Beeb de­fends En­ders sto­ry­line

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THE BBC has de­fended its his­tory of show­ing dif­fi­cult sto­ry­lines in EastEn­ders after view­ers com­plained about this week’s episode where Queen Vic land­lady Linda Carter was raped.

Her character, played by Kel­lie Bright ( right), was at­tacked by Dean Wicks (Matt Di An­gelo) in the episode which went out on BBC1 at 8pm.

The BBC re­ceived 278 com­plaints about the show, which pulled in an au­di­ence of 7.3 mil­lion, and said it had “taken great care” to pub­li­cise the sto­ry­line in ad­vance so view­ers would be pre­pared.

In a state­ment, it said: “We have worked closely with Rape Cri­sis and other ex­perts in the field to tell this story which we hope will raise aware­ness. We have been ex­tremely mind­ful of the con­tent within the episode and the times­lot in which it was shown and at no point have there been any scenes of a graphic na­ture. The at­tack on Linda was im­plied and was not ex­plicit.”

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