| EastEnders: Joe Absolom defends dark soap storyline backlash

March 18, 2018


2018-03-18 14:56:30

Joe Absolom pictured in 2010Former EastEnders star Joe Absolom, pictured in 2010, had his say on dark soap storylines [BOOKr/Instagram]

Former EastEnders star Joe Absolom has confessed he understands why some soap viewers have hit out over “dark” storylines.

The actor, who played Matthew Rose on the BBC soap between 1998 and 2000, admitted he isn’t keen on his young daughter watching soaps due to “hardcore” scenes.

Soaps have recently been called out by viewers, significantly Coronation Street, due to the dark topics they often cover – with Corrie’s David Platt male rape storyline currently dividing fans.

Speaking exclusively to OK! Online, Joe, who featured in a shocking storyline himself during his soap days, admitted his own reservations about particular scenes.

EastEnders: Matthew Rose took revenge on Steve Owen in 2000EastEnders: Matthew Rose took revenge on Steve Owen in 2000 [BBC]

Saskia Duncan EastEnders deadEastEnders: Matthew Rose was at the centre of a dark storyline on the soap [BBC1]

He explained: “I’ve got an 11 year old who is obsessed with EastEnders, but I don’t like her watching it as some things can be pretty hardcore. 

“Her argument is, ‘Well you were on it…’ so it’s a bit difficult to say no…”

Joe continued: “I think personally as a father some issues on soaps are a little too much for that time of the day. 

“Some scenes can be grisly, but you’re never going to get it right for everyone.”

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Joe recalled his own dark storyline on EastEnders, that saw him help Steve Owen bury a body after he accidentally killed Saskia Duncan – with Matthew then framed for the crime, before seeking revenge on Steve.

Speaking of the plot, he was divided over how “bad” it was admitting: “I think our storyline was quite good. We did a little violence but then it became about the fallout of what happened. 

“I suppose burying body is actually pretty bad, but I guess all TV is like that!”

Coronation Street kicked off its controversial male rape storyline on Friday, as Josh Tucker drugged and raped his friend David Platt.

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