EastEnders fans accuse soap of ‘copying’ Hollyoaks as it hints Bobby Beale has been radicalised by terrorist group in prison

EASTENDERS fans have accused the soap of copying Hollyoaks after fans became convinced that Bobby Beale has been radicalised by terrorist group in prison.

The character recently returned to Walford after serving time in a youth offenders' institution for killing his older sister Lucy.

But viewers are already convinced there's something amiss with the troubled teen after he took a call from a friend called Imran and said: "Yeah, yeah, I'm doing research every day."

Many are convinced this will be the start of a radicalisation storyline, however a spokesperson from Eastenders says that's NOT the case – and the Bobby's storyline won't be about radicalisation.

But despite this, some fans are already complaining it is too similar to a current theme on Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks.

The Cheshire-based serial drama is currently exploring how the character Ste Hay has been radicalised by a white supremacy group.

Ste – played by Kieron Richardson – has taken part in a violent protest with the group and isolated himself from his loved ones.

The scenes have been so shocking that Kieron, 33, was forced to quit Twitter after trolls targeted his young children over the storyline.

Taking to an EastEnders fan forum, one viewer of the BBC soap said: "If it is a radicalisation storyline then I’m worried, Hollyoaks viewers will just complain and accuse EE of copying them."

But others felt there was enough difference to separate the two soaps, with one writing: "Imran suggests a Muslim as opposed to a white supremacist like Hollyoaks so it wouldn't be the same."

Another added: "A terrorism incident of some sort being caused by Bobby would be very hard to come back from?

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"A non radicalised Muslim (With the help of the Ahmeds?) or him abandoning Islam totally afterwards?

"Hollyoaks are going to try de-radcilisation from the far right but it is a step up to do it from an Islamist perspective."

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