EastEnders explains absences from Dot funeral

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EastEnders has explained why some of Dot Branning’s loved ones missed her funeral.

Monday’s (December 12) extended episode was a salute to longtime cast member June Brown as past and present Walford residents gathered to say goodbye to Dot. Unfortunately, not all of Dot’s loved ones could make it.

The first explanation of absence came from Lauren Branning’s arrival, when she explained to Sonia that Tanya was helping her nan Cora recover from a hip operation.

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“They send their love,” Lauren explained. “The operation went okay, but that didn’t stop her wanting to come. She was really fond of Dot.”

Later, Ricky and Janine Butcher chatted with Lauren about why the Jacksons wouldn’t be present at Dot’s funeral either.

For starters, Carol and Bianca Jackson were on their way to Germany to visit Tiffany Butcher so Sonia encouraged them to continue their holiday as planned. Sonia felt it would be impractical for Robbie to travel from India.

Janine complained that Dot’s grandson, Charlie Cotton, was missing the funeral because he had come down with “convenient COVID”.

“Anyway, me and Jack are representing them all,” Sonia insisted.

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While some of Dot’s beloved family members were missing, several familiar faces did return to Walford to say goodbye — including Disa O’Brien, former couple Barry Clark and Colin Russell, Mary the Punk, Lofty Holloway and Ian Beale.

The episode also broke the usual EastEnders format by opening and closing with audio narration from some of June Brown’s most popular scenes as Dot throughout her many years in the soap.

EastEnders airs on Mondays – Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One. The show also streams on BBC iPlayer.

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