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Time to talk about a row that has rumbled on since that epic Easter Monday episode of ‘Enders when Max Branning gets buried alive. The story is as follows:
The BBC has said sorry to viewers who complained about scenes in EastEnders in which a leading character was buried alive – but defended broadcasting the episodes before the watershed. The controversial scenes saw scorned wife Tanya (Jo Joyner) enact her revenge on errant husband Max (Jake Wood) for his affair with Stacey (Lacey Turner), by attempting to bury him alive. The BBC said the images, which sparked 167 complaints, were implicit rather than explicit and that the burial was not glorified. Full Story
I don’t know about you, but even before we get into the merits of the storyline, it has to be said the whole ‘Tanya burying Max alive’ scenario has got to be a contender for the most ridiculous EastEnders storyline of all time. Yes, even more cheesy than Dirty Den coming back from the dead. Alright, Max cheated on Tanya but surely the scriptwriters are asking us to stretch our imaginations a little bit too far to believe that Mrs Branning would resort to burying her husband alive!
The BBC defended their decision to broadcast the episode before the watershed by stating: "The burial is in no way glamorised or glorified, rather we see that when pushed to the edge, Tanya’s behaviour becomes out of character, and indeed that it’s Tanya herself who ultimately suffers because of her actions." Yeah, yeah, yeah. Whatever. The point is, how ‘entertaining’ and ‘responsible’ is it to present a man being buried alive in a coffin, before the watershed? Kids watch this show. The BBC is wrong and the writers are wrong. It’s as simple as that. So Tanya Branning has now become a single mum with the daunting task of raising two teenage girls and a baby boy in the East End of London thanks to her sleazy husband. What’s the moral lesson here? Still, it won’t be long before someone calls social services on Tanya. Or even worse…Jeremy Kyle!
Anyway, at least Max Branning lives to fight another day…and thank goodness for that. He’s one of the few characters that brings a bit of excitement to The Albert Square. Apparently actor Jake Wood, who plays Max Branning, is taking a bit of time away from EastEnders to spend with his family. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we see him back on our screens again. In the meantime – we’ve got the return of a much-loved pairing to look forward to: "Rickaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!"
What do you think? Is the BBC right to defend the storyline? Was it too much before the watershed? Leave your comments below.
Is it me or has EastEnders done a U-turn and decided not to write Mohammed George (Gus Smith) out of the show? What’s going on? Every time I sit down to watch EastEnders, I seem to be seeing more and more of Gus Smith. Tuesday’s episode: he’s talking to Yolande behind ‘Squeal’ Beale’s back about the missing rebel without a cause, Lucy Beale. Thursday’s episode; apologising to Beale and offering to hand out missing persons leaflets. Gus…this has got to stop because you’re giving me too much hard work on a Friday afternoon!
I think the scriptwriters need some help with his exit storyline so over the next few weeks, I’ll be coming up with some storyline ideas fitting for a character of Gus Smith’s stature…here’s the first one: see what you think…
"Sean ‘Shout’ Slater loses his mind and holds bin man hostage in flat." (That’s a National Soap Awards winner already!). More next week.
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