EastEnders: Why do Walford’s youngsters play musical lips and beds?

by Lynn Connolly

It’s been reported today that a new romance is to blossom on Albert Square between shy Anthony Moon and nutty Poppy Meadow, but quelle surprise, it’s not going to go well…

It all begins when Anthony, who’s played by Matt Lapinskas, starts dating dippy beautician Poppy (Rachel Bright), but ends up kissing her BFF Jodie Gold, who’s played by Kylie Babbington.

And of course, over the last few weeks, Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty) has lusted after Tyler Moon (Tony Discipline) but, on hearing that her BFF – there’s a lot of BFFs in ‘Enders – Lauren Branning (Jacqueline Jossa) slept with Tyler, Whitney chose to date Fatboy (Ricky Norwood).

Lauren seems to be quite a bad girl with regard to nicking her friends’ fellas, because on the night before Darren Miller (Charlie G Hawkins) was to marry Jodie, she had a one night stand with him.

But what I want to know is why the writers have decided to make EastEnders’ youth somewhat morally bankrupt in that they’ll seemingly quite happily cheat and lie in order to pursue their lusts?

Of the latest doomed romance, Matt Lapinskas told Soaplife, “Poppy falls for Anthony and he’s just pleased that somebody likes him.

“He gets the feeling that Jodie likes him too, but Poppy puts him on the spot and says, ‘Jodie says you have something to ask me’ and he says what he thinks is expected and asks her out.”

Anthony ends up leaning in for a kiss with Jodie, which initially, she reciprocates but then regrets.

She pushes him away and tells him it can never happen again, but Anthony can’t stop thinking about her.

Matt added, “[Anthony and Poppy] go out again, but Anthony really wants to be with Jodie.”

Well, as both Jodie and Poppy have been written out of the show, and will be leaving soon, it’s safe to assume this new ménage a trois isn’t going to go well for anyone…

But again, is this bed-hopping stuff pretty standard for young people these days? Yes young people of Britain, I’m asking YOU!

I’m old and therefore have no clue 😉

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.