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Soap's cot death plot gets most complaints

EastEnders' controversial baby death plot has become the most complained about storyline in the show's quarter-century history.

The grim tale -- which also involved child-snatching -- has prompted 8,400 complaints to the BBC, latest figures show, and a further 374 to broadcasting regulator Ofcom.

Programme bosses have decided to bring the story to an end early in response to the audience's reaction, and executive producer Bryan Kirkwood today revealed the plot will have a happy conclusion, with the child reunited with its mother.

Viewers have seen Ronnie Branning lose her baby son to cot death on New Year's Eve before swapping him with Kat Moon's (inset) live newborn.

Mr Kirkwood defended the plot again today, saying it fitted into the show's tradition of "dealing with social issues in a powerful and dramatic way".