1984-85 was a bizarre time for Coronation street, the BBC and British Television in general, as the BBC launched its own long-running soap to rival Coronation street with Den Watts introduced from the start with Albert Square as his stomping ground. Was he overrated because he was married to Angie who made him look good when running The Queen Vic together? Did Den get out of his depth by 1988 when Angie finally left for good with the way Den was already involved with The Firm (Brad Williams and Gregory Mantel) and burning down the Dagmar as part of the involvement with The Firm? Would Den Watts have been much different from Eddie Royle and Larry Lamb's Archie Mitchell? If Den had arrived in 1990-1991 after escaping from prison and being the overprotective father of Sharon, would it have been the same sort of outcome as 2003-2005 where Den finally got his comeuppance where Sharon saw him for what he really was? Had Den not arrived what could've happened or been changed? Aside from the obvious change in storylines I'm referring to the show itself. Would Michael Melia or Larry Lamb would have been cast in EastEnders much earlier in the 1980s playing a different sort of character or lover of Angie Shaw/Watts, Angie Watts going by her maiden surname of Shaw and alcoholism being explored more with Phil and Grant arriving in 1988 and Angie and Phil flirting and bonding over alcoholism, unhappy family relationships and an affair?