Episode 9

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Episode 9

Ava and Faith have a massive fight in the Argee Bhajee, Donnie tries to pull them apart.

This episode deals with literacy and young people. Read more about this sensitive subject in this useful Literacy and young people - Fact sheet (PDF) which includes information about where young people can go for help and advice.

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.

Key Questions

  • - How is Donnie feeling about himself and how others view him?
  • - How is Ava feeling about herself? Donnie? Richard? Faith?
  • - What does Faith really want to happen?
  • - How has Richard's behaviour changed during the last three episodes?
  • - What advice would you give to a) Donnie, b) Faith, c) Ava?

Teaching Ideas

  • Before viewing:
  • Use the key questions to encourage active viewing of the programme in preparation for discussion afterwards.

  • After viewing
  • Students reflect on the programme using the key questions and consider how they would advise the characters with their particular problems. Further discussion could focus on specific threads such as:
  • - Richard's behaviour and how he reacts to the different characters - Ava in particular (building on discussion started after the last episode). Students could go on to explore issues of power and responsibility in relationships.
  • - Ava's feelings about herself and her housemates. The character monologue '3's a crowd' provides additional insight into her feelings and emotions. Students could consider what she could do to develop more positive relationships with the others.
  • - Feelings and emotions in relationships: the growing friendship between Ava and Faith - Ava takes the blame for the broken vodka bottle and Faith offers to do the urinal cakes yet they fight in this episode. Why? Are students surprised to see this side of Ava? What might this tell us about her past? They could develop and share strategies for controlling anger and avoiding conflict situations and provide advice for Ava and/or Faith about cooling down and controlling strong emotions.
  • - Donnie and his problems with reading. Students could view the character monologue 'Word' and explore his feelings. They could discuss attitudes to people with literacy problems and think of ways to support them for example finding out about the services offered by the National Literacy Trust as well as any local services provided by schools and colleges. See monologue text for more ideas.

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