EastEnders star Scott Maslen thinks that budget cuts to the show have effected its standing in comparison to other soaps like Coronation Street.

The star, who plays Jack Branning, explained to the Daily Star that BBC cutbacks have caused the quality of the soap to dip.

Maslen said: “There’s a bigger picture with all of the cuts at the BBC. They made big cuts about three years ago and that affected the whole community working on EastEnders.

“They obviously had to cut the number of actors and it has slowly affected the overall running of the show.”

He continued: “EastEnders has definitely dipped. Corrie has been getting the attention – and rightly so. They’re doing really, really well.

“They’ve had great stories and are keeping it true to what it should be. I think EastEnders lost that a little bit but that’s the way it goes sometimes.”

Maslen has filmed his last scenes in Albert Square with his character set to leave the soap in two weeks’ time.