Ian Beale’s teenage son will turn to Islam to find peace after leaving prison for killing his sister in EastEnders storyline designed ‘to challenge prejudices about faith’
EastEnders bosses have been working with Muslim youth workers ahead of a storyline which sees jailed Bobby Beale explore Islam.
Producers have said they want to show the positive impact of religion in 21st-century society, with Bobby – played by Clay Milner Russell – taking a new direction after leaving prison.
The Muslim Youth Helpline has been working with producers of the soap to offer advice on the character’s new story arc.
New development: EastEnders bosses have been working with Muslim youth workers ahead of a storyline which sees jailed Bobby Beale explore Islam
EastEnders fans will see Bobby – the son of show stalwart Ian Beale begin to explore the Islamic faith, and its positive impact on his life.
The troubled character will be shown receiving comfort and closure with the help of his new beliefs.
Jon Sen, executive producer on EastEnders, said: ‘We are thrilled to be working with the Muslim Youth Helpline on a storyline which serves to challenge preconceptions and prejudices about the role of faith in young peoples’ lives.
Empowering: EastEnders fans will see Bobby – the son of show stalwart Ian Beale begin to explore the Islamic faith, and its positive impact on his life
‘Bobby Beale’s story will show how a young boy uses religion to help find peace and give his life meaning, structure and purpose.
‘We hope this storyline will demonstrate the positive impact of religion in modern society.”
Muslim Youth Helpline is a support service set up by young people to respond to the emotional and social issues endured by Muslim youth in the UK.
Peace: Bobby (pictured with Max Branning) will be shown receiving comfort and closure with the help of his new beliefs
They have been working with EastEnders to offer advice on the storyline, which they are pleased shows Islam in a positive light.
Zohra Khaku, director of the Muslim Youth Helpline, said: ‘The Muslim Youth Helpline have been providing feedback on Bobby’s storyline with the BBC EastEnders team.
‘In a time where young British Muslims see their faith overwhelmingly represented in a negative way, it is heartening to see Islam portrayed as a positive influence in Bobby’s life.’
Beale has made his way back to Albert Square after being sent to a young offenders’ unit for killing his sister.
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