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...