EastEnders confirms extended episode for Dot Branning's funeral

EastEnders confirms extended episode for Dot Branning's funeral

Postby dutchman » Thu Nov 24, 2022 10:44 pm

The sad scenes will air next month


EastEnders has confirmed that Dot Branning's funeral episode will be an extended edition of the soap.

The show is due to pay tribute to the iconic character next month after she passes away off screen, which comes after the real-life death of star June Brown earlier this year.

The episode, which will air on December 12, will last for 37 minutes according to the BBC, around 10 minutes longer than the standard half-hour episodes.

The full synopsis reads: "Dot’s family and friends gather for her emotional funeral. Old friends arrive to pay their respects to a Walford icon, and Kathy tries to reckon with a difficult moment in her past."

As the synopsis mentioned, a number of past EastEnders stars are due to return to Albert Square for the funeral scenes, where their characters will share their memories of Dot and mingle with the current residents.

They include Jacqueline Jossa (Lauren Branning), Lord Michael Cashman (Colin Russell), Gary Hailes (Barry Clark), Tom Watt (Lofty Holloway), Linda Davidson (Mary Smith) and Jan Graveson (Disa O'Brien).

"June was always adamant that she never wanted Dot's time to end while she was still with us, but she also knew that EastEnders would rightly say their farewells to Dot when the time was right," executive producer Chris Clenshaw previously said.

"Sadly that time has come and we are determined to give the audience, who treasured Dot for so many years, the fitting tribute that she so deeply deserves.

"So whilst it will be a very, very sad day in Walford, we will be giving Dot the send-off that she and June would want and rightly deserve."

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