EastEnders spoilers: Horror far right racism attack confirmed by boss

EastEnders is taking on a far-right storyline this winter, centred around the show’s newest family the Monroes.

Since Aaron (Charlie Wernham) arrived in Walford, viewers have seen his increasingly divisive views and violent behaviour come to the fore. With only his dad Harvey (Ross Boatman) aware of his history with extremism, his sister Dana (Barbara Smith) and others around him have no idea that beneath Aaron’s charming front, there’s a far more sinister motive at play.

Audiences have seen Harvey discover Aaron’s involvement in a violent assault and it was made clear that he’s still full of hatred when he defaced the Argee Bhajee with racist graffiti. In episodes airing this week, Aaron’s bad influence over Tiffany is apparent when he encourages her to share a post on her social media and the night takes a turn for the worse.

One of the people instrumental to Aaron’s involvement is new character Neil, played by Thomas Coombes, who will be introduced in tonight’s episode. Over the coming months, audiences will see how entrenched Aaron is within the group and how, under Neil’s orders, their actions can have detrimental effects on the residents of Walford. 

EastEnders has worked with experts, including Exit UK founder Nigel Bromage and his specialist advisors, throughout production in order to portray Aaron’s story realistically.

Exit UK is a non-profit network of former far-right members who are committed to providing first-hand, non-judgemental support and advice to help people affiliated with far-right groups leave.

Jon Sen, EastEnders Executive Producer told us: ‘EastEnders has a history of telling challenging yet prescient stories which reflect the world.

‘Far-right thinking and ideas have been on the rise over past five years with the several communities coming under attack.

‘We wanted to take a fresh look at the faulty logic of those who fall prey to the far-right ideologies and tell a powerful story about a family who have an extremist in their midst.’

Tonight will see a brutal attack but things will get steadily worse in the run up to the new year.

A rumoured storyline will see a bomb planted in a far right attack.

You can find more information from ACT Early, an organisation that aims to intervene in radicalisation at the first stages.

If you fear that someone may be falling victim to radicalisation, you can also call national police Prevent’s advice line 0800 011 3764#

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