EastEnders and Question Time to remember Nelson Mandela

Lindsey Coulson EastEnders character Carol Jackson [Lindsey Coulson], will mention Mandela's prison release

EastEnders is to mark the death of Nelson Mandela with a specially filmed scene in Monday's episode.

Characters Carol Jackson and Denise Fox will discuss their memories of his release from prison in 1990.

Last Friday's episode of the soap was not screened as it was the day after the death of the former South African president.

BBC bosses decided to add it into the existing show, saying it "aims to reflect big news stories and events".

The show's spokesman said: "Nelson Mandela had such a huge effect on so many people's lives that we felt it was important to reflect the impact his death has had."

The long-running soap has previously referred to the birth of Prince George, Andy Murray's Wimbledon victory, the death of the Queen Mother and the election of US President Barack Obama.

The BBC is also broadcasting political debate programme, Question Time, from Johannesburg on 12 December.

David Dimbleby will chair the programme from the South African city and the panel will be announced soon.

David Dimbleby David Dimbleby is hosting Question Time from Johannesburg

The programme's editor, Nicolai Gentchev, said: "It will be a chance to debate Mandela's legacy, South Africa today and the outlook for the continent."

This week's edition was originally going to be recorded in Swansea but a new date is being arranged for 2014.

South Africa's parliament is to meet on Monday to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, as world leaders prepare for Tuesday's memorial service. Some 60 world leaders are expected to attend.

The sitting comes at the start of a week of commemorative events before a state funeral on 15 December.

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