When 'EastEnders' actor John Bardon suffered from a stroke in 2007, he was left unable to coherently speak or walk properly. Since then the show has seen his on-screen character Jim and wife Dot (June Brown) on screen together only a handful of times.
With his last on-screen appearance seeing Dot deciding to put Jim into hospice care in April 2011. Although the character is still mentioned on-screen, with the reason for June Brown and her characters current hiatus from the show been that she is visiting Jim in the hospice.
Within the time she has had off, June has filmed a documentary for BBC One as part of their 'When I'm 65' season. Set to air this Thursday, the show titled 'Respect my Elders' will see June reunited with John Bardon at his home with his wife Edna, who say's of her husbands dilapidating health "He's going the wrong way now. His main pleasure in life is when his grandson Harry visits".
The season has explored various aspects of growing elderly in Britain throughout the BBC One schedule, including a daytime series on keeping safe fronted by Gloria Hunniford. June Brown also appeared in the trailer for the season and is seen transitioning from a young woman into her elderly self.