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Nelson Mandela: EastEnders producers shoot special scene for tonight’s episode

Albert Square, the setting for the BBC1 soap. Picture: Andrew Stuart/PA Wire Albert Square, the setting for the BBC1 soap. Picture: Andrew Stuart/PA Wire

Monday, December 9, 2013
8:36 AM

The death of Nelson Mandela will be marked in a specially-shot scene in tonight’s episode of EastEnders.

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Memories of the former South African president’s release from prison will feature in what has become an honour afforded to significant historic moments on the BBC1 soap.

An EastEnders spokesman said: “EastEnders always aims to reflect big news stories and events that strike a chord with our audience.

“Nelson Mandela had such a huge effect on so many people’s lives that we felt it was important to reflect the impact his death has had.”

The episode will see the characters Carol Jackson, played by Lindsey Coulson, and Denise Fox, played by Diane Parish, discussing Mandela and their memories of his release from prison in 1990.

The same honour has previously been given to historic moments including, most recently, the birth of Prince George, and also Andy Murray’s Wimbledon victory earlier this year.

The death of the Queen Mother and the election of US president Barack Obama have also been referred to in previous episodes of the long-running soap.

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