EastEnders and Comic Relief have joined forces once again to reflect the problems faced by young people today. This time we'll be focussing on the growing problem of teen involvement with gangs.

Next month viewers will see Bianca losing control of 14 year-old Liam. She tries desperately to stop him going off the rails but he gets caught up in a gang... and thats when the trouble really starts. Can she make Liam stick to the right path and choose his family over his new gang?


Together EastEnders and Comic Relief carefully researched this storyline to ensure it reflected this growing problem. We looked at why teenagers become involved in gangs and the devastating effects the culture can have on so many lives. 

"We are delighted to be working with Comic Relief once again," Lorraine Newman, Executive Producer, EastEnders, revealed. "This subject matter is something which is touching the lives of so many young people in London and other cities around the UK. We have taken the opportunity to see the impact from a mother’'s perspective and Patsy Palmer gives a powerful performance of a mother doing all she can to protect her son. The telling of this story has also given us the chance to explore the reasons behind the attraction of gangs for teenagers."

Judith McNeill, Grants Director for Comic Relief added, "Comic Relief is really excited to be working with EastEnders again to highlight an important issue supported by Red Nose Day. This year's story line should play an important role in promoting greater understanding of why young people are vulnerable to becoming involved in gangs."

This storyline will start on our screens next month and there will be a six minute episode featured as part of BBC One's Comic Relief’s night of TV on Friday 15th March 2013.

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  • Comment number 9. Posted by Craig and Ellie

    on 13 Feb 2013 16:15

    Liam.You are making your Mum sad!!! She could go back to prison you silly boy!!! GET BACK TO SCHOOL NOW!!! if you don't & start messing with gangs you will end up in prison yourself. sort your life out before it's too late

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  • Comment number 8. Posted by Lewis Foster

    on 11 Feb 2013 02:16

    I skip through Bianca and family story lines... Instead of focusing on the "out of control teen." Which is Old and Tiring. They should write a story line with a Good Teen, with Good Parents.. There are some out there!

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  • Comment number 7. Posted by eastendersbabez

    on 8 Feb 2013 20:42

    zaniab has left eastenders! Even though on screen she was annoying she will b missed. well done for all the storyline she took part in!

    goodbye zaniab xxx

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  • Comment number 6. Posted by eastendersbabez

    on 8 Feb 2013 20:39

    I think that Eastenders have some great storylines but I would really like to see more about what kids go through like: abuse and gangs! So I think its really great that the are getting invovled with stuff to do with gangs! We saw alot about whitney and what happened to kat when she frist came! But I think we should also cover what girls go through

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  • Comment number 5. Posted by Hazeldene15

    on 8 Feb 2013 14:33

    I think it is brilliant that EE are showing this storyline. Gang life and peer pressure are huge issues at the moment and more awareness is definately needed. It will be good to see how this story develops, and I think they have chosen the right character to be a part of it. I have seen first hand the devestation gang culture can bring to a family and for this to be highlighted on EE should hopefully help people who feel they are stuck, or trapped in gang life. I hope they show the help available to people who want to break out of gang life. Thank you EE and Comic Relief for highlighting these issues.

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  • Comment number 4. Posted by gojosh

    on 6 Feb 2013 12:20

    whats happening btw carol n mosood? that looks in both faces with that romantic smile from carol speak volumes, are we expecting something btw these two? i think it can work btw them

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  • Comment number 3. Posted by Les Behan

    on 5 Feb 2013 22:46

    oh who cares, Eastenders has had its day and should be scrapped.

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  • Comment number 2. Posted by blog123

    on 5 Feb 2013 18:16

    At last a storyline that does not involve an affair .I think this will be a really good storyline I have commented a few times about Eastenders doing this story .I look forward to it i just hope the show does a good job .Its nice to see a different character get a story and even better that it is one of the young actors on the show

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  • Comment number 1. Posted by noreen

    on 5 Feb 2013 16:46

    How come there was nothing about Lucy finding a lump, that a very good story line.

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