Look away now: The moment Eastenders Lauren and Joey Branning crash while joyriding

September 12, 2012 | by | 0 Comments

This is the cliffhanger moment when Eastenders favourites Lauren and Joey Branning are left fighting for life after becoming trapped inside a crashed car.

The cousins will be seen taking Joey’s father Derek’s Jaguar for a joyride before losing control and smashing straight into the front of a Bettasave store.

These pictures show the devastated scene being filmed on location in Keynsham, Somerset – where the car sped through the glass shop window.

Lauren and Joey Branning lose control after steeling their uncle's Jaguar for a joy ride

Lauren and Joey Branning lose control after steeling their uncle’s Jaguar for a joy ride

Both Lauren, played by Jacqueline Jossa, and Joe, played by David Witts, are troubled in the hit BBC1 soap.

Lauren has developed a drinking problem to cope with her mum Tanya’s cancer battle while Joey resents dad Derek for allegedly hitting his mother when he was younger.

The BBC began filming the car smash scenes in Keynsham on Monday night, on Temple Street, where shops have been emptied before being demolished at a later date.

In a spectacular stunt, the car swerves out of control and crashes through the shop window – causing a huge explosion and fire ball.

Jenni Wagstaffe, of the Film Office at Bath and North East Somerset Council, said she was delighted Keynsham had been chosen following a nationwide hunt for a location.

The cousins plough into a shop leaving them fighting for their lives

The cousins plough into a shop leaving them fighting for their lives

The two youngsters are trapped inside the car as viewers are left with a cliff hanger ending

The two youngsters are trapped inside the car as viewers are left with a cliff hanger ending

She said: “”The BBC needed an empty shopping arcade for two weeks in September, which coincided with the shops in Temple Street being vacated prior to demolition.

“The BBC was looking at a number of alternatives but the perfect timing, the look of the street, and the positive attitude they received from Bath & North East Somerset Council and local emergency services swung it for Keynsham.”

The outcome of the devastating crash is remaining a closely-guarded secret and viewers will have to wait until the episode is screened in November to find out what happens.

Councillor Cherry Beath, Lib Dem, Combe Down, is the cabinet member for sustainable development at Bath and North East Somerset Council.

She said: “Bath & North East Somerset Council is very pleased to welcome and support this much loved television drama serial coming to Keynsham.

“Filming takes place over a fortnight, and involves many cast and crew and is a rather exciting project to be happening here.”

Richard Godfrey, location manager for the BBC location team, thanked local Keynsham residents for their “co-operation and help”.

He added: “The brief for this particular location was always going to be difficult to fulfil but I think Temple Street fits the bill admirably.”

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