Plot line to cher­ish

The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment & Analysis -

It’s a sto­ry­line the scriptwrit­ers would have been proud of. June Brown, the 84-year-old ac­tress who plays the deeply Chris­tian busy­body Dot Cot­ton in the BBC soap, turns out to be de­scended from re­li­gious Eastenders her­self — but in her case it’s Sephardi Jewish ones. Brown’s great­great-great-grand­fa­ther was a Dutch-born bare-knuckle fighter by the name of Isaac Bit­ton who re­mained un­beaten through his ca­reer in the back­streets of Lon­don, cul­mi­nat­ing in a 74-round bout. On Brown dis­cov­ered Bit­ton’s mother had died alone in Am­s­ter­dam, hav­ing sur­vived all of her many chil­dren, ex­cept for the one who had fled to Lon­don to make his for­tune in the ring. Add a snatched baby or two and you could al­most be watch­ing

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