BBC inundated with more complaints
The BBC has received more than 100 complaints after EastEnders showed a Muslim breaking their Ramadan fast by eating a snack on the soap opera.
It is believed that a large number of Muslims were angered by the recent storyline involving character Masood Ahmed claiming it insulted their religion.
The married Asian postman, played by Nitin Ganatra, was spotted by wheel-chair bound character Ian Beale having a bite to eat during the holy month.
During Ramadan, which ended earlier this week, Muslims are not meant to eat or drink between the hours of dawn and sunset.
The plot was meant to show the character's 'fallibility' according to bosses, but it seems to have backfired with a number of the soap's loyal viewers.
As a result of the short scene, aired earlier this month, the corporation received about 110 complaints amid claims it had been wrong and offensive.
Some complained that it had trivialised a very serious religious experience while others are understood to have said it was not realistic.
Now the BBC has been forced to issue a statement saying it did not mean to cause any offence by the storyline.
A BBC spokesman said: 'Although Masood is a practising Muslim he is not intended to be representative of the British Muslim experience.
'He's a fictional character with flaws who realises he has let himself down in a moment of weakness.'
The soap showed the character being repentant for what he had done.
The row comes as the soap is facing controversy over another of its current storylines.
The BBC has received more than 200 complaints about the plot in which a paedophile grooms a 15-year-old girl.
Character Tony, boyfriend of Bianca, has already been shown kissing passionately school girl character Whitney, sparking more than 200 complaints
The pervert's relationship with the teenager has been dubbed the most controversial storyline ever on the soap.
Character Tony, boyfriend of Bianca, has already been shown kissing passionately school girl character Whitney.
The pair have been seen falling onto a bed, implying the couple are having a sexual relationship.
This follows not long after a knife murder on the pre-watershed soap sparked 134 complaints after a dead body was shown.
That saw the death of character Jase Dyer, played by Stephen Lord, as he was set upon by a criminal gang who stabbed him.
Earlier this year BBC chiefs revealed that EastEnders was the most controversial show on the BBC last year, attracting 5,500 complaints from viewers.
That was more than double the number caused by any other programme.
In June this year media regulator censured the BBC for scenes in EastEnders in which a character was drugged and buried alive.
The regulator had 116 complaints from viewers who said the scenes featuring character Max Branning were 'unsuitable' for the time they went out.
In February the BBC1 soap was found to have again breach TV rules after showing a gang attack on the Queen Vic pub.
That episode also showed a pregnant woman going into premature labour after being knocked over during a fight.