Meet the brains behind EastEnders scam

Rachael Power
Community Correspondent
Sift Media
Share this content

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...

Please Login or Register to read the full article

The full article is available to registered members only. To read the rest of this article you’ll need to login or register. Registration is FREE and allows you to view all content, ask questions, comment and much more.


Please login or register to join the discussion.

26th Jul 2013 15:46


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.

Thanks (5)
26th Jul 2013 16:29

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?

Thanks (1)
26th Jul 2013 16:39

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

Thanks (3)
By Flash Gordon
26th Jul 2013 19:50

Fame and glory

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?? 


Thanks (1)
26th Jul 2013 20:07

Well done, David. :)

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.

Thanks (0)
By Flash Gordon
26th Jul 2013 20:24


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 ;)


Thanks (1)
By mrme89
28th Jul 2013 13:15

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

Thanks (1)
By Glennzy
28th Jul 2013 18:46

Well done David.
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.

Thanks (0)
29th Jul 2013 16:41


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.

Thanks (0)
30th Jul 2013 19:44

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

... 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?

Thanks (2)
30th Jul 2013 22:32

Soaps have to be easily understood

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.

Thanks (0)