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EastEnders: Whitney's Story

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Lou | 11:47 UK time, Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Red Nose Day is back with a bang, as a host of stars come together to infuse your homes with top telly treats to help transform lives.

From 7pm on Friday you can watch a host of top TV, including a very special ten-minute episode, called EastEnders: Whitney's Story

The show has been working with advice from Comic Relief to tackle a problem that is faced by young women in the UK today - sexual exploitation.

This issue is being reflected in our storyline, featuring Whitney, and will culminate on Friday night. For more details on the storyline, please see our EastEnders working with Comic Relief blog.

You can catch the mini-episode after 8.30pm (subject to change, due to live TV on the night).

EastEnders will resume it's normal scheduling on Monday, 21 March.

To raise money for fabulous causes please log on to the BBC Red Nose Day website. You can also get involved through the Comic Relief site.

If you've been affected by the programme you can also see our Help and Information page for further resources and organisations.


  • Comment number 1.

    Every EastEnders episode is brill.!

  • Comment number 2.

    Eastenders will get this storyline right,, i think that it's good whitney is playing the part 'coz it brings back all her memories from tony!!! When will bianca come back? congrats on Pasty's baby btw :)

  • Comment number 3.

    I love eastenders and I really hope whitney will be ok. :) x

  • Comment number 4.

    I hope justice is done and these evil men get caught for what they do it is terrible, I hope she doe's not die as it would be awful!

  • Comment number 5.

    I realy hope the message being sent out with this story line gets heard loud and clear. Men that exploit young vunerable people (boys and girls) should be locked up!!

  • Comment number 6.

    i totally agree with maxine they are digusting people out there so pleas boys and girls if ur watching or reading this keep your self save get to knw them first an if u hear what they say and you dont like it then dont have nothing to do with them cecause ur mre better than that trust me

  • Comment number 7.

    I thought tonight's episode was very powerful and it was good to see a different side to Janine she genuinely was concerned for Whitney.

  • Comment number 8.

    heyyyahh charice here i think its a good idea an it would of been gd wid who eva it was but wen whitney runs away they leave her because she isnt theres wif lauren did nearly half of walford would be searchin xx

  • Comment number 9.

    i agree with biggesteastendersfan

  • Comment number 10.

    think this whitney storyline is really good and bit disburbing and i also think she should go back home with her family

  • Comment number 11.

    for me this is the best episode so far; makes you think and makes you realise what is out there........

  • Comment number 12.

    This is the best storyline on EastEnders so far

  • Comment number 13.

    id just like to say that the BBC portraid the story with whitney true to form, i was once in a very similar situation and felt there was nobody there for me which in turn made me a target for men looking to take advantage, i have since come out of the other side but realise how much bringing this into the spotlight can help people in that situation, i hope they know they r not alone and seek help. im 100% behind the cause and at the end of an email if i can help x

  • Comment number 14.

    Jan111, I agree. This 10 minutes storyline from Comic Relief made the hairs on my arms stand up last night - it felt like an hour, watching it. It was chilling and well done BBC for raising awareness. As a 27 year old woman, 5 years ago I found myself vulnerable and in a lonely, sad place, financially in a mess and had lost my job and I met this male on-line, who I eventually met up with. He got to know me a little and realised I was vulnerable and I fell hook, line and sinker for him because I believed he cared and loved me. He abused me emotionally, controlled me and made me go through the most horrendous things with other men. The physical pain didn't bother me, the emotional pain was the hardest. This went on for 3 long years as I totally, totally, worshipped him. This was not for financial gain on his part at all, this was purely because he was a sick man who for whatever reason, which I'll never know, got kicks from it. He groomed me firstly, buying me gifts, taking me for gorgeous dinners, sending flowers/perfumes/jewellery/putting money in my bank account but I thankfully got out when he suggested something so sickening I knew if I didn't get out, I would be dead! I moved home, changed my no. I never sought help, i.e. counselling but probably should have because my opinion of men is dire now but I know that there are good men out there. What is also happening on Waterloo Road (the same type of storyline) just breaks my heart. These men are abusing young, vulnerable girls, brain washing them, "buying" them firstly then making them do unspeakable things with other men, and yes videos of them being filmed and put on the web to line their pockets. Yes, I was an adult, and it happens to adults too, and I'm a pretty, switched on, intelligent adult too, and sometimes I feel ashamed I was so led down the garden path! Some are not adults, some are so young and are drawn in. I hope these rings are smashed. I know of one ring that has recently been smashed and well done BBC for portraying this and raising the awareness of it. Men like this are pure scum and I cried with happiness when Whitney got out! :)

