Voice Actress (2011)
|Notable work(s)||See below|
|Predecessor||Bryan Kirkwood (2010–12)|
|Successor||Dominic Treadwell-Collins (2013–)|
Lorraine Newman is a script writer, television producer, voice actress and the executive producer of the BBC soap opera EastEnders from 2012 to 2013. Newman, who has worked on EastEnders for "nearly 20 years", received the role of executive producer when her predecessor stepped down in 2012.
Newman first began working on the BBC soap opera EastEnders age 19 as a script secretary and, according to John Yorke (Controller of BBC Drama Production and New Talent), is the first executive producer to have "occupied every editorial role on the show".
In March 2012, it was announced that the then current executive producer of EastEnders, Bryan Kirkwood was to step down, with "experienced series producer" Newman taking over the role on a temporary basis. Kirkwood said, "I'm delighted to leave the show in the capable hands of Lorraine Newman. Lorraine has been by my side every step of the way for the last two years and knows EastEnders inside out. I wish her and the show every future success". Rita Simons who plays Roxy Mitchell in the soap said of Newman, "I haven't been at EastEnders under the reign of a female yet, so it'll be interesting to see what different choices she makes". She added that Newman was doing "a sterling job". In June 2012, it was announced that Newman would become the full-time executive producer. Newman commented, "It is an absolute honour to be taking on the role of executive producer at EastEnders on a permanent basis. I am looking forward to leading a talented creative team, cast and crew into 2013". Yorke said, "Over the last few months, Newman has steered the show through a period of considerable change, and she's done an amazing job positioning the show for one of the most exciting autumns I can remember. With her depth of experience, her passion for the programme and her commitment to talent on-screen and off, she's the perfect person to take EastEnders forward". Her first episode aired on 16 July.
In November 2012 she said how she was finding being the executive producer, stating that she is "loving it". She said it was a "real bonus" having "come up through the show over the years", as it means she has a "good understanding" of the show. "I'm truly loving being at the helm". She stated her main changes to the show since Kirkwood's departure, "I've been reinjecting the show with love and warmth, we can occasionally have a happy ending! Families are obviously at our core but I also think that friendships are absolutely key - they've been somewhat lacking of late, particularly for our ladies. I'd also like to stop the revolving door of characters and find that next generation, which I think is very important for the show".
As Executive Producer
One of Newman's first key tasks as temporary executive producer was to oversee production of a special episode featuring a live segment in which the character of Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick) carries the Olympic Torch as an official torch bearer in the 2012 Summer Olympics torch relay. Carl Doran, creative head of the BBC’s Torch coverage, revealed the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and EastEnders production team had worked for two years to organise this. The episode was part of the official torch relay, meaning the torch made a special detour from London to the EastEnders set in BBC Elstree, Borehamwood. Billy Mitchell was also involved in one of Newman’s most controversial storylines, in which his granddaughter Lola Pearce (Danielle Harold) has her baby taken away by social worker Trish Barnes. Real-life social workers protested this "unhelpful portrayal", with the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) calling the BBC "too lazy and arrogant" to get correctly portray the child protection process, and saying that the baby was taken "without sufficient grounds to do so". Bridget Robb, acting chief of the BASW, said the storyline provoked "real anger among a profession well used to a less than accurate public and media perception of their jobs".
Newman's first major cast change was reintroduction of Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean) in August 2012, which Newman revealed had been a year in the planning. Upon her return, Dean said that Newman was "very good at character insight". Ben Mitchell (Joshua Pascoe) departed in the same month  following the conclusion of the storyline of Heather Trott (Cheryl Fergison)'s murder storyline, with Newman confirming the departure of Anthony Moon (Matt Laspinskas) soon afterwards. Newman later introduced Ava Hartman (Clare Perkins), the secret daughter of Cora Cross (Ann Mitchell), and Ava's son Dexter (Khali Best), and also upgraded Poppy Meadow (Rachel Bright) from a recurring to a regular character. Major departures under Newman’s tenure include Syed Masood (Marc Elliot) and Christian Clarke (John Partridge) in November 2012  and villain Derek Branning (Jamie Foreman), killed off in the Christmas Day episode.
Newman has planned for a number of new characters and old ones to return to the show including: Danny Pennant, Lexi Pearce, Ava Hartman, Kirsty Branning, Dexter Hartman, Sam James, Carl White, Sadie Young, Peggy Mitchell, Ronnie Mitchell, Peter Beale, Cindy Williams, Carly Wicks and David Wicks.
|EastEnders: The Mitchells - Naked Truths|
|2000||Thin Ice||Script Editor|
|2001–03, 2005–12||EastEnders||Series Producer|
|Slaters in Detention|
|2010–11||EastEnders: E20||Series Producer|
|2012||Billy's Olympic Nightmare|
|2011||Star Wars: The Old Republic||Additional Voices|
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|Executive Producer of EastEnders
|Series Producer of EastEnders