Stephen Fry has criticised EastEnders for not being as funny as Coronation Street.
The actor and comedian believes the BBC soap's hard-hitting portrayal of London life isn't accurate as the characters should be cracking jokes, being sarcastic and having a laugh to help them cope with tough times, as British people tend to do in real-life.
He compared the show to its ITV rival Corrie and said the Manchester-based soap delivered more funny moments.
"The joke about EastEnders is, 'It's very true to life'. But actually where it fails so often, unlike Coronation Street, is that it isn't as funny. People are, whatever their situation, usually joking," he said on the My Seven Wonders with Clive Anderson podcast. "You look at a market in the East End of London or Huddersfield or Edinburgh, there's usually people joking with each other.
"Even if it's a cheap silly joke about the weather being lovely when it's raining, you know, a very basic piece of sarcasm."
Stephen, who launched his career with friend Hugh Laurie in the '80s with BBC sketch show A Bit of Fry & Laurie, added that modern TV soap writers seem to have forgotten that British people "get through life by laughing".
His comments came as EastEnders veteran Adam Woodyatt, who is on an extended hiatus from the soap to star in a touring play, revealed he may never come back as Ian Beale.
"EastEnders might not want me back! We could get a new boss in who goes, ‘Beale’s gone, we don’t need him any more,'" he told Metro.