EastEnders: Fans share ‘disappointment’ after bosses fail to dedicate episode to Sandy Ratcliff

EastEnders fans have said they are ‘disappointed’ after the BBC One soap failed to dedicate Tuesday’s episode to Sandy Ratcliff.

The actress – who died on Sunday aged 70 – spent four years on Albert Square between 1985 and 1989, and was one of the long-running show’s original cast members.

Many viewers took to Twitter to ask why the show did not feature a tribute to Sandy following the credits, as has been done before with stars such as Leslie Grantham, who passed away in June 2018. 

Shocking: EastEnders fans have said they are 'disappointed' after the BBC One soap failed to dedicate Tuesday's episode to Sandy Ratcliff following her death a day earlier

Shocking: EastEnders fans have said they are 'disappointed' after the BBC One soap failed to dedicate Tuesday's episode to Sandy Ratcliff following her death a day earlier

Shocking: EastEnders fans have said they are ‘disappointed’ after the BBC One soap failed to dedicate Tuesday’s episode to Sandy Ratcliff following her death a day earlier

Tuesday’s episode of EastEnders was the first since her death was reported and viewers were upset when it ended without a tribute.

One fan suggested: ‘Disgusting no tribute to Sandy Ratcliff Shame on you.’

Another said they expected better, adding: ‘Come on @bbceastenders you 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 soap, saying: ‘A bit disappointing #EastEnders didn’t dedicate that episode to Sandy Ratcliff – one of the original stars who died yesterday.’

Sad: The actress - who died on Sunday aged 70 - did not received a tribute in the vein of other late EastEnders stars

Sad: The actress - who died on Sunday aged 70 - did not received a tribute in the vein of other late EastEnders stars

Sad: The actress – who died on Sunday aged 70 – did not received a tribute in the vein of other late EastEnders stars

Upsetting: Many viewers took to Twitter to point out the absence, with one stating they 'expected more' from the show

Upsetting: Many viewers took to Twitter to point out the absence, with one stating they 'expected more' from the show

Upsetting: Many viewers took to Twitter to point out the absence, with one stating they ‘expected more’ from the show

One more echoed that viewpoint, adding: ‘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.’

MailOnline has contacted representatives for EastEnders for comment. 

Sandy, 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.

Soap star: Sandy, born Alexandra Ratcliff on October 2 1948, was known for her turn as the long-suffering wife of temperamental minicab boss Ali Osman

Soap star: Sandy, born Alexandra Ratcliff on October 2 1948, was known for her turn as the long-suffering wife of temperamental minicab boss Ali Osman

Soap star: Sandy, born Alexandra Ratcliff on October 2 1948, was known for her turn as the long-suffering wife of temperamental minicab boss Ali Osman 

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

Sandy was found dead on Sunday morning. Her cause of death is not yet known and it has been reported to the coroner.

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.’

RIP: 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'

RIP: 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'

RIP: 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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