SOUTHEND will make a prime-time appearance on TV next week when scenes shot for BBC soap EastEnders are broadcast.

Scenes for the world famous soap were shot on the seafront and the pier in June and will be shown on BBC1 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday next week.

The main storyline focuses on Whitney, who goes on the run from her abusive ex, Rob.

She gets a lift to Southend, but he tracks her down and events spiral out of control when he comes face to face with her new boyfriend on the pier.

Two other storylines also feature Southend. Shirley and Heather are heading to town for a 1980s convention and Fatboy and Dot arrive looking for the pensioner’s estranged sister Rose Derek Jarvis, councillor in charge of culture for Southend, said: “The town loves to host filming for TV and films and we always try to show-off the areas the film and TV companies may want to use.

“We hope it shows off the town in its best light.”

The Monte Carlo amusement arcade on Marine Parade and the newly-revamped seafront itself will be featured on TV.

Coastguard personnel were called in for a scene when theysearch for a body on the beach.

Adventure Island also features in the show.

While filming, stuntman Tom Rogers, 20, hit his head on a concrete support post after falling from the pier.

He was flown to hospital, but made a quick recovery and was back at work on the set after two days.