EASTENDERS have released an unsettling new trailer for the special episode about Ben’s hearing loss.
The troubled character, played by Max Bowden, has been struggling with his hearing since the River Thames boat crash back in February.
It was previously revealed that the BBC One soap had created a one-off episode to highlight the everyday struggles for deaf people, and the first glimpse has finally been revealed.
A brief teaser, which was posted on EastEnders‘ social media page this evening, follows Ben as he makes his way around Albert Square – and takes part in the dodgy job his dad Phil has orchestrated in an abandoned warehouse.
There is no sound throughout the clip, instead a piercing ringing noise picks up pace – with Ben unable to hear what other characters are saying to him.
The bad boy is approached by Jean Slater, and also has a conversation with Phil, but he does not know what they are saying.
He also spots Lola and Peter looking suspiciously close to one another, before stepping out into the road and almost getting run over by a van in front of his horrified daughter Lexi.
The trailer ends with the van beeping and the tagline: “You can’t always see what’s coming”.
The ‘Enders Twitter page captioned the video: “Seeing isn’t always believing…
“Next week, on #EastEnders.”
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Fans were excited by the glimpse, with one tweeting: “I’m calling it this will be the performance of @MaxBowden’s career”.
Another wrote: “This looks amazing! Such a groundbreaking concept. @MaxBowden is going to be outstanding I’m sure!”
The 30-minute instalment of the soap will have limited audio and on-screen subtitles to give viewers an understanding of what Ben is going through.
Any sound will be distorted, and subtitles will show words and fractured sentences to reflect Ben’s hearing difficulties.
EastEnders have been working closely with the National Deaf Children’s Society as well as audiologists and experts in order to tell Ben’s story as accurately as possible.