John Bardon has filmed his final scenes as Jim Branning in BBC soap Eastenders, a report has claimed. The 71-year-old actor filmed what are supposed to be his last scenes on the show this week in what was an emotional day's filming for cast and crew alike.
The decision to leave comes following Bardon's stroke in 2007 which bosses then wrote into the show as Jim recovered off-screen as John himself still recovered from his stroke. The exit scenes for the character will see his wife Dot Branning (June Brown) make the difficult decision to send Jim into full time care following her struggle to look after him on her own.
A source for the show told The Mirror: ''Dot's been stuggling for a while and realises that she can no longer give Jim the care and attention he deserves and is forced to make the heartbreaking decision that he should move into a home. She fell down the stairs and her friendship with Edward is also growing which makes the situation with Jim difficult.''
Continuing on, the source revealed: ''It was very emotional on the set for the scenes where Dot discusses her decision and talks to Jim about him going into care for good. There were a lot of tears. The feeling is that this is the end of Jim as a character because he won't leave the home and won't be a regular in Albert Square again. However, Jim could still be shown in his care home, if Bardon's health permits.''
A spokesperson for Eastenders said: ''We would love to continue working with John in the future and we hope to see Jim on our screens again.''
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