Eastenders explores baby ‘farming’ and racist murder storyline

Eastenders

TV soap, Eastenders, is renown for tackling many social issues. One of it’s current plots is dealing with adoption, baby farming and racially aggravated murder, all in one storyline.

For all of his life George Knight (played by actor Colin Salmon) had known he was adopted by a white family, but in recent weeks it had since transpired that George was actually adopted via a process called “farming” in which wealthy white families were paid to adopt black children during the 60s and 70s.

Initially shocked by the news, George was able to accept it and make peace with his mum and dad, while wondering why his birth family had never tried to reclaim him, but this week the story took a shocking turn, when it was revealed that George’s racist dad Eddie had only reached out to him so that he could be a character reference, as Eddie was facing a charge for racially aggravated murder!

EastEnders has worked with experts, and a number of people with lived experience of farming to ensure the storyline is handled as sensitively and as accurately as possible.

Speaking on the storyline, Executive Producer Chris Clenshaw says: “EastEnders has a rich history of telling challenging yet truthful stories which reflect past and present events. George Knight’s storyline will force him to question the identity his parents gave him from childhood as he discovers the true means by which he was adopted. It was imperative that we worked with experts and people with lived experience of farming to ensure the storyline is handled as sensitively and as accurately as possible.”