Returning actress Louisa Lytton’s character Ruby Allen goes to a party and is later raped by a fellow reveller who then denies her claim.
Ruby, who was last in Walford 12 years ago, confides in her pal Stacey Slater, who stands by her, despite others doubting her story.
Producers have worked with charity Rape Crisis to address the issues around sexual violence and Louisa said: “As someone who has been in EastEnders before, I know the impact a storyline such as this can have.
“Although it is a huge responsibility, by working with Rape Crisis, we hope we can help to end the misconceptions about sexual violence.”
The BBC soap was praised for its sensitive handling of the fatal stabbing of Shakil Kazemi in May. The storyline used real accounts from stab victims’ families.
And the current shooting plot involving Stuart Highway and Mick Carter is the talk of Walford.
Interim East Enders boss John Yorke says the rape storyline, which will air this autumn, will not include the incident itself, but will focus on the fallout, echoing previous similar storylines.
He says: “From the story of James Willmott-Brown and Kathy Beale to the abuse of little Mo Slater by her husband and Linda Carter’s attack by Dean Wicks, the soap’s always been at the forefront of dealing with these topical and sensitive issues.”
Yvonne Traynor, of Rape Crisis South London, said: “It is vital to understand sexual violence and not to make assumptions or believe the myths and stereotypes that are often portrayed. EastEnders has taken this responsibility very seriously.”
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Check Maya's mates
MAYA Jama should make for wonderful viewing when she hosts Channel 4’s new reality show The Circle.
Contestants will use social media in a bid to make themselves the most popular in a group of millennials in a bid to win up to £50,000.
The DJ, above, who is dating Stormzy, is hoping for romance between contestants when the show debuts on Tuesday at 9.15pm.
She said: “Someone could fall in love with a fake profile and when they meet, it’ll be like, ‘Duh-duh-DUUUH!’ Drama! But there’s no guarantee everyone’s going to get along — it could kick off.”
Well, I certainly hope so. Otherwise The Circle is likely to be roundly panned.
PRODUCERS of wacky new C4 show The Drugs Cafe are looking for participants “to connect with a loved one like never before”. Successful entrants will fly out to Amsterdam and sit down to talk it out in a coffee shop.
AJ: I PUD ON LOADS ON ’CHEF
He said: “It’s because I was trialling my dishes again and again. Luckily it’s all gone now I’m dancing again.
“I just love to eat and to practise cooking, especially when I had the opportunity to cook desserts. I wanted to eat all of them and cook again.”
AJ, above, admitted that judges Gregg Wallace and John Torode were a lot scarier than the Strictly panel.
He said: “I was like a rabbit caught in headlights. On Strictly I know what to anticipate, but John and Gregg were more terrifying.
“I was getting through five or six racks of lamb a day and, in five days, all my local villages had run out. I had to drive to a neighbouring town to find food.”
An appetite I can relate to.
WHAT? The Island Strait, ITV, 8pm.
WHY? A new documentary series following a year in the life of the people who live on the Menai Strait – the stretch of sea separating Anglesey from mainland Wales.
Island Jo can Bear it
JO WOOD was the last woman standing on Celebrity Island With Bear Grylls – proving her years partying as a rock ’n’ roll wag made her tough.
The ex-wife of Rolling Stones star Ronnie said of her time on the Channel 4 survival show: “The girls found it a bit hard.
“I loved the naturalness, like cleaning my teeth with charcoal and catching food to eat.”
Roxanne Pallett and Montana Brown were among the younger female contestants who staged a mass walkout.
Jo added: “I did get frustrated when a couple of girls left. Bear did come afterwards to tell me, Well done, Jo.
“I think I’m the oldest woman to do it.”
Leanne admits to Toyah that she’s seeing someone from work, but suggests it’s Adam rather than her sister’s new flame, Imran.
Meanwhile, in EastEnders, the events of the past 24 hours prompt Rainie to pack her bags, so Jack encourages Max to fight for her. Elsewhere, Carmel discovers the real reason for Sophie’s visit, forcing her to confront the past.
Sharon helps Keanu with his job search – with a little assistance from Kat.
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