  • Comment number 15.

    now since whitney eascaped rob still knw were she stays so will he go after her or will she get police protection xxxxx

  • Comment number 16.

    the ronnie and kat switching the babys storyline was terrbile so hope this one works out ok grr.. hoe whitneys ok xx

  • Comment number 17.

    ahhhhhhhh forgot about the ten min tonite went to watch it on bbciplayer, (we have no sound on our laptop) there no subtitles

  • Comment number 18.

    Ok, gotta say, I am completely shocked by what has happened to Whitney! Is this really the kind of thing that happens to young girls today? that's crazy! All I can say is that the men who are buying these girls are disgusting and despicable. According to the link the average girl is 13-15 years old when this is happening to her...that is a CHILD...and I am utterly baffled at how that can be so here in the UK, this is not some third world country and that is pedophilia rampant in the UK! Congratulations BBC , call me foolish but you have managed to shock the hell out of me with this story.

  • Comment number 19.

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  • Comment number 20.

    Heart-renching and very moving episodes. Eastenders has done exceptionally well with this storyline so far. I am even loving that annoying and usually nasty Janine character in this, because she so clearly KNOWS WHAT WHITNEY IS GOING THROUGH AND THEREFORE HOW BEST TO APPROACH HER AND HOW BEST TO TALK TO HER and she isn't giving up. Janine does have feelings. I don't think this should be shocking to people, but am not surprised that it is. I am just So pleased to see this soap tackling it so openly and the acting is being done so well.
    Thank you.
    Angel Just-Rights, Rebecca Parker

  • Comment number 21.

    I saw this during comic relief and was both eager to know what would happen to Whitney and terrified of watching it! By the end I was actually really shaken, (im 30!) and disturbed by this. I think its good Enders has highlighted this horrific problem and in a really good way, I know Whitney is just a character, but this really does happen to so many boys, girls and women and men in real life and if it makes just one person think twice about who they're getting involved with or just make sure that they're safer when out and about etc then brilliant! This is the first time ive ever logged on to see if i can find more out about what happens, I just really hope that Whitney will be safe now as these predatory men do NOT just give up. I'd love to see the other girl who was at the house get out safe too and maybe even be given a role as i think she played her part amazingly well. xx

  • Comment number 22.

    Over a year ago I had a book published “A Wonderful Life?”, that provides a clear understanding of why so many people like Whitney are struggling to cope with life.
    It is an easy-to-read 21st century 'Christmas Carol' type story, with a typical 19 year old girl, instead of Scrooge, (called Stacey after the Eastenders character). However as well as being an enjoyable read it uses the exensive scientific research to explain why these problems occur and how they can be overcome.
    Following almost 40 years as a secondary school teacher and a learning consultant I recently ‘retired’ to focus upon ‘helping everyone learn to succeed’, by providing support and understanding using the extensive scientific research on the everyday concerns that seem to affect almost everyone, especially young people and parents. I particularly want to help everyone understand what our children most need to learn to increase the life chances and how we can help them learn to succeed and improve their wellbeing.
    The Whitney story is brilliant and the ‘Eastenders Revealed’ special on it provides a little background to it. However, I feel that if the approach I used in my book and my website is applied it would really help many people understand and learn from it and I would be happy to help with it.

  • Comment number 23.

    Whens it going to get back to the Whitney story and what about the baby swap story line, they all drag on too long


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