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EastEnders boss, Bryan Kirkwood has confirmed the soap’s controversial baby snatch storyline will come to a premature end in the spring due to the high volume of disgraced comments and complaints.
Initially the complaints were taken with a pinch of salt, but the continuing efforts of the public, commenting on articles like this one, have seen the head of EastEnders sit up and listen.
The executive producer initially defended the plot which has seen thousands of viewers slam the soap for being “insensitive” and “sick”.
Together the BBC and TV watchdog Ofcom have received more than 6,000 complaints from furious viewers about the appalling story.
Bryan Kirkwood explained the planned change in story line. Kat Moon (Jessie Wallace) is to be reunited with her son, Tommy, who Ronnie Branning (Samantha Womack) swapped for her baby, James – who died of cot death.
Samantha Womack has received the brunt of abuse caused by this poor decision by the soaps producers. Samantha quit the show over the traumatic storyline and has received abuse in the street because of the scenes.
But Kirkwood still defends the storyline saying it was one of a number of controversial topics the BBC1 show had dealt with.
The 36-year-old said: “EastEnders has a long tradition of dealing with social issues in a powerful and dramatic way.
“In its 25 years it has tackled many taboo subjects from HIV to paedophilia, matching drama with public service in a way that has continually kept it as one of the most talked about shows on television.
What do you think about the producers’ decision to wrap the story up? Is it too little too late or can their mistakes be undone? And will Samantha Womack feel even more unjust repercussions?
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