The collaboration we didn’t know we needed.
EastEnders star Shaun Williamson and Sam Fender formed an unlikely pairing after the former joined the musician on stage at a music festival.
The actor is well known for playing Barry Evans on the BBC soap between 1994 and 2004, where he was famously killed off by Janine Butcher.
During the Truck Festival over the weekend, Shaun joined Sam onstage to help perform his song ‘Getting Started’.
Posting clips on Instagram, the actor wrote: “When @sam_fender asks you to join him on the main stage @truckfestival …”.
Could a supergroup be on the horizon – EastFenders, perhaps?
Last year, Shaun addressed concerns about the longevity of EastEnders, suggesting the soap should adopt a Netflix-like model of releasing episodes in one go.
“Now you can download The Crown and watch one series in a day,” he told The Mirror. “You’ve got Netflix doing these incredible things so there’s so much more competition.”
Calling it “inevitable”, he added: “I think the BBC will change because everything is changing. We’ll get to the stage where you will get the choice to buy BBC Radio 2. I’m talking 20 years down the line.”
Sure enough, since Shaun’s comments, the BBC has been releasing episodes early on iPlayer, and recently confirmed it will continue to do so for a second year running during a busy summer of sport for the corporation including Wimbledon, the Women’s Euro 2022 football tournament, the World Athletics Championships and the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
“With such a big summer of sport ahead, box setting all four episodes again this year feels like the perfect solution to enable EastEnders viewers to choose when and where they want to get their weekly fix from Albert Square,” the soap’s executive producer Chris Clenshaw said.
“We have a big summer ahead so this is the perfect way to ensure that no-one has to miss out.”
EastEnders airs on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One, with some episodes airing on BBC Two during summer sporting events. The show also streams on BBC iPlayer.