Eastenders is back – with a shocking lesson on life in lockdown

A pandemic-related plotline involving domestic violence mirrors the experience of many women – and the soap has chosen an unflinching and painfully realistic ending

Spoiler warning: this piece contains details of upcoming EastEnders storylines

With soaps arriving back on ours screens after their coronavirus hiatus, producers have been working hard to incorporate the pandemic into plotlines. This has been done typically with small references to social distancing or characters shielding, but EastEnders is set to tackle something more harrowing: the rise in domestic abuse during lockdown. Today it was revealed that viewers will see the young hairdresser Chantelle Atkins be killed by her husband, Gray.

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