The BBC’s Eastender‘s current story, which involves ‘Ronnie’ swapping her baby with a neighbour’s ‘Kat’ after hers suffered cot death, has outraged many people and the BBC have received over 8000 complaints which is the record for the BBC soap.
Samantha Womack who plays ‘Ronnie’ on the soap, who swapped the babies after her son died on the programme, has even suffered abuse on the street. Samantha had people shouting abusive language at her in front of her own children.
The BBC continue to defend the storyline by explaining that it is sensitive and people are able to learn from it. They keep insisting that the storyline is not reflective of every mother who goes through such a tragedy but just ‘Ronnie’s’ story of how she dealt with it. Eastenders have dealt with many difficult topics and this one is no different.
However, although the BBC have defended the cot death storyline, they are cutting it short. It is said that the plot was going to continue for at least a year but has now been announced that it is ending in April. Does this mean they agree that the storyline is wrong? Maybe. Or it may be that they do not want to upset anymore people or continue to offend the already disgraced audiences.