EastEnders stars face BBC bans over leaked plots

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 20 April 2011
Samantha Womack

EastEnders actress Samantha Womack

'EastEnders' bosses have sent an angry memo to the soap's cast and crew, warning they will face a lifetime ban from the BBC if they disclose details of the show's upcoming storylines

'EastEnders' bosses have warned they will slap a lifetime ban on stars who disclose the soap's secrets.

Bryan Kirkwood, executive producer of the BBC One soap, has reportedly sent an angry memo to the show's cast and crew after a number of the show's biggest storylines were revealed to the world before they hit screens.

Leaked to the Daily Mirror newspaper, the letter said: "Confidential information is being passed on. Please be assured that we are working hard with the BBC investigations service to find out who is doing this.

"When we do find out, action will be taken and the persons responsible will never work at the BBC again."

The warning comes after details of the soap's explosive baby swap storyline - which saw distraught new mum Ronnie Branning (Samantha Womack) swap her dead infant with Kat Moon's (Jessie Wallace) tot - were leaked onto the internet long before being screened on New Year's Eve (31.12.10).

An 'EastEnders' insider added: "The letter makes it clear the bosses are taking no nonsense when it comes to the show's filming schedule and scenes being given out. A life ban from the BBC seems a very severe punishment but that is what is being threatened so the cast should take note.

"No one has been left exempt from the warning. The senior members of the cast have all been told."

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