Episode 4690

Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

It’s Jim Branning’s 80th birthday so why not throw a party he can’t attend and, even better, get a recovering alcoholic to organise it? Dot’s not impressed. Quite rightly she thinks Jim’s relatives should be visiting him, not toasting him in his absence. But the celebrations do give Lauren the chance to talk to Joey and it seems that there’s a chance they could rekindle their romance. There are a few obstacles to overcome as the week goes on, though: her discovery that he slept with Whitney and the flattering attentions of Jake (Jamie Lomas, bad boy Warren Fox in Hollyoaks), a guy she meets at her first counselling session.

About this programme

Lauren decides to throw a surprise party in honour of Jim's 80th birthday, but becomes paranoid as the guests dodge the alcohol in her presence, while Carol, Max and Jack are made to feel guilty when Dot confronts them about never visiting their father. Whitney starts work back at the community centre, where she has her hands full with Dennis, and Roxy receives a phone call, although she is forced to end it quickly when Jack arrives. Janine smugly tells Michael that she and Danny are an item - but is everything as it seems?

Cast and crew


Max Branning
Jake Wood
Carl White
Daniel Coonan
Lauren Branning
Jacqueline Jossa
Kirsty Branning
Kierston Wareing
Abi Branning
Lorna Fitzgerald
Cora Cross
Ann Mitchell
Patrick Trueman
Rudolph Walker
Kim Fox
Tameka Empson
Roxy Mitchell
Rita Simons
Sharon Rickman
Letitia Dean
Kat Moon
Jessie Wallace
Bianca Butcher
Patsy Palmer
Whitney Dean
Shona McGarty
Lucy Beale
Hetti Bywater
Ian Beale
Adam Woodyatt
Denise Fox
Diane Parish
Masood Ahmed
Nitin Ganatra
Carol Jackson
Lindsey Coulson
Jack Branning
Scott Maslen
Michael Moon
Steve John Shepherd
Janine Butcher
Charlie Brooks
Danny Pennant
Gary Lucy
AJ Ahmed
Phaldut Sharma
Sadie Young
Kate Magowan
Dot Branning
June Brown
Phil Mitchell
Steve McFadden
Joey Branning
David Witts
Alice Branning
Jasmyn Banks
Tamwar Masood
Himesh Patel
Poppy Meadow
Rachel Bright
Arthur `Fat Boy' Chubb
Ricky Norwood
Ava Hartman
Clare Perkins
Sam James
Cornell S John
Jake Stone
Jamie Lomas
Dennis Rickman
Harry Hickles
Tiffany Butcher
Maisie Smith
Bobby Beale
Rory Stroud
Jenny Jules
Ben Wigzell
Bob Golding
Police officer
Derek Ezenagu


Rupert Such
Executive Producer
Lorraine Newman
Richard Lazarus