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Eastenders defends gay sex scene in front of open coffin

Published 21/07/2015 | 20:50

The scene showed Ben Mitchell and Paul Coker strip down to their boxers while a dead body lay in a casket next to them.
The scene showed Ben Mitchell and Paul Coker strip down to their boxers while a dead body lay in a casket next to them.

A scene in Eastenders in which a gay couple stripped off next to a dead body in a funeral home has sparked complaints from viewers.

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The soap has defended the gay sex scene saying the sex was "implied and not explicit".

Eastenders released a statement following complaints which read: "The millions of regular EastEnders fans who tune in each week know and expect dramatic storylines.

“We are always mindful of our time slot in which we are shown and the scenes in question were implied and not explicit.”

Almost 50 viewers complained to television standards watchdog Ofcom, the regulator clarifying the main cause of concern was the setting rather than the character's sexualities, the London Independent reports.

“We had 48 complaints about the scene where a couple had sex in a funeral parlour, when there was an open casket in the room,” a spokesperson told the newspaper.

“We’ll assess these complaints before deciding whether to investigate or not.”

The scene showed Ben Mitchell and Paul Coker strip down to their boxers while a dead body lay in a casket next to them.

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