Hello and welcome to today’s edition of A Slice Of Soap. There’s still time to enter this week’s caption competition so get scribbling and make us all laugh.
Hey guys, I don’t know about you, but I still quite haven’t got over Friday’s episode of EastEnders (I refer to the murder of Denise Johnson at the hands of sinister man-of-the-cloth, Lucas Johnson). Apparently, the BBC received over 100 complaints about the storyline from Christians who’ve found the plot surrounding the murdering minister offensive to their faith.
Over the last 10 months, viewers have seen Lucas murder his wife’s ex-husband Owen Turner, leave ex-wife Trina to die following an accident, and, of course, in Friday’s disturbing episode of ‘Enders, we all witnessed Lucas strangle his wife Denise, played by actress, Diane Parish.
A BBC soap’s spokesman called the plot "challenging" but said: "There’s no suggestion Lucas’ behaviour is connected to those of the Christian faith." In defence of the Lucus Johnson storyline, the BBC also said on its website: "Lucas is a very damaged and dangerous individual who has created a twisted version of the Christian ‘faith’ in his mind."
Producers of the show have confirmed that future scenes will see other characters question Lucas’s behaviour, stating: "In episodes yet to broadcast, we will see the characters Grace, Mercy and Dot – all three of whom are Christians – question and discuss Lucas’s frame of mind."
Now, we all know that one of the unwritten laws of soap is that the villain always gets his comeuppance in the end, so lets hope that it won’t be too long before Lucas Johnson has to atone for his sins. However, if you can’t wait until Christmas (cos that’s probably how long the producers are planning to stretch this storyline out until) then keep in mind that BBC Three are to air a special EastEnders documentary entitled: ‘The Murders of Lucas Johnson’ at the end of the month.
So guys, is the Lucas Johnson storyline offensive to Christians? Have your say by leaving a comment.
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