|Ben Mitchell and Paul Coker stripped down to their boxers near a dead body.|
Nearly 50 viewers complained to Ofcom after the episode aired last Friday, with the TV regulator clarifying that the main cause of concern was the setting rather than the sexuality of the characters.
“We had 48 complaints about the scene where a couple had sex in a funeral parlor, when there was an open casket in the room,” a spokesperson said. "We'll assess these complaints before deciding whether to investigate or not."
After a number of EastEnders fans took to social media to voice their disapproval at scenes that "made them feel ill," the long-running BBC soap opera released a statement arguing that sex was “implied and not explicit."
“The millions of regular EastEnders fans who tune in each week know and expect dramatic storylines,” the statement read. “We are always mindful of our time slot in which we are shown and the scenes in question were implied and not explicit.”