EastEnders to mark WWI centenary

EastEnders is to commemorate the centenary of the First World War with a special episode.

Albert Square resident Dot Cotton, played by June Brown, will organise a memorial service in Walford, with the help of serving soldier Lee Carter, played by Danny-Boy Hatchard, The Sun reported.

Real soldiers are reportedly advising script writers to make sure military protocols are correctly observed.

Squaddie Lee, son of Queen Vic landlords Mick and Linda Carter, who has been posted in Afghanistan, will help Dot coordinate the event and make a heartfelt speech.

A soap insider told the newspaper: "The show felt it was important to mark the centenary.

"Dot is the perfect character to bring the appropriate level of reverence, while Lee adds relevance form his experiences of conflict."

The episode will air in August to mark the anniversary of the start of the war.

Meanwhile, though EastEnders is filmed weeks in advance, actors Danny Dyer and Maddy Hill, who play Mick Carter and his daughter Nancy, are filming a special extra scene to insert into the show in which they discuss England's defeat by Italy in the first match of the World Cup.


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