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Olympic Flame to Feature in UK Soap Opera

Tuesday, 15 Nov 2011 | 7:00 AM ET

Between May 18 and July 27, the Olympic Flame will come to within just 10 miles of 95 percent of the population of the UK, visiting iconic landmarks including Loch Ness and Stonehenge and…Walford, the fictional London borough home to Eastenders, one of Britain’s most popular soap operas.

A detailed view of the prototype design of the new golden Olympic torch during its unveiling at St Pancras Station on June 8, 2011 in London, England. 8,000 torchbearers will carry the Olympic Flame around the UK during the 70-day relay, which starts at Land's End in Cornwall on May 19, 2012.
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A detailed view of the prototype design of the new golden Olympic torch during its unveiling at St Pancras Station on June 8, 2011 in London, England. 8,000 torchbearers will carry the Olympic Flame around the UK during the 70-day relay, which starts at Land's End in Cornwall on May 19, 2012.

The London Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympic Games (LOCOG) announced on Tuesday that it had added another location to the 1,000 cities, towns and villages already on the route of the Olympic Torch Relay.

Tuesday’s episode of Eastenders, an institution in British TV first broadcast on the BBC in 1985, will reveal the news that the flame will be passing through Walford’s Albert Square.

Character Billy Mitchell will discover he has been nominated as torchbearer in December.

The arrival of the Olympic Flame in Albert Square will be broadcast on July 23, 2012.

Although the episode will be largely filmed in advance, several minutes of the Olympic procession will be beamed direct to TV screens around the UK live, from the set, LOCOG said.

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