There has been an angry reaction in the soap world after it was revealed that the actress who plays Dot Cotton quit the soap when she was asked to appear in ‘raunchy but tasteful’ sex scenes where she gets ‘romantically involved’ with Albert Square’s newest gerontophile Phil Mitchell. 

According to a source within the show, the scenes were written to raise public awareness of the issues that the elderly face when it comes to sexual relations with younger adults.

Show bosses had been keen to portray Dot as someone who isn’t afraid to ‘get creative’ when the lights are turned off.

He said: ‘The scene involves Phil and Dot heading upstairs to the bedroom after Phil comes to Dot and asks her for some words of wisdom as he struggles against the booze once again.’

‘Their table discussion starts with a pot of tea and Dot quoting sentences from The Bible that Phil can draw inspiration from.’

‘Within seconds they are tearing each other’s clothes off and climbing the stairs.’

‘As the credits are about to roll, viewers see Dot reach onto her bedside table for a tube of Primula and a tub of Vaseline.’

‘It’s was all going to be shot in an incredibly tasteful manner.’

‘I can’t really give too much away about how the story comes to an explosive conclusion as the door is still very much open, but I can say that their relationship could develop into a regular fling with Dot making regular visits to The Arches.’

‘Viewers would be both shocked and amazed at how often she likes her spark plugs changed.’

‘People of all ages have needs and desires, and all we want viewers to realise is that bouts of passion can happen when it is least expected.’