Palmer exit sparks scene changes

EastEnders bosses had to rewrite scenes for Bianca Butcher's big exit storyline when actress Patsy Palmer gave birth early.

The star welcomed her fourth child Bertie in December, almost a month before he was due.

It meant show bosses had to be inventive when filming an explosive showdown between Bianca and her family, following the revelation of her mum Carol's affair with toy boy Connor.

Patsy told Hello! magazine: "I wasn't planning to go on leave for another three weeks so they will have to explain my sudden absence - maybe aliens will abduct Bianca! But they were very supportive and told me their only concern was for me and my baby's health."

The show already had the build-up and aftermath scenes in the can, but will make up for Patsy's key missing scenes by showing events unfold through the eyes of her daughter Tiffany.

Viewers have already seen Tiffany disturbed by her knowledge of Carol and Connor's relationship.

The scenes, which lead up to Bianca's temporary departure from Albert Square, will be screened this week.

Fans will also see Bianca's sister Sonia Fowler, played by Natalie Cassidy, make a one-off appearance to help with the storyline's conclusion.

Source - MSN

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