The Bridge Street launderette is under threat – and Dot Branning could be out of a job! Yes, the iconic EastEnders business, which has been a staple part of the BBC1 soap since its opening episode in 1985, looks set to be turned into a dry cleaners thanks to the plans of its owner Mr Papadopolous.
Scenes just broadcast saw Dot receive the news that her days of doing service washes are numbered – and that she’s going to have to reapply for her post. All of which has sent her into something of a spin (pun intended), seeing as she hasn’t been interviewed for a job since Harold Wilson was prime minister. That’s 1976, for those of you too young to remember.
Such a seismic shift in the Albert Square landscape seems unthinkable and is sure to hit Dot’s friends and neighbours hard – after all, they’ll now have to all buy washing machines of their own.
And where will they all go when they’re in a state of high agitation and in need of wise counsel? Surely an Ian Beale-led protest is now called for! After all, it was the domain of his Auntie Pauline for two decades and must surely hold some sentimental value? Come on Ian – stage a sit-in or storm the council offices, but whatever you do, Save Our Launderette!
You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s episodes of EastEnders below.
And visit our dedicated EastEnders page for all the latest news, interviews and spoilers.
Sign up to the Radio Times newsletter for the latest TV and entertainment news