follow as he desperately attempts to get his business back in action.

Creator Colin Brake said the new series will “offer up a mirror to society” in this unprecedented time, as soaps “do best”.

“[It allows] us to see our daily hopes and fears played out amongst a cast of characters that we can empathise and identify with,” the writer went on.

"Covid-19 has had a dramatic and long-lasting effect on all of us, but Greenborne has been created and designed to take a positive look at how we may begin to heal and rebuild our 'normal' after the trauma of the coronavirus crisis.”

Excited listeners can expect to enjoy the new soap on one of the 20 community radio stations which include Link FM Sheffield, Bolton FM and Radio Tyneside.

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