EastEnders re-film prostitute storyline

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 3 June 2010

'EastEnders' cast members are having to re-shoot next week's episodes - where Lucas Johnson was going to murder a prostitute - out of respect for victims of a recent news story

'EastEnders' cast members are re-filming next week's episodes out of respect for victims of a recent news story.

Bosses on the BBC One soap have decided to make a last-minute change to the storyline, which would have shown Lucas Johnson (Don Gilet) killing a prostitute after making her pray to God for forgiveness, after a British man Stephen Griffiths was charged with murdering three sex workers in Bradford, England last week.

A spokesperson said: "'EastEnders' storylines are written many months in advance and any similarity to real life events is coincidental. However, on this occasion, to ensure we do not cause distress to the families involved in the recent tragic events in Bradford we have decided to reshoot some parts of the storyline involving Lucas Johnson."

The scenes are now being reshot at the Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire in advance of their planned airing on Wednesday (09.06.10).

'EastEnders' is not the only soap to make last-minute schedule plans following a recent, real-life disaster.

'Coronation Street' cut last night (02.06.10)'s episode from their current 'Siege' storyline out of respect to the friends and families of the 12 victims who were shot dead by a gunman in Cumbria yesterday (02.06.10).

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