EastEnders set 'to feature a mosque'

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EastEnders set 'to feature a mosque'

EastEnders bosses are apparently planning to build a mosque on the new set.

The BBC show has been running since 1985, with millions of viewers tuning in to watch the antics of the fictional east London area of Walford.

As times have changed in real life they've been reflected on the soap, with insiders claiming to The Sun that the new £15 million Albert Square set will soon boast an authentic mosque. East London is known for its Muslim community, and there are said to be talks over whether prayer rituals will be heard in the programme.

“The new set will better reflect the East End on screen as well as increase the potential for storylines," the BBC told the newspaper in a statement.

The Masood family - made up of dad Ahmed (Nitin Ganatra), daughter Shabnam (Rakhee Thakrar) and son Tamwar (Himesh Patel) - are the only Muslim characters in EastEnders. But it's thought the mosque may prompt questions from viewers as there's no church on the set, with Christian Dot Cotton (June Brown) having to stage religious get-togethers in the community centre.

“The soap wants to be up to date and timely. It is a realistic storyline for an East London community," a source added to The Sun.

However an EastEnders spokeswoman insisted there are no plans for a radicalisation storyline amid claims it could lead to a main character being radicalised by Muslim fanatics.

The expensive set makeover was announced in December (15). Along with the rumours of a mosque, Albert Square at the Elstree Centre studios in Hertfordshire will also be given new shops and even an underground station. This will see the area expand by 20 per cent.

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