>I’m writing this post as I watch the EastEnders omnibus. It’s been a week where we have seen Jean Slater try to drown herself in the bath, Kat Moon haemorage at home in bed after giving birth to her baby son and Ronnie Branning discover her newborn son has died in his sleep before swapping her dead baby for that of Kat Moon.
It’s hardly been easy watching to say the least. But have they gone too far?
All of the storylines that have been featured are hardly dreampt up out of the writers imagination, they are things that happen every day. People suffer so serverely from depression that they try to take their own lives or feel like they just can’t carry on, women haemorage after giving birth, some so severely that sadly they lose their lives and terribly, babies die of cot death which in itself is harrowing. But what takes this particular story that step further is Ronnie discovering her baby has died in his sleep and in a moment of madness borne out of grief for the loss of her tiny baby, abducting the child of another woman and replacing him with her own. Again, something that probably does happen.
We all read stories of women who abduct babies from hospitals, some because they can’t have children, some because they have lied to a partner that they are pregnant and others because they have lost their own child and are trying to replace that baby. Then you have the women who lure pregnant women to their homes and cut the unborn child from their wombs – thank god EastEnders didn’t go down that route with the story line! What EastEnders has done is surely nothing new, only rather than reading about it in a newspaper or magazine it has been brought into our homes through television. But there were complaints about the programmes even before they were aired, about both the content and when they were aired, siting that children would be watching tv with their parents at the time the programme was aired and therefore it would be unsuitable for them to watch. If that is the case and you are aware of what is going to happen and you feel it’s unsuitable for your children to watch, turn the channel over! There’s four other tv channels to choose from, or hundreds more in the case of households with Sky Tv.
Losing a child must be absolutely horrific, having a miscarriage is awful enough (and I’ve had several), but to lose a living, breathing, baby that you have given birth to and held in your arms must be absolutely agonising. I can’t even begin to imagine how much pain and heartbreak a parent must go through. People sometimes do crazy things when they are grieving and this storyline only goes to highlight that, it isn’t the norm, it’s something that could happen and in a roundabout way, does happen in “real life” but thankfully only in very few cases.
The scenes have been shocking and upsetting, but it doesn’t mean that the programme shouldn’t have been aired and there was actually some very good acting going on at points throughout the programme. What do you think, was it a step too far?