June Brown as Dot in EastEndersBBC serial EastEnders is to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War as part of the BBC’s commemorations.

A tabloid reports that character Dot Branning – actress June Brown – will be seen to bring the Walford residents together as part of a memorial service. The storyline will also include Lee Carter (played by Danny-Boy Hatchard) who is a serving soldier in the ongoing plots.

“The show felt it was important to mark the centenary. It is only right that the heroes should be honoured in the show. Dot is the perfect character to bring the appropriate level of reverence while Lee adds relevance from his experiences of conflict. It should be a really moving episode that fans will love.” – BBC Elstree ‘insider’ quoted in The Sun

The newspaper adds that the scenes for the World War I memorial will feature a ‘heartfelt speech’ planned by Dot and Lee. The episode will air in August and is just one of a number of special programmes from the beeb marking 100 years since the First World War began.

It isn’t the first time EastEnders has marked historic landmarks. Memorable specials include the 1988 Christmas Special Civvy Street which took Albert Square back to the Second World War and in 2005 characters were seen to mark Armistice Day with scenes recorded in France.

In other EastEnders news the soap is going to note England’s defeat at the weekend in the World Cup. In a special scene recorded today Danny Dyer who plays Lee’s dad Mick Carter will mention the 2-1 defeat against Italy. The Queen Vic landlord will give a passing comment about the failure of the national team to on-screen daughter Nancy (Maddy Hill) in tonights episode.

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