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'EastEnders' Lauren Branning is very troubled, says executive producer

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EastEnders executive producer Lorraine Newman has revealed that Lauren Branning's binge-drinking plot will come to a head this spring.

Newman described the teenager as "very troubled" in an interview posted on the BBC's official EastEnders blog.

Abi comforts Lauren.

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When asked what is in store for Lauren (Jacqueline Jossa) and her cousin and lover Joey (David Witts) this year, Newman said: "Lauren's obviously very troubled. A huge amount of what we're seeing now is to do with what's been going on with her parents for such a long time.

"It's a tough one covering the issue of binge drinking because inevitably, in order for it to have sufficient impact, it has to go on for a considerable amount of time. There's a real danger that it will become unpalatable and that you won't have too much empathy for the character."

"We will see Lauren's story come to a peak [in 2013], but how will she deal with it? Will she come out the other side? What kind of impact is it going to have on her family?

Joey arrives at the funeral in time to hear Cora's eulogy to Derek.

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"Again, it's a huge issue story, something that's affecting so many teens, and the impact that it's having on the parents and the siblings is huge, it's something we'll be going into major detail with."

Newman also hailed Jossa's skill as an actress, expressing her belief that "those moments of vulnerability we get from her are amazing".

"We weren't sure quite how [Lauren and Joey] being cousins would sit with the audience, but the audience do seem to adore them as a pairing over and above this. So there's clearly still plenty of story to unfold there," she added. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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