EastEnders complaints continue to rise

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 5 January 2011
Samantha Womack

EastEnders actress Samantha Womack

Complaints continue to swarm in to the BBC from 'EastEnders' viewers concerned with the harrowing nature of the soap's cot death storyline

'EastEnders' is still being swarmed with complaints over its traumatising cot death storyline.

The BBC One soap has now seen more than 3,400 viewers express their distaste over the harrowing scenes, which saw Ronnie Branning - played by Samantha Womack - swap her dead baby James with Kat Moon's newborn Tommy after discovering him lifeless on New Year's Eve (31.12.10).

However, 'EastEnders' boss Bryan Kirkwood has claimed fans of the show were warned in advance of the gruesome nature of the plot.

He told The Sun newspaper: "We took care to ensure viewers were aware of the content in advance. We also provided action line numbers at the end of each show."

Meanwhile, Samantha - whose alter-ego Ronnie has already lost her daughter Danielle and suffered a miscarriage in the past year alone - recently admitted filming the "horrific" scenes made her feel ill.

She said: "It's been the most horrific four weeks of my life. I couldn't stop crying when we were filming the scenes where Ronnie finds her dead baby. I couldn't switch off when I returned home each day.

"What Ronnie has been through is such a crushingly awful thing to even pretend might happen to you. I actually felt ill trying to portray it. We used an expensive silicone doll, and it was so lifelike it upset a lot of people on set. We had to stop and take a break because it was too much."

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