EastEnders’ baby death scenes toned down

Trauma … Ronnie Branning (Samantha Womack) is distraught after the death of her baby son James

bosses have toned down harrowing cot death scenes from the soap’s shocking New Year’s storyline to avoid upsetting viewers.

Programme chiefs admitted they made edits to some of the most traumatic scenes which see Ronnie Branning (Samantha Womack) lose her day-old baby James.

The desperate mum then swaps her baby’s body with Kat Moon’s (Jessie Wallace) new-born, Tommy, and passes him off as her own.

Soap bosses decided some of the scenes needed to be cut after a preview screening of the New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day episodes.

A scene showing a distraught Ronnie touching the cold hand of her dead son was axed to avoid distressing soap fans.

Producers also toned down the sound of Kat’s baby crying which attracts Ronnie’s attention as she clutches her lifeless son in Albert Square.
Devastated … Kat Moon (Jessie Wallace) is comforted by Alfie (Shane Ritchie) after Ronnie swaps her dead child for Kat’s new-born, Tommy.

A scene showing new mum Kat in blood-soaked pyjamas after husband Alfie Moon (Shane Ritchie) finds her haemorrhaging in her bed was also changed.

Bryan added: “These are small edits which we have made being mindful of viewer sensitivity but which will in no way detract from the compelling drama, dialogue or performances.”

The soap has worked with the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID) to ensure the story is portrayed accurately.

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…Nail polish, “apparently

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Cheryl Cole wins fastest-selling No. 1 of 2010

Cheryl Cole has notched up her second UK number one and the fastest selling non-charity single of 2010 with new track ‘Promise This’.

The X Factor judge’s much-discussed performance on the show last Sunday saw her latest release sell over 157,000 copies this week, just pipping Barbadian singer Rihanna’s comeback track ‘Only Girl (In The World)’ to the top spot.

The lead song from the ‘Umbrella’ hitmaker’s upcoming album Loud achieved first week sales of 126,000, giving Rihanna her 14th UK top ten hit and the second fastest-selling single of the year so far.

Nelly’s ‘Just A Dream’ climbs from 11 to eight this week, where it becomes sandwiched between two big fallers, in the shape of Duck Sauce’s ‘Barbra Streisand’ at seven and The Wanted’s sophomore track ‘Heart Vacancy’ at nine.

Outside the top of the chart, Michael Bublé’s ‘Hollywood’ lands at 11 after being boosted 16 places by an X Factor appearance, while former top five smash ‘Miami 2 Ibiza’ by Tinchy Stryder and Swedish House Mafia slips just behind at 12.

Elsewhere, a triple bill of new releases – Tim Berg’s ‘Seek Bromance’, Peter Andre’s ‘Defender’ and Devlin’s ‘Runaway’ – make their mark further down the chart, arriving together at 13, 14 and 15 respectively.

The top ten in full:

1. (-) Cheryl Cole: ‘Promise This’
2. (-) Rihanna: ‘Only Girl (In The World)’
3. (1) Bruno Mars: ‘Just The Way You Are’
4. (4) Cee Lo Green: ‘Forget You’
5. (6) Michael Posner: ‘Cooler Than Me’
6. (5) Katy Perry: ‘Firework’
7. (3) Duck Sauce: ‘Barbra Streisand’
8. (11) Nelly: ‘Just A Dream’
9. (2) The Wanted: ‘Heart Vacancy’
10. (8 ) Tinie Tempah: ‘Written In The Stars’

Source: Official Charts Company

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