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BBC defends sex and drugs EastEnders story.

THE BBC has defended a sex and drugs EastEnders storyline after viewers complained.

Millions watched last night's episode in which Janine Butcher (right), played by Charlie Brooks, 20, was about to snort cocaine, and paid the drug dealer with sex.

The BBC said it had received "a small number" of complaints but defended its handling of the plot, even though it was before the 9pm watershed.

A spokeswoman said: "Although the storyline implied Janine had taken drugs, there were no scenes that actually showed her using them.

"EastEnders has always tackled difficult issues like drug-taking in a responsible way, mindful of its responsibilities to its younger audience."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Feb 20, 2002
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