EastEnders bosses fail to call time on cast boozing in Old Vic

‘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.”