"Goodnight Dot" - EastEnders mourns the loss of Dot

“Goodnight Dot” – EastEnders mourns the loss of Dot

Walford residents learned that Dot Branning had died during EastEnders’ double bill on Thursday.

The popular character, known for her devout Christian faith and hypochondria and cigarette addiction, first set foot on Albert Square as Dot Cotton in 1985 before moving to Ireland in 2020 to join her grandson Charlie.

June Brown, the veteran actress who played the beloved laundromat worker, died in April aged 95.

During Thursday’s back-to-back episodes, Sonia Fowler, played by Natalie Cassidy, had missed a number of calls before finding out her grandmother, Dot, had died.

Natalie Cassidy as Sonia Fowler in East Enders

As a result, Sonia went to the Queen Vic Pub, where the residents had gathered for a party to turn on the Christmas lights and announce the death.

She told those gathered: “I’ve just had a call from Ireland. It’s Dot, she died.

“She had dinner with Charlie and her great-grandchildren, had her last cigar and went to bed with paracetamol. The last thing she said was ‘I popped one of my heads open’.

“She wasn’t suffering, she fell asleep peacefully. Charlie found her this morning, rolls in, a pack of cigarettes and her Bible at his side.”

Mick and Linda Carter, played by Danny Dyer and Kellie Bright, offered the shocked and emotional residents a free drink on the house to toast Dot’s death.

Sharon Watts, played by Letitia Dean, said: “I’ve known her all my life… She always gave the best advice”, while Kathy Beale, played by Gillian Taylforth, said of Dot: “She had the strongest shoulders of all of us. “

Martin Fowler, played by James Bye, said: “God, she’s my grandma’s best friend, my mother, my wife, my daughter, what’s that for four generations? I don’t know how to continue without her.”

Fan-favorite character Alfie Moon, played by Shane Richie, joked, “The only practice she got was jumping to conclusions.”

Meanwhile, Patrick Trueman, played by Rudolph Walker, gave a touching speech: “Losing your friends at my age doesn’t get any easier. Not easier at all.

“But you know something, Dot is not a sentimental woman and if she were here now she would judge each and every one of us and enjoy every second of it.

“What can we do to remember them? Let’s give her something she’ll frown on – to Dot,” he said, raising his glass.

Subsequently, in emotional scenes in which residents gathered around Albert Square, Mick led the way by turning on the Christmas lights.

He said: “It’s an emotional year because we’re saying goodbye to Dot and it’s appropriate because she loved this baby Jesus and she loved her family and that’s every single one of you standing here now.

“So in memory of Dot, Merry Christmas.”

At the end of the episode, Sonia captured a photo of her grandmother in her living room, where the couple had shared many emotional moments over the years.

In tears, Sonia walked to the door and took one last look around before saying, “Good night, Dot.”

The EastEnders theme tune did not play at the end of the episode, instead the credits rolled to the sound of a ticking clock before ending in silence and fading to a black screen.

Dot’s funeral will be broadcast on BBC One this winter.

Thursday’s double episode also saw the return of Ricky Butcher, played by Sid Owen, after a 10-year absence from the soap.

The actor reprized his role as Walford’s hapless mechanic after starring on the soap opera from 1988 to 2000, with sporadic returns through 2012.

Ricky has been reunited with his troublesome screen sister, Janine Butcher, played by Charlie Brooks.

He also met ex-wife Sam Mitchell, played by Kim Medcalf.

Source: Press Association

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