Switchboards at the BBC were jammed last night as angry viewers of Eastenders called in their thousands to complain that the VAT rise to 20% had not affected items seen in the show.
Mark Jones, a postman from Hillingdon said he was so incensed by the 'double standards' shown by the government that he managed to drag himself away from stuffing his face with Christmas leftovers long enough to shout at his wife to bring him the phone.
Mr Jones explained to us his reaction "I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the prices they are paying for a pint of beer in the Queen Vic, I support the government in trying to reduce the deficit but i got so angry I just had to call in. Here we are trying to make ends meet when in another part of London these highly paid soap stars are wandering into a pub on a closed set and paying the same amount that they were a year ago and sometimes even less, it's almost as if the bar staff don't care about the amount of change they are giving".
Convenience store owner Raj Mistry from Hatfield also called in to complain but is not a viewer himself. "Every day i get customers arguing with me about the price of items in my shop. 'Why is it £2.80 for a pack of toilet paper in here, i could get the same for next to nothing in Walford?', that's the sort of thing i hear all the time and i'm sick of it. I've even caught shoplifters who are surprised that i've stopped them because apparently in Eastenders people walk out without paying for things all the time. My friend who owns the chip shop in town has similar problems with gangs of people hanging around all the time expecting a big fight to kick off or free adultery with every piece of cod, the Eastenders producers are ruining our livelihoods"
Estate agents have confirmed a huge rise in the amount of people enquiring about properties for Sale in the imaginary Borough, most of which are let down gently with a referral to a trained therapist.
Some unscrupulous salesmen however have convinced a number of gullible buyers to acquire houses in Watford prompting requests for to the programme makers to add a disclaimer at the start of each episode reminding viewers that it's entirely fictional and also they should always remember to wipe their arses after evacuating their bowels