They all share a certain quality,” Ms Tranter said. “They’ve all got that brio and spirit. They don’t take themselves too seriously and yet emotionally they’re quite tough. When it’s joy, it’s real joy and when it’s pain, it’s real pain.”
But she promised that any BBC telenovela would stay true to the spirit of the genre and not tip into irony or kitsch. “They aren’t the stuff of UK television culture so you have to understand what it is before you start breaking the rules. If we take some of the things that are very strong in it and have permission to have a bit of fun, we’ll probably get something really good out of it.
So basically, the Beeb will write an Eastenders with an ending? Maybe where the inhabitants of the set all meet an untimely fiery explosive over-the-top end? Good luck with that!