More than 2,300 members of the public were asked to vote for the Eastenders character they’d most like to share a takeaway with – with Alfie Moon, played by actor Shane Ritchie, topping the list of most loved characters. Janine Butcher is the most hated character from the last 25 years, with three quarters of the public admitting they disliked her.
Friday marks the 25th anniversary of popular British soap Eastenders, with a half hour live special episode.
To commemorate the occasion, the UK’s leading takeaway website www.Just-Eat.co.uk asked 2,310 members of the public to list the character they’d most like to ‘have a takeaway with’, in the style of the age old ‘who would you invite to a dinner party’ question.
When asked the multi-answer question, “Which Eastenders characters from the last 25 years would you most like to share a takeaway meal with?’, Shane Richie’s Alfie Moon, who first appeared in 2002 topped the poll with 42% of votes. The study was entirely hypothetical, and as such included characters which may no longer be alive.
Wellard, primarily owned by Robbie Jackson and Gus Smith was introduced to the show in 1994, and ranked as the 5th most popular character to share a takeaway with.
1. Alfie Moon – 42%
2. Kat Slater – 36%
3. Nigel Bates – 34%
4. Grant Mitchell – 33%
5. Wellard the Dog – 30%
6. Peggy Mitchell – 29%
7. Arthur Fowler – 26%
8. Dot Cotton – 25%
9. Ethyl Skinner – 22%
10. Pat Butcher – 20%
The poll also asked respondents to list the characters they loved to hate, with Janine Butcher, who has been portrayed by Rebecca Michael, Alexia Demetriou and most recently Charlie Brooks topping the list of the soaps most hated, with nearly three quarters of the public saying listing her as their least favourite character.
Half of the respondents said they’d least like to share a takeaway meal with Ian Beale, played by Adam Woodyatt – the longest serving character on the soap.
Just-Eat.co.uk asked the public, “Who would you least like to share a takeaway with?”. Here are the top ten most disliked characters from the show’s history:
1. Janine Butcher – 73%
2. Dirty Den Watts – 65%
3. Trevor Morgan – 63%
4. Nasty Nick Cotton – 62%
5. Lucas Johnson– 58%
6. Archie Mitchell – 57%
7. Steve Owen – 53%
8. Ian Beale – 50%
9. Frank Butcher – 41%
10. James Wilmott-Brown – 39%
The study also asked the respondents who they thought killed Archie Mitchell, the subject of Eastenders’ current ‘whodunnit’ storyline, coming to an end with Friday’s live episode.
49% of people think Stacey Slater is the murderer, whilst 23% thought Sean Slater was to blame. Janine Butcher is the killer according to 14% of people, with young Ben Mitchell behind the death in the minds of 11% of the respondents. Peggy Mitchell is the outside guess, with 3% saying they thought she did it.
David Buttress, UK Managing Director of Just-Eat had the following to say,
“The ‘most hated’ list reads like a takeaway gathering it’d actually be quite fun to attend!
“Our research shows that Just-Eat’s takeaway loving users are traditionally huge soap fans who tend to order online whilst they watch shows like Eastenders and Coronation Street, so we thought it’d be a lot of fun to see the characters they both loved and loved to hate.”
“The live episode this Friday is a momentous occasion for the show – everybody is talking about who killed Archie and I’m sure it won’t disappoint!”
Links – www.Just-Eat.co.uk
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For further information, or to speak to Just-Eat, please contact Rich Leigh, of 10 Yetis Public Relations Agency on 01452 348 211, email@example.com or on Twitter @goodandbadpr
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