EastEnders railings

EastEnders has referenced the outcome of the Scottish independence referendum.

A scene featuring Tamwar Masood (Himesh Patel) and Jay Brown (Jamie Borthwick) discussing the no vote was inserted into tonight’s (19 September) episode.

The scene was set in the café and saw Jay looking bemused after Tamwar said “its nice the Scots didn’t forsake us”, before clarifying what he was talking about.

Tamwar opined that it had started to get a bit desperate with all the “needy don’t leave us stuff from our side” and appeared surprised at Jay’s lack of interest in “what could have been the biggest change in UK history in hundreds of years”.

As Tamwar set about highlighting the impact a yes vote would have had including changes to the “economic landscape”, Jay cut the conversation dead by reminding him that “they voted no” and leaving the café.

 “As EastEnders viewers are aware, the residents of Walford will often reference topical issues to reflect big moments that our audience are talking about. As we knew the referendum was approaching, we filmed two different scenes to ensure that either outcome of the vote was covered.” – EastEnders Spokesperson, quoted by Totally Telly

EastEnders has form for referencing current events, with recent inserts noting Andy Murray’s Wimbledon victory, the birth of Prince George and the death of Nelson Mandela.

Quick re-writes and scene insertions into UK soap opera were pioneered by Phil Redmond at Channel 4 during Brookside’s 21-year run between 1982 and 2003.

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