Beeb defends Enders storyline
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.”