Newsbeat announces EU vote on EastEnders

Kellie Bright and Danny Dyer

Newsbeat announced the EU referendum result and England’s Euro 2016 exit in Tuesday’s episode of EastEnders.

Danny Dyer, Kellie Bright and Ted Reilly filmed a new scene on Tuesday, which was then slotted into the show.

The soap is usually filmed weeks in advance, but the Carter family surprised many fans by talking about current events.

The scene opened with Linda listening to Newsbeat’s Tina Daheley revealing the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

“I just don’t know who to believe,” she told husband Mick Carter, played by Danny Dyer, after turning Radio 1 off.

“I mean, is Brexit going to leave us better off or not?”

Queen Vic landlord Mick told her he was upset “about last night’s result” after England were beaten 2-1 by minnows Iceland.

“What’s it going to do to our takings? It’s hardly going to be rammo in here, is it? Iceland v France!” he said.

Son Johnny Carter, played by Ted Reilly, joined in the conversation to talk about the resignations of prime minister David Cameron and England coach Roy Hodgson.

Ted Reilly

“First Cameron, now half of Labour’s front bench, then Hodgson goes. Talk about rats leaving a sinking ship,” he said.

He also told his father that Iceland were the better team.

Mick agreed saying: “Don’t mean I’m going to start eating puffin though while listening to Bjork.

Kellie Bright and Danny Dyer

“Go and get untold of them Welsh flags for downstairs because we’re going to back them boys. At least we’re still part of the United Kingdom.”

To which Johnny replied: “For now.”

It’s not the first time EastEnders has added topical events to episodes.

In 2009, Denise Fox (Diane Parish) mentioned the death of Michael Jackson to Patrick Trueman (Rudolph Walker).

Four years later, Dot Branning (June Brown) discussed the birth of Prince George and Denise shared memories of Nelson Mandela following the news of his death.

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