Unless you live in a bubble, or are outside of the UK, you cannot have missed the fall out that has followed the cot death storyline in EastEnders.
The soap’s current storyline follows Ronnie Branning following the death of her newborn son, sneaking into the pub and replacing her dead child with Kat’s baby. Had EastEnders just stopped at the cot death and handled this well, this could have been an excellent way to educate those who know little or nothing about the condition, but instead, they have turned it into something else completely.
The BBC have received just short of 3,500 complaints so far, their response? “While the BBC appreciates that this is a challenging storyline, and have taken care to ensure viewers were aware of the content in advance of transmission”, oh right, sorry, my mistake, that’s alright then!!!!!!!
EastEnders enlisted the help of the the Foundation of Studies for Infant Deaths (FSID) to ensure that the cot death storyline would be dealt with sensitively and correctly, but they have been quick to state on its website that “The FSID had no involvement in the planning or adoption of the baby swap plot. The behaviour and actions of Ronnie Branning are in no way endorsed by FSID as a typical, or even likely reaction of a bereaved parent”.
Today, it seems the character played by Samantha Womack had resigned in response to the storyline, she is said to have handed bosses a handwritten letter of resignation when she was first told of the storyline.
So, what are your thoughts? I have switched off, have you?