Meet the brains behind EastEnders scam

BBC

Soap opera storylines are never usually dull and often far-fetched, but a well known AccountingWEB member has helped EastEnders ensure the realism of a current plot involving company fraud.

In spite of their sometimes outlandish narratives, TV producers put a lot of effort on ensuring they are plausible.

And this is where AccountingWEB member David Winch comes into the picture.

Winch, the leader of our popular money laundering and crime discussion group, has worked behind the scenes with the BBC before, for example helping Fiona Bruce with her 'Real Story' investigative documentary on the Farepak collapse.

But his latest project came from out of the blue.

“I got a call from a lady who works at the BBC. She wanted me to tell her how to do a fraud,” he said. He was a bit “nervous” at first until she revealed it was for an 'EastEnders' storyline.

The fraud, which Winch describes as a “theft”, centres around how character Ian Beale could swindle his daughter Lucy out of the ownership of the family business, which he once owned.

As the result of a previous plot line, Beale had to disappear and his daughter took the business on. The writers wanted to find a way for him to get it back - by devious means, if necessary.

“I said there was [a way to commit a fraud], particularly if the business and property were held by a company,” Winch said...

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Constantly Confused's picture

Ahaha    5 thanks

Constantly Confused | | Permalink

That's fantastic!  I'm revelling in the vicarious excitement of something an AW member advised on being on Eastenders! :)

If there is a writer's strike at any point and they need to fill an episode or two, how about Bianca rings the HMRC and spends the whole episode on hold.  She could get increasingly irate as time passes, and the big finale could be the phone is answered by an operator called Ricky, cue Bianca crying out in exasperation as Ricky can't help her and needs to transfer her onwards to another department (i.e. taking care of Tuesday's episode).

Dumb, dumb dumb dumb dumb dumbdumbdumbdumb.

Caber Feidh's picture

Does David get a well-merited credit at the end of the programme

Caber Feidh | | Permalink

Does David get a well-merited credit at the end of the programme? And did he need to carry out some form of due diligence to confirm that the request really came from the BBC?

The taxman cometh...    4 thanks

gilderda | | Permalink

...to Emmerdale, to check whether they really should be applying farmer's averaging given nobody actually seems to do any farming these days.

Flash Gordon's picture

Fame and glory    1 thanks

Flash Gordon | | Permalink

Well done David, next time insist on screen time too :)

I haven't watched EastEnders in years, it did get very doom and gloomy. Corrie seems to have the same characters in it as when I watched it as a child and Brookie is no longer with us. Now Neighbours and Home & Away were better because they were sunny and that immediately makes you feel more positive. I did try Emmerdale for a short while (purely I admit because Amanda Donohoe was in it and I like her - gorgeous voice as well as other attributes) but I don't have the staying power for regular viewing of anything like that.

But I think their popularity comes from the fact that they provide escapism - you can sit there for half an hour (or whatever) and just let it wash over you, no need to engage brain at all. And for that period of time you can forget everything else - sometimes that's necessary (in my ever so humble opinion). I get the same escapism from reading, but equally I can just daydream in my head and forget everything that I'm supposed to be doing (all too often).

Besides, if they make people happy what's wrong with that? Life should be about being happy, otherwise what's the point?? 

 

ShirleyM's picture

Well done, David. :)    2 thanks

ShirleyM | | Permalink

Maybe you can have a profitable sideline with this. I am sure there are many posts on AWeb that could give you some great ideas for stories, along with your court and expert witness experiences.

Flash Gordon's picture

Stories    2 thanks

Flash Gordon | | Permalink

I think some of the AWeb stories, Shirley, might be a little far-fetched for even Eastenders - there's stretching the bounds of reality a bit and there's pure fiction ;)

 

mrme89's picture

Shirley, I agree. Some parts    1 thanks

mrme89 | | Permalink

Shirley, I agree. Some parts of AWeb are already like a soap!

Glennzy's picture

Well done David.

Glennzy | | Permalink

You should defo hold out for a walk on part though for your advice. I could see you in The Vic sorting Phil Mitchell's tax affairs out over a large scotch. You have to respect Ian Beale as one of the UK's greatest buisness men . No matter what is thrown at him he always comes back, granted this time he needed some Help from David but he is a legend in the business world. Whenever I am in a tight spot I always ask myself "what would Ian Beale do" . The guy has made comebacks than Frank Sinatra.

Hmmm....

philevo81 | | Permalink

Seem to be taking a lot of credit for something not particularly imaginative. Realistically, you can do a whole number of things by getting people to "unwittingly" sign forms, cheques, a Power of Attorney or otherwise.

And are we now going to be bored with the rigors of connected person disposals? TOGC? Self-Assessment? Or did you really not them anything?

Fanciful credit for an otherwise unimaginative plot - stick to accounting and away from soap writing.

BKD's picture

I don't think any soap story line ...    2 thanks

BKD | | Permalink

... can be described as imaginative. David was simply asked to come up with a plausible fraud scenario, and did. I don't see him clamouring for credit, and I don't see any need to be so churlish. Sour grapes because you weren't asked to write the story, Phil?

ShirleyM's picture

Soaps have to be easily understood    1 thanks

ShirleyM | | Permalink

There isn't time for a long drawn out Agatha Christie type plot, so I reckon they got it about right ..... not that I watch Eastenders. I watch the northern soaps, although I sometimes wonder why I watch Emmerdale as it has some rubbish actors/actresses, but some brilliant ones too.