- Last in the series. As Riley's problems get worse, will Ava let her and Donnie run away?
- Watch video content produced by young people about issues that have affected them. These stories are relevant to the third series of EastEnders E20:
- Bullying me made me better
- Fitting in
- Landlord problems
- Negative labels
- Young and homeless
- Young carer
- Watch this episode and use the teaching ideas and key questions below to deliver PSHE lessons for students from 14 years old upwards. Curricular links for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales can also be found.
- 1. What are the reactions and feelings of Ava, Donnie, Faith and Riley?
- 2. Why did Donnie say he did it?
- 3. Do you think he was right?
- 4. Do you agree with Ava that "the past always catches up with you"?
- 5. Ava also says (during her conversation with Riley) "things can change" - do you agree?
- 6. What should happen to Talia?
- 7. What is Teresa like and what do the young people think of her?
- Before viewing:
- Ask each student to view the episode from the point of view of one of the main characters and consider their reactions, feelings and emotions.
- After viewing:
- Students share their insight into one of the characters in groups of four, each person bringing a different character's perspective of the stabbing incident and what happened next. They can explore what they think the characters could or should have done and what they should do next. When discussing the characters they can consider why Ava corroborates Donnie's lie when, in the past, she's made a point about telling the truth.
- Consider questions 2 and 3 and then show Donnie's monologue 'Blood'.
- Students could discuss what the future might hold for each character, considering questions 5 and 6 before viewing Teresa's monologue 'What next?' to compare their thoughts with those of the script writer.
- Talia's fate is important. Students could consider her fate and how she should be held to account for her actions (see notes with Teresa's monologue).
- In a future lesson students could reflect on Faith's 'journey' through the series and consider how she could better manage her relationships in future. They might discuss what causes the final reconciliation between Faith and her grandma and how to improve their relationship.
- Students should have some time for personal reflection on the series and the characters and incidents in it in order to consider any relevance to their own lives or those of people they know who might need support. They need not share these reflections.