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Have the producers of Eastenders gone too far with the current SIDS/baby swap storyline?

  • Yes I have turned off/over in disgust as it has upset me so much.

    Votes: 5 29.4%
  • Yes I'm annoyed but am still watching it.

    Votes: 9 52.9%
  • No Eastenders producers have been brave to cover such an emotive issue.

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  • No people are overreacting. It is only a soap after all

    Votes: 1 5.9%
  • I am not bothered either way as I don't watch Eastenders.

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What did you make of tonight(NYE)'s episode of Eastenders? I am surprised that the producers of EE are tackling such an emotive issue!
 

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I don't like it..... was very upset when I read what they were planning to do..... think its one step too far...... I like that they tackle hard hitting subjects, but really think this is too much.

Not watching it for a few days.... just can't.......

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I agree

Its good that they are tackling such emotional issues, my heart goes out to families everywhere who have gone through similar things, i do think they are taking a step too far with this storyline though

My DH had to turn off last nigght he found it too upsetting

Em
 

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I don't watch soaps (Real life has enough drama for me, ta) but I suspect what you're talking about may relate to these spoilers: http://www.fertilityfriends.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=250485.0 In which case, cease to be slightly pleasantly surprised about them dealing with an emotive storyline and start being disappointed-yet-again at where they might be going with this. :-\

C~x
 

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well i wot be watching it, its heartbreaking enough when u have to deal with the death of a baby urself let alone on a tv show. i think this story line is out of order and too upsetting for many people.

i really think EE should think about what real people live through, and for many people use soaps as an excape from real life, this one is far to close to home for many people including  myself.

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I couldn't watch it & won't be watching for a few days as it's just too upsetting. I turned off when Roxy was in the pub with baby James as it was just too much for me :'(
 

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i did not like it. it had me in tears at the end and my partner was upset also dont think i will be watching it for a bit
 

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I watched it but didn't think they portrayed ronnie well- I've looked after mums who have lost their babies to SIDS, it is upsetting but I just wonder why they choose to do it? And what their educative point is. I can watch it but it is a bit far fetched now they've chosen to swap babies
 

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i hate the fact that so many of the soaps go with a similar storyline, i think its irresponsible to put the fear into people that the minute they leave their baby alone that it will die. 
 

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I also think they have gone too far...I was surprised DH was upset by it too....immediately went to check on DS in his cot (almost 20 months)  And the baby swap thing is sick....
 

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I usually follow and enjoy EE and have missed seeing it the last few days as I won't watch it. The last I saw was baby James in Ronnie's arms in the hosp. I knew what storyline was coming and made the decision to not watch. I find it too upsetting. My baby is called James. I can't imagine how upsetting it is for those who have have experienced the tragedy of SIDS. I watch soaps because it's escapism and a light relief but I find this in very bad taste. I hope the producers see a drop in ratings. The opposite to what the storyline is supposed to achieve.
 

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I think it is good to cover real life issues but the baby swap part of the storyline is ridiculous as that is pretty far from real life.

Every hard hitting story is going to effect someone so I don't think any subject should be banned as we can choose whether to watch or not.

I watched NY Eve, which actually wasn't too bad but haven't brought myself to watch NY Day episode as I am not sure I want to watch Kat's reaction.... :'(
 

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Its gone way to far. All the familys who have gone through SIDS must be so heart broken no way is EE doing the right thing buy swapping the babys that's not what would happen and I thinks its an insult to the poor familys who have gone through it.

EE is my dd favorite soap she is 11 and she just sat in tears asking lots of questions. I think its so wrong and I hope EE loses raitings over it

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I think it's good that they cover such subjects and they have done it before (remember Ali and Sue who owned the cafe back in the early days??) but the baby swap thing is OTT and turns it from dealing with a sensitive issue to being ridiculous.

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I haven't seen any of Eastenders this week so I don't know what has been happening this week. However I have heard that Samantha Janus Womack aka Ronnie is leaving the programme. The rumour mill is spinning that she is leaving because she is annoyed at the ongoing storyline. I don't know how much truth is in this but I also read the official BBC statement which was issued in light of the 3,500 complaints received re the storyline.
 

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Briege said:
I haven't seen any of Eastenders this week so I don't know what has been happening this week. However I have heard that Samantha Janus Womack aka Ronnie is leaving the programme. The rumour mill is spinning that she is leaving because she is annoyed at the ongoing storyline. I don't know how much truth is in this but I also read the official BBC statement which was issued in light of the 3,500 complaints received re the storyline.
How long is the storyline set to go on for then? I have started watching it again for the last two episodes and agree that the babyswap is just out of order. It may be ridiculous but it also makes for such painful viewing. I was hoping the truth would out sooner rather than later. ??? Heard that he complaints are now up to 6,000.
 

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The BBC have received at least 6,000 complaints over the current Eastenders storyline where Ronnie and Kat both gave birth to little baby boys. Ronnie's baby, James died and Ronnie then on hearing Kat's baby crying swapped him for her own dead baby. What is your opinion of this storyline? Have the producers of Eastenders gone too far this time in your opinion or do you think it is a brave storyline to be aired on a national soap? Whatever you feel, please cast your vote in this poll.
 

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I'm not surprised so many people have complained. It's a step too far IMO. far too emotive subject to muck about with for the sake of entertainment.

I don't watch EE so forgive me for asking what might be an obvious question but.... if the babies have been swapped.... how come the mum of the baby that survived (but is presumably with the mum of the baby that died now) hasn't noticed her baby looked different? I mean I know babies are all much of a muchness from afar but, up close and to the child's parents... well you'd think they'd have spotted it wasn't their child fairly quickly. ???

Perhaps there's a plausible explanation.

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The mum of the baby swapped -Kat- was hospitalised then when she absconded from the hospital found the ambulance at the pub and 'her' baby dead, in her distressed state she did say 'that's not my baby' but the family ignored it, same as the other mother - Ronnie- told her sister that it was the other baby and she ignored it- all madness!!!!!
 

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