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Eastenders Plans Special Episode On Ben Mitchell’s Hearing Loss

May 18, 2020

EastEnders is set to air a special episode centring around Ben Mitchell and the deterioration of his hearing.

The upcoming episode will be set entirely from Ben’s perspective as he takes part in his riskiest job yet with dad Phil.

Viewers will experience limited audio levels and on-screen subtitles showing words and fractured sentences to reflect Ben’s hearing difficulties, highlighting the reality many deaf people in the UK experience today.

Ben is struggling to come to terms with this new situation, a consequence of the Thames boat incident.

In upcoming episodes, viewers will see Ben determinedly try to prove to Phil that he’s still capable of helping him out with his dodgy dealings. But when his vital operation is postponed, Phil is unsure whether to let his son partake in their new job.

When the day of the job arrives and things quickly begin to spiral out of control, will Ben be in too deep?

The soap has been working closely with the National Deaf Children’s Society, audiologists and other experts in the field to ensure the storyline is portrayed as accurately as possible.

On the announcement of the special episode, EastEnders’ executive producer Jon Sen said: “The story of Ben’s struggle with his deafness has given us a gripping insight into his character. This special point of view episode is a ground-breaking episode unlike any other attempted in the history of EastEnders.

“Helmed by a compelling performance by Max Bowden, it allows the audience the opportunity to experience the world through Ben’s eyes and ears – a story communicated purely by his dialogue and the snatched words of those around him. I am so proud of what the team have achieved and cannot wait for the fans to see it.”

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