The Radio Times logo
We may earn commission from links on this page. Our editorial is always independent (learn more)

EastEnders pays tribute to June Brown by recreating Dot's first scene

The special scene aired in tonight's episode and featured Gillian Taylforth and Natalie Cassidy.

June Brown as Dot Cotton in EastEnders
Alisdair MacDonald/Mirrorpix/Getty Images
Published: Monday, 4th July 2022 at 8:00 pm
Subscribe to Radio Times magazine and get 12 issues for £1

To mark the anniversary of Dot Cotton's first appearance on EastEnders, the soap aired a special recreation tonight of the character's very first scene.


The scene in tonight's episode (4th July) saw Sonia entering the cafe wearing a brown coat and saying: "Give us a tea Kath, and a glass of water so I can take a paracetamol."

This almost exactly mirrors Dot's first scene, which aired 37 years ago on 4th July 1985. In that scene, Dot entered the cafe wearing a similar brown coat and said to George ‘Lofty’ Holloway (Tom Watt): "Give us a tea, Lofty, and a glass of water so I can take a paracetamol."

The scene comes after Dot actress June Brown died earlier this year at the age of 95, having appeared in the BBC soap since 1985.

Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth) and Sonia Fowler (Natalie Cassidy) in EastEnders.
Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth) and Sonia Fowler (Natalie Cassidy) in EastEnders. Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron/BBC

At the time of Brown's death in April, the show paid tribute to the beloved actress, saying: "There are not enough words to describe how much June was loved and adored by everyone at EastEnders, her loving warmth, wit and great humour will never be forgotten.

"June created one of the most iconic characters in Dot Cotton, not just in soap but in British television, and having appeared in 2,884 episodes, June's remarkable performances created some of EastEnders' finest moments."

The soap also shared a special clip of Cassidy on social media to show how it recreated the moment.

Following Brown's death, BBC One aired a tribute documentary at the time, June Brown: A Walford Legend – a half-hour programme celebrating her life.

Dot was a devout Christian and local gossip on the show, who went through many trials and tribulations with her troubled son Nick. Other characters often looked to her for advice and guidance and she was one of the show's longest-running characters, appearing on the soap from 1985 to 2020, with a break between 1993 and 1997.

Visit our dedicated EastEnders page for all the latest news, interviews and spoilers. If you’re looking for more to watch check out our TV Guide.


The latest issue of Radio Times magazine is on sale now – subscribe now and get the next 12 issues for only £1. For more from the biggest stars in TV, listen to the Radio Times podcast with Jane Garvey.


Sponsored content