EastEnders shares new photos from Yolande and Patrick's special episode

The following article contains references to sexual assault.

EastEnders spoilers follow.

EastEnders has unveiled a new look at Yolande and Patrick's special episode.

Cast members Angela Wynter and Rudolph Walker will star in a special two-hander episode of the BBC One soap on Tuesday (May 7) focused on the aftermath of Yolande being sexually assaulted by Pastor Clayton.

In this gripping episode, Patrick Trueman will finally find out what his wife has endured over the last several weeks.

yolande and patrick in eastenders
Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron - BBC

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The soap has confirmed that Yolande will find comfort and support from Patrick as she opens up to him about the pastor's abuse.

Yolande has decided that she will not report the pastor to the police but rather lodge a formal complaint against him with the church.

Ahead of its two-hander special episode, EastEnders previously broke its usual format for this storyline to show flashbacks of Pastor Clayton's long history of abusing parishioners.

yolande and patrick in eastenders
BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron - BBC

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Angela Wynter recently spoke about why she felt it was appropriate for Yolande and Patrick to have a single-strand episode for this storyline.

“It felt like the right thing, following everything that happened in Yolande’s story up to this point,” she explained. “We needed a whole episode to unravel the knot and unpick what happened to Yolande, and get Patrick’s response.

“Until that happened, Yolande and Patrick’s relationship couldn’t move forward. So, I’m glad they decided to tell the story this way. I’m grateful to get to do a two-hander episode in EastEnders and I thank them for giving me that opportunity."

EastEnders airs on Mondays - Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One. The show also streams on BBC iPlayer, where most episodes drop early at 6am ahead of their TV broadcast.

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EastEnders has been working on Yolande's story with guidance from End Violence Against Women Coalition and Hourglass, which provides specialist services and resources for women of all ages and backgrounds, who have experienced any form of violence.

More information is available from Rape Crisis England and Wales, who work towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct, on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.

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