Very often in soap, a storyline has a very firm beginning, middle and end and then it ends up forgotten about – but for an issue as important and prominent as knife crime, the ramifications cant just simply disappear.
EastEnders stars Bonnie Langford and Davood Ghadami spoke to Metro.co.uk and revealed that this will change their characters Carmel and Kush Kazemi forever. And over the weeks following the funeral, Kush will begin to struggle with his grief which has been pushed aside while he focused on supporting his mother while the soap will also revisit the story of the perpetrator and his family.
Bonnie told us: I wondered when the story first happened, whether when we did that mini gathering in the Square, it was going to be it. But then theres this huge funeral and the story then continues. Everyone else is getting on with their lives but these people are broken and will always be broken. Carmel has changed forever.
Denny, Sharons little boy, isnt necessarily in Shakils group and he starts to get frightened because he is trying to grow up. Its that thing of when youre young, you feel invincible but then something happens to someone down the street and you realise that “oh, I cant just fall over and get up again. I might not.”
We also take a look at the perpetrator and his family and that will be interesting. Its not just a case of “hes done a bad thing, hes locked up, end of”. We go beyond that and what goes on next. This is a huge mistake for this boy – all this wrong has happened. How are we going to get to the point where out of all of these wrongs something right comes out of it? EastEnders isnt about showing people being perfect – its about showing real life which isnt always pretty.
Speaking from Kushs angle, Davood added: His role has been to support his role and it has helped him find his leafleting equivalent – a focus away from the tragedy. Theres no way that someone can go through this and not let it it touch upon everything that they do – whether you think about it every hour or every minute.
Kush has been through a lot of tragedy in his life anyway and it gets closer and closer to home every time. He cant just lock this away forever. He has been supporting his mum but at some point that will flip – and that is going to happen with Kush. There will be breaking points.
EastEnders airs the special funeral episode on Friday 6th July at 9:15pm on BBC One.