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EastEnders special to air real stories of knife crime

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Shakil Kazemi
Image caption EastEnders character Shakil (Shaheen Jafargholi) was killed in a knife assault in May

EastEnders is to broadcast an episode that includes accounts from family members of real-life victims of knife crime.

It’s half of the cleaning soap’s ongoing knife crime storyline, which noticed character Shakil Kazemi stabbed and killed by a gang in an episode in May.

The true stories can be included into an episode subsequent month centring across the funeral of Shakil.

The accounts can be informed by the family members themselves in what’s a first for the cleaning soap.

The cleaning soap’s knife crime story line was written to mark the 10th anniversary of the loss of life of former star Brooke Kinsella’s brother.

EastEnders govt marketing consultant John Yorke stated the necessity to embody the real-life stories grew to become obvious when the present’s researchers spoke to the households in regards to the difficult storyline.

Yorke stated: “From the very beginning we were determined to treat the difficult subject of knife crime in a responsible, non-sensationalist way.”

“We began out with detailed analysis, and the extra stories we heard, the extra we felt different folks ought to hear them too.

“The episode progressively developed into one thing distinctive for EastEnders – real households telling their very own devastating stories alongside our personal characters.

“We’ve tried to find a way to do justice to an incredibly difficult, tragic and emotive subject,” he additionally stated.

Image caption In the cleaning soap, Shakil Kazemi was set upon by a gang

In the episode, to air in July, viewers will see Shakil’s funeral interspersed with cutaways of the family members speaking about their real-life experiences.

At least 46 folks have been fatally stabbed in London this 12 months, with virtually 1,300 stabbings within the capital in complete up to the top of April, in accordance to statistics from the Metropolitan Police.

In addition to the EastEnders special, BBC Three can be producing a sequence of quick movies that can reveal extra in regards to the lives of the households concerned within the episode.

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