EastEnders fans slam BBC for failing to dedicate episode to Sandy Ratcliff

EastEnders fans have expressed their 'disappointment' after BBC bosses failed to dedicate an episode to Sandy Ratcliff, following her death, aged 70.

Sandy was one of the original cast members, starring in Albert Square for four years from the first episode in 1984.

Tuesday's episode was the first since her death was reported and viewers were upset when it ended without a tribute, leading them to hit back at the perceived 'snub', on social media.

One fan suggested: "You could have dedicate tonight's episode to late star Sandy Ratcliff," before posting a crying emoji.

Another said they expected better, adding: "Come on @bbceastendersyou could acknowledge here on Twitter and instagram Sandy Ratcliff's death. I expected more of you."

Another said they felt let down by the well-loved BBC soap, saying: "A bit disappointing #EastEnders didn't dedicate that episode to Sandy Ratcliff – one of the original stars who died yesterday."

This was a viewpoint shared by many, who felt that soap producers missed a trick, with one upset fan tweeting: "I'm a bit disappointed in @bbceastenders for not dedicating tonight's episode to Sandy Ratcliff.

"She was an original main cast member who was in the show for four years. Even Drama had the decency to record a voice-over to air before today's Classic EastEnders."

Sandy was born Alexandra Ratcliff on October 2 1948, was known for her turn as the long-suffering wife of temperamental minicab boss Ali Osman, played by Nejdet Salih.

Her alter-ego was at the centre of one of EastEnders' bleakest storylines, which saw her on-screen baby die from cot death syndrome in June 1985.

Earlier on Tuesday a spokesman for EastEnders had said: "We are saddened to hear about the passing of Sandy Ratcliff. Our thoughts are with her family and friends."

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