EastEnders viewers have slammed the soap’s “utterly disgusting” fake cancer storyline after the latest shocking twist. Just as slimy Steven Beale was about to come clean and confess the truth to fiancee Lauren, her dad stepped into to continue the hideous lie.

Lying Max Branning claimed his future son-in-law had been told by doctors that he had just three months to live. And horrified fans of the BBC soap took to Twitter to blast show bosses for the “disrespectful” plot, claiming they should be “ashamed” of themselves.

Outraged EastEnders viewers took to Twitter to blast show bosses for the storyline. One viewer said: ” #EastEnders the fake cancer storyline is disrespectful. I’m not happy one bit.” Another added: “Omg,this max/Steven story line,lying about terminal cancer is utterly disgusting. The producers should be ashamed of themselves #EastEnders ” A third said: “Some people actually lose family/friends to cancer why would #EastEnders come up with this storyline #sick @bbceastenders “